President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President discussed free movement of people and goods with the Polish and Latvian leaders

2020-03-15

On Sunday, President Gitanas Nausėda held telephone conversations with Presidents of neighboring EU countries to ensure the smoothest possible return of Lithuanian and other EU citizens to their home countries in the face of the outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19).

In the conversation with President of Poland Andrzej Duda, the President pointed out the complicated situation at the German-Polish border where despite previous agreements returning Lithuanian citizens encountered obstacles and could not exercise their right of free movement in recent days.

President Nausėda requested the Polish authorities to ensure proper functioning of the transit corridor and provide all necessary information to Lithuanian citizens as well as to truck drivers supplying the three Baltic States. The President highlighted that Lithuania secures the return Latvian and Estonian citizens to their countries without hindrance.

During the conversation the President touched upon the coordinated EU-wide response to the outbreak of COVID-19. President Nausėda informed his Polish counterpart that he had sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, calling the EU institutions as well as European ministers of interior and health to look for joint solutions to address the return of EU citizens to their home countries and discuss the current situation at the European Council meeting as soon as possible.

The President also had a telephone conversation with President of Latvia Egils Levits and reassured him that Lithuania will ensure the return of Latvian and Estonian citizens to their countries. President Nausėda drew attention of the Latvian President to the shared need of the Baltic States to safeguard continuous exchange of information with the Polish officials on transit of goods, services and people through the territory of Poland.

A video conference of the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on response to COVID-19 pandemic and related challenges is scheduled at the beginning of next week.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.03.15 18:25

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