Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and the official delegation have met with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamine Netanyahu. The meeting has basically focused on the pending threat of radicalism in the Middle East and in the world, as well as joint efforts to mitigate the threats in the context of Lithuania's chairmanship over the OSCE and later the EU by including the threat of radicalism on the EU agenda.
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius continues his official visit to Israel. This morning, the Lithuanian Prime Minister has been welcomed by Israeli President Shimon Peres. During the meeting, President Peres has said that Lithuania is very close to Israel, and its heart. "Lithuania is important for our country's history. Vilnius with its warm Jewish community is very important for our nation."- said President S. Peres.
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and the official delegation visited the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, centre for research, commemoration, documentation and education of the Holocaust. Following the tour round the exposition, Prime Minister Kubilius laid a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance with all the names of massacre sites and mass graves imprinted on the floor. Sadly, Lithuania’s Ponery (Paneriai) is listed there too.
Continuing his official visit to Israel, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, attended a round table discussion with the executives of largest Israeli IT companies. The meeting took place in the premises of the company RAD Data Communications, a telecommunications and database management solutions leader in Israel, uniting 15 companies. The discussion was moderated by Zohar Zisapel, Chairman of the Board of RAD Data Communications.
At the Tel Aviv Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, the Prime Minister met with the management, teachers and students of this prestigious university. In his introductory speech, the University President Prof. Uriel Reichman talked about a number of common things that the two nations share. "Both nations fought hard for their independence, identity, language and traditions.
The year 2011 were declared the Year of Remembrance of the Lithuanian Citizens, the Victims of the Holocaust. Victims of the Holocaust, rescuers of Jews and Lithuanian citizen who fought against the Nazi will be commemorated by organizing remembrance events, implementing commemoration and awareness-raising projects. Moreover, efforts will be made to reconstruct as well as commemorate historical and cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jews next year.
On his working visit to Spain, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius met with Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The meeting focused on the economy, energy, and the European Union Eastern Partnership. The counterparts shared their experience as regards economic downturn, consolidation of public finances and economic incentives, and agreed on the need to pursue tight fiscal policies. The two Prime Ministers pointed out that the European Union's economic and financial policy must be united and effective so as to enable Europe to compete in the global market.
Having started his visit to the Kingdom of Spain on Sunday, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, had a working dinner with representatives of energy company Iberdrola, who expressed interest in all the major energy projects undertaken in our country, and had high regard of Lithuania's independent energy strategy. Iberdrola has already been cooperating with Lithuania in building a new unit of “Lietuvos elektrinė” in Elektrėnai.
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and his delegation are on a working visit to Helsinki (Finland). During his meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi, the Prime Minister exchanged views on bilateral relations, economy, energy, regional security, the consequences of the crisis and ways to overcome them; they also discussed future financial prospects.
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and the delegation are leaving on a working visit to Helsinki (Finland) on 10-11 October. "This is another attempt towards investment by the economic diplomacy that has by now proven very successful. The main focus of the meetings: strengthening of economic ties, particularly in energy, transport and high technology. We are steadfast in pursuing our strategic direction towards establishing ourselves as a high-tech and information technology services hub for Nordic-Baltic region,"- Prime Minister describes the objectives of the future visit.
Developments in the energy sector, the closure of the Ignalina nuclear power plant, increased dependency on the constantly rising prices of natural gas: all these factors have led to the need to update the National Energy Strategy. The Government has approved the National Energy Strategy, which is known as Lithuania`s energy independence strategy, drawn up by the Ministry of Energy. It aims at the following three targets.
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has spoken during the morning session of the Asia-Europe summit (ASEM) in Brussels. The ASEM morning session was devoted to the sustainable development. In his speech, Prime Minister Kubilius returned to the topic of the global crisis. “Not us, not Lithuania caused the crisis, but we are responsible for dealing with the current situation as soon and as smoothly as possible”, said Kubilius, adding that it is essential to “learn the lesson of the present crisis and to be ready for times of global trouble that might come in the future”. Sound budget policy and hard work in cutting deficit are the major measures of successful performance, according to the Prime Minister.