Viewing cable 09VILNIUS319
Title: LITHUANIA WELCOMES U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN IRENA

IdentifierCreatedReleasedClassificationOrigin
09VILNIUS3192009-06-15 13:18:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
R 151318Z JUN 09
FM AMEMBASSY VILNIUS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3553
INFO DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000319 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/15/2019 
TAGS: ENRG SENV LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WELCOMES U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN IRENA 
 
REF: A. STATE 59971 
     ¶B. STATE 61286 
 
Classified By: Charge d'affaires a.i. Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 
(b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) On June 12 we met with Vaidotas Karvelis the head of 
the MFA's Strategic Sector Policy Division, Vaclovas 
Semaskevicius, Chief Specialist of the Energy Ministry's 
Renewable Energy Division, and Marijus Franckevicius, the 
Director of the Lithuanian Energy Agency, to discuss reftels. 
 All welcomed U.S. interest in joining IRENA with Karvelis 
adding that U.S. membership would encourage "ten to twenty 
more countries" to join.  Although all of our GOL 
interlocutors understood and appreciated the benefits of 
locating the IRENA headquarters in the UAE, a European 
location appears to be their preference.  Karvelis said that 
even though the UAE foreign minister recently visited 
Lithuania and advocated for IRENA's placement in his country 
as well as promised 15 million USD annually to fund IRENA 
operations, a majority in the GOL still favored Bonn.  For 
the DG candidacy, Karvelis told us that the GOL favored the 
French or the Danish candidate, as the French candidate was 
the only one who presented herself to the Lithuanian Minister 
of Foreign Affairs and the Danes nominated Lithuania to be on 
the DG selection committee.  Karvelis said that the GOL will 
vote for the French candidate if France supports Lithuania's 
candidate for UNESCO.  Otherwise, the Dane will get the GOL's 
vote. 
 
¶2.  (C) Karvelis said that the GOL does not have an official 
position on the future duties of IRENA, as he was not sure if 
Lithuania would be able to benefit by selling some of its 
present production of photovoltaic cells and planned 
production of wind turbines or if it would be a beneficiary 
of expertise.  Semaskevicius and Franckevicius said that 
IRENA functions are already codified in the statute and that 
members must determine how much effort to put into the 
various tasks assigned by the agreement:  technical 
assistance, best practices and technology-sharing.  Unlike 
the IEA, which Franckevicius said is expert in analysis and 
statistics, IRENA can fulfill these roles.  Karvelis said 
that he expects Lithuania will ratify the IRENA agreement 
this autumn; Lithuania previously signed the statute and the 
cabinet of ministers will review it in a few weeks after 
which it will go to the Seimas (parliament). 
 
 
LEADER