On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda arrived in Brussels for a two-day session of the European Council convened to discuss the fight against climate change, the Brexit negotiations, and EU-Africa relations. The EU leaders also assessed the overall response to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the epidemiological situation and progress in vaccine development.
In a debate on climate change, the President highlighted that together with other member states Lithuania was prepared to strive for a more ambitious target of cutting down the emissions by 55 percent by 2030.
“Lithuania has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 58 percent since the restoration of independence in 1990. Further rapid reduction in emissions is an ambitious but realistic goal. Adequate funding is also necessary to achieve this goal. It is equally important that the whole of the EU contributes to achieving the target in solidarity and fairly sharing the burden”, the President said.
When discussing the climate change, the President emphasized the Green Lithuania initiative and its objectives.
Pointing out the threat posed by the Ostravets NPP, the President drew the attention of the EU leaders that the third countries had to comply with all international environmental and nuclear safety requirements as well.
During the debate on the negotiations of Brexit, the President thanked EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier for his efforts to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. “We must remain calm and constructive until the result is achieved laying a solid foundation for a comprehensive partnership between the EU and the United Kingdom”, the President said.
Before the meeting with the EU leaders, the President exchanged views on the agenda items with the Nordic and Baltic leaders.
On the second day of the Council, on Friday, the EU leaders will discuss EU-Africa relations, the situation in Belarus as well as sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Last updated 2020.10.16 15:36Back