|Gitanas Nauseda (Independent, since May 2019)
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 Boris Johnson||None held to date|
|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||On Lithuanian citizens in the UK
“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.”
On how smoothly the negotiations will go
“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 continued 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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