2019.06.20 09:41

Lithuania's new MEP Maldeikienė to join EPP group

Lithuania's newly-elected MEP Aušra Maldeikienė will join the European People's Party political group in the European Parliament.

"I have received confirmation today that they accepted me and I will work within the European People's Party group," Maldeikiene, a former MP, told BNS on Wednesday. "Everyone who has read my books knows that I am a very classic Christian Democrat."

Maldeikiene, however, said she has no plans to join the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD).

The politician said she will join the Committee on Economic and Monetary Policy as a permanent member, and also as a substitute member at the Committee on Budgets

With Maldeikienė set to join the right-wing group, the majority of the Lithuanian MEPs will join the European People's Party, with TS-LKD members Andrius Kubilius, Liudas Mažylis and Rasa Juknevičienė.

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

Two 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. They will include Viktor Uspaskich, leader of the Labor Party, who already worked in this group earlier, and also the Liberal Movement's representative Petras Auštrevičius.

Valdemar Tomaševski, 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.