President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President will make official visit to Croatia

2015-06-28

Sunday, June 28, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė will be travelling to Croatia for a two day official visit on June 29-30, where she will meet with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Prime Minister Zoran Milanović. The President will also attend an energy forum to deliver a speech on the need to create the EU’s energy union as well as about the significance of LNG terminals for ensuring energy independence.

It will be the President’s second visit to Croatia. The Croatian people warmly recall her previous visit in 2013 when their country joined the European Union and Lithuania, at the same time, took over the EU Council presidency. Dalia Grybauskaitė addressed people in Zagreb in Croatian and presented the President of Croatia with a  basketball T-shirt which read “One team – one dream”.

In her meetings with the Croatian president and prime minister, Dalia Grybauskaitė will discuss prospects for deepening bilateral relations, political and economic contacts, cooperation in the European Union and NATO, the security environment in Europe, hybrid warfare threats and measures to counter them. Special focus will be placed on energy security.

Croatia is especially interested in Lithuania’s experience of building an LNG terminal. Croatia imports more than half of its energy resources from other countries; therefore, ensuring energy security is an important objective. Croatia’s LNG terminal, just like the LNG terminal in Klaipėda, has been included in the EU list of strategic objects.

The energy forum, which will be opened by the Lithuania and Croatian presidents, will gather 200 participants. Among the speakers from Lithuania will be Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis, representatives of strategic energy companies and energy experts who will share Lithuanian experience on the path to energy security.

Lithuania and Croatia are the only countries in Europe who are led by women presidents elected by direct popular vote. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović won the presidential election several months ago. She has already joined the Council of Women World Leaders chaired by the Lithuanian president.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2015.06.29 08:03

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