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Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has discussed European priorities with President elect of the European Council Herman van Rompuy

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2009 12 09

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Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has met today with President elect of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, who is on his visit to Lithuania. The Prime Minister has congratulated van Rompuy on his appointment to the newly created high-profile post of the permanent President of the European Council, intended to streamline the decision-making process in the Council and enhance the EU’s role in the world. The Prime Minister has expressed his delight at the fact that this significant post had been awarded to the member of the European Conservatives, the European People’s Party.

President van Rompuy has noted that he had visited Lithuania for the first time during his tour of the European capitals before the official start of his term in office as the European Council President as of 1 January 2010. It is important for the European Council President to visit all the member states of the European Union and to have a view of the national and European level issues from the perspective of each of the member states. “I have led a five party coalition as a Prime Minister; therefore I know well, as you do, that consensus-building requires painstaking work”, said European Council President to Prime Minister Kubilius. “The EU is a coalition of 27 member states; therefore my primary goal is, through thorough consultations, to seek consensus with all the member states”, said van Rompuy.

The President of the European Council has told the Prime Minister that, to his opinion, the key priority for the EU, in the coming years having surmounted the financial crisis, is structural changes in the economy, which will safeguard a sustainable long-term economic growth for the entire EU.

Prime Minister Kubilius has fully agreed and pointed out that this priority is of special importance for the new EU member states, especially the Baltic States, which suffered most from the current global financial and economic crisis. The Prime Minister has informed the European Council President about the priorities of Lithuania’s European agenda, the key ones among them being the common energy policy of the European Union as well as future development of the European Eastern Neighbourhood. “The path towards integration into the EU is also the path to democracy for the EU Eastern neighbours; therefore the EU should help its neighbours to sea clear prospects for the future”, said Prime Minister Kubilius.

The meeting has also discussed the democratic change in Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, the EU-Russia relations, as well as signs of democratic willingness from Belarus.