As EU leaders gather in Brussels for a 2-day summit, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? said on Friday that Brussels expects to reach a deal on a free trade deal with Ukraine in the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.
Refereeing to recent allegations that the US had been tapping the phones of European leaders, Grybauskait? stressed the need to find a ‘balance between data protections for European citizens’ and ‘international security’.
The digital single market will dominate the EU’s pre-summit agenda, with discussions being spiced up after revelations of deep US spying on France. Other issues on the agenda include immigration policies following the Lampedusa tragedy, banking union and the social dimension for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).