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One minute speech on the resolution on a Baltic Sea Region Strategy for the Northen Dimension

Laima Andrikiene, MEP
One minute speech
EP Plenary Session
October 23, 2006

Last week the informal EU summit in Lahti under the Finnish Presidency marked a very important step in the EU-Russia relations.

After a long period of time the EU was able to speak with one voice and what is especially important that the EU was united speaking about the EU energy policy.

As the need for increased energy supply and energy security are of common interest to the Union, I would like to underline that some projects in the Baltic Sea region ignore the interests of a number of Member States in terms of security of energy supply, particularly the North European Gas Pipeline project which in 2000 was granted the status of Trans-European Energy Network.

I suggest that we should call on the countries already involved in the project - Germany and Russia - to invite the neighboring countries - EU Member States - to join the Network and to provide them with an opportunity of the real partnership.