During his official visit to Germany, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss security and defense policies, plans to counter information attacks, Lithuania’s energy independence, and economic cooperation priorities, including financial services.
“Germany is Lithuania’s key partner in Europe. Together we work in EU institutions and NATO. I came to Berlin not only to meet and present myself to the Chancellor, but also to establish increasingly closer bilateral relations and to discuss transatlantic defense reinforcement plans,” the President said. “Germany leads NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Lithuania. I expressed my strong hope that German leadership and focus on the eFP battle group would be consistent and continuous.”
During the meeting, the President and the Chancellor underscored the importance of countering disinformation. Gitanas Nausėda underlined the significance of sharing positive experience in fighting propaganda, public disinformation and information attacks at the EU level. “Fighting disinformation needs to be addressed at the EU level, firstly, by encouraging member states to implement systematic and effective action plans for countering disinformation,” the President said.
Special focus was placed on bilateral economic relations. Germany is one of the most important partners of Lithuania in economic cooperation. Yet, there is still space for closer contacts, especially through German corporate investment. The President invited German investors in engineering, automotive industries, IT, bio and financial technologies to develop their businesses in Lithuania. “We can increase collaborative work in financial technologies, investment funds, green finances, and cyber security. In the last several years, we have developed the most attractive legal environment for financial service providers in the region,” the President said.
The meeting also addressed energy security issues. The President underlined that Lithuania was concerned about the construction of the Ostravets nuclear power plant in Belarus. He called on Germany, together with the European Union, to work towards making Belarus keep in line with EU recommendations on nuclear safety.
Opinions were exchanged on the composition of the next European Commission and the EU’s next multiannual financial framework. The Commission’s efforts to develop a long-term strategy for climate change and energy aimed at creating a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 were noted and appreciated.
Russia-related issues and Eastern Partnership were also discussed. The President urged to continue sanctions against Russia until it stops aggression against Ukraine. The two leaders expressed their support to Eastern Partnership as an initiative that upholds positive reforms based on European values in partner countries.
President Gitanas Nausėda invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a state visit to Lithuania.
In the meantime, First Lady Diana Nausėdienė visited the German Chamber of Crafts.
On Wednesday, August 14, the President and the First Lady will lay a wreath at the Berlin Wall Memorial and visit the memorial museum. Later, they will meet with members of Germany’s Lithuanian community at the Lithuanian Embassy in Berlin.