Stable Eastern neighbourhood means more secure Europe, says Lithuanian President

Baku, May 23, AZERTAC 

“The Eastern Partnership policy is most beneficial for the people of these countries. The implementation of European reforms makes Eastern partners stronger, more democratic and advanced, with less corruption, more stability and well-being. Stable Eastern neighbourhood also means a more secure Europe,” Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said in Riga, where she attended the Eastern Partnership Summit.

Ms Grybauskaite underlined that in the near future it is very important to help Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine implement free trade agreements, and the EU must remain open to the citizens of Eastern Partnership countries. “The people of Georgia and Ukraine should get visa-free access to the EU once these countries meet all the necessary requirements.”

“Cooperation between the EU and its Eastern partners in the fields of energy, transport, business and investment, digital economy, education and culture must also continue.

It is essential to help Eastern partners improve the public sector, reduce corruption, increase people's resistance to hostile propaganda, and strengthen the civil society,” she added.

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