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Global Europe 21-11-2013

Ukraine stuns EU by putting association deal on ice

Kyiv has decided to put its move for closer integration with the EU on hold in favour of talks to revive economic relations with Russia, one week before the country was expected to sign a landmark association agreement with the 28-country bloc in Vilnius.
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Europe's East 21-11-2013

Lithuanian Presidency thunderstuck by Ukraine’s decision to put its EU association on ice

>>Read article: Ukraine stuns EU by putting association deal on ice The Ukrainian government has published a decision to stop its preparations to sign an Association Agreement with the EU. The statement says that decision is adopted with the view to elaborate measures vis-a-vis “Russia and other countries from the Community of Independent states”.
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Agrifood 24-09-2013

EC’s Dacian Ciolo? on the CAP reform

Farmers could miss out on huge EU payments if ministers and parliamentarians fail to complete the last set of negotiations for Europe’s new agriculture policy today (24 September). Ministers and a delegation from the European Parliament will attempt to smooth out legal issues during the last round of negotiations over the EU's reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 24-09-2013

Stakes high for farmers as EU risks CAP delay

Farmers could miss out on huge EU payments if ministers and parliamentarians fail to complete the last set of negotiations for Europe’s new agriculture policy today (24 September).
Global Europe 12-09-2013

Lithuanian President meeting with Dalai Lama highlights importance of EU solidarity

Many leaders in the world have met the Dalai Lama in recent years but it is only the second time that the exiled Tibetan religious leader has met the head of the country holding the EU Presidency, writes Vincent Metten.
Europe's East 27-08-2013

Eastern countries add Ukraine to foreign ministers’ agenda

Russia's bid to bloc Ukraine's ambitions to move closer to the European Union will be on the agenda of an informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers on 6-7 September in Vilnius, diplomats have told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 05-07-2013

Grybauskait?: Talks on Prism and trade to be held ‘in parallel’

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? said trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States would start with contacts between "professional specialists” who would look into reports that a US spy agency monitored phone calls and e-mails of EU institutions and some member states.
EU Priorities 2020 19-06-2013

The Lithuanian EU Presidency – ‘A fresh Baltic breeze’

Lithuania, a country of 3.2 million which joined the EU in 2004, will assume its first presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July. Lithuania considers itself one of the most successful countries to overcome the economic and financial crisis and to return to sustained recovery and growth. It is the first Baltic country to take the EU stint.

Lithuanian Presidency ‘not optimistic’ on Schengen enlargement

Lithuania, which takes over the EU's rotating Presidency on 1 July, is not optimistic regarding the much-protracted accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen borderless area, the country’s envoy to Brussels said yesterday (18 June). 
Europe's East 14-05-2013

Lithuania gives Ukraine extra time to meet EU demands

Lithuania, which takes over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July, has given Ukraine extra time to meet the Union's conditions for signing a long-delayed association agreement.
Central Europe 10-05-2013

Lithuania’s Grybauskait? awarded the Charlemagne Prize

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? was awarded the Charlemagne Prize yesterday (9 May) in recognition to her contribution to European integration. The ceremony highlighted Lithuania’s pro-EU course as the country prepares to take over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July.
Europe's East 26-04-2013

Window of opportunity is closing, EU ministers warn Ukraine

The foreign ministers of several EU countries gave Ukraine a discouraging report yesterday (25 April) on its efforts to deepen ties with the bloc and suggested the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko remained a serious obstacle.
Banking union 25-04-2013

Tiny Lithuania prepares to wrestle with heavy EU dossiers

Lithuania, the tiny Baltic country that will take over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July, will have to deal with extremely heavy dossiers, such as the adoption of the 70 items of legislation needed to implement the EU budget for the next seven years, as well as preparation for the Eastern Partnership summit, diplomats told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 21-02-2013

Countdown to the Ukraine–EU Summit

The 16th Ukraine–EU Summit on 25 February will launch a final countdown before the signing of a Ukraine–EU Association Agreement in Vilnius this November, writes Kostiantyn Yelisieiev.