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VILNIUS, June 6 (Itar-Tass) - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday will hold a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to discuss important tasks the Baltic state will face, when it gets presidency of the Council of the European Union from Ireland in July.
“The volume of tasks that will be handed over to our country depends on how successfully Ireland will end its presidency,” Grybauskaite said.
One of the main problems that can significantly “weight” the working agenda of Lithuania’s six-month presidency is coordination of the EU budget for 2014-2020. Last week during his visit to Lithuania European Parliament President Martin Schulz doubted success of the talks on the EU budget that Dublin has been coordinating. Vilnius will also have to hold complex talks on certain budget programmes (their number is around 80).
“Presidency of the EU is great responsibility for our country,” she said. “Aside from the budget theme it is necessary to search for new solutions to overcome the effects of the economic crisis and to reduce unemployment, especially youth unemployment.”
Lithuania faces a difficult task of coordinating interests of all EU member-states on most pressing issues, Grybauskaite said.
Having studied the working agenda of its presidency Lithuania determined 560 law-making initiatives waiting consideration. It is absolutely evident that it is an unreal figure for the six-month period. Vilnius has chosen around 170 priority issues.
From the political point of view Lithuania’s priorities are to ensure financial discipline, what is necessary for financial stability in the EU, to strengthen common market, especially in the service sector, to complete the creation of a common energy market and to enhance Eastern Partnership programme and talks on free trade with the United States and Japan.