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VILNIUS President Dalia Grybauskaitė left for Tallinn, Estonia on Thursday to attend the EU summit on Friday, September 29. The President will also meet with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss EU energy security and Lithuania’s needs in light with the upcoming negotiations on the Multiannual budget of the EU.  On the eve of the summit in Tallinn, the President will attend the informal meeting of the EU leaders on the future of the EU.

At the bilateral meeting with the President of the European Commission, Dalia Grybauskaitė will discuss matters of importance to Lithuania, i.e., electricity grid synchronization, the EU support for safe decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant and a united EU response to threats posed by the Astraviets nuclear power plant. According to the President, integration into a reliable European electricity grid is the most important step in establishing national and regional energy security that cannot be postponed.

At the informal meeting in Tallinn, the EU heads of states or government will discuss ways to enhance EU defense cooperation, ensure long-term solutions to migration challenges, and promote EU economic growth and the Eurozone’s resilience to possible financial challenges. These are the important issues for ensuring safe and secure future of Europeans; the EU leaders continuously focus on them.

Smart future of the EU will be discussed at the Tallinn Digital Summit, hosted by Estonia holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The heads of state or government will discuss ways to promote the development of the knowledge-based economy, digital literacy and accessibility to public e-services.  Cyber security will be in the focus. According to the President, with the digital technologies penetrating into governance and daily lives of people, ensuring cyber security becomes an obligation of the states as important as border protection.

Lithuania has a unique legislative framework allowing effective prevention of cyber-attacks; national cyber security training takes place on a regular basis, and cyber defense plans are developed in close cooperation with NATO. Lithuania is prepared to share this experience with other EU member states as well.

In 2016, some 4000 cyber-attacks on average were registered in the European Union daily.

 

Office of the President of Lithuania

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