President Dalia Grybauskaitė

EU institutional changes need to ensure proper representation for all Europeans

2018-02-23

Friday, February 23, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė is in Brussels for an informal EU summit to address institutional issues among other subjects on the agenda. European leaders are discussing the new composition of the European Parliament after Brexit, possible reduction of the number of EU commissioners and the nomination of the President of the European Commission.

The President underlined that any changes should be consistent with the EU Treaties and ensure adequate representation to all member states and their citizens.

With the United Kingdom out of the EU, Britain's 73 parliamentary seats will have to be reallocated. Lithuania supports proposals to keep part of British seats as a reserve for future EU enlargements. The remaining seats should be redistributed among member states to compensate for existing biases in representation. It would ensure that Lithuania does not end up with fewer parliamentary seats. There are currently 11 members of the European Parliament from Lithuania.

Lithuania requests that each member state, regardless of its size, should retain the right to delegate one member to the European Commission. The President of the European Commission should be appointed by common accord of the European Council and the European Parliament, taking into account parliamentary election results as provided for by the EU Treaties.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.02.23 16:06

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