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European Union

Eastern Partnership: November summit should be forward-looking, injecting new dynamism

“The summit in Brussels should be forward-looking, injecting new dynamism providing a clear political vision for the future of our Eastern Partnership. Differentiation is key. As our resources are limited, the principle of ‘more for more and less for less’ should be implemented. We should focus our resources much more on those Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries who have made remarkable progress on their European path”, said Laima Andrikienė MEP, co-author of the European Parliament’s recommendations ahead of the EaP Summit on 24 November. […]

EU's Riga Summit

Opinion: The Riga Summit and its outcomes

The fourth Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. The joint Declaration of the Riga Summit did not reaffirm either the European perspective of the Eastern European Partnership countries consistently demonstrating the best performance or the political support to Georgia and Ukraine in visa liberalization that Tbilisi and Kiev were looking forward to. Quite the opposite, compared to the Vilnius Summit document adopted two years ago, the tone and ambition of the Riga Summit declaration seemed rather weakened. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuania opening official OECD membership talks

A delegation headed by Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius left for Paris on Wednesday to open membership negotiations with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). […]

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Lithuanian president snaps at Latvian journalist after being asked about gay rights and basketball

A Latvian journalist has felt the wrath of the Lithuanian president after asking several questions that “have not been agreed upon”. The president insistently, and rather gracelessly, refused to answer questions about gay rights in Lithuania, a supermarket roof collapse in Riga and basketball. […]

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Nordic and Baltic officials call for fight against propaganda

On 23-24 March in Copenhagen, political directors of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) discussed regional issues, challenges to Ukraine‘s security and territorial integrity, preparations for the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, prospects for relations with Russia, ways to increase resilience to propaganda of the societies, as well as threats of terrorism and the spread of radical Islamic ideology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. […]

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European Union

EU must maintain ambitious Eastern Partnership agenda, Lithuanian foreign minister insists

At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 16 March in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, while speaking about the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit on 21-22 May 2015, noted that it was important to set a strategic direction for Eastern Partnership and take a further step forward from the Warsaw and Vilnius Summits, Lithuania’s MFA said. […]

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Vytis Jurkonis: Eastern Partnership is not Eurasian Union, no one is forced if there’s no interest

State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry Andrejs Pildegovičs met Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makey on the 23rd of January. The visit was formally related to the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council. The Latvian diplomat mentioned a few things, which seem to become traditional at the beginning of any presidential race in Belarus. […]