Conference concerning the rights of EU citizens and a welcoming word to Croatia on joining the Community

10 July 2013, Last updated at, 08:43 EEST
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Europeans should be better informed of the rights and duties granted to them by citizenship of the European Union, while the role of non-governmental organisations in raising nationals’ awareness of the benefits of EU citizenship should increase. These were some of the ideas shared by Šarūnas Adomavičius, Ambassador-at-Large, at a conference in Zagreb, capital city of Croatia.

“Our family now includes 28 Member States, and we shall henceforth share our common vision, objectives and responsibility. It is only symbolic that non-governmental organisations from across Europe have now gathered in Zagreb,” said the ambassador at the conference held at the National and University Library of Zagreb.

The ambassador welcomed the Croatians’ community membership, and presented the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council; he also recalled the active role played by Lithuanians in escaping from the Soviet Union, peaceful resistance to the occupation, and the “Baltic Way”. This historic event was recently commemorated in the European Parliament.

According to Mr Adomavičius, “two weeks ago Martin Schulz, chairman of the European Parliament, in the company of leaders of the Baltic States and representatives of the European Commission, opened the alley of the “Baltic Way” in the vicinity of the European Parliament to mark the symbol of liberty.”

The Lithuanian ambassador invited representatives of non-governmental organisations from across Europe to attend the conference of Europe dedicated to the rights of citizens, scheduled for 13 December in Vilnius, at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Guests of the conference will include Viviane Reding, Vice-president of the European Commission responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship affairs.

On 21 November 2012 the European Parliament and the EU Council adopted a decision to proclaim 2013 the year of European citizens, seeking to provide impetus for discussions regarding EU citizenship. It is the general objective of the Year of European Citizens to raise awareness and knowledge regarding the rights and duties granted under EU citizenship.

Further information about the events on the occasion of the 2013 Year of European Citizens scheduled in Lithuania is available at

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