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  • Grybauskaite: European Union will ensure commitment to Eastern Partnership countries
    president last year s Ukrainian Revolution changed the security situation in Europe and this has led to different levels of engagement with the EU from its Eastern European partners Moldova Ukraine and Georgia have chosen the path of European integration while Armenia and Belarus have expressed their preference of the Eurasian Economic Union Azerbaijan would like a special status cooperating with the EU Grybauskaite underlined the EU would not pressure these countries into choosing the European perspective These countries make their own choices she said Nobody is forcing them to take any decisions The countries and their people have to make up their minds themselves however our duty is to help these countries develop their economies enhance democracy implement reforms ensure human rights and fight corruption The Lithuanian president went on to explain the EU must ensure its support to the Eastern Partnership countries that wish to cooperate This programme is an opportunity for these countries to take advantage of the EU s openness experience and finally finances continued Grybauskaite Therefore I hope that this future of cooperation is a prospect no matter what happens after Riga In addition to Grybauskaite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili will be present at the Eastern Partnership summit Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev will be represented by his advisor Belarus will send its Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei The 2015 Eastern Partnership Summit will run from May 21 to May 22 Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset

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  • Search operation at sea may end today; National Defence and Communications Ministers questioned
    pilots of the aircraft are still missing Following another search on May 20 Olekas told Lithuanian radio station Ziniu Radijas a decision would be taken whether to terminate the search after the defence ministry has examined the most recent footage Currently we are waiting for the footage from the Kursis said Olekas Once it is received we will analyse it and make further decisions May 21 will also see Olekas and Transport and Communications Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius questioned by the MPs from the conservative Homeland Union Lithuanian Christian Democrats party The ministers will be asked to explain whether all possible measures were taken in order to find the then missing aircraft in a timely manner Olekas and Sinkevičius will also be required to outline why all state resources were not used when the signal about the disaster was received plus when and what help was needed from neighbouring countries Speaking to Zinijus Radijas Olekas noted search operations have a certain time limit but the decision on this operation would be made by professionals and not politicians Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times

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  • Lithuanian PM names fight against shadow economy among the country's biggest challenges
    Determined decisions of the Government produced tangible financial results in the fight against the shadow economy the PM said according to the Seimas s press service According to him last year diesel fuel sales rose by almost one fifth and the budget revenue was also higher due to more effective collection of excise duty Even so the government needed to be faster more discerning and more inventive when it comes to the fight against the shadow economy Butkevicius said In his speech the PM highlighted the decision to transform the entire system of business supervision in order to shed more light on the functions of the stakeholders and reduce the high number of inspectors Among the important tasks ahead he listed reform of the childcare system export diversification reform of the heat and power systems renovation of the residential stock energy projects and the organisation of a meaningful celebration for the 100th anniversary of Lithuania as well as the creation and implementation of a new social model Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political

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  • Lithuanian President will commemorate end of World War II in Poland
    the Westerplatte Monument in memory of the coast defenders At the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk Grybauskaite together with other European heads of state and famous historians will participate in discussions on the legacy of World War II and its lessons for Europe today Taking part in the two part discussion as planned will be European Council President Donald Tusk Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Slovenian President Borut Pahor Hungarian President Jinos Ider Czech President Milos Zeman Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades as well as eminent historians Timothy Snyder Yuri Afanasyev Norman Davies Georges Henri Soutou and Stefan Troebst Following the discussions the President will pay tribute to the Polish shipyard workers who were killed during anti communist protests in 1970 On her return Grybauskaite will also mark the end of World War II in Lithuania On 8th May she will lay flowers at the Paneriai Memorial and will attend a concert dedicated to the victims of war at Vilnius Congress Hall Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers

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  • Lithuanian KGB informers' identities may be revealed; PM urges caution
    at the Political Council again Butkevicius claims the documents were presented to him only after the information about the possible disclosure of KGB collaborators had been released to the public We had not seen the statement at the Seimas Board or at the Political Council It was shown to me in my office the prime minister told national radio According to the prime minister the issue will be further considered at the Political Council as a politically responsible decision must be made following the revelation of this new information If promises were given to people then they really must not be broken said Butkevicius Files of KGB collaborators may be declassified as the 15 year period of confidentiality ends in 2015 Vytautas Landsbergis who signed the aforementioned documents was leader of the pro independence movement Sajudis in the late 80s and early 90s On 11 March 1990 he was elected chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania and until 1992 was de facto the highest ranking official in Lithuania Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly

