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Welcome speech



Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Chers collègues, Mesdames et Messieurs



It is my great honour to be here today, and to speak to such a remarkable audience. It is a particular pleasure and privilege for me to open the first Franco-Baltic Defence Industry Conference.


I would like to sincerely thank our French colleagues for their great efforts in co-organising the Conference. This is of particular importance, knowing the essential role France has always played in promoting European security and defence industry.


There seems to be a general understanding of the need to develop a strong and competitive European Defence Industrial Base and well-functioning defence market. Lithuania fully supports the establishment of free, competitive and open market for defence goods in Europe and its openness for transatlantic cooperation.


There are many reasons for Europe to have a strong and competitive Defence Industry:

- it will equip our armed forces with state-of-the-art military equipment.

- it will ensure our technological advantage in the battle field.

- it will also guarantee technical interoperability of our Armed Forces with our Transatlantic allies.


An area of particular importance for Lithuania is integration of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) into the future architecture of European defence industry. The consolidation of the European defence sector should be pursued by building competitive clusters, with SMEs playing an important supporting role.


Lithuania has just started the consolidation of a national defence industry. However, I see good prospects for our SMEs to contribute to the supply chain. I believe, recently established Lithuanian Defence and Security Industries Association has a role to play in promoting our industry. We have strong companies working in IT, laser, microwave, bio and similar smart technologies, which could be used not only in civilian sector but also in defence area.


Last but not least, I see good prospects in our industries working together in promoting energy efficiency in defence sector. This is a growing priority for NATO as well as EU. And this is a reason we have together established Energy security center in Vilnius. I would like to see our countries’ political commitment to be translated into practical industrial cooperation.


Let me finish by saying, that industrial cooperation should become an important element in the French-Baltic defence partnership. I very much hope that this event is just a beginning of our fruitful industrial cooperation.


I wish you very constructive and fruitful discussions.


Enjoy your stay in Vilnius

Profitez de votre séjour à Vilnius


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