Norway's Ambassador Leif Arne Ulland is nearing the end of his four-year term in Vilnius and says that he is leaving with a very good feeling about the state of Norwegian-Lithuanian relations.
Leif Arne Ulland
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

"Lithuanians are very friendly, competent and hardworking people. You have a lot of humour and a fantastic cultural life," Ambassador Ulland tells the Lithuania Tribune, noting in particular the pleasure he had from attending the recent Song and Dance Festival.

The outgoing ambassador says he was also impressed by how Lithuania has changed over the last four years towards greater stability: governments now last longer and voters have just re-elected the incumbent president for a second term. Moreover, having successfully tackled the recent economic crisis, Lithuania has undertaken comprehensive international responsibilities.

"With regard to my work as ambassador, I was lucky to be here at a period of unusual growth in our cooperation with Lithuania," Ambassador Ulland tells the Lithuania Tribune. "Never before have we had such growth in our economic relations, so many political contacts and visits, so many common projects and cultural exchanges."

One of them, the Norway Grants programme, is of particular significance, the ambassador says.

"We have a 10-year anniversary of this programme this year and in this period Lithuania has benefited from over 150 million euro of Norwegian and EEA financing for projects in health and child care, justice and home affairs, environment, cultural heritage, funding for civil society projects and other sectors."

Ambassador Ulland says he personally visited or opened many of the over 100 projects. "I know from experience that these projects contribute to economic and social development and that in the process, many of our Norwegian and Lithuanian institutions form networks and develop our links."

"Negotiations are currently underway with the European Union for a new period of grants covering the years 2015-2019. Once the donors Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein have agreed with the EU on the size of the programme, we will be in a position to start negotiations with Lithuania and other countries about national priorities," he adds.

"At the moment there is a certain distance in the negotiating positions, but I am sure that a new program period will be agreed and that the Grants will continue here in Lithuania."

Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
0
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Rail Baltica developing efficient and sustainable energy supply system

The joint venture of the three Baltic states RB Rail AS has commenced the Study for the Development of...

Latvia's private, nongovernmental sectors to be included in national defense system

The Latvian defense ministry proposes developing a comprehensive national defense system that would...

Talks on Latvia's next gov't in new deadlock over interior minister candidate

Negotiations on Latvia's next coalition government ran into a deadlock again on Thursday as the five...

Baltic PMs meet on closer cooperation, security

The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met here on Monday on closer cooperation and...

Salary growth in the Baltic States. Estonia leads, Lithuania is not far behind

According to the biggest remuneration survey in the Baltics, conducted by “Baltic Salary Survey”,...