On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Kosovo on the 10th anniversary of its independence.
On 15-16 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Foreign ministers discussed Syria, the Western Balkans, North Korea, security and defence issues.
On 6 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Lithuania. The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, Albania’s EU membership aspirations, the situation in the Western Balkans, important regional security and cooperation issues.
On 5 February, the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union convened a meeting of heads of mission of EU member states and EU candidate countries with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius to discuss the key priorities of the EU and foreign policy in the first half of 2018.
On 22 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Ministers discussed the potential role of the EU in revitalizing the Middle East peace process and met with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
On the initiative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu took place on 11 November in Brussels. This was the first meeting of the Israeli Prime Minister with heads of EU institutions and Foreign Ministers from EU member states after a 22-year break.
On 8 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius opened the international high-level conference ‘Quo vadis Europe?’.
On 29-30 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the fifth African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. The event brought together EU and African leaders to discuss the future direction for the strengthened continental cooperation, as well as issues related to peace and security, migration, economic development, mobilization of investments, etc. The leaders from the two continents focused on investing in young people.
On 23 November in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and Knut Fleckenstein, Member of the European Parliament, who is one of the drafters of the European Parliament’s recommendations for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.
On 30 September in Rīga, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission. The meeting discussed the future of the EU, cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries, and the main issues related to energy policy.
On 25 September in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU’s General Affairs Council meeting. The Council discussed a provisional agenda for the October European Council.
On 21 September 2017 the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally. It is one of the most ambitious EU free trade agreements that will open the Canadian market with its population of 35 million to Lithuanian exporters.
“Eastern European countries that pursue reforms and European values must be given the prospect of becoming new EU member states. Furthermore, cooperation with these countries must be upgraded to a qualitatively new level,” said Minister Linas Linkevičius during an international event, which was dedicated to the Eastern Partnership and entitled ‘Vilnius Consultations’.
On 7-8 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) in Tallinn, the capital city of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On 25 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Oslo, Norway, where he attended the traditional Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) Foreign Ministers’ meeting. The meeting focused on issues relevant to all the countries of the region, such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership and transatlantic cooperation, and the future of the European Union.