Grybauskaitė: Europe must speak about growing security threats

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen | Photo courtesy of © 2013 Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen | Photo courtesy of © 2013 Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

Security threats in Europe are growing, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says as the issue is set to be discussed at the upcoming European Council when Grybauskaitė will present the results of the Lithuanian EU presidency.

Issues related to the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy will be discussed after a five-year break. The discussion will be also attended by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“Practically for the last five years European leaders have not discussed these issues. But the need to discuss European security and defence policy issues has arisen as new additional threats have emerged, and we clearly see them, including the military threats stemming from the growing militarisation of Kaliningrad. That’s very important for Lithuania as well,” the President said in an interview with the Lithuanian Radio on Thursday.

“We also see regular cyber attacks, including those aimed against Lithuania. We see information attacks and, of course, power supply disruption attacks. Those threats are growing and they take place in the framework of that European security and defence policy. Because those threats are growing and becoming more active, Europe must speak about them,” she said.

According to the Lithuanian President, issues related to the handover of the EU presidency will be the main focus in Brussels.

The results of the Lithuanian presidency are evaluated very positively as agreements important for the future of Europe have been achieved during the six months of the Lithuanian presidency. Grybauskaitė said.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė | Photo courtesy of © 2013 Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė | Photo courtesy of © 2013 Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

Such agreements include the deal on the 2014-2020 EU budget, reached with the European Parliament, the approval of priority projects in the area of energy and the compromise on the banking resolution and supervision mechanisms.

“Judging from what we hear, and I really hope this will reach Lithuania, the evaluation has so far been very positive. Quite a number of countries even say they did not expect such a small Baltic country, holding the presidency for the first time, to be able to deal with it so neatly and successfully,” Grybauskaitė stated.

“We are especially praised for the reached deal on the EU’s multiannual deal where 56 out of slightly over 60 legal acts have already been endorsed. Thanks to its negotiating abilities and work, Lithuania, practically, guaranteed that all 28 member states, including Lithuania, will be able to receive funding starting from as early as the upcoming January,” the Lithuanian president continued.

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