First Deputy Chancellor and Greece’s senior officials discuss development of bilateral cooperation


2019 10 29

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As part of his working visit to Athens, First Deputy Chancellor of the Government Deividas Matulionis has met with Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Themistocles Demiris and Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos to discuss the bilateral cooperation and other important issues on the EU agenda.

It has been underlined that Lithuania and Greece share many more common interests in both the EU and NATO than it might seem at the first sight. Both countries should seek to intensify the political dialogue and cooperation in many areas. This visit is hoped to contribute to closer cooperation.

It has been agreed that the economic cooperation has a potential for further growth. Last month’s Lithuanian-Greek business forum in Vilnius was a very positive sign of the growing cooperation, and it needs to be kept up.

The First Deputy Chancellor has welcomed the common position of both countries on many EU issues, including the EU Multiannual Financial Framework, cohesion and the common agricultural policy.

With migration continuing as a priority in the new political cycle, the First Deputy Chancellor has underlined the need for a permanent solution. It has to be crisis resistant, prevent abuses and guarantee international protection for those in need. Lithuania is closely involved in burden sharing. Lithuania has its officers and equipment present in Greece; this year, Lithuania has relocated migrants from Italy, and is now working on relocation of asylum seekers from Malta.

The First Deputy Chancellor is in Athens to participate in the 4th EU Arab – World Summit Conference.