Lithuanian Foreign Minister and EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy discuss preparations for Vilnius events

23 July 2013, Last updated at, 17:07 EET
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author: European External Action Service

On 23 July in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, head of the European External Action Service Catherine Ashton to discuss preparations for events to be held in Vilnius - the informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers and the Eastern Partnership Summit.

“The meeting was very positive. In the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit, Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union holds consultations regularly with the EU’s High Representative who is responsible for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and who chairs the EU foreign ministers’ meetings,” Linkevičius said.

The informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers will be held in Vilnius on 6 and 7 September. Such meetings are held twice a year in the member state holding the Presidency of the EU Council in cooperation with the European External Action Service. This time, the agenda of the informal meeting includes neighbourhood issues with particular focus on the Eastern Partnership initiative and a discussion on defence policy.

Linkevičius and Ashton discussed results of the Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels on 22 July, as well as agreed further practical steps to prepare for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28 and 29.

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