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Tuesday, April 19, Vilnius – President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė had a meeting with the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Karl Lamers, and Secretary General David Hobs.

According to President Grybauskaitė, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an important democratic link between the North Atlantic Alliance and national parliaments. At the time of Lithuania’s accession to NATO, the Parliamentary Assembly offered a very valuable support to our country.

In the meeting, the President and the NATO PA leaders discussed NATO’s Strategic Concept and its practical implementation. The President of Lithuania underlined that cyber and energy security issues, particularly the need to ensure safe nuclear power, must be given special attention of the international community. The President also informed the NATO PA leaders of the European Council decision initiated by Lithuania that rigorous safety tests should be performed on nuclear power plants in Europe and its neighbourhood.

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly expressed support to the idea that the Energy Security Centre established in Lithuania last year should be converted into an accredited NATO centre of excellence.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly found in 1955 is not a NATO institution proper but it regularly issues advisory opinions and recommendations to the North Atlantic Alliance. The Assembly consists of 257 delegates from 28 NATO countries, 14 associated countries, and the European Parliament.

Press Service of the President