Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis: we are ready to share European integration experience with Montenegro

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2020 03 09

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović and has discussed bilateral relations, economic cooperation and security matters.

In the meeting, Prime Minister Skvernelis has emphasized his appreciation of good and friendly relationship.

‘On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Montenegro to be marked next year, this visit by the President further enhances cooperation and raises relationship onto a higher level in all areas’, said the Head of Government.

In the meeting, the Prime Minister expressed Lithuania’s support for Montenegro’s EU integration and the EU enlargement, thanked for Montenegro’s contribution to NATO and backed NATO’s open door policy. The Lithuanian Government is ready to share its European integration experience with Montenegro. Lithuania supports opening of EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania in March 2020.

It has been stressed that there is something to learn from each other in the field of the fight against hybrid and cyber threats. The Prime Minister has invited Montenegro to establish cooperative relations and to consider joining the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence or participating in collaborative projects with the Centre. It is important to make the most of EU Twinning projects.

There is potential in the field of economic cooperation, which needs to be strengthened. Bilateral trade and tourism between the two countries have great potential. The Prime Minister has invited Montenegro’s companies and state institutions to participate actively in international events held in Lithuania, such as Startup Fair 2020, FinTech conference, annual tourism exhibition Adventur, and international life sciences forum Life Sciences Baltics.   

Prime Minister Skvernelis has extended congratulations to President Đukanović on the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Montenegro in Lithuania, the first among the Western Balkan countries. It is expected to help develop both cultural and bilateral economic relations.