“Today is a great day. The first former Soviet Republic presides over our Union. We have come a long way in 25 years. We look to Lithuania to breathe new life into Europe,” ALDE Party President Sir Graham Watson MEP opened the discussion on the occasion of Lithuania taking over the EU Presidency on July 1. Lithuania is the first of the three Baltic states that joined the EU in 2004 to hold the rotating presidency.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
8.00 – 9.30h
Venue: Lithuanian Permanent Representation, Rue Belliard 41-43, 1040 Brussels
In the second half of 2013, Lithuania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it is the first of the three Baltic States that joined the EU in 2004 to do so. While its predecessor Ireland focuses on “stability, jobs and growth”, Lithuania will strive towards a “credible, growing and open