On the initiative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu took place on 11 November in Brussels. This was the first meeting of the Israeli Prime Minister with heads of EU institutions and Foreign Ministers from EU member states after a 22-year break.
On 8 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius opened the international high-level conference ‘Quo vadis Europe?’.
On 29-30 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the fifth African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. The event brought together EU and African leaders to discuss the future direction for the strengthened continental cooperation, as well as issues related to peace and security, migration, economic development, mobilization of investments, etc. The leaders from the two continents focused on investing in young people.
On 23 November in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and Knut Fleckenstein, Member of the European Parliament, who is one of the drafters of the European Parliament’s recommendations for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.
On 30 September in Rīga, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission. The meeting discussed the future of the EU, cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries, and the main issues related to energy policy.
On 25 September in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU’s General Affairs Council meeting. The Council discussed a provisional agenda for the October European Council.
On 21 September 2017 the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally. It is one of the most ambitious EU free trade agreements that will open the Canadian market with its population of 35 million to Lithuanian exporters.
“Eastern European countries that pursue reforms and European values must be given the prospect of becoming new EU member states. Furthermore, cooperation with these countries must be upgraded to a qualitatively new level,” said Minister Linas Linkevičius during an international event, which was dedicated to the Eastern Partnership and entitled ‘Vilnius Consultations’.
On 7-8 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) in Tallinn, the capital city of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On 25 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Oslo, Norway, where he attended the traditional Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) Foreign Ministers’ meeting. The meeting focused on issues relevant to all the countries of the region, such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership and transatlantic cooperation, and the future of the European Union.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, attended the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 July 2017 to take part in a debate on the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy, on North Korea, Libya, and migration.
On 20 June in Luxembourg, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council meeting that prepared the European Council on 22-23 June. The European Council meeting will focus on security and defence, the internal market and economy, climate change, migration, and the digital agenda for Europe.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council met in Luxembourg on 19 June 2017 to discuss the EU Global Strategy, EU-NATO cooperation, migration, Iraq, and counter-terrorism. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry was represented by Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darius Skusevičius.
The first plane from Kyiv landed in Vilnius after the entry into force of the visa-free regime on 11 June, allowing Ukrainian citizens to enter the Schengen area without visas.
On 24 May in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and discussed the key energy security challenges in the Baltic region.