Posts tagged as EU member states

Lithuania recalls its ambassador from Minsk

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lithuania is recalling its ambassador Andrius Pulokas from Minsk for consultations, the Foreign Ministry said late on Monday, as tensions with the neighbouring country escalate over Vilnius’ support for opposition protests. “Our goal is to preserve diplomatic contacts as much as possible. We have also sent this message to Belarus, with which it has been agreed for the meantime that the temporary recall of ambassadors would help reduce tensions and…

Lithuanian, EU diplomats arrive to protect Belarus’ Nobel laureate

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Diplomats from Lithuania and other EU member states have on Wednesday arrived at the apartment of Belarusian Nobel Literature Prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich. “We have received [information] that unknown people are ringing the bell of her apartment [who are] probably the security or police representatives,” Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus Andrius Pulokas told BNS on Wednesday. “That’s how we […] decided that she’s under the threat of detention as Svetlana Alexievich…

Distribution of asylum seekers among EU member states in trouble

Monday, February 10, 2020

Mandatory distribution of asylum seekers among European Union member states is still on the table, although the European commissioner for migration and home affairs said in Vilnius she would seek a compromise between opposing positions. The Swedish politician Ylva Johansson visited Lithuania last Friday and praised the country’s “constructive” approach after her meeting with Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė. “It was a really constructive approach from the Lithuanian minister and we…

Why do pensioners live in poverty and hospital beds remain empty?

By Vaidotas Tuzikas on Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lithuania’s expenditure on general public services is one of the lowest in the European Union (EU). Looking beyond the notable differences in the level of expenditure, what stands in marked contrast to other EU countries is also the untapped potential for more efficient allocation of funds. The share of funds allocated to social security in Lithuania is lower than in other EU Member States, which is one of the root…

Estonian PM: Brussels doesn’t determine governing alliances

Friday, March 15, 2019

Commenting on an e-mail sent to him by Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group (ALDE) in the European Parliament, leader of the Center Party and outgoing prime minister of Estonia Juri Ratas said that the government coalitions of EU member states are not determined in Brussels, informed LETA./BNS. “It’s not Brussels that determines coalitions, the division of power is determined by the…

Latvia concludes refugee relocation program

Monday, September 17, 2018

Latvia has concluded its EU refugee relocation program, and has taken in 374 persons from southern Europe since 2015, LETA was informed by the Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs. Last September was the deadline for the EU member states to meet their quotas for relocation of asylum seekers, with Latvia continuing to accept asylum seekers after this deadline. However, now Latvia will accept asylum seekers in accordance with bilateral…