|Dalia Grybauskaitė (Independent, since 2009)
Saulius Skvernelis (Peasant and Green Union (LVZS), since 2016)
|Size||65,300 km2 (25,212 sq. miles)|
|MEPs||11 (Joined the EU in 2004)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
|Presidency of the Council||January – June 2027|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||16 December 2016, at EU Summit|
|Brexit priorities||It will be important for the Lithuanian Government to keep cooperating closely with the UK in the area of defence and security, as the UK is an important NATO partner that Lithuania needs now it is facing security threats from Russia.
Lithuania supports a unified EU approach to the Brexit negotiations and wants to protect the rights of its 200,000 citizens living in the UK.
As a net economic beneficiary of EU funding, Lithuania will also be keeping an eye on what Brexit will mean for the EU budget.
|What Mr Skvernelis said on Brexit||President Grybauskaitė about timeframe of negotiations on 15 December 2016
“10 years? I hope it will be a lot less. I understand how difficult it will be for her to negotiate because, of course, she [Theresa May] will be negotiating practically against 27.”
“But having in mind that Britain is important from an economic and security point of view. I don’t expect it [the negotiations] will be rivals, it will be… partners talking about British and EU relations for future.”
Mr Skvernelis about Lithuanian citizens in the UK on 21 Feb 2017
“We do care about their rights, social guarantees, including healthcare, it is important for us to maintain the opportunity for Lithuanians to study in UK.”
Mr Skvernelis about how smoothly the negotiations will go on 21 Feb 2017
“Because many things are already harmonized unlike it was for example during free trade negotiations between EU and Canada, where the entire judicial base needed to be combined. So this mechanism is working today, after separation, main things should remain as they are now.”
|Lithuania’s priorities||The Social Democratic Party announced on 23 September 2017 that it would leave the ruling coalition, following months of tensions with the major coalition partner the Peasants and Greens Union (LVZS). The LVZS will now continue as a minority government. Problems between the two parties emerged as the LVZS felt they were not supported by the Social Democrats, who in turn felt their proposals were not taken on board by the LVZS.
This Government’s priorities are to fight social inequality and corruption, boost the economy with a more interventionist policies, curb emigration to Western Europe and increase defense spending in light of Russian aggression.
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