aA
As Lithuania prepares to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its EU membership on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius warns that the bloc has no future unless people feel a part of it.
Linas Linkevičius
Linas Linkevičius
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

"If people think that nothing depends on them or have no trust in this, there will be no future," he said in an interview with LRT TV aired on Tuesday.

Lithuania's top diplomat added that the continued existence of the EU "will require effort, motivation and leadership".

"I believe in the future of Europe. I really do. But I want to add that this bright future cannot be taken for granted," he said.

Linkevicius also called for efforts to ensure that citizens of Lithuania should all feel the benefits of EU membership.

"Statistical tables or World Bank ratings (...), we can be proud of that, but people must feet it. Achieving that takes more time and effort," he said.

President Dalia Grybauskaite's foreign policy advisor, Nerijus Aleksiejunas, told Ziniu Radijas that Lithuania had become a reliable and respected partner in the 15 years since it joined the EU.

"This has been earned by hard and consistent work," he said.

Aleksiejunas said Lithuania had made a big leap in terms of mentality and world-view, which it could not have done without European support.

When asked to comment on the president's vision of the EU's future, the advisor said it was "a safe, strong, prosperous, united, modern and solidarity-based Europe".

Lithuania joined the EU on May 1, 2004.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Fewer people think situation in Lithuania is improving, poll finds

A mere eight percent of the population believe that the situation in Lithuania is improving, while...

President and PM see protecting electricity consumers as top priority

President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Thursday discussed the situation in...

33 illegal migrants tried to enter Lithuania from Belarus

On Wednesday, 17 August, Lithuanian border guards prevented 33 migrants from entering the country...

Presidency hopes new additions to Ministry of Foreign Affairs will bring positive change

The Office of the President welcomes changes in the political team of Foreign Minister Gabrielius...

Minister: China hasn't officially informed Lithuania of cut in transport ties

China has not yet officially notified the Lithuanian Transport Ministry that it is severing transport...

Top news

PC numbers down in Lithuania, internet access up

80 percent of households in Lithuania had personal computers at home this year, down 1 percent from...

Lithuanian space industry coordinator sought

The European Space Agency ( ESA ), together with the Economy and Innovation Ministry, is looking...

Fewer people think situation in Lithuania is improving, poll finds

A mere eight percent of the population believe that the situation in Lithuania is improving, while...

Landsbergis: PM has not shown much ambition to become Conservative party’s leader

Leader of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat party (TS-LKD) Gabrielius Landsbergis...

Independent electricity supplier Perlas Energija ceases operations

A fortnight after announcing that its customers would be moved from fixed-price plans to...