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The President called upon Commissioner Sinkevičius to raise nuclear safety issues more actively in the European Commission

2020-07-03

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Member of the European Commission Virginijus Sinkevičius responsible for environment, oceans and fisheries. The President and the Commissioner discussed the Commission’s initiatives in the field of environment and climate change, the progress of the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework and the European recovery instrument, the issues of the Ostravets NPP, the recently adopted EU biodiversity strategy and the ecological situation in the Baltic Sea.

The President emphasized that both the implementation of an ambitious EU agenda and the fight against the economic and social consequences of the COVID pandemic required an ambitious multiannual budget and a fair and effective European recovery instrument based on objective criteria. “The multiannual EU budget should not be drawn up at the expense of the recovery instrument”, the President said.

The President believes that more funding should be allocated to the cohesion policy and agriculture, and the implementation of the EU obligations, i.e., the Special Kaliningrad Transit Programme and the closure of the Ignalina NPP. The President also said that direct payments to the EU farmers had to be harmonized ensuring a level playing field in the internal market of the European Union. 

The nuclear safety issue in the EU neighborhood was touched upon during the meeting. The President said that the conclusions of the European Council meeting of December 2019 had to be implemented and according to those conclusions all the installations in the third countries had to meet the highest environmental and nuclear safety standards, and electricity generated by unsafe power plants should not enter the internal market of the European Union.

The Commission’s agenda for environment and climate change, as well as the new initiatives such as the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Chemicals Strategy, were discussed. The President thanked the Commissioner for his special attention to the ecological situation in the Baltic Sea which is among the most polluted seas in the world. 

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.07.03 11:04

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