Georgia became the Contributor – Partner of the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Juozas Olekas, Minister of National Defence of Lithuania and Colonel Gintaras Bagdonas, director of the Vilnius-based NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence signed an unprecedented agreement in Vilnius.
Georgia is the first non-member contributor-partner country that joined the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence. After the agreement enters into force, State military scientific-technical center, Delta will join in the studies and programs implemented by the center. It will have a permanent representative in the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence. The signing of such agreement with non – member state of NATO is an unprecedented event. NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence was founded on July 10, 2012 and was officially opened on September 6, 2014 by the Secretary General of NATO and the president of Lithuania.
The first widening of NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence by non – member state started with Georgia. The widening process will be completed by the United Kingdom, one of the founders of the North Atlantic Alliance in 2014.
As Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Vice Prime Minister stated, all the experiences of these countries in the direction of energy security will be accessible for the scientific – military technical center, Delta. Besides, DELTA’s potential will be accessible for all alliance member states. “I think that this is a very good event to strengthen Georgia’s integration in this direction. This fact is of a great importance for improving Georgia’s scientific – military potential” – Giorgi Kvirikashvili said.
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