Positive evaluation of the French Presidency

Lithuan­ian offi­cials pos­i­tive­ly eval­u­ate the French Pres­i­den­cy and praise the effi­cient steps tak­en for­ward dur­ing this half of the year. Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent, Val­das Adamkus, in his let­ter to the French ambas­sador to Lithua­nia, Fran­cois Lau­monier, empha­sized that the French Pres­i­dent, Nico­las Sarkozy and diplo­mats have tak­en effi­cient steps while solv­ing prob­lems caused by the glob­al finan­cial cri­sis, inter­me­di­at­ing dur­ing the Geor­gian-Russ­ian con­flict. He also pos­i­tive­ly eval­u­at­ed the French aspi­ra­tions to strength­en the ener­gy secu­ri­ty of Europe, devel­op the EU inter­nal ener­gy inter­con­nec­tions, strength­en the rela­tions with the EU East­ern and South­ern neigh­bours, and the fight with the cli­mate change and oth­er glob­al challenges.[1] He said that “while deal­ing with these chal­lenges the EU demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship and uni­ty. That is why today the EU is stronger and bet­ter pre­pared to deal with the chal­lenges of the 21. century”[2].

As the head of the Lithuan­ian per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the EU, Rytis Mar­tiko­nis has stat­ed it: “French Pres­i­den­cy has been wise and of the high­est lev­el. Maybe some­times the opin­ions of Vil­nius and Paris diverged, but the work has been organ­ised professionally”[3]. Speak­ing dur­ing the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment ses­sion, mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment from Lithua­nia, Laima Andrikienė, has also praised the French Pres­i­den­cy and called it an excel­lent pres­i­den­cy. Accord­ing to her, the Geor­gian events were a bril­liant exam­ple that the EU can be in the cen­ter of the events, be unit­ed and solidary.[4]

High expectations from the Czech Presidency

The expec­ta­tions of the Lithuan­ian offi­cials from the Czech Pres­i­den­cy are gen­er­al­ly high. Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent, Val­das Adamkus, eval­u­ates the Czech Pres­i­den­cy with optimism.[5] He said that “a com­mon goal to build a strong EU which would be open for its East­ern neigh­bours (i.e. would imple­ment­ed ‘an open door’ enlarge­ment pol­i­cy), would unit­ed­ly seek to guar­an­tee the ener­gy safe­ty, fight against the cli­mate change and oth­er glob­al chal­lenges and would deci­sive­ly guard the ideals of free­dom and democ­ra­cy unites Lithua­nia and the Czech Republic”[6]. In a let­ter to the Czech Pres­i­dent, Václav Klaus, he wrote: “I have no doubts that you will ful­fill this essen­tial and com­pli­cat­ed mis­sion appro­pri­ate­ly and effi­cient­ly. I am def­i­nite that the long and rich his­to­ry of your coun­try, old diplo­mat­ic tra­di­tions, strong will of your peo­ple would allow you to achieve the defined goals”[7].

Czech Presidency priorities match the Lithuanian priorities in the EU

The Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent, Val­das Adamkus, pos­i­tive­ly eval­u­at­ed the Czech deci­sion to pay spe­cial atten­tion to the Euro­pean ener­gy safe­ty, strength­en­ing of rela­tions with East­ern neigh­bours and strength­en­ing the transat­lantic part­ner­ship. Accord­ing to the Pres­i­dent, these direc­tions are very impor­tant if we want to have a strong and able EU to fight effi­cient­ly the chal­lenges of the 21. cen­tu­ry. He said “the named pri­or­i­ties of the Czech Pres­i­den­cy match the Lithuan­ian inter­ests in for­eign pol­i­cy, ener­gy and inter­nal mar­ket”. Lithuan­ian For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter, Vygau­das Ušackas, also said that the Check pri­or­i­ties are the same as the main Lithuan­ian pri­or­i­ties in the EU and Lithua­nia sup­ports these priorities.[8]

The Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent also empha­sized that the mot­to of the Czech Pres­i­den­cy ‘Europe with­out bor­ders’, reflects the Lithuan­ian aspi­ra­tions to elim­i­nate any imped­i­ments in the EU, which lim­it the eco­nom­ic, human, and cul­tur­al poten­tial of Europe.[9]

A special attention to energy issues is congratulated

Speak­ing about the Czech pri­or­i­ties, Lithuan­ian ambas­sador to the Czech Repub­lic, Osval­das Čiukšys, paid spe­cial atten­tion to ener­gy issues. He expects that there will be progress in ener­gy projects, which are impor­tant to Lithua­nia: “pri­or­i­ties, includ­ed into the Czech Pres­i­den­cy pro­gramme – strength­en­ing of inter­con­nec­tions, the devel­op­ment of renew­able ener­gy sources, devel­op­ment of nuclear ener­gy; all these things give hope that dur­ing the Czech Pres­i­den­cy, we will move for­ward at least in one of these directions”[10]. He also empha­sized that Lithuan­ian and Czech posi­tions towards Rus­sia are very sim­i­lar and he sup­pos­es that the EU pol­i­cy towards this coun­try should not change. As he said, “rela­tion­ship with Rus­sia has to be prag­mat­ic and con­sis­tent, based on val­ues, and this is what we are striv­ing for, and Czechs empha­size exact­ly the same issues. There are lit­tle dif­fer­ences in our posi­tions towards Rus­sia and in most cas­es our posi­tions are almost identical”[11].

