Posts tagged as European Council

Lithuanian president: EU notes illegal migrant flows from Belarus

Friday, June 25, 2021

EU leaders have taken notice of increased illegal migration flows from Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said after the European Council’s meeting early on Friday. “An Eastern context has emerged in the migration issue alongside the usual Southern one,” Nauseda told reporters. “Without any doubt, this Eastern context means the aspect of the Belarus-Lithuania border,” he added. The European Council said in its conclusions on the migration issue that it…

The remote discussion aimed at preparing for the 24-25 June European Council took place

Friday, June 18, 2021

In the run-up to the European Council, President Gitanas Nausėda took part in the remote preparatory session with President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and leaders of Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Malta. The remote discussion was aimed at preparing for the 24-25 June European Council on the management of the COVID pandemic, economic recovery, migration, EU relations with Russia and Belarus. According to the President, as the pandemic situation in…

Lithuanian President and Prime Minister argue for the European Council

Friday, June 4, 2021

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…

Lithuanian president leaves for Brussels

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for Brussels on Thursday to attend a two-day session of the European Council. The situation in Belarus and the EU’s relations with Turkey will be in focus. On the eve of the visit, Nausėda said the European Union should not lag behind in imposing sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko. “European countries, as well as other countries around the globe, impose sanctions…

Estonian PM: European Council president plays important role in maintaining Europe’s unity

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday met with future President of the European Council Charles Michel in Tallinn and discussed issues facing Europe, noting that the president of the European Council has a significant role to play in creating and maintaining unity in Europe. According to Ratas, the work of the member states of the EU will be framed over the next few years by a jointly agreed strategic…

Estonian PM in Georgia for Eastern Partnership 10th anniversary conference

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is in Georgia on Wednesday and Thursday to attend an international conference marking the tenth anniversary of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EP). The conference, held in the city of Batumi on Thursday and Friday, will be attended by delegates from several European Union member states and Eastern Partnership nations, including eight ministers of foreign affairs, spokespeople for the Georgian Foreign Ministry told journalists on…

EU summit suspended amid deadlock over top job candidates

Monday, July 1, 2019

Almost a full day after sitting down to pick candidates for the European Union’s prime political posts, weary EU leaders broke off their talks Monday amid deep divisions over who should run the European project for at least the next five years. After a full night of one-on-one meetings, trilateral talks, and group discussions — including sitting down over breakfast — EU Council President Donald Tusk called a halt, and…

Poland to not support Lithuania’s president as Tusk’s successor in European Council

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Poland has announced that it will not support Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė as a candidate for the post of president of European Council, Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports. Grybauskaitė is considered too big a personality, which does not allow her to become the region’s candidate, the newspaper’s sources say. Still, Lithuania’s departing president meets other criteria. She was a member of the European Council for eight years. She had also served as European…

EU divided over top jobs after polls redraw political map

By Lorne Cook on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

European Union leaders stood divided Tuesday over who to name to the bloc’s top jobs, after elections shredded comfortable old political alliances and raised troubling questions about the future of the European project. At a summit in Brussels, major powers France, Germany and Spain all differed over who is best suited to lead the EU’s powerful executive arm, the European Commission, for the next five years. Former Luxembourg Premier Jean-Claude…

EU to invest more in own security

Friday, June 29, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending a European Council meeting, which has been joined by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In the run-up to the NATO summit, leaders are discussing EU-NATO cooperation, European security and resilience to hybrid threats. According to the President, there has been a breakthrough in the European mindset with increased understanding among EU member states that they must assume more responsibility and invest in their own security.…