Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met his Lithuanian colleague, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Rolandas Kriščiūnas, in Berlin. Topics on the meeting agenda included bilateral relations, support for European fundamental values, growth and employment policy, and developments in Ukraine.
Minister of State Roth welcomed Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Rolandas Kriščiūnas for talks in Berlin on 6 November. Roth highlighted the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and congratulated Lithuania on its forthcoming accession to the euro area.
During the meeting with his Lithuanian guest, Roth called for resolute joint support for European fundamental values within and outside Europe, as well as for the continuing endeavours to generate more growth and employment in the EU. However, the alarming developments in Ukraine were also on the agenda.
After the meeting, Roth issued the following statement:
Germany and Lithuania are close and important partners in the EU and NATO. We have great respect for what the Lithuanians have achieved – the past 25 years are a true European success story. This success can serve as a role model and an inspiration for the countries that are still facing the difficult transition from an authoritarian to a democratic, open and free society.
Lithuania’s commitment to the euro is proof of the continued appeal of our single currency – despite all the crises – as well as a clear sign that Lithuania belongs at the heart of the EU.