Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis: EU external border security is our common priority

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2017 07 03

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Earlier today, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, to discuss future prospects of the European Union, BREXIT, support for Ukraine, as well as issues of energy and nuclear security.

The Prime Minister has noted the general positive public sentiment about our country’s membership in the European Union; therefore, Lithuania is ready to make every effort to achieve the unity of the Member States. “We are firmly convinced about the importance of the contribution of all the EU countries as regards our common future”, said Saulius Skvernelis.  

The Prime Minister has emphasized the need for the synchronization of electricity networks, via Poland, with the continental Europe, pointing out Lithuania’s expectations for strong support from the EC in this regard. The Prime Minister has also said that Lithuania hopes for early joint decisions aimed at the development of the regional gas market and common infrastructure.

Saulius Skvernelis has once again drawn EC’s attention to the threat posed by the Belarusian nuclear power plant and confirmed Lithuania’s dedication to stand tall on this issue with a view to ensuring greater public security through available means.  Frans Timmermans has responded by saying that the EU would continue insisting on international security screening tests to enable the project to proceed.

The interlocutors have agreed about the importance of the external security and the need for it to continue as one of EU’s top priorities.  The EC Vice-President has thanked Lithuania for “understanding the importance of European solidarity in addressing the problem of migration within the EU”.  He has also pointed out Italy’s difficult situation with unrelenting migratory flows, stressing that the EU should demonstrate solidarity and real help in this regard.