Commissioner Oettinger to discuss EU budget with Lithuanian leaders

Guenther Oettinger
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In the new EU budget beyond 2020, Lithuania will seek greater support for agriculture and regional development and will also try to secure funding for synchronizing its power grid with the Western European system and for the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning projects.

Talks between the EU’s bodies and member states are expected to begin next year.

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Increasing member states’ contributions to the EU budget and redistributing funding areas may be discussed to bridge a funding gap that will emerge when the United Kingdom exits the bloc.

In Vilnius, Oettinger is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, and the ministers for energy, finance and agriculture.

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