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Lithuania and Estonia hold bilateral European consultations in Tallinn

Created: 2018.09.14 / Updated: 2018.09.14 13:37
    Lithuania and Estonia hold bilateral European consultations in Tallinn

    On 13 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of Estonia Matti Maasikas in Tallinn.

    The meeting focused on the main issues of the EU agenda: migration management, the next multiannual financial framework, the rule of law, strategic projects of energy and transport infrastructure, and Brexit.

    Lithuania‘s Foreign Vice-Minister A. Zananavičius noted that in the talks on the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Commission's proposals to significantly reduce funds allocated to cohesion and the Common Agricultural Policy, as well as to lower ambitions of the Eastern Neighborhood Policy, were unacceptable. The interlocutors discussed the need for the EU to focus on strategic infrastructure projects, connecting the Baltic states to Western Europe, the Rail-Baltica project, and power network synchronization. As regards Brexit, both sides agreed that maintaining the unity of the EU was key to the negotiation process.

    In a discussion on migration management techniques, the interlocutors stressed that it was necessary to manage the EU‘s external borders better, including land borders, to aim at establishing common border guard standards, and a more effective policy ensuring the return of illegal migrants.

    A. Zananavičius expressed Lithuania's concerns about the construction of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus; stress tests helped to identify major deficiencies that Belarus must eradicate before continuing its work, first of all, a comprehensive seismic safety assessment. Estonia provided support to Lithuania regarding this issue.

     

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