2019.06.10 12:00

Lithuanian MEPs to join 5 political groups in European Parliament

Saulius Jakučionis2019.06.10 12:00

Lithuania's 11 newly-elected members of the European Parliament will join five different political groups.

Three Lithuanian delegates will join the European People's Party and three more will be in the Green political group.

The EPP group will be joined by Andrius Kubilius, Liudas Mažylis and Rasa Juknevičienė of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.

Bronis Ropė and Stasys Jakeliūnas of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union will join the Greens/European Free Alliance (GREENS/EFA).

Aušra Maldeikienė, who ran for the EP with her own public electoral committee, will probably also join the Greens. She is due to meet the group's leaders this week. Maldeikienė says her committee's agenda essentially match with that of the Greens'.

Social democrats Vilija Blinkevičiūtė and Juozas Olekas will join the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

Two Lithuanians will also join the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe: Viktor Uspaskich, the re-elected leader of the Labor Party who already works in this group, and the Liberal Movement's representative Petras Auštrevičius.

Valdemar Tomaševski, the leader of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, will continue working in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group he helped to co-establish a decade ago.

The new European Parliament will start work on July 2.

Read more: Meet the 11 Lithuanian MEPs heading to Brussels

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