Friday, June 29, Brussels - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently attending the European Council meeting, met with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.
The meeting, which was also attended by Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, focused on key priorities of the Baltic countries in the negotiations on a new EU financial perspective.
The Lithuanian leader underlined that a new seven-year financial framework of the European Union, starting in 2014, should set out measures for boosting Europe's economic growth and competitiveness. However, the current proposal by the European Commission does not provide equal conditions for the Baltic countries to compete with other EU member states on the single European market.
Fairer allocation of direct agricultural payments to farmers and non-discriminatory treatment in distributing the structural aid, especially of the Baltic States that were most severely hit by the crisis, is a common interest and goal of all three Baltic countries.
"The Commission's current proposal is very unfavorable to the Baltic countries. Big differences remain between old and new member states. Our farmers cannot compete equally on the single European market. Such situation cannot continue any longer," the President said.
According to the President, for the countries that suffered the most during the recession European structural support is a very important factor in looking for ways to resolve the crisis and boost economic growth. This support is especially significant and relevant for the Baltic countries.