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On 9 April 2020, at the informal discussion with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva Lithuania together with other member states expressed support for human rights-based approach in addressing COVID-19 pandemic and called on all states to safeguard free and independent media and ensure unhindered access to information.

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On 24 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zanavičius participated in a video conference of Ministers for European Affairs. Ministers discussed the EU’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as exchanged views on the enlargement and association process, focusing on Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

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On 23 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a video conference of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, who exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travelers stranded abroad. Foreign Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation  in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the State Secretary of Norway discussed over the video conference today the response to the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19 corona virus.

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On 6 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Extraordinary Meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting that was organized upon the request of Greece focused  on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the eruption of tensions along Greece's land border with Turkey, and a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

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On 10 and 11 March, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Bulgaria will take part in the Bucharest 9 meeting in Vilnius. The event will also be attended by special guests: the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State and NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning.

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On 5 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) in Zagreb, which focused on the EU’s common policy towards Russia.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Skopje, North Macedonia, and the Albanian capital of Tirana together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, and the Undersecretary for European Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Märt Volmer.

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On 25 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zanavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Brussels, which discussed legislative work in 2020 and multiannual programming.

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On 25 February, at the Constitutive Meeting of the new Center of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE) in Berlin, Germany, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Germany Darius Jonas Semaška signed the statute. Along with other 13 member states of the European Union, Lithuania became a founding member of the new CoE.

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On 24 February, during the High level mainstreaming panel, dedicated to discuss possibilities and challenges to the Convention of on the Rights of the Child on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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On 17 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zanavičius attended the General Affairs Council, which prepared the special meeting of the European Council on 20 February and discussed the EU's multiannual financial framework for the 2021‑2027 period.

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On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The Council discussed views on Libya and how to enhance EU engagement in the country, as well as the EU’s relations with Africa and India. In addition, Foreign Ministers and the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama had an exchange of views on prospects for the opening of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

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On 5 February in Washington, D.C., the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis attended the inaugural meeting of the new International Religious Freedom Alliance that was launched by the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The meeting was attended by representatives from 27 countries.

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On 23 January, Lithuania ratified the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108), which provides the modernised Convention 108+ and was adopted in Strasbourg on 10 October 2018.

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