President Gitanas Nausėda took part in a remote meeting of the European Council convened to discuss the coordinated EU response to the spread of the pandemic, ensuring smooth vaccination in the EU as well as the principles of the vaccination certificate.
“The Commission’s proposal to vaccinate 70 percent of adult population in the EU, thus creating a collective immunity in each member state is an ambitious target. To achieve this, two key preconditions must be implemented, including faster supply of vaccines and adequate preparation for mass vaccination at the national level”, the President said.
According to the President, EU collective immunity target is a serious commitment to the EU citizens, and we must step up this commitment with real action.
The President highlighted that it was necessary to increase significantly the supply of vaccines to all member states. It was also essential to ensure transparency and openness of vaccine supply. This could be achieved by establishing long-term vaccine distribution schedules with the active involvement of the EU institutions in the entire process of vaccine production, purchasing and building logistics capacity. The Baltic leaders expressed this expectation in a letter to President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen sent before the Council meeting.
The President emphasized how important it was to facilitate access to the vaccine in the neighborhood of the EU and called for the establishment of a special EU vaccination assistance mechanism for neighboring countries.
During the meeting, the President took the opportunity to address the leaders of the EU institutions and member states condemning the actions of the Russian authorities in arresting and imprisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
“We must respond quickly and decisively at the highest level. The actions of the authorities of the Russian Federation are not in line with the principles of human rights and freedoms nor democratic values. We must respond to those actions. I proposed to extend the EU's universal human rights sanctions regime to the Russian authorities responsible for the illegal detention of Alexei Navalny”, the President said.
Last updated 2021.01.22 08:01Back