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Prime Minister and President of the European Council have discussed matters of European importance

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2015 01 14

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On the occasion of the official euro adoption event, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has met with former Prime Minister of Poland, now President of the European Council Donald Tusk to discuss Economic and Monetary Union, energy, Russia and Ukraine, and the Eastern Partnership. This is the first visit to Lithuania for Tusk in his new capacity.

In the meeting Prime Minister Butkevičius has said that now that Lithuania has joined the euro club, he expects that it will gain both in the economic and the political sense. “We expect economic and political security, greater resilience to external threats, and bigger investment”, said the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government has said that the Economic and Monetary Union reform is one of the most topical discussion topics for the European Council at present.

“It is proposed to directly link the reform with social justice; therefore it is vital to estimate the future impact. All the countries must abide by their commitments”, said the Head of Government, and stressed that the Economic and Monetary Union reform should ensure stability of the euro currency and strengthen economy of the eurozone member states.

The Prime Minister has also emphasized that Lithuania supports EU’s efforts on the creation of the single energy market. All the countries must implement the Third Energy Package, complete the interconnection projects, and implement essential projects and initiatives without delay, hereby ensuring greater energy security”, said the Prime Minister.

On the situation in the Easter Ukraine, the Head of Government has stressed that possibilities to soften the tone in the talks with Russia should be considered only when steps are taken in accordance with the Minsk Agreement.

The President of the European Council said that the EU must follow a united and strict policy with regard to Russia. He also expressed his friendliness towards Lithuania and congratulated our country on the accession of the Eurozone.

In the meeting Prime Minister Butkevičius and President of the European Council Tusk have also discussed the Eastern Partnership, which is among the top priorities of Latvia’s Presidency for the Council of the European Union. According to the Prime Minister, the year 2015 poses challenges that are no lesser as compared to those of 2014, or 2013, when Lithuania held Presidency for the Council of the European Union. The Prime Minister has underlined that the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga must be highly ambitious: it is essential to compete the required ratification procedures for the Association Agreements.