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Key EU matters discussed during bilateral consultations in Warsaw

Created: 2018.10.01 / Updated: 2018.10.02 10:54
    Key EU matters discussed during bilateral consultations in Warsaw

    On 28 September, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albinas Zananavičius, paid a visit to Warsaw where he discussed on-going negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027), withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, energy projects in the Baltic region, and other key matters on the EU agenda with Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

    Both interlocutors emphasise that the scope of reduction of spending on the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy is unacceptable since the convergence objectives have not been reached yet. It is also important to ensure appropriate EU funding for regional infrastructural projects – synchronisation of the electricity networks and the railway ‘Rail Baltica’, and give more European attention to the protection of the land border.

    Albinas Zananavičius expressed concern about the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant being built in the vicinity of both neighbouring states particularly after the 2018 EU stress test results came out, “We see three big shortcomings of the Astravyets NPP: the seismic situation of the construction site has not been analysed; they are not properly prepared for dealing with a possible accident; technical safety parameters of the Power Plant do not comply with international standards.”

    Lithuania is convinced that further relations between the EU and Belarus should be developed referring to tangible progress in elimination of those shortcomings.

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