Dalia Grybauskaitė
European Union

Lithuanian president goes to EU Council meeting on refugee crisis

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė will on Wednesday travel to Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the European Council, which has been convened as a matter of urgency to find a unified and effective response to the deepening refugee crisis. […]

Heidi Tagliavini

Opinion: Spark of hope that Russia’s aggression will not pass this time

The German daily Berliner Zeitung was the first one to report about the resignation of Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini as OSCE special envoy in Ukraine and OSCE representative at the Minsk peace talks. This lady made her name in political and diplomatic quarters when the international commission she led published a report on the 2008 Georgian-Russian war. Her departure gives one hope that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia will not be given a Tagliavini treatment. […]

Laimdota Straujuma, Algirdas Butkevičius

Lithuanian PM suggests holding first joint sitting of Lithuanian and Latvian governments

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius participated in the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in Jurmala, Latvia. He met with his Latvian counterpart Laimdota Straujuma to discuss intergovernmental cooperation and bilateral and multilateral meetings that are planned to be held in Lithuania. […]

European Union

Dilemma of EU neighbourhood policy: Mediterranean vs. Eastern Partnership

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is the instrument through which the European Union (EU) aims to create bonds between its Member States and the countries at the boundaries of the EU and thus secure the stability of the European borders. The EU stipulates Association Agreements offering financial support and other advantages in exchange for a commitment to implement reforms. There are two action plans within the ENP: the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). […]

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš

EU Council presidency to be factored into President Bērziņš’ Victory Day invitation to Moscow, foreign minister says

In deciding whether Latvian President Andris Bērziņš should attend Russia‘s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on May 9, he should take into account the fact that Latvia is presiding over the Council of the European Union, said Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to the LNT show “900 sekundes”. […]

Kęstutis Jankauskas
Foreign affairs

Lithuania’s NATO ambassador to lead EU mission in Georgia

Lithuanian Ambassador to NATO Kęstutis Jankauskas has been appointed head of the European Union‘s Monitoring Mission in Georgia, the EU Council and the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. […]