TALLINN – Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, at an EU summit in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday. They discussed the synchronization of electricity grid, a united EU response to the threats posed by the Astraviets nuclear power plant, Lithuania‘s needs in the run up to the negotiations for the Multiannual Financial Framework and other matters of EU agenda of importance to Lithuania.
The President underscored that the synchronization of electricity grid with European countries was an issue of energy security for Lithuania and for the entire European Union. There is no time to delay – a possibility to request funding from the EU already in this MFF depends on the ability to come to an agreement and rapidly develop the necessary projects. The support of the European Commission is also necessary for decisions not to be postponed.
Lithuania aims to finalize the synchronization projects before 2025. According to the study carried out by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the synchronization link via Poland is the most efficient and cost beneficial.
Dalia Grybauskaitė and Jean-Claude Juncker also discussed response to threats posed by the Astraviets nuclear power plant. According to the President, this geopolitical project under construction near Lithuania poses threat to the security of entire Europe. Therefore, Europe must speak on nuclear safety matters more firmly and clearly. The European Commission’s position is important in aiming for all international security assessments to be carried out by IAEA in full scope in Belarus. The President also underscored that the EU Electricity Directive and European safety standards had to be applicable for the third countries aspiring to enter the EU market. Lithuania has already adopted a law preventing the unsafely produced electricity to be placed on the market.
At the meeting with the President of the European Commission, Dalia Grybauskaitė also stressed Lithuania’s needs in the run up to the negotiations for the new Multiannual Financial Framework. Work related to the decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant and implementation of crucial strategic energy projects are the areas in which the continuous support of the EU is paramount.
Dalia Grybauskaitė also raised the issue of covering damage for farmers who were hit by heavy rainfall. Jean-Claude Juncker has reassured the President that Lithuania would have a possibility to request the European Commission for support to the aggrieved farmers.
Office of the President of Lithuania