Committee on Foreign Affairs: reinforced attention to creating a secure neighbourhood for the EU should be maintained in the debate on the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework
Press release, 12 April 2018
At its closed sitting on 11 April 2018, the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs discussed the funding of the EU’s external action in the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027 and the financial aspects of strengthening of the European Neighbourhood Policy both in the East and the South.
By consensus, the Committee adopted the Opinion on Financing of the European Neighbourhood Policy in the New Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union (2021–2027), highlighting herein that the EU needs to be an effective global player, speak with one voice and focus its resources on strategic priorities, one of which notably being a secure neighbourhood.
The Committee underlined that Lithuania continued to place a high premium on maintaining the reinforced political attention to and the EU financial support for the European Neighbourhood Policy, in particular for the implementation of the Eastern Partnership, the EU’s Association Agreements with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, and the related reforms.
On 2 May 2018, the European Commission will present to the EU Member States the official proposal for the new Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027. Therefore, the Committee called on all EU national parliaments to actively engage in the debate on this matter.
The Opinion of the Committee on Foreign Affairs will be referred to the national parliaments and governments of the EU Member States, the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Council of the European Union, and the European Parliament. The aspects of funding for the EU’s external action will also be discussed at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 16 April 2018.
Milda Petrokaitė, Adviser of the Office of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, tel. +370 5 239 6835, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated on 04/16/2018