 

 

 

[1] See: Prezi­den­tas dėko­ja Prancūz­i­jai už pirmininkav­imą ES (Pres­i­dent thanks France for the EU Pres­i­den­cy), 19 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.euro.lt/lt/naujienos/apie-lietuvos-naryste-europos-sajungoje/naujienos/4889/ (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[2] Val­das Adamkus (Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent): Prezi­den­tas dėko­ja Prancūz­i­jai už sėk­mingą pirmininkav­imą ES ir pri­im­tus susi­tarimus (Pres­i­dent thanks France for suc­cess­ful pres­i­den­cy and made deci­sions), press release, 18 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.president.lt/lt/news.full/9992 (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[3] Vil­ni­aus diena (news­pa­per): ES peripeti­jų dži­unglėse (In the jun­gles of the EU peripeties), 8 Decem­ber 2008.
[4] See: Euro­pos Par­la­mente – pagyri­mai ir kri­ti­ka Prancūz­i­jos pirmininkav­imui (In the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment – prais­es and crit­ics for the French Pres­i­den­cy), 17 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.euro.lt/lt/naujienos/apie-lietuvos-naryste-europos-sajungoje/naujienos/4860/ (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[5] See: Ček­i­jos pirmininkav­i­mas ES Lietu­vai bus palankus, turėtų pajudėti ener­ge­tini­ai pro­jek­tai — Lietu­vos ambasado­rius Ček­i­jo­je (Czech Pres­i­den­cy should be favourable to Lithua­nia, ener­gy projects should move, claims the Lithuan­ian ambas­sador to Czech Repub­lic), 19 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.euro.lt/lt/naujienos/apie-lietuvos-naryste-europos-sajungoje/naujienos/4887/ (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[6] See: Pirmininkav­imą ES pradėju­sios Ček­i­jos vadovui Lietu­vos prezi­den­tas palinkėjo kur­ti sol­i­dar­ią Europą (Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent wished to build sol­idary Europe for the leader of the Czech Repub­lic which has tak­en over the EU Pres­i­den­cy), 6 Jan­u­ary 2009, avail­able at: http://www.euro.lt/lt/naujienos/apie-lietuvos-naryste-europos-sajungoje/naujienos/4931/ (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[7] Ibid.
[8] Lithuan­ian For­eign Affairs Min­istry: Lietu­vos užsienio reikalų min­is­tras tele­fonu kalbėjosi su Ček­i­jos Respub­likos užsienio reikalų min­istru (Lithuan­ian For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter has talked on the phone with the Czech For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter), press release, 22 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.urm.lt/index.php?-1799837100 (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[9] Val­das Adamkus (Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent): Lietu­vos Prezi­den­tas palanki­ai verti­na Ček­i­jos pirmininkav­i­mo ES pri­or­ite­tus (Lithuan­ian Pres­i­dent pos­i­tive­ly eval­u­ates the pri­or­i­ties of the Czech Pres­i­den­cy), press release, 18 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.president.lt/lt/news.full/9991 (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[10] See: Ček­i­jos pirmininkav­i­mas ES Lietu­vai bus palankus, turėtų pajudėti ener­ge­tini­ai pro­jek­tai — Lietu­vos ambasado­rius Ček­i­jo­je (Czech Pres­i­den­cy should be favourable to Lithua­nia, ener­gy projects should move, claims the Lithuan­ian ambas­sador to Czech Repub­lic), 19 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.euro.lt/lt/naujienos/apie-lietuvos-naryste-europos-sajungoje/naujienos/4887/ (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).
[11] See: Ček­i­jos pirmininkav­i­mas ES Lietu­vai bus palankus, turėtų pajudėti ener­ge­tini­ai pro­jek­tai — Lietu­vos ambasado­rius Ček­i­jo­je (Czech Pres­i­den­cy should be favourable to Lithua­nia, ener­gy projects should move, claims the Lithuan­ian ambas­sador to Czech Repub­lic), 19 Decem­ber 2008, avail­able at: http://www.euro.lt/lt/naujienos/apie-lietuvos-naryste-europos-sajungoje/naujienos/4887/ (last access: 25 Jan­u­ary 2009).