Prime Minister: over 30 years the Baltic States have become an example of success

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2019 08 23

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis participated in the informal meeting of Prime Ministers of the Baltic States which was held in Riga to mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way.

At the meeting with Ināra Mūrniece,  Speaker of the Latvian Parliament, the Prime Minister stressed that the Baltic Way is the ultimate and meaningful act of unity between the Baltic nations and emphasised the importance of further cooperation between the three Baltic States at all levels and in all fields.

'Today we mark this special occasion – the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Baltic Council of Ministers. We are proud of the achievements made by our countries over the last 30 years. We did a great deal of work together. We all, individually and jointly, have become an example of success to be followed by other countries,' said the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

During the working lunch of the Prime Ministers of the Baltic States the key issues of regional cooperation as well as topical issues relating to foreign policy and EU were discussed.

Prime Minister thanked for the progress achieved during the Latvian presidency of the Baltic Council of Ministers when implementing common priorities. He also pointed out that Estonia was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2020-2021, which is an achievement to be enjoyed by all three countries.

It was emphasised that the synchronisation of electrical networks of the Baltic States with the EU via Poland has become irreversible, however, the agreed schedule must be followed in order to attain this strategic objective in 2025.

'Astravets NPP remains a challenge to the Baltic States and the whole region. The status quo of the project remains unchanged – the conclusions of international experts remain unrealised, but plans on the commissioning of the NPP are trumpeted. Lithuania does not alter its position. Problems relating to the safety of Astravets NPP should be solved before making it operational,' stressed the Head of the Government.

The participants of the meeting also emphasised that it is important to maintain the unity of the region in order to avoid the access of 'dirty' electricity (produced failing to respect the international nuclear safety and environment standards) to the market of the Baltic States.

According to Saulius Skvernelis, significant progress has been achieved in implementing the project 'Rail Baltica', however, adequate EU financial support is needed in order to ensure successful and timely implementation thereof.

The following topical issues were also discussed: EU related realities, transatlantic relations and meeting of NATO leaders to be held at the end of the year.