2021.10.21 09:24

Lithuanian president goes to EU summit to propose migration policy revamp

BNS2021.10.21 09:24

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for Brussels on Thursday to take part in an EU summit and propose a review of the bloc's migration policy.

“At this week's European Council meeting in Brussels, the president will present Lithuania's proposals for changes to the EU's legislation on migration, asylum and border protection policies to the European leaders,” Nausėda's office has said in a press release.

Lithuania is seeking a review of the bloc's legislation on migration policy in response to a recent hike in asylum seekers crossing the EU's border with Belarus. Vilnius wants member states to be able to use more more measures to deter migrants.

Almost 4,200 irregular migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year. Both Brussels and Vilnius have accused the Minsk regime of orchestrating the migrant flows, calling it “hybrid aggression”.

Among other things, Lithuania is seeking EU funding for a fence on its border with Belarus.

EU leaders are also expected to discuss rising energy prices, the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, and preparations for the upcoming EU-Eastern Partnership summit, according to Nausėda's office.

Other topics on the agenda include the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, preparations for an Asia-Europe summit, and Poland's ongoing spat with the EU over the rule of law.

On the sidelines of the EU summit, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland are to hold a coordination meeting on Thursday.

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