Linas Linkevičius: not only Western Balkan countries, EU Eastern Partners need membership prospects, too
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, attended the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 July 2017 to take part in a debate on the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy, on North Korea, Libya, and migration.
Minister Linkevičius noted that it was of critical importance to avoid double standards for Western Balkan countries and EU Eastern Partners by offering the same European prospects to all those that aim at and spare no effort for rapprochement with the European Union and share European values. “National politics should not supersede common European goals. The Eastern Partnership summit to take place in November must result in decisions that would outline not only European prospects; they should also ensure that a new European Fund for Sustainable Development, being established now, can notably contribute to the growth of the Eastern Partners’ economy,” the Minister said.
The EU foreign ministers also discussed priorities in implementing the EU Global Strategy for the coming twelve months. “Having made a good start last year, we shouldn’t relax. It is important that we continue working on concrete security and defence projects, on strengthening EU resilience, particularly in the areas of strategic communication and fight against propaganda, and on stepping forward. Lithuania, together with other six member states, calls on Federica Mogherini and her Service to allocate adequate funds for strategic communication that is still being supported by member states only and to turn it into an efficient instrument of EU policy implementation. EU-UN strategic partnership was endorsed while Lithuania was holding Presidency of the Security Council; that is why time is ripe for filling it in with substance by supporting UN reforms and ensuring the right to veto is not used when issues are related to human rights violations, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide,” Minister Linkevičius said.
The ministers also considered the situation in Libya, North Korea, and external migration.
On 7 June, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius welcomed the participants of the informal meeting of the Club of Venice uniting top-level public relations officials and communications experts of the European Union Member States and institutions, which started in Vilnius.
On 28 May, Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, took part in a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. The foreign ministers of the EU Member States discussed Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela related matters, the situation in Gaza and a document to be designed as a substitute for the Cotonou Agreement.
On 21 September 2017 the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally. It is one of the most ambitious EU free trade agreements that will open the Canadian market with its population of 35 million to Lithuanian exporters.