EESC president Henri Malosse today met the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, to address the challenge of the lack of support by European citizens for the European leadership. With particular reference to energy issues, he warned about the impact of policies that did not involve the people and the difficulty of winning back popular support in these days of economic crisis.
Mr Malosse has chosen Lithuania for his first visit as the new president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
"The meeting of the future EU-presidency and the EESC president sends a very strong signal to the European people. The safety of energy supply is not an issue for Lithuania alone but for the European Union as a whole. Any project should be developed in concert with a well-informed civil society", said Mr Malosse. "My exchange with Ms Grybauskaitė is a positive first step in our productive partnership on this issue".