President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, informed lrp.lt. The meeting focused on the situation in Europe, topical issues for the EU, Lithuania’s readiness for the presidency of the EU Council and the key work to be done.
“After a few months Lithuania will be not only geographical but also a political center of Europe. We will take the helm of the Council of the European Union for the first time. We are preparing for that mission very responsibly. It will be our duty to coordinate decisions that are difficult yet highly important for the whole of Europe. We must justify the confidence of the international community,” the President said.
Among the issues to be addressed during the Lithuanian presidency will be digital agenda, Eastern Partnership, defence and security. Our country will have to coordinate the programmes of implementing the EU’s new multiannual budget, mediate in taking decisions on strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union, and continue to build the internal energy market.
Dalia Grybauskaitė highlighted three major directions of the upcoming Lithuanian presidency. The first direction – financial discipline as a prerequisite for financial stability in the EU. The second direction – Europe’s economic growth, which is possible only through creating a level playing field across the single market. The third direction – the openness of Europe, which is important both in the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit and seeking to ensure an effective control and protection of the EU’s external borders.
During the Lithuanian Presidency, Vilnius will host the EU Eastern Partnership Summit, the Conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT 2013), the Conference on the Completion of the EU Internal Energy Market, the Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU Youth Conference, and other events.
The Lithuanian and EU leaders opened debate “What Europe Do We Want?” devoted to the Lithuanian presidency of the EU Council. This is the first public debate held on the future of Europe at such a high level in Lithuania. Politicians, political analysts, experts, representatives of various Lithuanian institutions and students are participating in the discussion.