State border at Rusnė
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EU states agree in Vilnius to jointly seek more funding for external border protection

Eight EU member states, having an external EU land border, have backed Lithuania’s initiative to seek more funding for border protection and the creation of a border surveillance standard during their meeting in Vilnius. […]

Even when signing books always the consumate politician, Guy Verhofstadt at the  Vilnius Book Fair  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
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Guy Verhofstadt Brings his EU reform ideas to Vilnius

A large enthusiast and captivated audience came out on a very cold Saturday afternoon to hear former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt speak at the annual Vilnius Book Fair. Verhofstadt is currently fraction leader of the Liberal Group in the European parliament. However, on Saturday his main message were his ideas for European reform and to make the EU stronger, more efficient, and to avoid more Brexit-like defections of the world’s largest and most powerful trading block. […]

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Schengen zone hanging by a thread, Grybauskaitė warns

Failure to protect the EU’s external borders poses an existential threat to its Schengen free travel area, according to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė
European Union

Lithuanian president on refugees: no documents, no asylum

The European Union must prioritize the security of European citizens over that of refugees, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė believes. If that requires reintroducing border controls, so be it, she said in an interview with LRT radio. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė
European Union

Grybauskaitė to discuss energy, border protection and UK’s reforms with EU council

On Thursday, 17 December, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė will travel to Brussels to attend a European Council meeting and discuss additional measures to manage the migration crisis, including the setting up of a European Border and Coast Guard. European leaders will also exchange views on how to strengthen the EU’s energy union and will address EU reforms proposed by the United Kingdom, the presidency said. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
European Union

Lithuanian interior minister says EU’s return policy should be more ambitious

On Thursday Lithuania’s Interior Minister Saulius Skvernelis is attending the European Union‘s (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg. Responding to a recent refugee crisis, ministers of the EU member states will negotiate on external border control and on the future of return policies as well as on the implementation of the decision to relocate 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece. […]