President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President met with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration

2013-03-28

Thursday, March 28, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing.

During the meeting it was decided to sign a bilateral memorandum of cooperation with the International Organization for Migration on assistance to Lithuanian citizens who encounter difficulties in those countries where Lithuania has no diplomatic or consular representation.

The President underlined that safe migration is a major challenge faced by today's global world. Therefore, migration issues will feature prominently on the Lithuanian EU presidency agenda. It was agreed at the meeting that close cooperation ties will be maintained with the IOM during Lithuania's presidency, with special focus placed on the exchange of relevant experience and information.

Lithuania's presidency priorities include several migration-related issues: the protection of EU external borders and Eastern Partnership - which has among its targets easier entry and travel conditions in the EU for citizens of the countries concerned.

Lithuania seeks to speed up work on the EU smart borders package during its term of presidency. The package foresees the establishment of an entry-exit system and the creation of a registered traveler programme. It would make it easier to verify the traveler's place of presence, to exchange information more effectively, to facilitate border control procedures, and to enhance overall security inside the European Union.

The Eastern Partnership countries of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine already have a facilitated visa regime with the EU and are currently negotiating visa free travels. Progress and concrete results are expected at the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Vilnius when Lithuania presides over the EU.

Among the other issues discussed at the meeting were cooperation perspectives as Lithuania and the IOM work together to train officers from Eastern Partnership countries at the Border Guard Training Centre in Medininkai.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2013.03.28 11:28

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