Ylva Johansson will discuss in Lithuania the situation at border with Belarus

Photo: EPA Ylva Johansson

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, will travel to Lithuania on Sunday, 1 August, to meet with senior government officials to discuss the situation at the external border with Belarus. They will also talk about any additional European support needed for border and migration management or diplomatic outreach, in line with the principles of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, EC announced.

The Commissioner will meet with Gitanas Nausėda, President of Lithuania, Ingrida Simonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania, Agnė Bilotaitė, Minister of Interior and Mantas Adomėnas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for Eastern Partnership, relations with Asian countries. The Commissioner's visit will be followed on 5-6 August by a visit of Commission officials to make a strategic assessment on the ground.

This year, over 3,000 people, including many children, have crossed irregularly into Lithuania from Belarus. The EU firmly rejects attempts by third countries to incite or acquiesce in irregular migration towards the EU and is fully supporting Lithuania, through operational support from European agencies, financial support, supporting the strengthening of border surveillance capacity and in humanitarian aid through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism.

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