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Lithuania
 
  Euro, wages and other fears (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 09 10

In less than half year period Lithuania‘s national currency litas will be replaced by the single European currency euro. Our country will be fully integrated in the European system, yet this event is also related to various fears and worries. Lithuania‘s response to the euro could be related both to financial and psychological aspects. Let‘s start from the latter.

 
 
  Scientists are invited to participate in the project "Knowledge about Khojaly (26.02.1992) genocide and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Lithuanian’s public opinion"

2013 12 09

Public Agency Centre for Geopolitical Studies implements a project for raising Lithuanian societies’ awareness about Khojaly (26.02.1992) genocide and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The main aim of this project is to try to understand how cases of their nations genocide are perceived in Lithuanian and Azerbaijanian societies. How is the policy of history influenced by international opinion, how traumatic experiences are used for solving conflicts with neighboring countries and what ways of solving the conflicts are accepted in both societies?

 
 
  The year of anniversaries

Matas Jakaitis
2013 09 02

This year the Baltic States celebrate the 25-years anniversary of Sŕjűdis, the Independence Movement, which started in 1988. The former Popular Fronts of Estonia and Latvia commemorated this anniversary in spring, Lithuania‘s Sŕjűdis Movement - at the beginning of summer.  

 
 
  Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council: a kaleidoscope of challenges

Viktor Denisenko
2013 08 06

The first month of Lithuanian Presidency of the European Union Council is over. The discussions on the readiness of Vilnius to steer the EU calmed down, and now it is time to speak about the opportunities and challenges of Lithuanian Presidency.

 
 
  New Lithuanian National Security Strategy

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 07 23

On 26 June the Lithuanian Seimas approved draft National Security Strategy. “This is a much more realistic Strategy: the evaluation of Lithuania’s security environment in the current Strategy is rather “euphoric”, whereas in the new draft this evaluation is more careful", said Rasa Juknevičienë, the minister of national defense while presenting a draft Strategy to the Seimas.

 
 
  Lithuania and NATO: the road of hopes and doubts

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2012 04 16

Eight years ago, on 29 March 2004, Lithuania joined NATO. Today there are several aspects which should be discussed with regard to the membership. At the beginning let me remind several interim stops in Lithuania’s road toward the Alliance.

 
 
  Latvian-Lithuanian Co-operation Perspectives

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 04 02

The Report on Latvian-Lithuanian Co-operation Perspectives was presented in January of this year by the ambassadors Neris Germanas (Lithuania) and Alberts Sarkanis (Latvia). In fact Lithuania’s foreign policy is directed toward the U.S., Russia, Belarus and Poland, whereas a close neighbor Latvia is somehow left aside.

 
 
  Lithuania’s leadership in the region: opportunities of small EU Member States

Benas Brunalas
2011 06 28

To have a clear goal or a vision is important not only for humans but also for a state. Well-defined goals are the most effective tools facilitating the achievement of the desired results; therefore, the states should have a clear future vision.   More than five years have passed since Lithuania has set a controversial vision - the ambition to become a regional political leader.  Were  the ambitions defined by the Lithuanian foreign policy-makers realized in reality?

 
 
  School as an object of geopolicy: is Latvian experience valuable for Lithuania?

Viktor Denisenko
2011 05 23

The tension between Poland and Lithuania increases. The issue of the original spelling of the Polish names is yet unresolved, and today we have another irritant, a new Law on Education adopted in March. Pursuant to the Law which will come into force on 1 July, the school of national minorities shall deliver the subjects of Lithuanian geography and history, as well as the principles of citizenship in Lithuanian language (earlier only Lithuanian language lessons were delivered in Lithuanian).

 
 
  We suppressed the truth…

Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Member of the European Parliament
2010 12 22

As member of European Union Lithuania didn‘t have any objections concerning Russia‘s membership in the World Trade Organization. The EU supported the membership, Lithuania did the same. Though could have expressed certain wishes.

 
 
  Lithuania’s first military doctrine

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2010 05 17

On 10 March Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Major General Arvydas Pocius adopted Lithuania‘s first military doctrine. At first sight its content and separate provisions may seem surprising. For instance, the Doctrine reads that „it is a document designed for the military community, but should be applied mostly for training the officers in order to develop the military science and art in Lithuania“; and that „provisions and principles stipulated in the Doctrine shall be applied flexibly, pragmatically and not to become the dogmas.

 
 
  Call for applications

2010 04 19

Call for applications

Fourth Regional NGO Congress, Vilnius, Lithuania

10 – 12 June 2010

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is calling for applications for its Fourth Regional NGO Congress. The main theme is “The Role of NGOs in a Pluralist Democracy”. Discussions will focus on the following sub-themes:

1. participation of NGOs in the decision-making process,
2. the state of civil society
3. human rights activists
4. the role of NGOs in post-conflict situations.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications is 24 April 2010

Application form

 
 
  Address at Commemoration of the 20-th Anniversary of the Restored Lithuania’s Independence, European Parliament, Brussels, 17 March 2010

Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Member of the European Parliament
2010 03 11

Twenty years ago my country Lithuania made a decisive step on her way of peaceful self liberation from the long-lasting Soviet captivity. The reformist movement for democracy and independence, Sajudis of Lithuania, established then less than two years ago, led this political and moral struggle to get a genuine, democratically elected representation of the Lithuanian people – an European-type Parliament authorised by people's true mandate to state about our future no longer being defined by any criminal "Pact".

 
 
  Is Lithuania‘s Eastern policy effective?

Dr. Arűnas Molis
2010 03 08

The recently criticized Lithuania‘s diplomacy could remind that in principle it was its initiative to join the EU efforts in order to stop increasing the number of states not respecting the territorial integrity of Georgia, to start the dialogue between the EU and Belarus, to enhance the political development of the Eastern Partnership and to accelerate the financial and political assistance to Moldova.

 
 
  The „Humanitarian Dimension“ of the Russian foreign policy towards Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Baltic States

2009 12 14

Presentation of the international study The Humanitarian Dimension of the Russian foreign policy towards Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Baltic States took place in Vilnius on 13 November 2009. It was the first survey of the above character executed by applying the method of comparative analysis and by analyzing the impact of humanitarian aspects of the Russian foreign policy on former Soviet Union states which have already become members of the Euro-Atlantic community (the Baltic States) or seek membership in the Alliance (Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

 
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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism

2017 01 19


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.


National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities

2017 01 18


For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.

 



In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass

2017 01 17


On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.

 



Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries

2017 01 10


Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.




The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia

2016 12 19


 

The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.

 



The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08


The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.


Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02
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"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.

 

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