On February 20, President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for a special meeting of the European Council in Brussels where EU leaders will negotiate the multiannual financial framework. Lithuania seeks a fair and equitable EU budget with adequate funding provided for both traditional cohesion and agricultural policies and new agenda priorities: climate change, migration and innovation.
“I am set for difficult negotiations in Brussels, particularly with respect to the funding of cohesion policy and direct payments to farmers. We are still reserved about our expectations because the latest budget proposal is but a small step forward aimed at balancing the different interests of member states,” the President said before leaving to Brussels.
Gitanas Nausėda underlined that the ambitious EU strategic agenda needed adequate financing for delivery. Lithuania stands for a 1.11 percent GDP contribution to the EU budget.
Lithuania – in line with its position – will speak out for allocating bigger amounts to cohesion policy and agriculture. It will underscore the importance of complying with the 2013 European Council agreement on the level of direct payments to all members states beginning with 2021 as well as equalizing direct payments to farmers.
Lithuania will seek proper funding for the rural development policy because it is directly linked to such priorities as green economy and green course of action. It will also remind the European Council about the EU’s commitment to ensure adequate funding to the decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant and the Kaliningrad special transit scheme