President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President to attend the European Council meeting

2019-10-16

Wednesday, October 16, Vilnius President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for a working visit to Brussels to attend the European Council meeting on October 17-18.

Priorities of the multiannual financial framework 2019-2027, implementation of the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, climate change issues and Brexit are scheduled for discussion at the Council meeting.

According to the President, ambitious EU plans require an ambitious approach to the allocation of funds, and EU leaders are planning to negotiate proposals made by the Finnish presidency for a budget plan to reduce funding for key policies, i.e., cohesion and agriculture.

“Contents are what matters in the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework and not the speed. We will have to make a compromise, but we will try to negotiate lower budget cuts in cohesion and agriculture policy and reach the necessary level of funding for contractual commitments, that is, the closure of the Ignalina NPP, the implementation of the Kaliningrad Special Transit Scheme and regional infrastructure projects. We cannot ignore the fact that currently, the EU agricultural payments to the Baltic States do not even reach the minimum level”, said the President, adding that it was necessary for Lithuanian researchers to pay attention to the wider possibilities offered by the European Horizon program.

Eu leaders should exchange ideas on the implementation of the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024. Together with Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania will present priorities for the next EU political cycle. The priorities will focus on innovation, deepening of an open and integrated European market, climate change, energy, and transport infrastructure projects.

The Council will also discuss Brexit. Lithuania aims to reach an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Together with EU leaders, the President will seek further engagement from the United Kingdom on security issues and efforts to secure economic cooperation between the Community and the UK, avoiding adverse consequences for the EU member states. 

This Council meeting takes place in the face of the ongoing negotiations on Brexit and institutional changes – on November 1, the new European Commission starts its work and the appointed President Charles Michel will assume office on December 1. It is also the first Council meeting attended by President Gitanas Nausėda.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.10.17 09:14

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