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Nordic-Baltic unity will lead to successful development of Nordic-Baltic region


Thursday, December 10, Brussels - "Only close cooperation between Nordic and Baltic states will lead to successful development of the Baltic region," says President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė on a working visit to Brussels.

Before the European Council meeting, an informal meting of heads of Nordic and Baltic states and governments (NB6) took place on the initiative of President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Lithuanian President chairing the meeting underlined that the states of the Baltic Sea region were united by shared interests towards economic development of the region and by strategic projects that could be implemented only by close cooperation and stronger dialogue between heads of states, but also between business, culture and science communities.

Lithuania's President also stressed the possibilities offered to the region by the EU Baltic Sea strategy.

"The Baltic Sea Strategy has provided a good tool for Lithuania, with the help of which our state will engage more actively in developing the region further and in addressing region-wide problems. Efficient and successful implementation of this Strategy might become a perfect example for the development of other regions of the EU," the President said.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė has named the development of relations between Nordic and Baltic countries as one of the top priorities of Lithuania's foreign policy. The first foreign visits paid by the newly-elected President were to Sweden and Latvia (August 2009), and Finland and Estonia (October 2009).

Informal meetings of six North European and Baltic countries are held regularly.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.12.10 17:05