Wednesday, June 13, Riga – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a state visit in Latvia, and the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament Solvita Āboltiņa discussed the bilateral political, economic and cultural relations, the prospects for inter-parliamentary collaboration, and the pan-Baltic cooperation on the matters of key importance for the region, Press Service of the President reports.
The Lithuanian leader stressed that for successful implementation of strategic energy projects it was important to have political agreement both on the national level and among all Baltic countries. According to the President, the ending of the energy isolation in the Baltics and the consolidation of the energy security will ensure successful development of the whole region.
“We have many common goals and always feel a friendly shoulder of our brotherly nation. Together, we have successfully overcome the economic crisis, are negotiating on a new EU’s financial perspective and integrating into the regional power network. Together, we are creating a functioning gas market,” the President said.
According to the President, close inter-parliamentary cooperation is significant in defending our people’s interests on international arena, in particular during negotiations on a new financial framework of the EU.
The President underlined that strict adherence to fiscal discipline had enabled Lithuania and Latvia to successfully defeat the economic crisis. However, it is necessary to continue responsible financial policies. The European Fiscal Compact has already been ratified by six EU member states, Latvia among them. “I hope that the Lithuanian Parliament will follow Latvia’s example and ratify this Treaty,” the President said.
The meeting also focused on cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries aiming to preserve the Baltic identity, culture and heritage. The President said that it was common responsibility of the two countries. During yesterday’s meeting, the leaders of Lithuania and Latvia also agreed to contribute personally to cherishing the Baltic culture and to commemorate the Baltic Unity Days on a larger scale.