2020.05.19 10:08

Lithuania calls on EU leaders to attend Eastern Partnership summit

BNS 2020.05.19 10:08

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has called on all EU member states to take part in the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit involving six post-Soviet countries – Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan.

This would send an important signal to the eastern neighbours, especially those seeking political association and economic integration, according to Nausėda.

"That is highly important now, when countries struggle to overcome the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the disinformation from third countries," he told European Council President Charles Michel on Monday.

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"We must show proper attention and step up our support to those countries that are prepared to pursue the European perspective through political, economic and legal reforms," he said.

Nausėda presented the position "on behalf of the leaders of Poland and the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB6)", Office of the Lithuanian President said in a press release.

The EU Eastern Partnership Summit is scheduled for June 18.

Belarus’ NPP

In his phone conversation with Michel, Nausėda also raised the issue of safety at Belarus' Astravyets nuclear plant.

The Lithuanian president "expressed concern over the delivery of the nuclear fuel to the construction site before the implementation of EU stress test requirements”.

"The president reiterated his call on the President of the European Commission Ursula von del Leyen for the European institutions to use all the instruments to make Belarus ensure the implementation of EU stress test requirements before the launch of the NPP."

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Nausėda called on Michel "to be personally involved in resolution of issues related to the safety of the Astravyets NPP". The Lithuanian president also "highlighted the importance of the synchronisation project of the Baltic power grid with the continental Europe and the fact that the electricity generated by the third countries in unsafe power plants should not enter the internal market of the EU".

He also "mentioned Lithuania’s ambition to become an EU-wide regional civil safety center in charge of managing nuclear and radiation incidents".

Nausėda and Michel also discussed a regional plan for recovering from the social and economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the principles for the formation of the EU's multiannual financial framework and the European Recovery Fund "in the face of this extraordinary situation".