President of the Republic of Lithuania

President Gitanas Nausėda and European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen discussed Lithuania’s priorities for the EU budget

2020-02-20

President Gitanas Nausėda has arrived for a working visit to Brussels where he will attend the European Council summit, held to negotiate the multiannual financial framework. Before the special meeting, President Gitanas Nausėda met with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen to present Lithuania’s priorities for the EU’s next long-term budget 2021-2027. They also discussed the EU strategic agenda, the Commission’s work programme and its new Green Deal.

“The EU’s ambitious objectives need adequate funding for implementation. Therefore, Lithuania supports the overall budget size proposed by the Commission. The latest proposal put forward by the European Council President is but a small step forward in negotiating a balanced decision for the whole of the European Union. We still have tough discussions ahead of us. Lithuania will continue to raise – firmly and decisively – the matter of delivering proper funding for cohesion, agricultural policy, the decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant, and the Kaliningrad transit scheme. I expressed my expectations openly to the President of the European Council at our meeting this past week. I was just as determined to be heard by the President of the European Commission,” the President said.

During the meeting, Lithuania’s support for the Commission’s Green Deal and its commitment to the 2030 EU climate target were stated. Lithuania’s resolve to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and implement the green funding initiative were also expressed. It was underlined that the delivery of these commitments was directly linked to negotiating the multiannual financial framework and ensuring proper funding for cohesion and agricultural policies, which contributed in a substantial way to fighting climate change.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.02.20 14:24

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