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Member of the European Parliament Gabrielius Landsbergis was appointed as the head of the EP Central Asian Delegation. Member of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and the EEP group in the EP will head the Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.
Gabrielius Landsbergis
Gabrielius Landsbergis
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The seat of the head of interparliamentary delegation is the highest-ranking of all 11 positions that Lithuania held in the EP not only in this but also in the previous 2009-2014 term. In the previous term, the highest-ranking Lithuania's position was deputy head of interparliamentary delegation.

Lithuanian MEP was nominated to head the delegation by the European People's Party political group - the biggest political force in the EP.

"I appreciate this position and the trust of my colleagues from the European People's Party. I regard this as a meaningful foundation for future activities and a credit to Lithuania as well. An opportunity to head the European Union interparliamentary activities with the countries of Central Asian region is a significant foreign policy instrument. I will seek to actively use it by enhancing cooperation and economic, energy and cultural relations with those countries, most of which are part of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)," said Landsbergis.

MEP Gabrielius Landsbergis will also work in the EP-US Cooperation Delegation.

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