About: Dalia Grybauskait?

Energy 15-10-2015

Polish-Lithuanian gas pipe to end Baltic energy isolation

A grant agreement to finance the first gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania was signed today (15 October), in what European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said mrked the official end of the Baltic region's energy isolation.
Global Europe 16-07-2015

The next UN Secretary-General? Bokova ticks all the boxes

The prospect of having the first UN Secretary-General from Eastern Europe is an opportunity for the region, and for Europe as a whole. Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova has demonstrated her vote- winning capacity at UN level, writes Dick Roche.
Euro & Finance 11-07-2015

Tsipras wins backing for concessions, but faces rebellion in own camp

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers today (11 July) for painful reform proposals aimed at obtaining a new international bailout, but he faced a rebellion in his own party that could threaten his majority in parliament.
Europe's East 01-07-2015

Russia judiciary questions legality of Baltic countries’ independence

A move in Russia to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia independence from the USSR has alarmed the Baltic states and stoked tensions with Moscow.

EU migration meeting turns into fracas

EU leaders openly quarrelled yesterday (25 June) during the first day of the EU summit over the distribution of migrants from Italy and Greece, and were unable to adopt summit conclusions over a wording controversy.
Europe's East 07-05-2015

Lithuania stages ‘little green man’ war games, with eye on Moscow

Lithuania launched a military exercise on Wednesday (6 May) to simulate an attack on its new gas terminal, a move its strongly anti-Moscow president said was intended to show the Kremlin that the tiny country would defend itself. 
Global Europe 07-04-2015

Poland to build watchtowers at Kaliningrad enclave border

Poland will build six watchtowers to survey its 200-kilometre-long border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, the police said yesterday (6 April).
Global Europe 25-02-2015

Lithuania reintroduces conscription over perceived Russian threat

Lithuania plans to restart military conscription, which it ended in 2008, to address growing concerns about Russian assertiveness in the Baltic region, President Dalia Grybauskait? said on Tuesday.
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Europe's East 12-02-2015

Ukraine ceasefire agreement ‘absolutely weak’, Grybuskaite says

The peace plan agreed to by France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia in Minsk on Wednesday to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine is a 'weak solution', according to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
Europe's East 25-11-2014

Russia blocks Lithuanian trucks after Vilnius promises military aid to Ukraine

The ex-Soviet republic of Lithuania accused Moscow yesterday (24 November) of blocking its vehicles and goods at the Russian border, and summoned its ambassador to protest.
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Economy & Jobs 24-10-2014

Grybauskaite’s message to Cameron: “Some countries need to pay, some countries receive money back”

On her arrival at the December 2014 EU Summit on Friday, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? said that “each year we have a final revision of the budgets and some countries need to pay, some countries receive money back.”
Putin on 29 August
Global Europe 02-09-2014

Putin: ‘I can take Kiev in two weeks if I want’

The Italian daily La Reppublica has published what appears to be the account of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, of an exchange held at the 30-31 August EU summit. Commission President José Manuel Barroso is reported to have told EU leaders that Vladimir Putin had informed him that he could take Kyiv in two weeks if he wanted.
Petro Poroshenko at 30 August Council
Global Europe 30-08-2014

Poroshenko: The EU’s agenda now revolves around Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took centre stage at today’s (30 August) EU summit and said that the Union’s heads of state and government had given his country broad support, since it had faced “open aggression” from Russia, adding that the EU's agenda from now on would largely revolve around Ukraine.
Jaroslav Neverovi?, photo Georgi Gotev
Elections 26-08-2014

Lithuanian coalition drops ethnic Polish party

The major parties of the Lithuanian ruling coalition agreed yesterday (25 August) to eject a party of Poles from the government amid tensions over its criticism of the government's treatment of ethnic Poles and the party's siding with Russia during the Ukraine crisis.
Global Europe 23-07-2014

EU ministers threaten Russia with harsher sanctions

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia yesterday (22 July) with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but delayed action for a few days.
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, arrives at the press conference in Brussels, 16 July 2014 [Photo: The Council of the European Union]
Europe's East 17-07-2014

EU to target Russian firms with sanctions, block loans

European Union leaders agreed on Wednesday (16 July) to sanction Russian companies that help destabilise Ukraine and to block new loans to Russia through two multilateral lenders.
Elections 30-06-2014

Lithuania land sales ban referendum flops

A referendum in Lithuania calling for a ban on land ownership by foreigners failed to muster support, sparing the country a potentially embarrassing stand-off with the European Union while it faces increasing tensions with Russia.
Elections 07-04-2014

Katainen seeks top EU job

The race for the European Union's leadership has turned murkier, with the news that Finland's prime minister is stepping down to seek a European role, while France is touting its ex-finance minister as its nominee for a European Commission post.
EU Priorities 2020 20-12-2013

Grybauskait?: Europe not a gift, it is responsibility

EXCLUSIVE / Against the backdrop of completing the six-month rotating presidency of the EU, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? invited Europeans to take note of the protests in Kyiv's Maidan Square ahead of the European elections: “The Ukrainian people want what we have achieved,” she said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite arrives at the the December 2013 EU Summit

Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda.
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Data protection 25-10-2013

Lithuania’s Grybauskait?: EU expects to reach free trade deal with Ukraine

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for a 2-day summit, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? said on Friday that Brussels expects to reach a deal on a free trade deal with Ukraine in the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Refereeing to recent allegations that the US had been tapping the phones of European leaders, Grybauskait? stressed the need to find a 'balance between data protections for European citizens' and 'international security'.
EU Priorities 2020 01-07-2013

‘We will strive to be a trustworthy EU presidency’, says Lithuanian leader

EXCLUSIVE / On the eve of taking the baton from Ireland to chair the Council of the European Union for the next six months, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? vowed to push through legislation that would help lift Europe out of its economic doldrums, especially provisions related to the implementation of the EU's 2014-2020 budget.
EU Priorities 2020 01-07-2013

Grybauskait?: Lithuania aims for a ‘trustworthy’ presidency

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says her country's first time at the helm of the EU will be "a presidency you can rely on. We will deliver what we promise to deliver,” she tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Lithuania succeeds Ireland on Monday (1 July) in the six-month presidency.

Grybauskait?: Women’s quota should be the last resort

Traditional gender stereotypes are still alive in many countries, but leaders have to make an effort to allow women to participate and contribute to the well-being of nations, says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait?. She told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that quotas should be the last resort.

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