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Minister of Foreign Affairs

Linas Linkevičius

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General Affairs Council focuses on further deepening of EU single market

Created: 2019.03.20 / Updated: 2019.03.20 13:10
    General Affairs Council focuses on further deepening of EU single market

    On 19 March in Brussels, the General Affairs Council prepared the European Council (Article 50) meeting of 21 and 22 March, and discussed the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027. The meeting mainly discussed the way forward to deepen the single market.

    “We have to try to strike a balance among a fully functioning single market, effective competition, and a level playing field. A strong and forward-looking EU industrial policy will not work without a fully completed single market and effective instruments of trade policy, ” said the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the European Union Jovita Neliupšienė.

    As regards the fight against disinformation, Lithuania called for continuing to work to build the EU resilience and to better counter hybrid threats.

    “The fight against disinformation should be included in the EU Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024. Disinformation and other hybrid threats will not diminish after the European elections. Therefore, we need to take further action constantly evolving measures to counter these threats,” said J. Neliupšienė.

    Lithuania maintains the position that it is important to combat climate change and to take into account the EU commitment to implement the Paris Agreement. More ambitious action on climate change must be reflected in the EU budget, while the Commission’s proposal to set a more ambitious goal for climate mainstreaming across all the EU programs, with a target of 25% of EU expenditure contributing to climate objectives, is ambitious enough.”

    As regards migration and the future budget, J. Neliupšienė stressed that Lithuania’s key priority was security at the EU's external borders. It is necessary to increase security at the EU's external borders by establishing uniform border surveillance standards and by ensuring adequate funding for their implementation.

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