In preparation for the negotiations in the European Council on the EU's multiannual financial framework on June 19, President Gitanas Nausėda had a telephone conversation with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The two leaders also discussed energy security and nuclear security issues.
The President thanked Ursula von der Leyen for her efforts in making proposals and adopting decisions on the response to the social and economic crisis in the EU caused by the pandemic.
The President emphasized that the priorities and proposals submitted by the European Commission were in line with his vision of the welfare state and aimed at reducing social and regional exclusion as well as developing green and innovative European Union and Lithuania based on digital innovation. Lithuania supports the Commission’s plans to focus on investments in the implementation of structural reforms, as well as green transformation, digitization, strengthening industry and health care systems to promote the recovery of the European economy.
According to the President, Lithuania sees the Commission's proposals for the multiannual financial framework and the European Recovery Fund as a single negotiating package. The President noted that although the lack of progress on the multiannual financial framework was partially offset by the new temporary European Recovery Fund proposed by the Commission, it was crucial for Lithuania to ensure that the implementation of the ambitious EU strategic agenda was based on sustainable and long-term funding.
"Lithuania's position on the size of the EU budget remains unchanged, i.e., the multiannual financial framework should be more ambitious, it is important to give more funding for the Cohesion Policy and agriculture and to seek convergence of direct payments to farmers", said the President. The President reminded that Lithuania expected the EU to respect its commitments regarding the necessary funding for the closure of the Ignalina NPP and the implementation of the Kaliningrad Transit Program.
The President highlighted the need to ensure that all member states had access to the European Recovery Fund based on fair and objective allocation criteria. "The allocation principles must be as similar as possible to those used for allocation of cohesion funding, and the scope and geographical coverage of the Just Transition Fund for combating climate change must be extended", said the President. The President also added that it was necessary not only to maintain the current level of funding of military mobility but to increase it.
According to the President, it is necessary to strive for a fair sharing of the burden and to drop the current correction mechanism used for the contributions to the EU budget.
During the conversation, the issue of synchronization of electricity connections with the continental Europe, which are highly relevant for Lithuania, as well as the threat posed by the unsafe Ostravets NPP and the need to prevent energy generated by unsafe power plants from entering the EU market were also touched upon.
Last updated 2020.06.15 11:02Back