The Conference Hall of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius will be officially named after Hans Hækkerup, one of the principal supporters of the Baltic nations’ membership in NATO. The former Minister of Defence of Denmark made a substantial contribution to Lithuania’s, Latvia’s and Estonia’s membership in NATO and actively supported Baltic security and defence cooperation.
The ENSEC COE Conference Hall will be named after H.Hækkerup at a formal ceremony on March 5. Minister of National Defence J.Olekas, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, Ambassador of Denmark in Lithuania HE Jorgen Molde are expected to attend the event among other guests.
Created on July 10 and accredited on October 12, 2012, the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence allready is growing bigger - on February 19, the NATO ENSEC COE Steering committee approved on enlargement - Georgia and the United Kingdom have indicated the interest to join the NATO ENSEC COE.
The United Kingdom will be joining as Sponsoring Nation of NATO ENSEC COE and Georgia`s is joining as Contributing Partner.
On February 26 the discussion on the issues related to cultural change for achieving energy efficiency was organised at NATO ENSEC COE. The members of the team of researchers conducting the first part of a Study “Energy Efficiency: Cultural Change“ from Tartu University European College and Tallinn University discussed the issues of common interest with subject matter experts from NATO ENSEC COE and representatives from General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania and Research Center For Energy Security, Vytautas Magnus University.
The findings of the Study are expected to foster the process of turning energy into a critical enabler for military operations and an efficient capability in power projection in different environments. The first part of a Study is expected to be finalised in April 2014.
The 4th Steering Committee meeting was arranged on February 19-20 in Rome (Italy). Representatives from all sponsoring nations of the NATO ENSEC COE, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, France and Turkey, participated in the Steering Committee meeting. In addition, representatives from Georgia and the United Kingdom participated as observers. The meeting was chaired by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mr Andrius Krivas.
The main topics of the meeting were NATO ENSEC COE enlargement process and partnership activity, Programme of Work of NATO ENSEC COE for 2014.
Energy Security Centre of Excellence:
Provides technical, scientific and academic subject matter expertise in field of energy security that contributes to risk assessment analysis.
Provides energy security related solutions for the development of environmentally friendly and efficient military capabilities in support of Smart Defence.
Provides scientific, technical and academic analysis on various aspects of energy supply and critical energy infrastructure protection in areas of concern to NATO.
Supports NATO Operations through targeted technical scientific assessment, as well as providing advice and solutions for development of energy efficient forces.
Identifies future needs in NATO transformation activities and seek to prevent or mitigate emergent military threats and challenges, which result from the global scarcity of energy resources and the complexity of the international energy system.