President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President leaves for Bulgaria and Serbia

2018-05-16

Wednesday, May 16, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving for Bulgaria to attend the informal European Council meeting and EU-Western Balkans summit. The President will also visit Serbia to meet with President Aleksandar Vučić and attend a basketball match of the Euro League Final Four in Belgrade.

The informal European Council meeting will discuss ways to ensure the continuation of nuclear non-proliferation by Iran following the withdrawal of the U.S. from the international nuclear agreement with Iran. The leaders will also decide on avenues for ensuring mutually beneficial trade relations with the U.S. and discuss ways to enhance innovations and development of digital technologies on EU scale.

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia will host the summit of the European Union and countries of Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. Leaders will discuss closer cooperation for addressing common security and migration challenges and assisting the Western Balkans’ countries to take the path of European reforms. Lithuania supports European integration aspirations of the Western Balkan states. According to the President, EU membership will depend on the candidate’s progress in the implementation of necessary reforms and its determination to uphold European values. Currently EU membership negotiations are underway with Serbia and Montenegro.

At the bilateral meeting in Belgrade, Dalia Grybauskaitė will discuss Serbia’s EU membership with President Aleksandar Vučić. The Presidents will talk about the implementation of reforms in Serbia, international matters and bilateral relations. A country striving for EU membership is expected not only to lead a determined fight against corruption, strengthen civil society but also to uphold European values in its foreign policy. Neither EU member states nor candidate countries can ignore the violations of international law and Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine.

In Belgrade, the President will watch Žalgiris Kaunas play in the EuroLeague Final Four.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.05.16 08:40

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