President of the Republic of Lithuania

Meeting of the Council of the Presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine to be held in Vilnius

2017-12-07

Thursday, December 7, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, on Friday, December 8, at 10:15 a.m. The two heads of state will chair a bilateral presidential council.

This is the tenth meeting of the Council of the Presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine held annually to address the most important bilateral issues as well as cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union, and Ukraine and NATO.

Special focus will be placed on strengthening collaboration between Lithuania and Ukraine, especially in the fields of energy security, migration and economic development. Four agreements will be signed: a protocol of the presidential council meeting, setting the guidelines of cooperation for the next year; a memorandum on strategic cooperation in the field of energy; agreement on cooperation in the field of migration; and agreement on amendments to the agreement between Lithuania and Ukraine on social protection of 23 April 2001.

The implementation of European reforms will be on top of the meeting's agenda. According to the President, an effective reform process is crucial for the successful development of Ukraine and the welfare of its people. Therefore, the primary objective now is to streamline all efforts towards fighting corruption, strengthening the rule of law, and improving business climate and administrative capacities.

The two presidents will also discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine, focusing on security matters. The Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels several weeks ago agreed on 20 key priorities aimed at expanding cooperation between the European Union and Ukraine as well as the other two associated partner countries in the areas of security, defense and counter action against hybrid, cyber, information, and energy threats.

In order to fight hostile propaganda and ensure the broadcasting of objective information to the territories occupied by separatists, Lithuania has decided to hand over seven land-based transmitters to Ukraine. Lithuania was among the first countries to start providing military assistance to Ukraine.

During his visit to Lithuania, President Petro Poroshenko will be accompanied by a business delegation. The two presidents will open a bilateral economic forum aimed at promoting closer contacts in renewable energy, financial consulting and information technologies.

President Petro Poroshenko will open Square Ukraine in Vilnius. After the annual presidential council meeting in Kyiv last year, Lithuania Square was inaugurated in recognition of strong bonds of friendship that exist between the two nations.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.12.07 13:56

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