President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President to attend a European Council meeting

2012-12-12

Wednesday, December 12, Vilnius - On 13 - 14 December, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will attend a European Council meeting the agenda of which includes decision-making on the enlargement of the European Union, defence and security policies, and the discussion of measures to ensure long-term economic stability. The EU leaders will also discuss proposals on more effective economic and monetary policies and reinforced supervision of banks in the European Union.

According to the President, Europe on the path to recovery from crisis needs swift and effective decisions to ensure economic growth and stability. Next year, the EU member states plan to pay special attention to measures for reducing unemployment. This problem is crucial for Lithuania as youth unemployment and long-term unemployment exceed the EU's average.

The heads of state and government of the EU countries will also address the Community expansion towards the Balkans and Turkey. Next July, when Lithuania holds the Presidency of the EU Council, Croatia will join the EU provided it fulfills the eligibility obligations.

The discussion will also focus on single supervision of banks. The banking supervision in the euro area is proposed to be entrusted to the European Central Bank.

European security and defence policy issues are also on the meeting's agenda. By the end of the next year, the EU envisages enhancing the effectiveness of its security policy and defence sector.

Ahead of the European Council meeting, the President will discuss common regional interests at a traditional meeting of the heads of state and government of the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB6).

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.12.12 10:22

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