President of the Republic of Lithuania President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania to take a more active role in shaping global and regional transport policy

Monday, October 19, Vilnius - "An efficient and well-developed transport system not only promotes the movement of people, but it also encourages the spread of ideas and advances understanding and trust among all citizens. Transport helps overcome trans-boundary differences," President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined in her opening address at the ASEM Transport Ministers' meeting in Vilnius today.

Greeting the audience, President Dalia Grybauskaitė noted that the initiative put forward by Lithuania back in 2007 - to invite most prominent transport representatives from Europe and Asia - was realized, launching a new stage of ASEM activities. Until now, ASEM would only bring together foreign, economic, finance, and culture ministers and experts. The meeting is co-hosted by Lithuania and China.

According to the President of Lithuania, in respect of foreign policy, effective transport corridors forge closer cooperation ties between the neighbouring states and also between geographically distanced countries, and in general, transport is the driving force behind the economy as it encourages healthy competition and secures a more sustainable regional and even global development.

"This forum is therefore greatly important to us because Lithuania seeks active participation in developing global and regional transport policies, improving its image as a transit country, attracting cargo flows from Europe and Asia, and, most importantly, securing the freedom of movement for its citizens across the continent," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

President Grybauskaitė also had a meeting with Vice President of the European Commission for Transport Policy, Antonio Tajani, who expressed the European Commission's support for the joint Baltic railway Project Rail Baltica.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.10.19 15:22