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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: “Support for Ukraine is the top priority of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE”

Created: 2024.04.19 / Updated: 2024.04.19 15:13
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: “Support for Ukraine is the top priority of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: “Support for Ukraine is the top priority of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: “Support for Ukraine is the top priority of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: “Support for Ukraine is the top priority of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE”

      On April 19 in Vilnius, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, met with Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE). The meeting focused on the priorities of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, which will begin on May 17.

      “The main priority of Lithuania’s Presidency is to support Ukraine, which is fighting against Russia’s war of aggression. As the President of the Committee of Ministers, I will aim to ensure that all possible mechanisms of the Council of Europe are used to ensure Russia’s accountability,” Landsbergis said. 

      Lithuania’s Presidency will aim to ensure the functioning of the Register of Damage for Ukraine, the enlargement, a broader Compensation Mechanism for Ukraine and the establishment of a Special Tribunal to investigate the crime of Russia’s aggression, which would meet Ukraine’s expectations. Attention will also be paid to the strengthening of support for civil society, independent media, and human rights defenders in the face of oppression in Belarus and other countries, where autocratic regimes hold the upper hand. 

      As the Presidency, Lithuania will also strive to ensure a continued agenda of the Council of Europe, implementing the decisions of the Reykjavik summit and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, supporting human rights and democracy, and focusing on new foreign policy directions, including human rights to a clean and healthy environment and issues of artificial intelligence and human rights. 

      Lithuania will preside over the Committee of Ministers from May 17 to November 13, 2024. During this period, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will act as the President of the Committee of Ministers. Various Presidency and cultural programme events will take place in Vilnius and Strasbourg (France). It is already the second Lithuanian Presidency. Lithuania held the Presidency from November 2001 to May 2002 for the first time. Luxembourg will take over the helm on November 13.

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