Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė discussed bilateral relations between Finland and Lithuania, EU affairs and international issues in a telephone conversation on 8 January.
According to the Finnish government, Marin congratulated Šimonytė on her recent appointment as head of the government. The prime ministers have not yet met in person, but they talked via video connection.
The discussion highlighted the importance of EU cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly when it comes to ensuring adequate vaccine procurement.
The prime ministers exchanged views on the national implementation of EU recovery measures, the green transition in the agricultural, energy and transport sectors, education, and the digital transformation.
Both leaders also had a comprehensive discussion on relations with Russia and the situation in Belarus. And they talked about opportunities for closer cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries.
Finland will coordinate the regional Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) cooperation format in 2021. During its term as coordinator, Finland aims to focus on the digital transformation, innovation and climate policy.