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The authorities of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland signed together with the President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker roadmap on out-of-sync power systems of the Baltic States with Russia and their synchronization with the Continental European network. Plan plan to implement by 2025. This is stated in the message on the website of the EC.
The Baltic States, despite 15 years of EU membership, still remain members of BRELL — unified energy system, which unites Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The document says that they will remain a part of it for at least another five years. While the Baltic countries are already associated with the EU power grid via Poland (LitPol Link) and Sweden (NordBalt) and Finland (Estlink 1 and Estlink 2).
Officially the Baltic States have announced their intention to disconnect from BRILL at the end of 2017, however, there was no specific agreements on how best to arrange out of sync with Russia and Belarus.
In March 2019, the European authorities have allocated 323 million euros for the first phase synchronization of the power grids of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia with the EU. In may, the European network of transmission system operators for electricity approved the expansion of its network to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
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