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2016.06.10 09:46

President’s Dalia Grybauskaitė State of the Nation Address

Algirdas Acus2016.06.10 09:46

‘Being most pro-European, Lithuania still understands membership through financial gain and not through shared values’, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday during her Address to the Parliament.

‘We still do not see European problems like our problems’, stated President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė in her annual State of the Nation Address to the Parliament.

Grybauskaitė welcomed NATO Allies for taking into account Lithuania’s security concerns when it comes to Russia. However, the President did pay an equal attention towards European Union saying that ‘voices from populists who encourage disappointment with Euro Atlantic integration are as much dangerous as unfriendly fighters flying above our heads.’

Polls reveal that Lithuanian citizens tend to be among the most pro-European with a recent Lord Ashcroft survey showing that the country has the largest share of people among member-countries who want Great Britain to stay in the EU. 78% of Lithuanians would like to see Britain remaining, as the country is very popular destination of emigration.

However, Spinter survey by DELFI last year showed that two thirds of Lithuanians do not agree with the country’s decision to accept 1000 refugees, under the EU quota system.

Among other things touched upon in State of the Nation Address Grybauskaitė compared social problems plaguing the country with defence problems and urged politicians to reach a similar cross-party agreement to tackle them.

SHOTLIST

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:

We tend to be the most pro-European, but we still understand it through financial gain and not through values and responsibility. We still do not take European problems like our problems. Voices from populists who encourage disappointment with the Euro Atlantic integration and ever heard doubts on joint European future, suggestions to befriend aggressor are as much dangerous as unfriendly fighters flying above our heads.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:

NATO Allies did hear us in Wales, Berlin and Washington, and we believe they will understand us in Warsaw either. NATO headquarters in Vilnius, German contribution in forming battalion in Lithuania, rotational US forces, all of those are additional guarantees to our safety. We used to be an energetic island, but we built bridges with links to Poland and Sweden towards Europe. We do find a support when it comes to NordStream2 project, sanctions to Russia or nuclear power plant being built by Belarus.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:

Our social security alarms are being raised not only by international experts, but by our non-governmental organizations as well. We live like in a war zone. In their own house children are being raped, crippled and killed, every third woman experiences violence. Humiliation of each other starts from childhood – every third school pupil suffers bullying.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:

An agreement is necessary to secure both social security and state defence. The same clear plan of actions is needed, adequate measures, professional coordination and control. Therefore, when defending ourselves from disastrous risks, we stand together in a national march for the safe Lithuania.

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