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  • 3 October 2018

    The agenda of Polish-Lithuanian consultations at the level of European affairs ministers included the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post-2020, Brexit, energy policy, climate policy, and the current state of work on the Mobility Package.

    The officials discussed the approach to negotiations of the next EU budget, whilst emphasizing the need to ensure that they proceed smoothly, and to coordinate efforts aimed at working out good solutions. “Admittedly, the MFF that are being negotiated now are linked with new challenges, such as the protection of borders. This is not to say, however, that we can accept drastic cuts to funding in the existing fields,” observed Deputy Minister Szymański. The participants also emphasized that it is necessary to maintain geographical balance among member states in the agreements that are being forged, and to guarantee that such countries as Poland and Lithuania have a part in the programmes financed from the EU budget, e.g. Horizon Europe.





     On climate policy, both sides reaffirmed their willingness to avoid setting new EU reduction ambitions in the near future. “We must focus on implementing the Paris Agreement,” stressed the Polish deputy foreign minister. He went on to add that any discussion on EU ambitions is impossible without factoring in the real reduction capacities of member states, and steps taken by other parties to the agreement. “We want COP 24 to be a success and a positive development, rather than reason for new divisions among EU countries,” said Deputy Minister. He also renewed an invitation for President Grybauskaitė to attend the COP 24 Leaders’ Summit in Katowice to be held on 3 December.





    Furthermore, the deputy foreign ministers of Poland and Lithuania pledged close collaboration to ensure the implementation of the roadmap on the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks. The Lithuanian side also reiterated its total opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project. Referring to the ongoing legislative work on the Mobility Package, the interlocutors emphasized the key role of maintaining a consistent position of the group of like-minded states, which includes both countries.



    MFA Press Office

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