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A. Zananavičius: EU economic recovery needs solidarity measures and ambitious long-term budget

Created: 2020.06.17 / Updated: 2020.06.17 15:58
    A. Zananavičius: EU economic recovery needs solidarity measures and ambitious long-term budget

    On 16 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in a video conference of the EU Ministers of European Affairs and discussed the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, as well as the EUR 750 billion recovery plan in order to prepare for the video conference of the members of the European Council and their orientation debate on 19 June.

    “We see both proposed instruments – the MFF and the recovery plan – as a package. Therefore, sufficient funds are needed not only for economic recovery, but also for the long-term objectives of Cohesion policy and for the implementation of the EU strategic agenda. The recovery instrument must ensure a fair way of allocating aid, reflecting the real consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on member states’ economies. In addition, the support allocation should rather be based on the criterion of GDP per capita," said A. Zananavičius.

    At the same time, Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister voiced support for the creation of the new EU4Health Programme. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need to improve the resilience of health systems in all EU member states. Lithuania supports the strengthening cooperation among scientists, but it is also necessary to ensure the involvement of scientists from all EU member states in the programme. As far as the transition to a green economy is concerned, an increase in the budget of a Just Transition Fund is important. The expansion of the Fund’s activities and geographical area is also necessary, as this would ensure wider use of the Just Transition Fund in the EU countries.

    Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister also drew attention to the need to amend the MFF proposal: “The most important issues for Lithuania remain unresolved, thus, Lithuania’s position remains unchanged. We need an ambitious MFF to achieve long-term sustainable growth, which requires more funding for both the EU Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy. At the same time, the financial commitments assumed by the EU must be respected, adequate funding for the decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant and for the implementation of the Special Kaliningrad Transit Programme must be provided”.

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