Lithuanian-Finnish consultations focus on EU's long-term budget
On 12 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppuraine, the Under-Secretary of State for EU Affairs Jari Luoto, and the Permanent State Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Matti Anttonen in Helsinki, Finland.
Meetings with the representatives of the Presidency of the Council of the EU that is currently held by Finland focused on negotiations regarding the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2021-2027, the EU's internal market, climate change, migration, the rule of law, as well as issues of regional transport and energy.
“In negotiations regarding the EU’s long-term budget we should strive not to contrast traditional EU policies (the Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy) with the new challenges (migration, climate change, and security), but rather to strike the right balance and to ensure adequate funding,” said A. Zananavičius.
The Foreign Vice-Minister called for finding ways to mitigate the proposed budget cuts to the Cohesion Policy, to provide a level playing field for all EU farmers, to aim at granting equal direct payments, and to allocate the necessary funds for the development of links of important infrastructures in the region.
A. Zananavičius also expressed Lithuania's concerns regarding the implementation of the Ostrovets NPP project in Belarus. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister, the Finnish Presidency will continue to raise this issue at the EU level.