On 19 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the General Affairs Council in Brussels. Ministers exchanged views on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027, an annotated draft agenda of the European Council meeting on 21 and 22 March, and steps to ensure a sustainable Europe by 2030.
On 13 February, participants of the Government's meeting endorsed the Foreign Ministry's compendium of national legislative measures that includes proposals by Ministries for legislation and other legal acts to be amended in Lithuania in the run-up to the UK’s possible withdrawal from the EU without an agreement.
On 13 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius presented steps taken by the Lithuanian diplomatic service to prepare for the United Kingdom’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 29 March 2019.
On 18 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Lithuania. The traditional annual meeting discussed greatest achievements and challenges facing Lithuania’s foreign policy, national and international security, and other most relevant global issues.
Representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) paid a visit to Vilnius on 19 December 2018.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavičius attended the European Union General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels on 11 December that finalised preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 13–14 December. The meeting held a debate on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021–2027, endorsed the Council programme for the next 18 months, presented the Annual Growth Survey for 2019, and discussed the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.
On 12 November in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU General Affairs Council, which held a policy debate on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.
On 16 October in Luxembourg, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the General Affairs Council, which finalized preparations for the European Council of 18 October and discussed proposals for a multiannual financial framework for the 2021-2027 period.
On 28 September, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albinas Zananavičius, paid a visit to Warsaw where he discussed on-going negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027), withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, energy projects in the Baltic region, and other key matters on the EU agenda with Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
On 26 September, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Laima Jurevičienė presented the letters for ratification signed by the President of Lithuania on the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism and on the Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production (revised).
On 18 September in Brussels, the Vice-Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council. The Council held a debate on the multiannual financial framework for 202-2027.
On 14 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian. They discussed the development of relations between the EU and Central Asia, with an emphasis on a new EU Strategy for Central Asia, which would be adopted in 2019.
On 14 September in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius participated in political talks on the European Commission‘s proposed reform of financing of the EU‘s external policies.
On 30-31 August, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers (Gynmich) in Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting focused on transatlantic relations, the Middle East, the Western Balkans, and multilateral policy issues.
On 20 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius is participating in the General Affairs Council (Article 50) in Brussels. The Council discussed issues dealing with Brexit and how the policy paper published by the UK government on 12 July 2018 could feed into the discussions. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier briefed the ministers on the state of play in the Brexit negotiations and where the negotiations stand regarding the work to finalise the withdrawal agreement, including the backstop solution for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. M. Barnier also presented the recent Commission communication on preparedness.