President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the President of Slovakia which will take over EU Presidency

2016-04-23

Saturday, April 23, New York – President Dalia Grybauskaitė held a bilateral meeting with President Andrej Kiska of Slovakia which will take over the Presidency of the EU in July.

According to the Lithuanian President, as Europe is looking for ways to manage the migration crisis, Slovakia will have a very difficult presidency and a great responsibility to coordinate the interests of all member states and to find effective solutions. Dalia Grybauskaitė once again highlighted Lithuania’s position that it was most important to guarantee the protection of the EU’s external borders and demonstrate solidarity that was based on understanding rather than force in granting asylum and ensuring the integration of refugees who came to Europe.

The Presidents also discussed energy security issues. Dalia Grybauskaitė emphasized that the EU needed unity because of the projects such as Nord Stream 2 that were not in line with the EU’s energy security objectives. Concerns are also raised about the compliance of the Astravyets nuclear power plant – which is being built in the EU's neighborhood – with the highest environmental and nuclear safety standards.

The two heads of state exchanged views on growing hybrid threats – more frequent cyber attacks and hostile propaganda require more effective cooperation. Slovakia and Lithuania are determined to actively support the increase in the capabilities of the European Union and NATO in these fields.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.04.25 09:24

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