President Dalia Grybauskaitė

EU budget must reflect the interest of all member states


Thursday, November 22, Brussels - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

Dalia Grybauskaitė presented to the EU top officials information on the situation in Lithuania and key areas that inevitably need EU support.

The President underlined that for our country it was important to secure through negotiations the financing of agriculture, under structural funds, and of the closure of the Ignalina nuclear power plant. However, the President noted, a key task is to achieve that the overall level of support is in the best interest of Lithuania.

"In the negotiations our goal will be to achieve that direct payments to the farmers reach the EU average more rapidly and that strict constraints for structural support are not applied to Lithuania, as well as to secure an adequate financial support for decommissioning of the Ignalina NPP as foreseen in the Accession Treaty of Lithuania. Most importantly, we have to make certain that the overall level of support for the future seven-year period is not lower than we had in 2007-2013," the President said.

According to the President, Lithuania supports the EU's objective to spend less. However, the budget cuts should not be allowed at the expense of economically weaker member states. In allocating the EU funds it is necessary to take account of the country -specific situation, observe the principle of justice, and enable the member states to honor the commitments they have made.

The Baltic States that were most affected by the crisis, but adopted the necessary financial discipline measures, are now receiving the least support. Direct payments to farmers are also the smallest in the European Union. This is not compatible with the European cohesion policy and contributes to increasing the gap between the richest and less developed EU regions," the President said.

The President will also discuss negotiating positions in respect of the new EU multiannual financial framework with the heads of state of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Estonia (NB6).

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.11.22 16:06