Lithuanian President and Prime Minister argue for the European Council

President Gitanas Nausėda sent a letter to Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, rejecting her earlier proposal to take turns, depending on the agenda of each summit.
In the letter Nausėda insists he will continue to attend EU summits himself. The president writes that it is his constitutional duty to represent Lithuania.
The ruling conservative Homeland Union party (TS-LKD) suggested that, since EU Council summits discuss issues pertaining to domestic policies, it would be more appropriate for the prime minister to attend them.
Their critics call the suggestion hypocritical, since they did not object to Nausėda’s predecessor going to Brussels, when the conservatives were in the opposition.

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