Stockholm, August 16. President Valdas Adamkus of the Republic of Lithuania met with Swedish Minister of Trade, Leif Pagrotsky, to discuss Lithuania’s integration into the European Union and further co-operation of the two states.
President Adamkus noted that during the Swedish presidency in the EU Lithuania finalised and closed eleven negotiation chapters, including the chapter on environment.
Minister Pagrotsky noted that environmental protection was playing an increasingly significant role in Sweden’s national and foreign policy. The Minister noted with satisfaction that Lithuania was the first candidate country to finalise negotiations on environmental protection.
The participants of the meeting also discussed Sweden’s financial support to the Baltic states, which should amount to around SEKUS 1 bln. It was agreed that a share of these funds could be allocated to environmental projects as both the countries border on the Baltic sea, which in the future will become an internal sea of the European Union. The Minister noted that Sweden was looking forward to proposals regarding efficient use of these funds and projects that could be implemented within this framework.
The other topics of the discussion included co-operation in the energy sector and among law enforcement institutions of Lithuania and Sweden as well as closer contacts in combating corruption and organised crime. President Adamkus and Minister Pagrotski agreed to look for ways to promote Swedish investments in Lithuania.
With regard to bilateral relations, the participants of the meeting noted with satisfaction that Sweden was one of the major investors in Lithuania and annual trade turnover of the two states amounted to USD 417 mln. The Swedish Trade Minister underscored that modernisation of the financial sector of the Baltic States was one of the priorities of Sweden’s foreign economic policy.
At the meeting, ensuring of nuclear safety was referred to as an issue of mutual concern. The representatives of the two states emphasised the necessity to promote closer co-operation among Lithuanian and Swedish public institutions and non-governmental organisations.
Press Service of the President