Lithuanian and Finnish Foreign Ministers meet in Vilnius
On 28 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto to discuss opportunities for bilateral cooperation, topical issues of the European Union, cooperation with NATO, situations in Turkey and Ukraine.
According to the Foreign Ministers, although relations between Lithuania and Finland are intense, there is so much untapped cooperation potential in such new areas as nuclear safety.
L. Linkevičius drew P. Haavisto's attention to the elements of the EU's new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) that were of great importance for Lithuania, including agricultural and cohesion policy: "We understand that a large share of the new budget will be dedicated to overcoming emerging challenges, but the reduction of funding of these spheres is very painful for Lithuania," said the Foreign Minister.
In the meeting, L. Linkevičius also informed P. Haavisto that the Ukraine Reform Conference will be held in Lithuania in 2020. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister called on Finland to financially support the European Humanities University (EHU) in Vilnius once again.
Finland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the beginning of July until the end of December 2019.