Lithuanian president to propose review of migration policy at EU summit

  • 2021-10-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is on Thursday leaving for Brussels 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," Nauseda's office has said in a press release. 

Lithuania is seeking a review of the bloc's legislation on migration policy to reflect the situation at the EU's eastern border in recent months, allowing member states to take more measures to deter migrants.

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

Among other things, Lithuania is seeking EU funding for a physical barrier 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 Nauseda's office.   

Other topics on the agenda include the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, preparations for an Asia-Europe summit, and rule of law issues.

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