EUROPEAN UNION

Lithuanians give EU commissioner hot-air balloon ride to show him Belarus' N-plant site

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:50
In an unconventional effort to convince EU officials that Belarus' nuclear power plant is a safety hazard, the Lithuanian government has arranged a hot-air balloon ride for the bloc's energy commissioner to show him how close the construction site is to the Lithuanian capital.

Lithuanian leaders condemn Manchester terror attackFREE

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 09:38
Lithuania's leaders on Tuesday condemned a suspected terror attack at a pop concert in the English city of Manchester that killed at least 22 people.

Lithuania too slow to absorb EU aid - Minister of Finance

Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:27
Lithuania has been too slow to absorb EU aid for the 2014-2020 financing period, which may decelerate economic and wage growth and result in losing a part of European support, the Finance Ministry has warned.

PM Skvernelis congratulates new French counterpart

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:54
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Tuesday congratulated the newly-appointed French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

Support to Macron at Embassy in Vilnius 4 times above that to Le Pen

Monday, May 8, 2017 12:47
Pro-European centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron secured four times the vote at the French Embassy to Lithuania on Sunday, as compared with his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen.

Brave European policies defeated populism - Grybauskaitė's message to Macron

Monday, May 8, 2017 11:19
Brave European policies defeated populism and nationalism, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said in a congratulatory message to France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron.

Macron victory will ease Lithuania's concerns over France's stance on Russia

Monday, May 8, 2017 10:01
The victory by centrist Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections will mitigate the concerns in Lithuania over the Paris attitude towards Russia, says Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, director of the Vilnius University's International Relations and Political Science Institute.

Lithuania giving up plans to join construction of European neutron research centre

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 14:17
A lab
DELFI / Giedrė Armalytė
Lithuania is withdrawing from the construction of the European Spallation Source centre in Lund, Sweden, due to financial limitations, the Education and Science Ministry said in a proposal to be discussed by the government on Wednesday.

Vilnius to turn to Stockholm arbitration over damage compensation by France's Veolia

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 16:37
The Vilnius City Council decided on Tuesday to turn to the Stockholm arbitration for compensation of damages caused by the French concern Veolia and its company Vilniaus Energija during lengthy lease of the city's heating sector after they disagreed with the claim of about 200 million euros filed by the city.

President doesn't comment on French presidential candidates

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 15:00
E. Macron and M. Le Pen
DELFI montažas / Scanpix
President Dalia Grybauskaitė does not comment on the French presidential candidates, saying that Lithuania will work with whoever is elected the next president of France.

Lithuania joins Poland's appeal in EU court over Nord Stream

Friday, April 7, 2017 09:06
Nord stream
RIA / Scanpix
Lithuania has joined Poland's appeal against the European Commission's decision to give Russia's Gazprom more capacity on a branch of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany, with the government saying that Brussels' move may increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas and harm Ukraine.

External border controls tightened, including for EU citizens

Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:09
A border guard
Stopkadras
As the European Union is reinforcing its border controls from April 7 to enhance security, all people entering or leaving the EU, including citizens of the bloc's member states, will have their documents checked against various registers and databases on lost and stolen documents, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Thursday.

MEP Guoga is included in list of Top 200 Philanthropists in the worldFREE

Friday, March 31, 2017 14:45
MEP Antanas Guoga is the only member of the European Parliament and Lithuanian to be included in the TOP 200 list of Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs, compiled by the positive content portal Richtopia. The top of the list includes entrepreneurs Buffett, Soros Musk, Gates, Branson, Rowling and others.

Lithuanian, German formins agree on displaying 1918 independence act in LithuaniaFREE

Friday, March 31, 2017 14:12
Lithuanian and German foreign ministers agreed on Friday that an original copy of Lithuania's 1918 Act of Independence that was found this week in Berlin's diplomatic archives will be put on display in Lithuania and that the possibility of handing the document over to Vilnius will be discussed in the future.

