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Committee on European Affairs and Lithuanian-elected MEPs wish to intensify cooperation on issues of the EU agenda that are of top relevance to Lithuania

Press release, 15 December 2017

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The Seimas Committee on European Affairs held a meeting of 15 December 2017 with the participation of the Members of the European Parliament elected in Lithuania, namely, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Zigmantas Balčytis, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Valentinas Mazuronis, and Algirdas Saudargas.

Gediminas Kirkilas, Chair of the Committee on European Affairs, noted that joint discussions and information exchange were particularly important with a view to ensuring a better representation of Lithuania’s interests in the EU.  

Vilija Blinkevičiūtė devoted major attention to matters pertaining to the implementation of the Pillar of Social Rights while stressing that for the first time in 20 years heads of states, to have gathered in Gothenburg, discussed social matters of the EU that directly affect the quality of European citizens’ lives. Therefore, those questions should be given a high priority on Lithuania’s agenda. The MEP called on the Seimas to ratify the Istanbul Convention without delay.

Laima Liucija Andrikienė thanked the Seimas for the close cooperation in drafting the EP Resolution on the Eastern Partnership Summit. She also underlined the need to inject new dynamism providing a clear political vision for the future for the Eastern Partnership countries in the future.

Zigmantas Balčytis discussed the issues pertaining to the funding for the decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant within the future Multiannual Financial Framework, and the aspects related to the implementation of provisions included in the report of the European Court of Auditors. He also took note of the Energy Strategy and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, as well as their potential and implementation.

Algirdas Saudargas raised particularly relevant matters, related to digital and information technologies, artificial intelligence and language technologies, which may open up huge possibilities for smaller Member States.

Valentinas Mazuronis emphasised EU climate change policies and the issue of dual quality of food products sold under the same brand name, which bore particular relevance to Lithuania and which would also be addressed by the European Parliament.

The participants of the meeting agreed that effective representation of Lithuania’s common position required close cooperation. They therefore decided to organise similar meetings to discuss the most relevant issues on the EU agenda at least once during the Seimas session.

 

Dainora Asevičienė, Adviser, Office of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, tel. +370 5 239 6861, e-mail: dainora.aseviciene@lrs.lt

 

   Last updated on 12/18/2017
   Jolanta Anskaitienė

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