In his new role as Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth’s first official appointment was to welcome his Lithuanian colleague Vytautas Leškevičius for talks in Berlin. In the discussions, the focus was on European policy cooperation between Germany and Lithuania, the country which holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of the year.
On Wednesday, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth welcomed his first guest to the Federal Foreign Office, namely his counterpart from Vilnius.
The talks centred on the Eastern Partnership and EU enlargement issues.
As Lithuania’s six‑month Presidency of the Council of the European Union draws to a close, Michael Roth and Vytautas Leškevičius took stock together.
Top export: European fundamental values
Minister of State Roth went on to emphasise the importance of the EU’s fundamental values. For him, it is now essential to continue with the legislative initiative launched by Germanyand others. He believes there is work to be done on further improving the protection of fundamental values.
Minister of State Roth went on to say:
The credibility of the European Union depends on how we deal with European fundamental values. After all, these fundamental values are our top export.
At the end of this first meeting, Vytautas Leškevičius wished his German colleague all the best for the tasks that lie ahead and thanked him for this early opportunity for talks.
Minister of State Roth assured Leškevičius that he was looking forward to further cooperation on bilateral and European issues.