Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of State Assets, Jacek Sasin, began an economic visit to Latvia on January 14. Representatives of Poland and Latvia talked about issues related to, among others, energy

On Friday, January 14, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Jānis Bordāns, met with a delegation of the Polish government led by Deputy Prime Minister, Jacek Sasin, to discuss the possibilities for developing cooperation between the two countries. Starting in 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin serves the role of Deputy Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, and Minister of State for assets, which co-creates also the energy policy.

During the meeting, officials highlighted shared history and future challenges of the two countries, emphasizing the importance of implementing the Three Seas Initiative. At the same time, both officials stressed the importance of providing alternative solutions to Europe’s supply of raw materials. The new GIPL gas pipeline connecting Poland to the Baltic States via Lithuania will play an important role in achieving greater energy independence.

Polish Deputy Prime Minister visited Latvia by the invitation of Minister of Economy, Jānis Vitenbergs. During the Latvian visit, the Polish government delegation also met with the Latvian minister to discuss cooperation in infrastructure and energy.

Deputy Prime Minister Sasin informed that hetalked with Vitenbergs about energy security in the region, offshore wind investments in the Baltic Sea, and the supply of natural gas imported from the US.

During the meeting, the two officials also discussed the challenges of rising energy prices, which do not only increase the risk of energy poverty. In an effort to mitigate the negative effects of inflation, the Polish government instituted an anti-inflationary program by temporarily eliminating VAT on food and reducing the VAT rate on energy and fuel.