On July 1 Lithuania commences the next presidency for the Baltic Sea States Council taking it over from Denmark. During its presidency, Lithuania will focus on sustainable development, particularly in the areas of green economy, ecological and maritime tourism, civil protection, fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation, as well as prevention of violence against children.
On 30 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which was co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations. The event was held in a virtual format. L. Linkevičius voiced his consistent support for Syria, activities of the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as well as stressed the need to support young people in the country and to ensure accountability for crimes committed in Syria.
The Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis hosted a working lunch with the Ambassadors of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) and the Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Tadashi Maeda.
On 23 June, the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimonda Murmokaitė took part in the Extraordinary Virtual Ministerial Pledging Conference on UNRWA hosted by the governments of Sweden and Jordan. The event in support of Palestine refugees and UNRWA was co-chaired by Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and the Foreign Minister of Jordan. The conference aimed to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) bridged the financial gap and received sufficient resources to continue delivering on its mandate.
On June 18-19, Lithuania took the floor during the interactive dialogue on Ukraine and the general debate on technical assistance and capacity building at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
On 16 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in a video conference of the EU Ministers of European Affairs and discussed the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, as well as the EUR 750 billion recovery plan in order to prepare for the video conference of the members of the European Council and their orientation debate on 19 June.
On 12 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the first meeting of the International Coalition for the Sahel and stressed the need for the international community to coordinate its efforts more actively for strengthening security and stability in the region.
On 15 June, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic states and Poland took part in a video conference of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, and expressed their common position on the EU-U.S. cooperation, as well as stressed the importance of transatlantic relations in addressing international policy issues.
On 15 June in Vilnius, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Poland met to discuss mutual cooperation and actions to further ease restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 15 June, a meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland will take place in Vilnius. The meeting will focus on cooperation and coordination of actions to further ease restrictions related to COVID-19, and on the inclusion of Poland into the Baltic free travel bubble.
On 11 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in an informal video conference that brought together the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) Foreign Affairs Ministers, and provided an opportunity to discuss achievements and future challenges of the Eastern Partnership.
On 10 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne and discussed the preparation of the Fourth Ukraine Reform Conference to be held in Vilnius in 2021.
On 9 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in an informal video conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Trade), which focused on implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for trade policy and the role of the World Trade Organization.
On 8 June, EU Development Ministers held an informal meeting via video conference and discussed the progress made in the implementation of the Team Europe package, aimed at supporting developing countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 3 June, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) and the Visegrád Group held a video conference to discuss key political issues, including the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and attempts to tackle its negative effects in the European Union.