Chairman of the EU Military Committee to pay visit to Lithuania

01 July 2013, Last updated at, 09:55 EEST
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General Patrick de Rousiers | author: AP/Scanpix

On 2–5 July Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) General Patrick de Rousiers will be conducting a visit to Lithuania by invitation of Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius.

On 2 July the Chairman EUCM will take part and deliver a speech at an EU Council Presidency event - a high-level seminar on Eastern Partnership (EaP) organised by the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence on the occasion of the presidency. 

On 3 July the high-ranking EU military official will pay a visit to the Ministry of National Defence where he will meet with Minister Juozas Olekas. The meeting is expected to focus on the EC Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the EU Battlegroup (EU BG) issue, Lithuania’s priorities of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Later the Chairman  of EU MC  will meet with Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen A. Pocius and Lithuania’s  military officers, receive a briefing on the security situation in the region and relevant issues of the Lithuanian Armed Forces,  Lithuania’s military contribution to the EU operations.

General P. de Rousiers will also visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attend a meeting with members of the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

On 4 July the EU Military Chairman will conduct a visit to the Rukla Training Area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and meet with Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika. The General will also conduct a trip to the divisions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and observe an exercise of the Lithuanian contingent of the EU Battlegroup commitment in the second half of 23013.

Note for the Media: on Wednesday, 3 July, Wednesday, at 8.50 – 9.00 a. m. a formal welcome ceremony of the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee General Patrick de Rousiers will take place on the square of the of the Ministry of National Defence (Totorių g. 25/3).

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