International Cooperation

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania is cooperating with other countries on bilateral and multilateral basis, aiming at the maintenance of relations with respective governmental structures of other countries, their international and other organisations, embassies and nongovernmental organisations. The Ministry also organises preparation of international agreements and drafting of treaties in transport and communications sector, as well as the implementation of signed cooperation documents (bilateral and multilateral agreements and conventions).  

Bilateral and multilateral cooperation

Geographical position of Lithuania, as well as the EU membership, determines the way the international cooperation in transport sector is being developed. The first aspect concerns the EU membership and respective integration of Lithuanian transport system into the West European network. Another aspect is related to a close dependence of transport infrastructure and freight carriage on the neighboring Eastern countries. Due to these reasons the priority of the Ministry in the international relations field is placed on bilateral cooperation with the People‘s Republic of China, neighboring countries, as well as on multilateral relations with countries of the Baltic Sea Region.                     

Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM) – with the Baltic States (Latvia and Estonia).

Nordic Baltic Eight (NB8), the Meeting of Ministers of Northern and Baltic Countries – with Northern and Baltic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia);

The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) – with Baltic Sea region countries (Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Poland,Norway, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany);

Aiming at the active participation in the process of formation of global and regional policy, striving to enhance the image of Lithuania as a transit country in global markets and endeavouring to attract freight flows from Asian countries, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, is engaded in active economic-diplomatic politics with the People Republic of China and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Ministry also takes part in the initiatives of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (16+1)  cooperation format as well as contributes to policy making of the Transport Ministers‘ Meetings and other formats‘ events dedicated to discussion of future visions of the European and Asian transport systems and defining of priority directions in transport policy and potential cooperation areas.

Representation abroad  

The Ministry  has representatives - transport attaché - in the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Poland.    

Participation in the International Organisations                                                                      

The Ministry of Transport and Communications on it own or together with its subordinate state institutions represents interests of the Republic of Lithuania in the following international organisations:   

  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 

  • Universal Postal Union (UPU)

  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

  • European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)

  • European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL)

  • International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

  • Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)

  • Organisation for Cooperation of Railways (OSJD)

  • International Transport Forum (ITF)

Interests of the Republic of Lithuania are also represented in the following international cooperation mechanisms:

  • Trans-European North-South Motorway Project of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE  TEM)

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) working groups

  • European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT)

Within its scope the Ministry of Transport and Communications also participates in the following international cooperation mechanism:

  • European Conference for Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT),

  • Regional Communications Community (RCC)

  • Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL)

Involvement in preparation for Lithuania‘s membership in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD):

By implementing the necessary reforms the Ministry of Transport and Communications contributed to the implementation of 332 paragraph of the Programme of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania "Lithuania's membership in the OECD is one of our country’s main priorities in the coming period", when in 2018 Lithuania became a member of OECD. Within its scope the Ministry takes part in the Committee on Digital Economic Policy (CDEP) and International Transport Forum (ITF). Aiming at ensuring smooth process of Lithuania‘s accession to the OECD the Ministry in cooperation with other state institutions implements the OECD Guidelines on Public governance and Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises.

Last updated: 03-04-2019