It is important for the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to keep in mind its primary objective of promoting intergovernmental political dialogue in the region, said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas at the informal ministerial meeting of the CBSS in Reykjavík. The ministerial meeting was held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the CBSS.
At his meeting on 20 June with Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, noted a meaningful contribution of the international community in keeping peace, security and stability in the country after the war ended in 1995 and the importance of support for functioning of an institutional framework in the country.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darius Skusevičius, attended the ministerial meeting of EU Member States and Eastern Partners on 19 June where discussions centred on the preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Brussels in November. Ministers of foreign affairs from EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries discussed the achievements of the Eastern Partnership and agreed on short-term goals in developing relations between the EU and its partners in the east.
The issue of Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) attracted great attention of the international community during the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention held on 13-16 June in Minsk. Despite intense and difficult discussions the meeting in Minsk concluded without additional decisions with regard to Ostrovets NPP and other cases under the Convention framework. This means that the decision adopted during the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention of 2014 declaring that Belarus violated four articles of the Convention while implementing the Ostrovets NPP project remains valid.
At the 185th session on 16 June, the Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) invited Lithuania to become an associate member. An agreement between Lithuania and CERN on the status of the country will be signed on 27 June in Vilnius, at the Office of the President, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director-General, who will arrive in Lithuania with a delegation.
On 15 June in Kyiv, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, who are paying a working visit to Ukraine, met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian President thanked Lithuania and Sweden for their consistent political and practical support to Ukraine.
On 14 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius started a working visit to Ukraine.
The 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context will be held, in conjunction with the 3rd session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, in Minsk from 13 to 16 June 2017. The case of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) will also be discussed amongst other issues.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, attended the Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris on 6–8 June 2017 (Making Globalisation Work: Better Lives for All) where ministers from member countries and candidate countries discussed the impact of globalisation on improving well-being.
On 1-2 June, the Chancellor of Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jūratė Raguckienė attended the meeting of the State Secretaries/Chancellors of the European Union’s Foreign Ministries.
At the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad Group countries, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius stressed the importance of an ambitious long-term strategy for political relations with the EU’s Eastern partners.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, said at the global security forum GLOBSEC that NATO had to maintain its ability to adapt to new challenges and focus on its main task, collective defence; the success of the Alliance would depend on that in the future.
The ASEM conference “Women’s Economic Empowerment: Creating Equal Opportunities in the World of Work” ended on 26 May in Vilnius. The conference adopted Vilnius Declaration on ASEM cooperation in the field of women’s economic empowerment.
On 18-19 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in the Council of Europe’s foreign ministers’ meeting, which focused on addressing new threats, including the refugee crisis, conflicts, populism, and extremism.
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.