Government of the Republic of Lithuania

05/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/20/2019 04:45

Discussing the outcomes of Table Top Exercise “Coherent Resilience 2019”

On 16 May, the Office of the Government held a final conference of Table Top Exercise 'Coherent Resilience 2019' where the participants offered their observations and recommendations. The exercise was organised by NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE) in co-operation with Joint Research Centre (JRC) of European Commission. More than 100 participants from over 15 different countries dealt with issues related to natural gas network security challenges.

The participants of the exercise were welcomed by Minister for National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, First Deputy Chancellor of the Government Deividas Matulionis, Deputy Director-General for the Joint Research Centre Maive Rute and Deputy Director of the NATO EUCC Colonel Pascal Fernandez.The NATO ENSEC COE Deputy Director LTC Pascal Fernandez.

First Deputy Chancellor Deividas Matulionis thanked the participants for their input, while pointing out that the exercise and its success served a good and needed example of NATO-EU cooperation. The Deputy Chancellor noted another issue of concern for the country, i.e. the Astravyets NPP in Belarus, which is only 40 km off Vilnius and which fails to comply with the international safety standards.

'This is primarily the safety of our people that is at stake, so we must and we will raise this issue with both the Belarusian authorities as well as EU and NATO allies', said Matulionis.

The principal objective was to test the resiliency of the gas supply from a comprehensive approach and to come with suggestions on how to create a resilient and secure energy infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region. The project is also designed to strengthen cooperation among the EU countries at various operational levels (authorities, system operators) in order to avoid gas supply disruptions in the future.

The first day of the exercise was reserved for academic seminars dealing with natural gas network, EU regulation, public-private partnership, and cyber security issues with lecturers from EC, Austria, Baltic State national TSOs, Ukraine, and the US. During the other two days, decision makers and experts specialised in gas infrastructure and security discussed several crisis scenarios and did brainstorming on possible solutions or mitigation actions.