EU to strengthen strategic communication at Lithuania’s initiative
The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting took place on 13 November in Brussels. In the meeting, discussions on the ways of strengthening the EU’s strategic communication were held at the initiative of Lithuania and its partners. In October, the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Romania and Croatia sent a letter to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, drawing her attention to the need to strengthen the StratComms of the European External Action Service (EEAS), in particular the East Stratcom Task Force that counters pro-Kremlin disinformation.
“A strong dose of hostile pro-Kremlin disinformation is spread widely. The EU has some opportunities to act – to improve positive communication, counter-disinformation capabilities, adequate and smooth funding, to implement modern data analysis technologies, and to provide a legal basis for action. We must also make use of our cooperation with NATO. We can pursue our goals more effectively together with the like-minded partners,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
The ministers emphasized the need to return to this question and to assess the progress of the working groups of the EEAS on these issues, and, based on the analysis of the EEAS, to determine how these working groups would be further strengthened.
Over a few years, Lithuania has consistently raised issues on the EU agenda related to strategic communications and the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns. In 2015, Lithuania was one of the initiators of the establishment of the East Stratcom Task Force.
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