President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. EU future and security, preparation for negotiations for the new Multiannual Financial Perspective, addressing migration challenges, protection of citizens’ rights in Brexit, ensuring the rule of law in the Community as well as other topical issues of the EU agenda were discussed at the meeting.
According to the President, it is time for the European Union to move from abstract discussions about the future to deeds through ensuring people’s safety, security and prosperity. A series of cyber-attacks that shook Europe, security, economic and migration challenges demand a responsible political rather than verbal response.
Last week, the European Council has made an important step and established the European Defense Fund. According to the President, safety of the European people, enhanced cyber-security, focus on innovations and projects of strategic importance that increase the connectivity and competitiveness of the European countries must remain EU priorities and be reflected in the new multiannual budget. It is also important for Lithuania to have consistent funding for safe decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant assured.
The President said that the synchronization of electricity power grids with continental Europe was the last step in establishing regional energy independence. The goal of Lithuania is to avoid delay and finalize synchronization projects before 2025. For this purpose, a solid support from the European Commission is paramount.
Dalia Grybauskaitė and the First Vice-President of the European Commission also discussed the challenges posed by Astravyets nuclear power plant. The President underscored that this geopolitical project was being developed undermining international nuclear safety standards and posed a threat to the people of entire Europe. Therefore, fighting against the construction of unsafe nuclear power plant in the EU neighborhood is a common task of the EU institutions, member states and international community.
Press Service of the President