Even when signing books always the consumate politician, Guy Verhofstadt at the  Vilnius Book Fair  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
European Union

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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Lithuania to reintroduce passport checks at Latvian border for training exercise

The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service is opening a week-long training on Tuesday during which border guards will resume the control of the border with Latvia in the districts of Zarasai and Rokiškis. […]

Foreign affairs

Are restrictions on foreign businesses hurting Lithuania’s economy?

At the end of 2014, stricter requirements were passed for foreigners who wanted to form businesses and live in Lithuania. The requirements were designed to prevent false businesses from being used to gain Lithuanian residency and access to the Schengen zone, but business owners are now contending that the requirements are simply hurting the country’s economy. […]

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. […]

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas

Opinion: Managing refugee crisis and main risks

Discussions about the refugee crisis and how to solve it has moved from the European Union to the United Nations General Assembly, where most national leaders spoke about settling the conflicts in Syria and Iraq and fighting international terrorism. Among the highlights were the speeches and meeting of the presidents of the United States and Russia. […]