Wednesday, June 13, Vilnius – At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is paying a state visit to Lithuania on June 13-15. The King of the Netherlands will be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and by a large business delegation that includes more than 40 representatives of the biggest Dutch energy companies.
Cooperation between Lithuania and the Netherlands in defense, energy and economics as well as boosting cultural and public relations are the main topics of the royal visit. The King of the Netherlands and the President will attend a bilateral energy forum, unveil a monument to Dutch diplomat and Righteous Among the Nations Jan Zwartendijk in Kaunas and will meet with Dutch troops in Rukla.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a close and reliable NATO ally which contribution to our regional security is key. Therefore, defense cooperation will be in the focus during the visit. Dutch troops were among the first to join the German-led NATO enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania and have repeatedly served in the Baltic Air Policing mission. Lithuania and the Netherlands share the interest to improve military mobility in Europe and cyber security in the EU. The Netherlands are joining the EU Cyber Rapid Response Force formed on Lithuania’s initiative.
The Netherlands is a key economic partner of Lithuania. It is the second largest investor in Lithuania with investments reaching almost two billion euro. The energy forum held during the royal visit will contribute to closer bilateral business relations. More than 150 business representatives from both countries, including such companies as Shell, Gasunie and Nuon Vattenfall, will attend the forum. For Dutch businesses, Lithuania is a gateway to LNG export to the entire Baltic region; therefore, new avenues for cooperation in the LNG sector as well as the development of renewable energy will be discussed at the forum. Lithuanian energy start-ups will be presented to the King of the Netherlands and to the President of Lithuania.
In Kaunas, the President and the King of the Netherlands will unveil the monument to Dutch diplomat and Righteous Among the Nations Jan Zwartendijk. The Honorary Consul of the Netherlands rescued more than 2400 Jews from Lithuania and Poland by issuing them transit visas to Curacao. The diplomat’s children will also attend the solemn ceremony. In 2012, the Dutch diplomat was posthumously awarded the Life Saving Cross of Lithuania and, from now on, a symbolic installation of light will immortalize his memory in Laisvės Alėja, the high street of Kaunas.
Last updated 2018.06.13 09:48Back