This year, Lithuania’s defence spending stood at 1.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). A number of the country’s officials have pledged the defence spending would reach 2 percent of the GDP, as prescribed by NATO, in 2018.
Other issues on the agenda of the State Defence Council will include further development priorities of the national defence system and consolidation of Lithuania’s army, land and air force capacities.
Lithuania has been considerably improving its defence capacities since the 2014 Russian actions in Ukraine and the Baltic Sea region.
Under the Constitution, the State Defence Council discusses and coordinates key issues of state defence. Headed by the president, the council includes the prime minister, the parliamentary speaker, the defence minister and the chief of defence.