European Union protects and strengthens rule of law
On 19 November in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council, which discussed strengthening the rule of law in the EU. Ministers also held an exchange of views with the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O'Flaherty.
“Lithuania notes that the rule of law is fundamental to democratic states and supports initiatives to strengthen it, which are based on the principles of objectivity, non-discrimination and equal treatment of member states. When creating new instruments we should avoid extra administrative and financial burden for the member states, as well as duplication. The main responsibility for ensuring the rule of law must lie with the member states,” noted the Vice-Minister A.Zananavičius.
The Foreign Vice-Minister A. Zananavičius also emphasized that Lithuania supported efforts to transition towards a climate-neutral economy by 2050. However, climate change has to be inseparable from clean and secure energy. “EU neighbors must also apply safe technological solutions and comply with international standards. At the same time, the issue of importing sources of energy from third countries, including electricity, must be addressed, and analogical safety requirements and standards have to be applied,” said the Foreign Vice-Minister.
Ministers shared their commitment to the European perspective of the Western Balkans and to the continued engagement with this region. “Lithuania has consistently spoken up for opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, taking into account the countries' progress. We are open to discussion of improving the effectiveness of the accession negotiation process, but this must not be linked to the opening of accession negotiations with the said countries,” noted the Foreign Vice-Minister.
For more information about the meeting, please read here.