President briefs EC vice-president on Lithuania's position on EU's budget, crisis response

  • 2020-06-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has told European Commission Vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis that the EU's multiannual budget should be more ambitious and that greater Cohesion policy funding must be negotiated. 

Nauseda and Dombrovskis held a conference call on Monday to discuss the EU's response to the coronavirus-triggered economic crisis, the president's office said. 

"The president underlined that Lithuania's position on the size of the EU budget remained unchanged: in the face of this unprecedented situation, the multiannual financial framework should be more ambitious (and) it is necessary to negotiate more funding for the Cohesion policy and full convergence of direct payments to farmers," it said in a press release. 

Nauseda also told Dombrovskis that Lithuania expects the EU to adhere to its commitments to ensure the necessary funding for the Ignalina nuclear power plant decommissioning and for the Kaliningrad transit scheme.  

The president informed the EC vice-president responsible for EU financial stability and social dialogue about Lithuania's efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic by concentrating funding and investment on enhancing economic competitiveness and productivity, and by taking action to reduce the social consequences of the crisis and exclusion.

Nauseda noted that the Commission's recommendations are in line with his goal of using the crisis situation to achieve a breakthrough in science and innovation and create an innovative, green and digital innovation-based Lithuanian economy.

The two officials also discussed the implementation of projects for the Baltic power grid's synchronization with the Continental European system and for the European standard gauge railway Rail Baltica, as well as the safety of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant and the need to bar access to the EU market for electricity produced by unsafe power plants, according to the press release.