Key EU matters discussed during bilateral consultations in Warsaw
On 28 September, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albinas Zananavičius, paid a visit to Warsaw where he discussed on-going negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027), withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, energy projects in the Baltic region, and other key matters on the EU agenda with Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
Both interlocutors emphasise that the scope of reduction of spending on the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy is unacceptable since the convergence objectives have not been reached yet. It is also important to ensure appropriate EU funding for regional infrastructural projects – synchronisation of the electricity networks and the railway ‘Rail Baltica’, and give more European attention to the protection of the land border.
Albinas Zananavičius expressed concern about the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant being built in the vicinity of both neighbouring states particularly after the 2018 EU stress test results came out, “We see three big shortcomings of the Astravyets NPP: the seismic situation of the construction site has not been analysed; they are not properly prepared for dealing with a possible accident; technical safety parameters of the Power Plant do not comply with international standards.”
Lithuania is convinced that further relations between the EU and Belarus should be developed referring to tangible progress in elimination of those shortcomings.
We, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, Hungary, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic reiterate our continued support for the Western Balkans on their European path. The EU enlargement process has a positive transformative power in the Western Balkans and is an investment in peace and stability in Europe. It is essential to ensure the overall progress of the region. The EU needs to fulfil its unambiguous commitment to the Western Balkans European integration. There is no “plan B”.