Opening a This is Europe Plenary Debate in Strasbourg, the President of the European Parliament Roberta Mestola thanked the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda for his country's leadership and for welcoming 74,000 Ukrainians.
© European Union | The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola
welcoming the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda to the European Parliament in Strasbourg
for a This is Europe Plenary Debate
We have with us today, the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda.
President, dear Gitanas, thank you for accepting our invitation to address the European Parliament as part of our “This is Europe” series of debates.
It has been over a year since Russia launched its full-scale military invasion of independent and sovereign Ukraine. In this time, Lithuania has never held back from sending aid to Ukraine and has been one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine’s European perspective. The Lithuanian people have welcomed more than 74,000 Ukrainians into their homes and their hearts in what is the largest inflow of refugees in the history of the country. Lithuania’s solidarity towards Ukraine has never let-up.
Thank you also for your commitment to a democratic Belarus.
Dear colleagues, we have already witnessed our Union becoming stronger and more resilient. Facing these challenges together has made us more united.
In this time of global instability, we need to speed-up investment in Europe to put our economy back on a stable path of growth. President, your push for a long-term competitiveness strategy, an ambitious trade policy, and boosting conditions for investment, has been central to this vision of a better, more prosperous Europe.
Dear President, Dear Gitanas, the floor is yours.
You can read the President's in Lithuanian here.