Wednesday, December 16, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers opened the European Institute for Gender Equality, the first EU agency based in the Baltics.
The opening ceremony was also attended by EU Commissioner Vladimir Špidla.
"I am happy that Lithuania too is finally home to one of the European institutions. The European Institute for Gender Equality is important for Lithuania because this means that our state will take the lead in the area of gender equality and will have the possibility to call together professionals from Europe and from all over the world and to make proposals to Europe from Vilnius, proposals that will help consolidate democratic values and protect human rights," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said in the opening address.
According to the President, Lithuania is becoming a centre that will mobilise intellectual efforts of European experts, collect and analyse practical know-how, and provide recommendations as to how gender equality issues should be addressed.
The European Union has 36 agencies in total. Two of them are based in the new Member States of the EU, the European Institute for Gender Equality in Lithuania and Frontex, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union, in Poland.
Last updated 2009.12.16 15:58Back