The Council of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (ICC Lithuania) has stated that Lithuanian business remains cares deeply about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Lithuanian business representatives are convinced that we must help Ukraine, which is currently at war, and also strengthen Lithuanian national defence.
“For Lithuanian business, the main priority is not economic gains, but also physical security and stability, which is threatened due to Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, we fully condemn Russian aggression, fully support Ukraine and are ready to contribute to the strengthening of our country’s defence,” said A. Romanovskis, President of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (ICC Lithuania).
Business representatives urge the President and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania to take all possible diplomatic measures to ensure that the Free World’s response to the regime of the Russian Federation would be as strong as politically possible.
The Council of the Lithuanian Business Confederation also drew attention to the importance of preparation for possible humanitarian challenges and asked the Lithuanian parliament to pass a law that would ensure the legal preconditions for the rapid granting of asylum status to war refugees from Ukraine.
Business representatives also proposed the formation of an advisory council made up of academia, civil society, and business representatives to advise the President of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on the organisation of homeland security and the deepening of our civil defence. Expressed the willingness of the business community to contribute to Lithuanian civil defence preparation.
Business representatives also. to contribute proposed to increase the funding for national defence and border patrol by introducing a separate national defence tax. This tax would help finance Lithuania’s defence capabilities and should be discussed in the context of the overall tax reform that is being prepared by the Ministry of Finance.