EU agenda discussed at Prime Minister’s meeting with Lithuanian representatives in the European Parliament

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2019 11 15

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Lithuanian representatives in the European Parliament to discuss relevant issues on the community agenda.

The Prime Minister has noted that Lithuania has very experienced representatives in the European Parliament, who hold important posts in political groups and committees.

The participants of the meeting have discussed prospects for the approval of the new European Commission, Lithuania’s interests in shaping EU sectoral policies, EU support to Eastern Partnership countries, and measures and prospects for the transatlantic cooperation.

Among other items discussed was multi-annual budget, the internal market (Mobility Package), the rule of law, EU enlargement and the interests of Lithuania and other countries in the region. It has been emphasised that Lithuania should not become a hostage to its relative success in shaping the future EU budget; reduction. It is unacceptable that our country faces 24% reduction as regards cohesion policy funding. Agricultural policy also aims at the convergence of payments by 2027 and adequate funding for rural development. The need for appropriate funding for the protection of the EU’s external land and sea borders has been pointed out. Appreciation has been expressed to the Members of the European Parliament for their strong support in addressing the Ignalina NPP decommissioning.  

Concerning the Mobility Package, the Head of Government has noted the barriers being built in the EU internal market. On 24 October 2019, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, together with the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Romania sent a joint letter to EU leaders noting that the current provisions of the Mobility Package, in particular the obligation for trucks to return to the Member State of establishment, may conflict with internal market objectives and the EU climate initiatives.

The Head of Government has pointed out the role of the European Parliament in addressing historical policy issues, particularly as regards Russia’s illegal actions against prosecutors and judges having investigated the 13th of January case, also other aspects of historical memory. ‘The European Parliament is expected to state its position on this matter, as it was done in the EP resolution of 19 September on the on the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact’, said Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.