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Ensuring national security is a commitment to the people of Lithuania


On March 29 President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė attended a signing ceremony of the Agreement on the Strategic Guidelines of Lithuania's Security Policy for 2014-2020 at the Presidential Palace. Seven parliamentary parties signed the agreement initiated by the President on foreign, security and defence policy on the say when Lithuania celebrated its 10th anniversary as a member of NATO. The agreement is developed to ensure economic, energy, military and information security of Lithuania.


The document aims at strengthening Lithuania’s defence capacity in the face of the recent developments in Ukraine and the show of Russia’s military force near Lithuanian borders. The signatory parties committed to ensure a consistent annual increase in defence spending with an aim of reaching 2% of GDP by 2020.


"Lithuania's freedom and independence is the duty and responsibility of all political forces. The agreement signed today is a clear commitment made to the Lithuanian people that political parties will strive without reservation to ensure secure life for our citizens and successful development for our country. Only working together we will enable faster progress and attain greater prosperity for our people," the President said.


The agreement also reaffirmed the key directions of Lithuania’s Foreign Policy, i.e. strengthening the cooperation with the strategic partners – the Baltic and the Nordic countries, the European Union and the U.S.A. An intent to intensify Lithuania’s participation in the missions of such multinational organisations as NATO, UN and OSCE is also covered in the document.


The agreement identifies energy dependence as one of the most serious challenges to national security. The stated strategic goal of Lithuania and the commitment of the signatory parties is to integrate into the EU’s internal energy market as soon as possible and to implement major projects in energy sector, such as the LNG terminal, the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant and power interconnections with Sweden and Poland. The importance of the transport sector and the development of its infrastructure is also highlighted – the first stage of the trans-European Rail Baltica route must necessarily be completed in 2015.


All the political forces have committed to strengthen national defence in information warfare, i.e. to facilitate a more efficient work of Lithuanian intelligence and counter-intelligence services so that they were capable of preventing any subversive activities against the Republic of Lithuania. Furthermore, the society of Lithuania must be familiarised regularly with the main threats facing Lithuania.


Representatives signed the agreement on behalf of seven parliamentary parties thus confirming their commitment to ensure the security of Lithuania, The document was endorsed by Chairman of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party Algirdas Butkevičius, Chairperson of the Labor Party Loreta Graužinienė, Chairman of the Homeland Union Andrius Kubilius, Vice Chairman of the Order and Justice Party Kęstas Komskis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement Eligijus Masiulis, Chairman of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania Jaroslav Narkevič, and member of the Way of Courage Party Valdas Vasiliauskas.


Information of the Press Service of the President


Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis

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