President of the Republic of Lithuania

Energy independence – shared interest of Lithuania and Romania


Wednesday, July 14, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė received Romanian President Traian Băsescu who arrived on an official visit to Lithuania.

During their meeting, the Presidents of Lithuania and Romania discussed bilateral relations, possibilities for promoting economic cooperation, energy security issues, and also EU and NATO policies.

Dalia Grybauskaitė and Traian Băsescu agreed to coordinate more actively their relevant national interests when deciding on a number of EU matters, to harmonize their positions in the fields of economy, energy in particular, and regarding other topical European issues, and to work closer in the development of EU policies towards Moldova, the Black Sea region and the Caucasus countries.

"Our countries are united by their common interests in Nordic and Southern Europe: to ensure energy supplies to Europe via alternative and independent energy routes," the President said.

According to President Grybauskaitė, Lithuania and Romania will continue working together in the development of NATO's new Strategic Concept and the promotion of foreign and security policy interests in the EU and NATO. She pointed out that it was necessary to have the principle of collective security firmly established in the new strategy and an adequate focus made on new threats in order to ensure international security in Europe and the world.

President Grybauskaitė thanked the Romanian President for the support extended by his country to the NATO Baltic air policing mission.

"I hope that this meeting of ours will further strengthen cooperation ties between Lithuania and Romania, promote bilateral economic relations, and improve contacts between our business and culture communities as well as between the people of Lithuania and Romania," the President said.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.07.14 13:49