The European Union (EU) should aim at ensuring safety of its population and economic development, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said at a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in Vilnius.
Donald Tusk, Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

"The EU's ultimate goal is to ensure that all citizens feel safe. (…) The second priority for the EU is a growing and competitive economy," Grybauskaitė said in statement on Friday.

In the run up to the negotiations of European Union leaders on the community's future, the Lithuanian president emphasized the need for efficient enhancement of the security of external borders and reinforced EU capabilities to counter hybrid, cyber and energy security threats, as well as efficient exchange of information on terrorism.

In her words, EU’s economic problems must be addressed by immediate efforts against unemployment problems by way of improving business conditions, reduction of bureaucratic obstacles, enhancement of digital economy and conquering poverty and social exclusion.

Grybauskaitė underlined that the Brexit vote had revealed all of the EU's problems.

"Confronted with such challenges as unstable economic conditions, unemployment, the migration crisis, and terrorism, Europe is unable to deal with them quickly and effectively. This has undermined the people's trust in the European Union, encouraging euroscepticism and populism," she stated.

The Lithuanian president stressed that the United Kingdom has been and will continue to be an important partner of the European Union. However, she said, the EU will always defend the four fundamental freedoms: the free movement of persons, capital, goods, and services.

The meeting with the European Council leader is one of the consultations held in the run-up to the Bratislava Summit. On Sunday, Grybauskaitė will discuss preparations for the summit at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Before the visit in Vilnius, Tusk was in Riga and will now proceed to Estonia.

During the Bratislava summit next week, EU leaders will discuss the organization's future after Brexist and challenges caused by illegal migration and terrorism.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Two Lithuanians and Norwegian returned to Lithuania in spy swap with Russia

Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian were returned to Lithuania on Friday as part of a spy swap with...

Aviation bomb found and defused in Vilnius

An aviation bomb was found and later neutralized in the Zverynas area of Vilnius on Thursday night.

President pardons 2 Russian spies opening the way for swap with Moscow

President Gitanas Nauseda has granted pardons to two Russian citizens jailed in Lithuania for...

Skusevicius appointed ambassador to Canada

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Darius Skusevicius...

MPs reject President Nauseda's second veto

The Lithuanian parliament overrode on Thursday a presidential veto on its decision to add two road...