In Brussels, EU ministers discuss EU legislative priorities for 2018
On 20 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, which began preparations for the December European Council by discussing a provisional agenda.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Zananavičius emphasized the importance of strengthening European security and defence, and continued cooperation in the field of defence. He also noted the importance of the Gothenburg Summit in achieving social convergence among EU member states in the social, cultural and educational spheres.
“Further social and economic convergence among EU member states and their regions, issues related to security, energy and infrastructure, funding the Ignalina NPP decommissioning process, as well as drawing due attention to the Eastern Partnership, should remain among the priority issues, when preparing the next Multiannual Financial Framework,” said Zananavičius.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister said that the European Commission was expected to come up with an ambitious proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework in 2018. In addition, special attention should be dedicated to the creation of an Energy Union, the digital market, and the trade policy with third countries. According to Zananavičius, the Eastern Partnership summit is to be held on 24 November, therefore, the Commission is expected to propose concrete measures for the implementation of this policy.
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