Prime Minister in Brussels: it is important to strengthen international cooperation and security dialogue


2015 06 10


On Wednesday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius is on a visit in Brussels to attend the EU-CELAC (European Union – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Summit. The Summit aims to strengthen partnership between the two regions, discuss global challenges, and reinforce international security dialogue.

“The EU ranks second in terms of the largest LAC trade partners, and is the first in terms investment. Over the recent decade, the LAC region has enjoyed stability, fast economic growth, and growing leverage on the global level. Yet a fast-growing region attracts other global players as well, hence it is necessary to strengthen the EU-LAC ties, and to develop cooperation”, said Prime Minister Butkevičius.

The Summit has discussed, as to how the countries could jointly undertake a more active role in tackling global challenges such as climate change, sustainable growth, education, and security. “Lithuania, as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is determined to cooperate with a view to ensuring peace and security. Recognizing the threat posed by climate change, we strongly support the global efforts to achieve a new climate change agreement, which is legally binding and acceptable to all parties”, said Prime Minister Butkevičius.

In the meeting, the Lithuanian Prime Minister has pointed out that the term to achieve implementation of the Millennium Development Goals is drawing to an end in 2015, hence an intensive process to shape a new Development Agenda beyond 2015 is currently taking place. On the United Nations level, important documents have already been drafted: an Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals has drafted 17 proposals on sustainable development goals, which aim to reduce poverty, encourage sustainable development, and curb climate change. Aid, investment, and taxes are essential tools to help implement the goals. According to Prime Minister Butkevičius, Lithuania sees development cooperation through the promotion of democracy, human rights, good government, the rule of law, market economy, and education.

The Summit, which takes place in Brussels, has also discussed an important global problem, terrorism, which requires a coordinated and thorough global response.