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Commissioner Hahn's visit in Lithuania


On Thursday 29 March Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn made his first official visit to Lithuania. He met with H.E. Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania and Prime Minister Mr Andrius Kubilius to discuss the future of regional policy in the wider context of the next EU financial framework.

Commissioner Hahn also met with Lithuanian Minister for Finance Mrs Ingrida Šimonytė to discuss the state of play of regional policy in Lithuania under the current period as well as the Baltic Sea strategy.

He took the opportunity to visit together with Lithuanian Minister for Health Mr Raimundas Šukys two EU co funded projects at Vilnius University Hospital "Santariškių klinikos": a Modern Telesurgery Centre to facilitate the exchange of know-how among surgeons and a project for Reduction of Cardiovascular Diseases

Later on he participated in a working session with representatives of the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania and met members of the European affairs committee of the Lithuanian Seima (Parliament). Topics raised were the current implementation of cohesion policy in Lithuania, the implementation of the Baltic Sea Strategy and the territorial cooperation with neighbouring EU Member States and Russia.