Friday, June 28, Brussels - At the European Council summit in Brussels, President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented priorities of the Lithuanian EU Council Presidency starting next week. Speaking about the primary tasks and objectives of Lithuania's Presidency, she accentuated our country's aim for a credible, growing and open Europe.
"With Croatia joining the EU, we will have 28 member states in the Union. Lithuania's presidency priorities reflect the interests of all European citizens - we will seek financial stability, economic growth and job creation. Another major goal of our presidency will be open and safe Europe and its neighborhood," the President said.
Lithuania will have to complete negotiations on legislative acts to allow the funds from the EU budget for the 2014-2020 period to reach the member states on time.
The President has pointed out that in order to restore confidence in Europe's economy it is necessary to ensure financial stability which is one of the underlying priorities of Lithuania's EU Council Presidency. Financial stability will be sought by strengthening the economic and monetary union and building the banking union. It is therefore vital to continue reforms in financial sector, promote economic governance and the fight against tax evasion.
The second priority item on the Lithuanian EU Presidency agenda is stimulation of economic growth. To this end, real action is needed to bring down the rate of unemployment, particularly of young people. It is also essential to exploit more effectively the potential of the single market - stronger services, digital and energy markets can give a powerful impetus to boost competitiveness of the European Union.
Open Europe is the third priority of Lithuania's EU Presidency. According to the President, closer cooperation with neighbors and strategic partners is essential to making Europe stronger. It is expected that the Vilnius Summit to be held in November will launch a new quality phase in the EU-Eastern Partnership relations.
Last updated 2013.06.28 11:25Back