Maroš Šefčovič, the vice-president of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union, on Friday called on Poland and the Baltic states to come up with a joint plan by June on how to synchronize their energy grids with the rest of Europe.
The project falls under the EU's landmark "energy union" strategy to secure supplies for the 28-member union and make the continent less vulnerable at a time of growing global insecurity.
"We need to complete this synchronization of your electricity networks with the Central European network," Šefčovič said at a public question and answer session in Riga, adding that synchronization would not be cheap, but was very important and needed to be done.
"If we would have a good, consensual decision supported by all four countries by June, then we could proceed with the necessary proposals and financial support," he noted.
To help offset their energy dependence on Russia, the European Commission wants to desynchronize the electricity network of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the Soviet-era BRELL electricity ring and link them with the rest of Europe via the Polish grid.
Editor: Aili Vahtla