President of the Republic of Lithuania

President urges the European Parliament to mobilise good will towards solution of energy problems in Europe

2009-08-26


Wednesday, August 26, Brussels - Before finalising the two-day working visit to Brussels, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the new President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek.

Lithuanian President said she highly welcomed the fact that the European Parliament was led for the first time ever by a representative of Central-Eastern European Member State of the EU.

In the meeting with the European Parliament's President, Lithuanian President stressed the need to address institutional issues of the EU as soon as possible, in appointing a new leader of the European Commission and continuing preparations for institutional reforms envisaged in the Lisbon Treaty.

President Grybauskaitė and President of the European Parliament agreed that solution of energy problems was of utmost importance both for Lithuania and the whole European Union. According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, negotiations by individual countries with energy suppliers separately will not be efficient.

"The European Union does not have a common energy policy yet. Nevertheless, Member States can demonstrate a common good will to take decisions together. The European Parliament could play a crucial role here, by using its huge authority as the only institution elected directly by citizens," the Head of State said.

President Grybauskaitė invited the European Parliament's leader to patron and participate in the conference to be held in the European Parliament in Brussels in October on the issue of evaluation of totalitarian regimes, 70 years after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Jerzy Buzek responded positively.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.08.26 18:10

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