The Baltic states in the EU: yesterday, today and tomorrow
As Lithuania is holding the rotating presidency of the EU Council and Latvia will join the Euro Area, we publish a Study dealing with the historical and political context, the recent economic crisis and the energy policy in the three Baltic states.
Having emerged from the crisis as good students of internal devaluation, the Baltic states have a window of opportunity to voice their main concerns and priorities regarding the future of European integration. Lithuanian presidency puts an emphasis on more economic growth and credibility within the E(M)U as well as increased energy security, the challenges that have been daunting the Baltic states in the past years and decades.
In order to better understand the origins and the significance of these priorities, this Study is divided into three distinct parts dealing with historical and political context of the three Baltic states (Part 1), the causes and consequences of the recent economic crisis (Part 2) and specific issues related to the energy policy in the region (Part 3).