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The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council on trade issues on 11 May in Brussels. Zananavičius called on member states to unanimously and immediately support the Commission’s proposal that aimed at improving access for Ukraine to the EU market for some products in view of the difficult economic situation.

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Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius attended the informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) in the Maltese capital Valletta on 28 April 2017. The Ministers discussed developments in Turkey, challenges in the international order of rules, and implementation of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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On 3 April in Luxembourg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, which discussed the situation in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

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Today in Geneva, the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, which lasted for four weeks, has concluded. Addressing the Council during the High-Level Segment on 28 February, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius highlighted the dramatic deterioration of the human rights situation in the conflict-affected regions, especially in the Russian-occupied territories of neighbouring Ukraine and Georgia. In his speech, Linkevičius also urged the Council to immediately address the safety of journalists.

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On 7 March in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the EU’s General Affairs Council meeting, which finalised preparations for the March European Council by discussing the topics of internal market and economy, security and defence, migration and external relations.

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On 6 March in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which focused on issues related to security and defence, migration, Egypt, the Western Balkans, the Middle East peace process, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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On 7 February in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the EU’s General Affairs Council, which began preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 9 and 10 March. The Council examined an annotated draft agenda for the European Council meeting and evaluated progress in implementing the European Council’s decisions.

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On 6 February in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which discussed issues related to Ukraine, Libya, Egypt and the Middle East peace process.

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On 6 February in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans to discuss nuclear safety in the EU’s neighborhood and the future of the European Union.

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On January 23-24, the Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavičius attended the informal meeting of the European Union General Affairs Council held in Valletta, Malta. During the meeting, the priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2017 were presented and the discussion of the ministers about the future of the EU in preparations to the meetings of the EU heads of state and government on February 3 in Malta and on March 25 in Rome was held.

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On 16 January in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which focused on the EU’s foreign policy agenda, as well as discussed Syria and the Middle East peace process.

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On January 16, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels, where the EU foreign policy agenda as well as Syria and the Middle East peace process were discussed.

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On 15 November in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimondas Karoblis attended the EU’s General Affairs Council, which discussed issues related to the mid-term review of the EU’s multi-annual financial framework, preparations for the European Council on 15 and 16 December, and the Commission’s work programme for 2017.

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On 14 November in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Raimundas Karoblis attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, which discussed issues related to Turkey, the Eastern Partnership and the Southern Neighbourhood. A joint session of Foreign Affairs Ministers and Defence Ministers focused on the implementation plan on security and defence under the EU global strategy.

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On 9 November, the European Commission adopted its ‘Enlargement package’ – a set of documents explaining its policy on EU enlargement, which contains the 2016 Reports, in which the Commission services present their detailed assessment of the state of play in each candidate country and potential candidate: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius stressed that even when the EU was facing hard times and challenges, the enlargement process remained the key driving force for the transformation and modernization of the candidate countries, an anchor of stability and security in South Eastern Europe.

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