NATO ENERGY SECURITY Center of Excellence

The NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence was visited by Iceland Foreign Affairs Minister

On 8th of April the Iceland Foreign Affairs Minister Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd GYLFADÓTTIR visited the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE). The delegation was welcomed by the Centre’s director Colonel Darius Užkuraitis.

At the start of the meeting COL Darius Užkuraitis introduced the NATO ENSEC COE structure, mission and growing demand for support.

During the meeting Subject Matter Expert Jolanta Zapkuvienė from Doctrine and Concept Development Division presented the concept on the “Operational Energy” and Energy Management Handbook. The Head of Strategic Analysis Division LTC Darius Aukščionis introduced ongoing studies. Vytautas Butrimas, the Subject Matter Expert from Research and Lessons Learned Division, underlined the importance of Cyber security.

At the end of the meeting it was discussed about possible cooperation due to Energy Security issues.

The NATO ENSEC COE was established on 10th of July and accredited on 12th of October, 2012. Currently it operates as a widely recognized international military organization with the aim of providing qualified and appropriate experts advices on questions related to operational energy security.

The mission of the NATO ENSEC COE is to assist Strategic Commands, other NATO bodies, nations, partners, and other civil and military entities by supporting NATO’s capability development process, mission effectiveness, and interoperability in the near, mid and long terms by providing comprehensive and timely subject matter expertise on all aspects of energy security. The mission includes cost effective solutions to support military requirements, energy efficiency in the operational field, and interaction with academia and industry.