President of the Republic of Lithuania

Europe House – symbol of Lithuania’s European identity

2013-05-31

Friday, May 31, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz and Vice-President of the European Commission (EC), Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding opened the Europe House in Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius. Under one roof here come all European Union institutions operating in Lithuania: the Representation of the European Commission, the Information Office of the European Parliament and the European Institute for Gender Equality.

The Europe House will host an open for all visitors library, various seminars, meetings and discussions. Here one will find new publications, video and audio materials relating to the European Union.

"Over a half billion residents of the Old Continent, united by the same values and interests, will have their home in Lithuania. It is very symbolic that this house is opened on the eve of our country's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Europe is open, hearing and wishing to understand its each citizen. Therefore I am very happy that we will have a place ready to receive any European citizen and be friendly, understanding and helpful to him," the President said.

According to the President, by opening the Europe House in the very heart of the capital city we will bring Europe ever closer to our lives. As we mark the European Year of Citizens and prepare for Lithuania's upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Lithuanian people have an exceptional opportunity to engage more actively in European citizens' life and participate in building our Europe.

The President wished the people who gathered to the opening ceremony of the Europe House never to forget fulfilling honorably, fairly and responsibly their European duties and contribute to shaping the future of Europe.

Copyright - Dž. G. Barysaitė  

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2013.05.31 11:31

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