The parliamentary European Affairs Committee on Friday gave a green light to the plan to receive 1,105 refugees in Lithuania over the next two years. However, it rejected the permanent mandatory system of migrant quotas proposed by Brussels and Germany.
Lithuania intends to speak against the permanent mechanism that would empower the European Commission to decide on refugee resettlement in case of future crises, says the country's Interior Minister Saulius Skvernelis.
As thousands of refugees fleeing wars in the Middle East and Africa arrive in Europe, Lithuania, too, is going to accept more asylum seekers than previously planned. Some employers in the country say they will welcome new potential employees.
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the country agrees with Brussels' recommendation on distribution of refugees, saying that future solidarity in sharing burdens should not be based on "coercive mechanisms".
Lithuania-delegated EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis says, in comment on Brussels' proposal for European countries to share the refugee burden, that Lithuanians should remember their own emigrants who left for the West at the end of World War Two.
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Kęstutis Lančinskas, a former Vilnius police chief and currently the head of the European Union's advisory mission in Ukraine (EUAM), is seeking the job of director at Europe's police agency Europol, several sources have confirmed to BNS.