On 17-18 October in Paris, Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Vytautas Leškevičius and Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister Delegate for European Affairs, and other officials discussed the most important items on the agenda of the European Union, reported urm.lt.
The meeting focused on the multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020. The interlocutors stressed the need to complete the negotiations by the end of 2012, and in the last round of negotiations to aim to ensure sufficient funding for the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy.
When presenting the most important negotiation priorities for Lithuania, i.e., cohesion, direct agricultural payments and financing of the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, Leškevičius said that Lithuania was ready to search for a reasonable political compromise, but at the same time would seek to make final decisions in line with the principles of solidarity and non-discrimination.
The meetings also discussed relevant issues related to bilateral political and economic cooperation and the Eastern Partnership initiative.