Former prime minister of Lithuania and Member of Parliament Andrius Kubilius, one of four candidates for the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe, visited Copenhagen to present his plans and vision for the Strasbourg-based organization to Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, the Danish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Prime Minister‘s Office and Foreign Ministry officials.
The Danish Defence Minister and Chief of Defence, as well as the Ambassadors and Defence Attachés of Lithuania, the United States and other NATO allies, attended a seminar marking Poland’s 20th anniversary of NATO membership. The keynote speech by Danish Minister of Defence Claus Hjørt Frederiksen focused on Denmark’s active engagement and defence cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. Experts also debated NATO’s strategic adaptation to new challenges and security threats, particularly in Northern Europe.
A briefing by Ms. Vibeke Pasternak Jørgensen, Chief European Affairs Adviser in Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s Office, was co-hosted by the ambassadors of Ireland and Poland for EU women ambassadors in Copenhagen. Excellent discussion on the European and international agenda.
The new Ambassador of Uganda to the Nordic countries, H.E. Nimisha Jayant Madhvani, paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of Lithuania to Denmark and Iceland to discuss business and tourism promotion.
Two ambassadors newly accredited to Denmark paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of Lithuania - H.E. Mykhailo Vydoinyk of Ukraine (first photo) and H.E. Emir Poljo of Bosnia and Herzegovina (second photo).
A concert marking Lithuania’s National Day and Iceland’s recognition of restored Lithuanian independence took place in the landmark Reykjavik - Hallgrimskirkja Church. Contemporary music artist Jurga Šeduikytė and organist Diana Encienė of Lithuania performed a baroque program as a gift to Iceland for being the first country to recognize Lithuania‘s 1990 re-establishment of independence.
Received by Parliamentary Speaker Steingrimur J. Sigfússon at the Icelandic Parliament - the Alþingi, generally held to be the oldest parliament in the world (founded in 930 about 45 km from its current location in the country's capital). The Speaker was gracious enough to meet with me on a Sunday evening, because M.P.s will fan out across the country on Monday to visit their constituents. Among the topics discussed: support for Lithuania's candidate Andrius Kubilius for Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Nordic-Baltic cooperation, Arctic Council (Iceland assumes the Chairmanship this year).
Russian aggression, support for Ukraine, the political crisis in Venezuela, defense cooperation in NATO and EU, the Baltic Sea region and Northern Europe in general, disinformation, migration challenges – but a few of the questions discussed at a working breakfast hosted by Ambassador Gintė Damušis of Lithuania for NATO and EU women ambassadors with Danish Under-Secretary for Global Politics and Security Lisbet Zilmer-Johns.
EU ambassadors in Copenhagen met with Denmark's Minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen to discuss security and defense issues. The meeting was organized by Romania, which currently holds the EU Presidency.
Raimonda Murmokaitė, Director of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry‘s Security Policy Department and former Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council, spoke at a conference held at the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen about the future of the UN in international peace and security.
Annual gathering of Danish officials and the diplomatic corps with Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen at Greenland's representation in Copenhagen.
Romania presented its EU Presidency priorities to Danish Foreign Ministry officials, EU Heads of Mission in Copenhagen and representatives of the EU Delegation and Parliamentary Bureau with remarks by former Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller (2001-2010).
Lithuanian-Portuguese bilateral ties were the topic of discussion at a working breakfast hosted by the Embassy of Lithuania with the new non-resident ambassador of Portugal , who will cover Lithuania from Copenhagen. The Ambassador will present her credentials to the President of Lithuania next week in Vilnius.
Parliamentary speaker Pia Kjærsgaard invited ambassadors to an annual reception with Members of Parliament at the Folketinget.
Her Majesty The Queen Margrethe II of Denmark hosted a New Year’s reception for ambassadors at Knights Hall in Christiansborg Palace.