Lithuania and Romania set to strengthen cooperation in the EU
The cooperation strengthening in the European Union (EU), the energy security and the Eastern Partnership were the main topics on the agenda of the meeting between Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who is paying a visit to Vilnius, shows a release of EU’s Lithuanian Presidency.
This is the first visit by a Romanian Prime Minister to Lithuania over the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries, shows the release on the EU’s Lithuanian Presidency website.
Among the key topics of discussion was the Vilnius Summit to be held this coming November, during which the EU association agreement is expected to be signed with Ukraine and other similar agreements initiated with the Republic of Moldova and Georgia.
According to the Lithuanian President, the construction of the Romania-Moldova gas pipeline will contribute to Romania’s economic integration with the EU. The pipeline will connect the Republic of Moldova with Romania and the European energy networks creating an alternative to expensive Russian gas, the release also notes. Secure and credible gas supplies will help this Eastern partner ensure energy independence and fend off external pressure more easily.
The meeting also touched upon the Lithuanian EU Presidency’s priorities in energy sphere. Romania backs Lithuania’s aspirations to complete the EU internal energy market, implement the Third Energy Package, and eliminate energy isolation of some regions, the document reads.
Romania also supports proposals to strengthen the EU external energy policy. According to the Lithuanian President, only in reciprocal solidarity and unity when speaking with foreign energy suppliers, will the EU member states be able to ensure the security of energy supplies and lower energy prices to consumers.
Dalia Grybauskaite also voiced her support to Romania’s joining the Schengen Area, the release concludes.(Agenţia Naţională de Presă AGERPRES)