“Lithuania must not hesitate, because D. Grybauskaitė is singled out as one of the real candidates in publicly available sources. Her approach to regional security and foreign policy, her experience in the EU Commission and her common merits European policy is recognized internationally (the 2013 Charlemagne Prize was awarded at the Aachen Cathedral). The President’s potential is strengthened by the fact that she does not belong to any European political family, she also benefits from a geographical dimension (Eastern / Central) Europe and thus gender equality is widely worshiped today, “A. Ažubalis wrote on Facebook.
Parliament wants to be sure that national unity on this issue can also become European unity, decisions on who will be NATO’s new leader.
“Thus, the Lithuanian diplomatic service must work very strongly and in unison, because by 2022. There is not much time left in September (then the new GS candidacy must be approved) so that in 2023 Lithuania can be proud not only of the NATO summits in Vilnius, but also of the representative of our nation in the position of NATO Secretary General, ”A. Ažubalis wrote.
At the same time, in his post, the parliamentarian invited to get acquainted with other public opportunities for candidates for the post of NATO Secretary General:
„1. Kersti Kaljulaid: The President of Estonia has completed an unsuccessful campaign to become Secretary General of the OECD. It is worth noting that she has worked for the EU Court of Auditors for 12 years.
2. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović: President of Croatia from 2015 to 2020. 2011-2014 is an artificial NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. She is skeptical about her perceived favor to Russian President Vladimir Putin during 2018. World Cup.
3. Klaus Iohannis: President of Romania. Although is mentioned as a potential candidate. It is commended for Romania’s success in meeting NATO’s commitment of 2%. from GDP for defense.
4. Dominykas Rabas: Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, wanted by Prime Minister Jonson to be “pushed” into the Secretary of State for Justice, who is seen by observers as a lower position. The man was appointed by former Prime Minister T. May to lead negotiations on the British withdrawal from the EU, but he resigned after the House of Commons rejected the original version of the withdrawal agreement.
5. Other candidates under discussion: Mark Rutte, the long-time Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and Federica Mogherini, the former Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former head of EU foreign policy. “
Mentioned among potential candidates
The name of D. Grybauskaitė among the possible candidates to replace the current Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg was mentioned in a publication prepared by the July portal “Politico”, reminds “Delfi”.
Jens Stoltenberg is the former Prime Minister of Norway. Since 2014 in October, he served as NATO’s chief executive.
The Allies extended his convention until 2022. August – He will be NATO leader for a little over a year. Formal discussions at NATO Headquarters only later; Mr Stoltenberg’s successor is expected to be presented at the NATO Summit in Madrid in late spring or early summer next year.
Currently, the three most promising candidates for the NATO leadership position are D. Grybauskaitė, the President of Estonia K. Kaljulaid and K. Grabar-Kitarovič. K. Grabar-Kitarovič 2015–2020 was the first woman president of Croatia. It already has the experience of working in NATO – 2011-2014. worked as NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy.
Increasing criticism of political views and the 2019 The country’s autobiography is one of the most impressive of all potential candidates for NATO leadership, according to Politico. Ms Grabar-Kitarovič is Croatia’s former Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs and has made a significant contribution to the country’s EU and NATO membership. 2008-2011 she was Croatia’s ambassador to the United States, at which time, according to the Politician, established a strong relationship in Washington, which has important implications for NATO’s decision.
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