President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the heads of 18 major Norwegian businesses and investment funds to discuss the investment climate and business opportunities in our country. According to the President, Lithuania and Norway are linked not only by strong political ties, but also by successful economic cooperation. The trade turnover between Lithuania and Norway has soared by 72 percent over the past four years. This is the best proof that Norway values Lithuania as a reliable partner.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. During a working lunch, the President and the Prime Minister discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and Sweden, security situation in the region, implementation of common energy projects, and cooperation in international organizations. This visit to the Baltic States and Finland is the first foreign visit of the new Swedish Prime Minister. According to the President, Sweden has always been Lithuania's reliable partner with whom we are bound by common political interests and close economic ties.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations, on behalf of the Lithuanian people and on her own behalf, to His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain on the occasion of the national day. The President has underlined that Lithuania and Spain are bound by strong bilateral ties that allow the two nations to work together as partners and allies towards building a shared, secure, energy independent and financially stable future of the European continent.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending a high level EU conference on unemployment issues organized by Italy which is now at the helm of the Council of the European Union. At the conference, EU leaders and heads of state and government of member states, social security and labour ministers and representatives of workers and employers are sharing experience and discussing ways to boost employment, promote youth entrepreneurship and speed up implementation of existing tools to fight unemployment.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to President Ivo Josipović of the Republic of Croatia on the occasion of Croatia's national holiday - Independence Day. According to the President, a year ago, together with all Europeans, Lithuania was much delighted to greet a new EU member state. The Lithuanian head of state said she firmly believed that the mutually beneficial partnership between Lithuania and Croatia within the European Union and NATO would further contribute to building a secure, credible and competitive Europe.
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, numerous armed conflicts and instability in the world make us go back to the main purposes of the United Nations: to keep peace throughout the world. As member states of the United Nations, we are all committed to this core principle. With the danger of terrorism and war spreading in the world, now is the right moment to stop and reconsider our actions and do everything possible to bring an end to the fighting, be it in your own homeland, neighbouring countries, or in your region.
Dear Generals, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome you all in Lithuania at the meeting that follows the Wales Summit. Two weeks ago, in Wales, all the leaders agreed who is the aggressor in Europe today. Sadly but the price for eyes-opening was far too high ‒ occupation of a sovereign countries territory, repeated violations of international law and ‒ most important - many innocent lives.
Dear Participants of the Awards Ceremony, Today we pay tribute to the spirit of humanness that goes beyond regimes and wars. We bow our heads before those who held the life of their friends, neighbors or total strangers more precious than personal safety. Battered by the storms of history, deprived of national independence, robbed of normal life, the people of Lithuania stood firm by the only value left to them - humanness.
Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, Each and every word of my oath has resounded and will resound in my life as a personal commitment to you. We are destined to live in exceptional times and work together to take care of Lithuania. I know that it will be not easy, but we will continue the efforts started and we will find a way out of even the most difficult situations. For me, leading my country means to protect the interests of the Lithuanian people every single day across all fields. My objective is to bring honest, professional and responsible people together for a common goal - to make Lithuania stronger.