President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: Lithuania seeks fair and well-balanced EU budget

2019-10-19

Friday, October 18, Brussels – The European Council meeting was held on October 18 to discuss EU Strategic Agenda, multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 and climate change.

At the meeting, President Gitanas Nausėda stressed the need for a fair and well-balanced EU budget.

“Preliminary proposals made by the Finnish Presidency and the European Commission are not acceptable to Lithuania, especially due to insufficient direct payments in agriculture. We should not have two-speed Europe. We should allocate adequate funding to cohesion and agriculture policies as well as EU priorities including climate change and innovation development”, the President said. 

The President noted that we must put every effort to shift to green, clean and safe energy both in the EU and globally. All the necessary decisions must be taken to ensure that EU neighboring countries follow the highest environmental standards.   

It is highly important that EU demonstrated leadership in the implementation of Paris agreements and moving towards green economy. This leadership should be based on implementation of safe technological solutions and safeguard third countries' compliance with the highest international environmental standards.

Adequate funding of strategic policies is also crucial in order to deliver on climate change objectives. According to the President, climate neutrality objectives relate to support for agriculture and cohesion, and therefore reduction of funding will also have an impact on climate change objectives and commitments to the Community. Lithuania has confirmed that it will move to a carbon neutral emissions by 2050.

The Council meeting began with a presentation of the priorities of the strategic agenda.

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Last updated 2019.10.22 15:26

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