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  • Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset
    Economic Cooperation in November However Lithuanian opposition leader Andrius Kubilius believes that expecting a radical shift of Belarus towards Western values would be naive It is important for Europe nevertheless to help preserve the neighboring country s sovereignty he says In his opinion the European Union s decision to suspend many sanctions for Belarus is also aimed at drawing a line between Belarusian and Russian policies Sanctions were taken against Russian President Vladimir Putin for the bloody aggression in Ukraine while Alexander Lukashenko has been somewhat encouraged for taking a few steps and releasing political prisoners Kubilius the leader of the opposition Homeland Union Lithuanian Christian Democrats conservatives told BNS Lithuania It is hard to expect the step to suspend the sanctions to have a considerable effect on Belarus future behavior we should not be naive Yes we can congratulate Lukashenko for having no new political prisoners after the elections however expecting his policies to change radically to defend Western values would be entirely naive he said The key concern of the European Union today is to observe the situation and take steps that would help Belarus defend its sovereignty and this is the attitude I see as the aim of the suspension of sanctions for Belarus Without doubt the suspended sanctions may also be an attempt to draw a line between Lukashenko s policies and Putin s policies said the conservative The European Union has long demanded that Lukashenko who has been labelled Europe s last dictator by commentators and politicians in the West release political prisoners to have the sanctions eased Comments Related Articles Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Vilnius Municipality to form commission on tackling Roma social issues Subscribe Advertise Log In Please

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  • Lithuanian MEP: migrant crisis will be a lingering issue
    political forces and their leaders What do you have inmind I m talking about Germany where the Angela Merkel led ruling Coalition has taken some severe blows and furthermore the Bavarian government has threatened to take Merkel to court over refugees and talks of self defense Populist parties are being heard more clearly in Greece too Unfortunately populism is very widespread and hard to root out across the Union To see that I don t need to go anywhere some of the European parliamentarians have picked up the wave of populism and set to roll high on it How can it play out for Europe in the worst scenario It poses big risks of disunity obviously We need real tangible decisions to tackle the crisis First each country should rationally weigh its capabilities to accept refugees I reckon Financial miscalculations as well as misestimating the scale of the possible aftermath have to be excluded Those who managed to get here should be allowed to stay but the European Union needs to expediently and quickly think of moving its factual borders to the regions where the masses of hapless people are coming from If for some reason we fail to do it the European Union will be continuously plagued with the problem What has the EU done to curb it It s a good sign that after the lengthy emotional summer talks we have finally managed to get some work done First of all all the member states have agreed on resettlement of 160 000 refugees Second the Parliament has voted to allocate 400 million euros for setting the so called buffer zones in the countries where refugees begin their journey like Turkey for example We have also done some necessary legislative work aimed to cordon off the European Union Time will tell if this is enough A recent visit to Greece by a Lithuanian Interior deputy minister failed to find a refugee family willing to resettle in Lithuania What do you make of this It does not surprise me at all Let s not think that Lithuania is a well known country worldwide our achievements in basketball and the resulting prominence are an exception That the refugees in Greece have not heard anything of Lithuania is a very natural thing The opposite would be stunning obviously How will the EU get around those migrants who refuse to go to one country or another The European Union has been preparing procedures of remission i e setting a mechanism for sorting out the army of refugees which ones should be sent back to their countries of origin etc I hope it will become a harsh reality for many of the migrants It would also serve a good lesson for future refugees who decide to embark on a Europe bound journey Can tackling the migrant crisis affect the UK s decision on whether or not to hold a referendum on exiting the EU in 2017 as suggested It is obviously one of the

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  • Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities
    asked to describe lakes and rivers of their declared country of origin as well as key roads They will be asked to describe their former area of residence and neighboring countries Foreigners will also have to describe to officials of the Lithuanian Migration Department their country of origin s national symbols the currency and the names of its leaders Moreover migrants will be asked about their military experience education profession and to show their ID documents Attempts will be made to identify whether their ID documents are authentic and if not the circumstances of how they were made Foreigners will be asked to state the reason of why they left their declared country of origin and provide evidence or fear of persecution in their home country Migrants will also be asked about what in their opinion they would face if they returned to their home country and will be asked to explain how they left under which circumstances with which financial resources and their itinerary Every refugee will be assessed by the State Security Department of Lithuania State Border Guard Service and Police Department in terms of threat to national security public order and the public they might pose Lithuania has agreed to accept 1 150 refugees from Syria Iraq and Eritrea over the next two years as part of Europe s effort to deal with the migration crisis Comments Related Articles Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Vilnius Municipality to form commission on tackling Roma social issues Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit

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