Prime Minister leaves on a visit to Ireland


2019 03 01


On 4-5 March, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will be in Dublin, Ireland. It will be the first visit of the Lithuanian Prime Minister to Ireland since 2007.

Saulius Skvernelis will meet Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to discuss bilateral relations, the potential for economic cooperation, issues related to the multiannual financial framework of the European Union and other issues. Preparations for Brexit will be in the focus of the discussions: Lithuania has consistently supported Ireland during the entire Brexit process.

The Lithuanian Prime Minister and Mr Varadkar will visit Hartstown Community School. This school is one of the three Irish schools that have the Lithuanian language as a subject.  It should be noted that Ireland is currently the only country in the world, apart from Lithuania, where Lithuanian is included in general education curriculum. The Lithuanian Government and the Lithuanian community in Ireland highly value this sincere concern and the very friendly gesture towards Lithuania.

The Head of Government will also meet with the Lithuanian community in Ireland, leaders of the Lithuanian organisations in Ireland to discuss relevant issues, including Saturday Lithuanian schools, citizens’ encouragement to return to Lithuania, referendum on preservation of citizenship, etc.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Minister of Education, Science and Sport Algirdas Monkevičius during his visit.

The Prime Minister will return to Vilnius on Tuesday. Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka will be in the meantime an Acting Prime Minister.