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President: Removal of bureaucratic barriers and creation of new jobs will help Europe and Lithuania come out of crisis

2009-12-11

Friday, December 11, Brussels - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė spoke out at the European Council meeting in Brussels for a maximally efficient European Union's economic revival plan backed by structural reforms and supportive of interests of each Member State for the period until 2020.

"It is very important for Lithuania that we have reached a political agreement on the need to focus on job creation, sustainable economic growth, and removal of bureaucratic barriers. We have also agreed to convene an informal meeting of heads of states and governments next spring, in which I intend to defend fiercely the common interests of Lithuania and other Baltic and Nordic countries concerning energy independence and electricity connections," the President of Lithuania said.

EU leaders also discussed preparedness for the Climate Summit on December 18 in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen, to be attended by the President of Lithuania, too. EU leaders exchanged views on how the European Union could support developing countries to help them reduce pollution, launch modern technologies, and promote green investment.

According to the President, there is no controversy within Europe as to the long-term and medium-term period, but Europe's concrete decisions will depend on the stand to be taken by the U.S., China, and India, as the largest industrial polluters in the world. The President hopes these countries will disclose their stand before the Copenhagen Summit next week.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė continues her working visit in Brussels, where she is attending the second session of the European Council meeting.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.12.11 07:55

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