President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: we must agree on fair multiannual budget and the European Recovery Fund based on objective criteria

2020-06-26

President Gitanas Nausėda had a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council Charles Michel to discuss the agenda of the forthcoming Council meeting in June regarding the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework and the European recovery instrument.

A phone call by Charles Michel is a part of the bilateral consultations with the EU member states that he has initiated to find out the leaders’ positions on the allocation criteria for the European Recovery Fund.

The President reiterated that Lithuania expected a fair multiannual EU budget and the European financial recovery instrument that would be based on objective criteria in line with the effects of the crisis. The President expressed hope that the new financial instrument would not be developed at the expense of the multiannual budget.

“It is important to ensure greater funding for the cohesion policy and agriculture, as well as achieve convergence of payments to farmers”, the President said. The President also said that the EU should respect its commitments and ensure adequate funding for the closure of the Ignalina NPP and the Kaliningrad transit programme.

According to the President, it was necessary to strive for a fair sharing of the burden and the current correction mechanism applicable to the contributions to the EU budget had to be dropped.

During the conversation, the President pointed out Russia’s attempts to rewrite the history and to rehabilitate the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols. “We must consolidate our efforts in Europe to prevent Russia’s attempts to mislead the Western society and call into question the foundations of international law”, the President said.

The two leaders also discussed the nuclear safety issues in the EU neighborhood. President Gitanas Nausėda noted 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 EU internal market. The President of the European Council assured President Nausėda that nuclear safety was highly relevant to the EU and he was going to contact the President of Belarus soon.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.06.26 20:10

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