Tuesday, April 30, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on investiture and wished him continued success as well as well-being and prosperity to the Dutch people.

Despite all the difficulties, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania has achieved great success in the latest parliamentarian elections in Lithuanian. This resulted in the 8-member EAPL faction in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

During the meeting in Brussels, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius discussed on future cooperation with the Commission in the run up to and during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council.

A new political party was created on Wednesday, 24th April. The Labour and the Labourists parties merged at the Congress which took place in Kėdainiai. The new party will be called the Labour Party (Labourists) and it will have the logo of the former Labour Party. A member of the Seimas, Vytautas Gapšys (31) was elected as a new chairman of the party. The new party will take all the responsibilities and obligations which will arise after the merger of the parties. According to the conditions of the merger, the members of both parties will automatically become the members of the new Labour Party (Labourists). The new party will unite 17,380 members.


On 24 April in Vilnius, representatives from the Lithuanian and Israeli Ministries of Foreign Affairs discussed Lithuania’s incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, bilateral and multilateral cooperation.


Wednesday, April 24, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė accepted letters of credence from the Ambassador of Switzerland, Markus Dutly.


On April 24 through 27 a group of arms control instructors of Russia and Belarus will conduct an observation flight over Lithuania’s territory in an An-30 B observation aircraft provided by the Russian Federation on the basis the Treaty on Open Skies.

Tuesday, April 23, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford, who is visiting Lithuania. The conversation focused on Lithuania's preparations for the presidency of the Council of the European Union and the investment climate in the country.

Krivas (second from right), Štefan Füle (third from left), Aleksi Petriashvili (second from left), and Iurie Leancă (third from right).Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrius Krivas was participating in the GLOBSEC 2013 Bratislava Global Security Forum from 18 to 20 April. During the first day's discussion, Krivas, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, the Georgian State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Issues Aleksi Petriashvili, and the Moldovan Foreign Minister Iurie Leancă explored the future of the Eastern Partnership countries.

On April 19 a formal deployment ceremony was held at the garden of Vytautas the Great War Museum in Kaunas for the final shift of Chaghcharan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT-17) which will conclude the Lithuanian-led mission in Ghor province of Afghanistan.



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