Lithuanian parliament committee says EC’s refugee quotas would undermine integration capabilities

The Lithuanian Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs has stated that solidarity to distribute refugees among European Union (EU) member states should be understood as a voluntary contribution based on a country’s capabilities. […]

Linas Linkevičius
European Union

Lithuanian foreign minister says burden-sharing of refugees in EU must be voluntary

At the EU General Affairs Council meeting on 19 May in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed progress in implementing measures to tackle migratory flows in the Mediterranean Sea region adopted at a special meeting of the European Council on 23 April 2015. […]

Raimundas Karoblis
European Union

Lithuania “not enthusiastic” about proposed EU migrant quotas

Lithuania is “not enthusiastic” about the European Commission‘s proposal to introduce quotas for EU member states to accept a certain number of migrants from Africa, the country’s Permanent Representative to the EU Raimundas Karoblis says. […]

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Putin’s middle class is fleeing to Latvia

Vitaly Mansky, a Russian documentary filmmaker, knows exactly when he decided to establish a bolthole outside the Russian Federation. It was the spring of 2014, and Mansky was in Spain for a film festival, watching news in his hotel room. An anchor at one of the Kremlin-controlled news stations reported that Russia’s parliament had allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the army to protect his compatriots in other countries. In other words, they had legalized the annexation of Crimea and provided support for pro-Russian combatants in Eastern Ukraine. […]


Lithuanian PM suggests targeted immigration as solution to labour shortage

As individual economy sectors of Lithuania have started feeling shortages of labour, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says he is in favour of holding discussions on targeted labour immigration. […]