Wednesday, May 29, Vilnius - President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with the President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz and members of the Conference of Presidents of the EP tomorrow, May 30 at 14:50 hours. The meeting will focus on issues relevant for the whole of Europe and key priorities of Lithuania's upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is a traditional visit by EP representatives to a member state prior to starting its presidency.
The EP plays a major role in the European Union's decision-making process, so it is very important to cooperate with members of EP during the presidency. The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament represents all parliamentary political forces and adopts strategic decisions.
During the visit, the underlying objectives and priorities of Lithuanian presidency will be discussed. The topics will include youth employment, building of the banking union, consolidation of the single market, completion of the internal energy market, and Eastern Partnership initiative.
Among the other issues discussed at the meeting will be negotiations with the EP on the EU budget for the period 2014-2020. The Lithuanian presidency will have to negotiate more than 70 legislative acts.
In the evening, President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the President of the EP Martin Schulz, and the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, will participate in the debate "Europe of Citizens" dedicated to the European Year of Citizens. The debate will bring together at the Presidential Palace representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the Seimas, ambassadors, academicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations and students, who will discuss how to engage European citizens in tackling topical EU issues. The debate will be broadcast live by Lithuanian television (and on website: http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/tiesiogiai/lrt-lituanica).
On May 31, 11:00 a.m., the President together with Commissioner Viviane Reding will open the Europe House which hosts the Representation of the European Commission, Information Office of the European Parliament and the European Institute for Gender Equality.
Thursday, May 30
14:50 Arrival of the President of the European Parliament. Welcoming ceremony and official photo in the Green Hall (Photo and video opportunity: Pool 1)
15:25 "Family photo" in the Blue Hall (Photo and video opportunity: Pool 2*)
15:35 The President and Government of the Republic of Lithuania meet with members of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament in the White Hall (Photo and video opportunity at the beginning of the meeting: Pool 3*)
17:35 Press conference by the President of the Republic of Lithuania and President of the European Parliament in the Blue Hall: Pool 4.
* No opportunity to access Pool 3 from Pool 2
** Photographers and camera operators are requested to arrive at the Presidential Palace before 14:15 hours
Last updated 2013.05.29 12:44Back