Lithuania against new powers to Brussels in tax, foreign policies - ambassador
Lithuania would not back proposals to give EU bodies new powers to decide on tax and foreign policies, the country's ambassador to Brussels said.
"Integration in the foreign policy should be given a very careful consideration. We haven't yet forged a common understanding over the 60 years of EU existence," Jovita Neliupšienė said at a discussion last weekend.
"There are also issues concerning our pragmatic interests, such as taxes (...). We are talking about national economies and the interests of a specific business," she said.
Supporters of deeper integration say that a united EU foreign policy would help strengthen Europe's influence on international issues and that harmonizing tax policies would help improve social protection.
Critics argue that a common foreign policy may ignore member states' fundamental national interests and that a common tax policy would make it harder for small countries on Europe's periphery to compete with stronger economies.