President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President to engage in discussions on the EU strategy for economic growth in Brussels

2010-03-24
Wednesday, March 24, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė leaves for a two-day working visit to Brussels to participate in the European Council meeting.

This time, the European Council will discuss the European Union's strategy for economic and social development towards 2020 proposed by the European Commission.

"Our goal is to make the European Union economically strong, educated and competitive. This could be achieved only after we have overcome the crisis and by implementing successfully the European Union's development strategy for 2020. What is most important for Lithuania in the Strategy, it's a guaranteed growth of employment, curtailment of poverty, reduction of social exclusion, and investment in the economy that relies on modern scientific achievements and high-skilled specialists. It is also important for Lithuania that all barriers for growth are eliminated. Therefore, I will speak out in Brussels for the creation of the internal energy market of the European Union, particularly for the elimination of fragmentation as early as possible and for the connection of energy networks," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The European Commission sets the target of increasing the employment of the population aged 20-64 to 75 and investing 3 of the EU's GDP in research and development. In the area of energy and climate change, it sets the target of reducing energy consumption by 20 and enhancing energy efficiency likewise, plus reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by 20-30.

In the area of education, it proposes to reduce the number of early school leavers in the European Union from 15 to 10, and to seek that at least 40 of the population in their thirties have tertiary education. Moreover, the European Commission invites the EU Member States to reduce the number of people living below their national poverty lines by 25.

The European Council is also set to examine the efforts by the EU and its Member States to tackle the current economic crisis, hold preliminary discussions concerning preparations for the G-20 Summit, and follow up on the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.03.24 10:37

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