Visegrád Group, Baltic States Push to Streamline LNG Export Procedures

Publicated on: November 17, 2016

On Thursday, November 15, Ambassador of Hungary Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and six other Ambassadors of the Visegrád Group (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania jointly signed a letter addressed to senior Democratic and Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives and Senate urging bipartisan support to streamline export procedures on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

In a letter addressed to Congressional leaders, the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia thanked members of Congress for previous bipartisan efforts aimed at streamlining LNG regulation, while simultaneously highlighting the importance of continued legislative efforts aimed at introducing greater certainty to the U.S. Department of Energy’s processes. Such measures would help to drive down prices and promote diversity and supply security, for customers in the European market. The Ambassadors sought assurances of continued Congressional support for this cause and expressed their desire for adopting new legislative measures before the current session of Congress dissolves in January. To view the letter in its entirety, please click HERE.

US, Visegrád 4 and Baltic cooperation on LNG export was further explored at an event at the Capitol Hill Club on 15 November where Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) as well as Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) spoke about future legislative prospects on proposing deadlines for issuing export permits and on the creation of a re-designed LNG export authorization process. Organized by LNG Allies, supporters of further LNG export liberalization, also met with representatives of the Embassies of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia and Lithuania to discuss the wider ramifications of the American shale gas revolution.