Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, attended the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 July 2017 to take part in a debate on the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy, on North Korea, Libya, and migration.
On 20 June in Luxembourg, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council meeting that prepared the European Council on 22-23 June. The European Council meeting will focus on security and defence, the internal market and economy, climate change, migration, and the digital agenda for Europe.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council met in Luxembourg on 19 June 2017 to discuss the EU Global Strategy, EU-NATO cooperation, migration, Iraq, and counter-terrorism. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry was represented by Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darius Skusevičius.
The first plane from Kyiv landed in Vilnius after the entry into force of the visa-free regime on 11 June, allowing Ukrainian citizens to enter the Schengen area without visas.
On 24 May in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and discussed the key energy security challenges in the Baltic region.
On 22 May in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the EU’s General Affairs Council, which authorised the opening of the negotiations with the UK, nominated the Commission as Union negotiator, adopted negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations and a decision to create a dedicated working party, and began preparations for the European Council to be held on 22 and 23 June by examining an annotated draft agenda.
On 15 May in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius and the Director of EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN) Gerhard Conrad discussed hybrid threats, strengthening the EU’s and national resilience, Lithuania’s fight against hybrid threats and efforts to build a crisis management system.
On 15 May in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, which focused on the Eastern Partnership, the situation in the Horn of Africa, the EU-Africa relations, and the implementation of the EU Global Strategy in the area of security and defence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.