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2013.05.16 14:29

PM: Lithuania will seek to build a reliable, growing and open Europe

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.05.16 14:29

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Lithuania met in Paris with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, PM’s press service has informed. 

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Lithuania met in Paris with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, PM’s press service has informed.

The counterparts discussed the bilateral economic cooperation, the European agenda, and the priorities of Lithuania’s EU Presidency.

“I am happy with good Lithuanian-French bilateral relations and their progress. France is our important trade partner and investor. Our economic cooperation could be closer however. Therefore, French companies are very welcome to actively participate in investment projects in Lithuania,” said Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius.

The French Prime Minister expressed his delight about the fact that the two countries are also brought closer together by the Action Plan and the Declaration of the Strategic Partnership.

Issues of European relevance also deserved a great attention in the meeting. Algirdas Butkevičius informed the French Prime Minister about Lithuanian Presidency’s aspiration of building a reliable, growing and open Europe.

“Responsible management of public finances and strengthening of financial stability remain topical. We will seek deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and further creation of banking union. We are looking forward to the June voting by the European Parliament on the single banking supervision mechanism. We will focus on closer integration of the Eastern Partnership,” said Butkevičius.

The Prime Minister of France agreed that joint efforts are necessary while seeking economic growth. Talking on the EU’s new Financial Framework, PM Ayroult expressed his hope that agreement will be reached by the start of Lithuania’s Presidency.

Prime Minister Butkevičius asked France to support Lithuania’s candidacy for the full membership in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In Paris the Lithuanian Prime Minister and his delegation also met representatives of the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF). It is the largest union of employers in France.

The Prime Minister presented Lithuania’s investment environment and invited entrepreneurs to make use of Lithuania’s well-developed infrastructure, convenient geographical location, and experience. 

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