Viewing cable 09VILNIUS276
Title: EU COMMISSIONER GRYBAUSKAITE EASILY WINS

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09VILNIUS2762009-05-18 11:22:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: EU COMMISSIONER GRYBAUSKAITE EASILY WINS 
LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 273 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 254 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (U) Dalia Grybauskaite, the EU Commissioner for Financial 
Programming and Budget, trounced six opponents to win 
Lithuania's presidential election with a large majority in 
the first round of voting May 17.  According to initial 
figures, Grybauskaite received 69 percent of votes cast. Her 
nearest rival had less than 12 percent.  She will be 
inaugurated July 12 in Vilnius.  Grybauskaite, a former 
Lithuanian Finance Minister who has been living in Brussels 
for the past five years, has said her top priorities will be 
domestic issues, especially economic ones. 
 
¶2. (U) At a press conference the morning after her election, 
Grybauskaite was peppered with questions about the economy, 
politics and other domestic issues, but received few 
questions about foreign policy.  She said she would "balance" 
Lithuania's foreign policy by placing "more focus on the 
Western countries, especially our European partner states," 
than on Russia and other former Soviet states.  But she also 
said that Lithuania had an important role to play in helping 
countries such as Georgia and Ukraine gain entry to NATO and 
the European Union if they wished. 
 
¶3. (U) Grybauskaite said at her press conference that she did 
not plan to make major changes to the government, although 
she said she wanted to talk with the ministers of Economy, 
Energy, Finance, Health and Social Services before deciding 
whether any of them should be replaced.  She has expressed 
confidence in Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, who supported 
her presidential bid. 
 
¶4. (C) Comment:  Several senior interlocutors have told us 
they do not expect Grybauskaite to change the GOL's strong 
support for NATO, despite her years on the European 
Commission.  Grybauskaite has publicly supported Lithuania,s 
deployment to Afghanistan.  Nevertheless, supporters of the 
president-elect, have confessed they are unsure of how 
Grybauskaite will balance NATO/EU issues.  We will be in 
contact with the new president and her advisors, as soon as 
they are named, to ensure that Lithuania continues to value 
our bilateral relationship. 
CLOUD