Lithuania's Defence Minister Juozas Olekas on Monday endorsed an agreement of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT) laying down the legal status of NATO elements of control and command in Lithuania, the ministry said.
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

According to the communiqué, the agreement regulates privileges and immunities, management of issues regarding movement and residence in Lithuania, and access to transportation, medical and other services for members of the deployed Allied forces and their families, employment of personnel from the host nation, and other points.

"This additional agreement is indispensable for setting the status of the international institutions and units already operating in Lithuania, as well as for providing conditions for Lithuania’s further integration into NATO organization and stepped up international cooperation," reads the press release.

A NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) with a staff of roughly 40 representatives from various NATO Allies and a similar number of Lithuanian members will be opened in Lithuania this year. The NFIU will be arranging exercises for Allied forces deployed in Lithuania and ensuring communication between the forces and NATO operational headquarters.

Signed by the defence minister, the document now will be forwarded for endorsement by the other parties – Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and Allied Command Transformation. The Lithuanian parliament will have to ratify the agreement.

BNS
Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Parliament speaker's removal vote fails

A vote on the removal of Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis failed on Tuesday...

Parliament board to hold emergency meeting on speaker's removal

The Board of the Lithuanian Seimas is set to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday night to discuss...

Over 50 MPs voice no-confidence in Seimas speaker

Fifty-three Lithuanian MPs have signed a document expressing no-confidence in Viktoras Pranckietis ,...

Lithuania drops to 23rd place on EU's Gender Equality Index

Lithuania fell to number 23 among the EU's 28 member states in the latest ranking by the European...

Karbauskis delegated to Seimas leadership

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union has decided to delegate Ramunas Karbauskis , its...