Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe confirm their mutual commitment to support Ukraine
On 9 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, who, at the invitation of the Foreign Minister, came to Vilnius to attend the high-level Future of Democracy Forum.
The meeting focused on the issues of cooperation between the Council of Europe and Lithuania in light of the changing geopolitical environment and the upcoming Lithuanian Chairmanship of the Council’s Committee of Ministers in May-November 2024. Both interlocutors identified support for Ukraine in the face of brutal aggression as an essential purpose of activity.
“Strong support for Ukraine will be the highest priority of the Lithuanian Chairmanship. The Chairmanship will further strengthen Vilnius's role as a global hub for holding meetings and exchanging ideas between forces of freedom and democracy and contribute to disseminating the values defended and represented by the Council of Europe,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister said.
Lithuania will take over the Chairmanship of the Council’s Committee of Ministers from Liechtenstein in May 2024. The priorities of the Lithuanian Chairmanship will ensure the continuity of the activities of the Council of Europe - the implementation of the decisions taken at the Reykjavik Summit will continue. Comprehensive support for Ukraine will be Lithuania’s top priority. It will include the implementation of the Council’s Action Plan for Ukraine, the strengthening of democratic institutions, the proper functioning of the Register of Damage for Ukraine, and the return of kidnapped and deported Ukrainian children. The Lithuanian Chairmanship will focus on promoting democracy in the region and will continue to support the Belarusian and Russian democratic opposition and independent media. Lithuania will also seek to reinforce the Council of Europe so that only the citizens of the CoE member states remain in its secretariat. Other priority items are gender equality, the fight against corruption and disinformation.