Formin asks his German counterpart to return 1918 independence act to Vilnius

Friday, March 31, 2017 10:07
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Thursday asked his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, to return an original copy of Lithuania's Act of Independence of February 16, 1918 that has been found in Berlin's diplomatic archives, to Vilnius.

Germany confirms discovery of February 16 Independence Act, congratulates LithuaniaFREE

Thursday, March 30, 2017 16:50
Germany's Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed discovery of the February 16 1918 resolution of the Council of Lithuania on reestablishment of statehood, congratulating Lithuanians on the find.

Lithuania not glad about Brexit, but expects further cooperation with UK - Linkevičius

Thursday, March 30, 2017 13:51
Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says that Lithuania is not glad that the United Kingdom has started the process of exiting the European Union, but it hopes that the two countries will maintain close ties after Brexit.

A. Merkel's office contacted over 1918 independence act - Lithuanian president

Thursday, March 30, 2017 13:31
Lithuanian officials have contacted German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office over an original copy of Lithuania's Act of Independence of 1918 that has been found in Berlin and are looking at how and when the document could be returned to Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday.

President expects EU to find ways toward amicable divorce with UK

Friday, March 24, 2017 12:27
The European Union will find ways of ensuring an amicable divorce with the United Kingdom, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

Fighting for a stronger Europe!FREE

Friday, March 24, 2017 11:03
It’s your birthday, Europe! Sixty years ago, on 25 March 1957, the founding members of the European Union signed the Treaties of Rome. This date is a major crossroads for the most successful project for freedom, peace and prosperity that the world has ever known.

Sixty years of the EU – A coming of age?CORP

Friday, March 24, 2017 09:16
On the 25th of March the European Union turns sixty. Congratulations are in order for the EU and for ourselves!

President: terror is a weapon of cowards

Thursday, March 23, 2017 09:47
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has condemned Wednesday's deadly terror attack in central London.

President congratulates Netherlands after moderates' election victory

Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:13
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday congratulated the Netherlands following moderate politicians' victory in Wednesday's parliamentary election.

Dutch election shows Europe can withstand far-right populism - analysts

Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:19
Moderate political parties' success in the Dutch parliamentary election shows that Europe may be able to withstand rising far-right populism, but it is too early to say that tensions have subsided, Lithuanian political analysts said on Thursday.

Lithuania plans sharp increase in contribution to EU's anti-piracy mission

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 09:17
Lithuania intends to make a major increase in its contribution to Atalanta, the European Union's (EU) combat mission against piracy and armed attacks of the coasts of Somalia.

MEPs Andrikienė, Saudargas among EU politicians blacklisted by Russia

Monday, March 13, 2017 17:05
Lithuanian MEPs Laima Andrikienė and Algirdas Saudargas, both members of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, were included in a list of EU politicians banned from entering Russia, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius confirmed to BNS on Monday.

Balčytis giving up MEP mandate

Monday, March 13, 2017 13:24
Lithuania's MEP Zigmantas Balčytis has decided to give up his mandate to pursue an international career, the politician confirmed to BNS.

President: EU treaties shouldn't be revised in debates on multiple-speed Europe

Saturday, March 11, 2017 08:49
Amid the discussions among European Union (EU) leaders on a multiple-speed community with different levels of integration, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Friday suggested that fundamental treaties should not be amended.

ForMin Linkevičius believes Tusk will be re-elected to head EU summits

Thursday, March 9, 2017 14:53
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has expressed belief that the majority of European Union (EU) nations will support re-election of Poland's former prime minister Donald Tusk as president of the European Council, regardless of objections from Poland's current administration.

Hungarian formin, in Vilnius, criticizes sanctions, defends Russian investments in N-plant

Thursday, March 9, 2017 13:26
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Vilnius on Thursday that the EU's sanctions on Moscow are not working and should be reviewed and voiced his support for plans by Russia's Rosatom to build new nuclear reactors in the country.