President of the Republic of Lithuania

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Lithuania at the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė

2018-09-07

Friday, September 7, Vilnius At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive on a working visit to Lithuania on Friday, September 14. The visit manifests closer enhanced relations between Lithuania and Germany at both the bilateral level and in the framework of cooperation within the European Union and NATO.

Dalia Grybauskaitė and Angela Merkel will discuss topical EU agenda issues, cooperation ties in defense as well as further prospects for the development of economic and business contacts. Chancellor Merkel will also visit soldiers from Germany serving in the German-led NATO forward presence battle group in Rukla.

This autumn, the European Union will have to make urgent decisions on migration, future relationship with the United Kingdom and the new multi-annual budget. These issues will be in the focus of the meeting between Dalia Grybauskaitė and Angela Merkel. In the face of growing populism, nationalism and isolationism, Europe needs responsible leadership. Lithuania firmly supports Germany and the German Chancellor in their efforts to strengthen the European Union and its role in the world.

Germany is a strategic security partner of Lithuania. The leaders of the two countries will address geopolitical challenges, defense cooperation and the implementation of the decisions made at the NATO summit in Brussels. It is important for Lithuanian and European security to make NATO a stronger alliance as soon as possible, especially in our region.

Lithuania and Germany maintain dynamic economic contacts. German investments in Lithuania amount to a total of 1.1 billion euros, making Germany the third biggest investor in our country. Last year was the most successful in attracting investments from Germany. The meeting’s agenda will also include better options for bilateral economic cooperation, especially in the fields of IT, biotechnologies and industrial engineering where high added value is created.

After their bilateral meeting, President Grybauskaitė and Chancellor Merkel will be joined by the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian prime ministers at a working lunch in the Presidential Palace.

It will be Angela Merkel’s third visit to Lithuania. In June of last year, President Dalia Grybauskaitė awarded the German Chancellor with one of the highest state decorations of Lithuania – Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great.

 

Information for the media

Media representatives who wish to cover the meeting between President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Chancellor Angela Merkel but do not have permanent accreditation are requested to contact the Press Service by e-mail: spauda@prezidentas.lt before Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 hours.  

Media representatives who wish to cover Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with German soldiers deployed to the NATO forward presence battle group in Rukla (Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment) on Friday, September 14, are requested to register with the Department of Strategic Communication and Public Relations at the Ministry of National Defense by e-mail: vis@kam.lt before Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 hours.

Please specify your full name, media outlet, contact data (mobile phone, e-mail).

Freelancers and foreign media must first receive accreditation at the Department of Strategic Communication and Public Relations (Ministry of National Defense) by e-mail: vis@kam.lt. Please attach media accreditation form, copies of ID and media outlet confirmation.

Upon arrival to the event, members of the media must present ID document and media outlet card.

The event will be open only to media with prior registration.

Only members of the media with prior registration will receive the programme of the event in Rukla.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.09.10 15:30

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