Lithuanian and Dutch Prime Ministers meeting: the OECD membership for Lithuania has become more important than ever before


2015 06 03


On Wednesday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius came to Paris on a two-day working visit to attend a Ministerial Council session of the OECD. The Prime Minister met with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, currently holding Presidency over the OECD Ministerial Council.

The Prime Minister of Lithuania expressed appreciation for Netherlands’ steady support for Lithuania’s aspiration to accede the OECD. "The like-minded countries must work together to counter the challenges of today's economic and regional security. In this geopolitical context, the OECD membership has become important as never before, therefore no efforts will be spared to achieve it”, said the Lithuanian Prime Minister.

The Lithuanian Head of Government stressed the need for a closer partnership between the countries, while making use of the possibilities offered by this organization. The Prime Ministers also discussed ways to step up efforts as regards their bilateral economic cooperation. The Lithuanian Prime Minister noted the great importance of the Netherlands in terms of investments in Lithuania, pointing out a further possibility of taking further the current economic relations through exchanges of business missions. Significant potential for investment may lie in the development of the liquefied natural gas market in Lithuania and the Baltic region. The counterparts also discussed issues of cooperation in international organizations, as well as Lithuania’s wish to enhance the deployment of NATO forces on its territory.

The Dutch Prime Minister noted he sees no obstacles for Lithuania’s swift and successful completion of negotiations over the membership of the OECD.

The Netherlands are presiding over the 2015 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, and from the 1st of January 2016 – over the Council of the EU. The Netherlands is an important economic partner of Lithuania and on the list of 27 Lithuania’s economic diplomacy directions, approved by the Economic Diplomacy Council.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister A. Butkevičius also attended the dinner organized by the Dutch Prime Minister M. Rutte on the topic of climate change. In the opinion of the Head of Government, the international community must be resolute when moving forward and developing climate policy that would be backed up by both major and emerging economies.