European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK
/ Updated: 2017.05.22 15:56
On 22 May in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the EU’s General Affairs Council, which authorised the opening of the negotiations with the UK, nominated the Commission as Union negotiator, adopted negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations and a decision to create a dedicated working party, and began preparations for the European Council to be held on 22 and 23 June by examining an annotated draft agenda.
“It is important for Lithuania that the negotiating directives should reflect our key interests, such as safeguarding the status and rights of EU citizens in the UK and reaching an agreement on the principles of the financial settlement of the UK’s obligations as an EU member,” said the Vice-Minister Zananavičius.
The Commission has received a mandate in the negotiations to safeguard the status and rights of citizens of all 27 EU member states who live, work or study in the UK according to the principles of reciprocity and non-discrimination.
An agreement is also sought on the fulfilment of all of the UK’s obligations. It is especially important for Lithuania that the UK’s withdrawal should not impair the EU funding for cohesion policy and agriculture, the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, and other financial programs.
It is expected that the negotiations will begin shortly after the UK’s parliamentary general election to be held on 8 June.