The annual conference discussed the EU's strategic resilience and challenges in 2022

2021 12 20

On December 20, Deputy Foreign Minister Arnoldas Pranckevičius together with the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune opened a conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "Preparing for 2022: What are the challenges facing Lithuania in the European Union?". The conference discussed how to more effectively reflect Lithuania's interests in the European Union (EU) in the coming years, and presented the priorities of the incoming French Presidency of the EU Council.

Deputy Minister A. Pranckevičius praised last year and emphasized that many challenges will remain relevant in the coming years: It has helped us deepen our relationship with capitals not only in Northern but also in Southern Europe, discover new partnerships and see the importance of being in the EU family and solidarity. ”

Lithuanian EU policy makers, politicians, experts and political scientists participating in the conference focused on the EU's strategic resilience, discussed the EU's role in the world, the resilience of EU migration policy to hybrid threats and the opportunities and risks of implementing EU economic resilience.

Discussions focused on the need for new tools to realize the EU's leadership in the neighborhood and the valuable role of a defender of democracy and human rights. It was noted that the EU needs to define and implement its vision for digitalisation, industrial policy and security of supply chains. On migration, there was a debate on how to strengthen the EU's common migration policy to make it more resilient to external manipulation.

During the conference, the French Secretary of State C. Beaune presented the priorities of the French Presidency in the fields of green transformation, digitalisation, social security and shared the French ideas on strengthening the role of the EU in international politics.

Edmundas Daukantas, President of the Lineka Association, also took part in the conference and working group discussion, where the supply chain in logistics will be affected by the deteriorating relations with China and Belarus.