Lithuanian deputy parliament speaker: Italian EU Council presidency will affect EU's foreign policy
Sunday, July 13, 2014
"The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) should make an impact on the EU's foreign policy. It is the search for a new momentum in EU foreign policy that is one of the key priorities of the Italian Presidency. I am sure that this task will not pose a problem to Italy as one of the founding members of the Community that presides over the Council of the EU for the twelfth time," said Gediminas Kirkilas, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas and Chair of the Committee on European Affairs, according to the press service of the Seimas.
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.
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 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 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.
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.