09:33 GMT +326 April 2019
Listen Live
    European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, right, and Lithuania's Speaker of the Parliament Loreta Grauziniene pose for photographers during a meeting at the Parliament's palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

    Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Urges EU to Continue Eastern Partnership

    © AP Photo / Mindaugas Kulbis
    Europe
    Get short URL
    0 28

    Speaker at the Lithuanian Seimas, Loreta Grauziniene, said that the European Union should not refuse the ambitions and aspirations of implementing the Eastern Partnership program amid the geopolitical changes in the region.

    VILNIUS (Sputnik) – Despite a severe and ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the European Union must continue the realization of its Eastern Partnership program, Speaker at the Lithuanian Seimas, Loreta Grauziniene, said at a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday.

    “One should not refuse the ambitions and aspirations of implementing the Eastern Partnership program amid the geopolitical changes in the region,” Grauziniene said.

    F-22 Raptor jets. File photo.
    US Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
    Mognerini stated in response that she appreciated the Lithuanian contribution to the Eastern Partnership program implementation.

    The Eastern Partnership program establishes closer ties between the European Union and several former Soviet republics, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The partnership stipulates visa regime simplification between the participants.

    Over 500,000 migrants have entered the EU since the beginning of 2015, according to the European Commission. The migrant crisis has prompted several European countries to tighten border controls and implement new, stricter asylum and migrant legislation.

    Related:

    Estonia and Lithuania Fight Over Right to Service US Air Force Personnel
    Russia Criticizes Lithuania's 'Shameless' Deportation of Rights Activists
    Lithuania Environment Minister Questions Need for Shale Gas Exploration
    Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania Set Up Joint Military Brigade
    Tags:
    Eastern Partnership program, European Union, Loreta Grauziniene, Lithuania
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik