Remarks by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the Vilnius Summit signing ceremony

29 November 2013, Last updated at, 11:16 EEST
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author: R. Dačkus

Dear Colleagues,

There are two things I want to stress before we begin this ceremony.

First, in a moment we all will become witnesses to the fact that the Eastern Partnership is working. The Association Agreements we are going to initial with Moldova and Georgia, the Visa Facilitation Agreement with Azerbaijan, the Framework Participation Agreement with Georgia - all are tangible results of our hard efforts over the last few years.

There have been ups and downs since Prague, but we can proudly say that today Europe has really become wider.

Our Eastern neighbors already are reliable like-minded allies. We need to focus on the further work in order to consolidate today's achievements.

Second, we have to be clear that signatures on paper are symbols of very hard work we still have to do. Initialing is only one step. We will still need signing and ratification in order to enjoy the full benefits of closer political association and deeper economic integration. We will still need every effort for today's commitments to become an irreversible reality.

We will need courage and wisdom to move forward. We will need unity and trust to withstand the upcoming challenges.

But with strong political will, mutual support and determination we can do that.

In Europe we can create a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability, free movement, and increased interaction.

My sincere congratulations to everyone who contributed to the progress we have achieved.

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