VILNIUS – Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte is taking part in a meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM) in Riga on Friday, focusing on the security situation in Europe.
Simonyte, Latvia's Krisjanis Karins and Estonia's Kaja Kallas "plan to discuss the security situation in Europe, including the current situation at the European Union external border with Belarus, and the mobilization of Russian forces near Ukraine, stressing the need for close coordination between the Allies in the EU and NATO," the Lithuanian government has said in a press release.
"Another important topic for discussion at the BCM will be the progress in the implementation of regional infrastructure projects. The importance of energy policy in the face of the rising energy prices and geopolitics is to be emphasized," it said.
The three prime ministers are also to discuss common positions on the implementation of the Green Deal, and sign a joint Baltic statement on the subject.
"By way of an established practice, there will be an exchange of experiences in managing the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the press release.
The BCM was established in 1994 as a coordinating body for cooperation between the Lithuanian, Latvia and Estonian governments.
The Baltic prime ministers meet twice a year, in winter and summer.