Prime Minister: As of this May, the Southeast Lithuania will see five Polish TV channels


2018 03 09


Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met earlier today with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The Prime Minister has thanked the Polish Head of Government for his visit and pointed out Poland’s importance as a partner and Polish national minority’s value for the Lithuanian society. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has informed the Polish Prime Minister about the future launch of 5 Polish TV channels to be viewed in the Southeast Lithuania.

‘We have always been paying much attention to the theme of national minorities, and we will continue so in the future. They are our citizens. These issues require joint attention from both governments. We are interested in an open dialogue, ‘said Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Poland is the 2nd largest export market for our goods, and the trade flows continue to grow. The Prime Minister has pointed out the economic significance of the investment made by PKN Orlen over the decade.
‘We are pleased to have achieved a mutually beneficial solution between the companies Orlen Lietuva and Lietuvos geležinkeliai. It is exactly today that the reconstruction works are starting to be completed by 2019. We are ready to continue to support Orlen Lietuva in Lithuania,’ said the Prime minister.

The Prime Minister has welcomed the breakthrough in the field of transport: the work started in Poland with the modernisation of the European railway track from Warsaw to Lithuania, the Warsaw-Kaunas highway  to be completed by 2023, the increasing number of flights operated by LOT Airlines from Lithuania in May, as well as the initiative on a ferry line between Klaipėda and Szczecin. Saulius Skvernelis has expressed his gratitude to his Polish colleague for supporting the Baltic States’ synchronization with continental European networks through Poland.

The Prime Ministers have also discussed the construction of the Polish-Lithuanian gas pipeline (GIPL), the bilateral cooperation in the field of regional security, and the situation of the national minorities in both countries. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.
The meeting was followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Poland on Enhanced Strategic Energy Cooperation and the Cooperation Agreement between the Directorate of Sea ports of Szczecin and Svinouisci and the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority.

Poland’s Prime Minister will later attend a meeting of the Prime Ministers’ Council of the Baltic Council of Ministers at the National Martynas Mažvydas Library. The meeting between the Baltic and Polish Prime Ministers will focus on strengthening of the four-party dialogue, particularly focusing on common positions on European Union issues, such as the multiannual financial perspective, BREXIT’s influence on the region, and nuclear security issues, the ongoing dialogue with the European Commission regarding the rule of law in Poland. Attention will also be paid to the security of the region in the run-up to the NATO Summit, relations with the eastern neighbours, and additional support measures for Ukraine.