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Lithuanian Parliamentary Mirror. Newsletter. 2013 January No 1(10)

 

IN THE ISSUE

  • SMART JOB-FRIENDLY GROWTH AMONG THE MAIN PRIORITIES OF THE IRISH PRESIDENCY
  • GEDIMINAS KIRKILAS, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, ATTENDED THE MEETING OF THE CHAIRPERSONS OF EU AFFAIRS COMMITTEES IN DUBLIN
  • 2013 ANNOUNCED THE YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE VILNIUS GHETTO
  • SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS, VYDAS GEDVILAS, SAYS, “WE WANT TO SEE THE FUTURE ALLIANCE STRONG AND VIABLE”
  • COMMEMORATION OF THE DAY OF THE DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM 2013

 

 

 

PREPARATION OF THE SEIMAS FOR THE LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE EU COUNCIL

 

LITHUANIA WILL TAKE INTENSIVE EFFORT TO ADDRESS COMPLEX EUROPEAN MATTERS DURING ITS PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU

 

Lithuania’s intensive effort will be needed during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second semester of 2013 to address the matters of importance to the whole European Union. This calls for concerted cooperation among the Seimas, the Government, the President, the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU and other institutions. There are plans to adopt over 200 EU legal acts in various fields under the Lithuanian Presidency. Quantity-wise, in the history of the EU, this accounts for the biggest number of legal acts to be adopted by a single Member State during its Presidency.

These were the main emphasis placed by Gediminas Kirkilas, Chairman of the Seimas Committee on European Affairs, at the 3 January 2013 meeting with Raimundas Karoblis, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU, Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU, and Tomas Gulbinas, Director of the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

SMART JOB-FRIENDLY GROWTH AMONG THE MAIN PRIORITIES OF THE IRISH PRESIDENCY

 

 

 

Ireland celebrates forty years in the European Union in 2013. Ireland will hold the EU Presidency for the seventh time. The country has a reputation of efficient, impartial and cost-effective Presidency. This time Ireland will try to bring Europe back on track in the context of economic and financial crisis. Smart, job-friendly growth is one of the main priorities of the Irish Presidency. In order to ensure growth, EU Digital Single Market, development of research and innovation will be prioritised and youth unemployment issues will be addressed. Ireland highly appreciates Lithuania’s partnership in the EU Presidency trio.

 

Philomena Murnaghan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to Lithuania, stressed these points on 16 January at the meeting of the Seimas Committee on European Affairs when she presented the Irish Presidency Policy Programme “For Stability, Jobs and Growth”. The Irish Presidency officially started on 9 January in Dublin. Lithuania and Greece started cooperation in the EU Council Presidency trio alongside Ireland and will take over the EU presidency in July and January next year respectively. 

 

 

 

 

GEDIMINAS KIRKILAS, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, ATTENDED THE MEETING OF THE CHAIRPERSONS OF EU AFFAIRS COMMITTEES IN DUBLIN

 

Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs Gediminas Kirkilas participated in the meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC (Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs), held in Dublin on 27–28 January 2013. The meeting emphasised a greater role of national Parliaments and Committees on European Affairs in adopting EU decisions. The meeting in Dublin was also attended by Loreta Raulinaitytė, Director of the Communications Department and EU-Presidency Coordinator, and Renata Lygienė, Head of the Office, Committee on European Affairs from the Office of the Seimas.

 

 

  PARLIAMENTARY BUSSINES

 

CONSTRUCTION OF AN LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS TERMINAL WILL REINFORCE THE COOPERATION BETWEEN LITHUANIA AND NORWAY

 

The construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Lithuania, involving a Norwegian company, will strengthen bilateral energy cooperation between the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Lithuania and will be beneficial for both countries. Norway’s assistance to Lithuania will be further continued, with most of the funds to be allocated for environment protection, preservation of cultural and natural heritage, and promotion of diversity in arts. This was noted on 9 January 2013 at the meeting of Gediminas Kirkilas, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, and Leif Arne Ulland, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Lithuania.

 

 

2013 ANNOUNCED THE YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE VILNIUS GHETTO

 

The Seimas with 69 votes for and 6 abstentions has adopted the Resolution on 2013 as the Year of Remembrance of the Vilnius Ghetto. Bearing in mind that September 2013 marks 70 years since the liquidation of the Vilnius ghetto by the Nazis the Seimas by adopting the resolution aims to commemorate this day painful both for the state and its people and resolves that 2013 is the Year of Remembrance of the Vilnius Ghetto.

 

  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

 

VYDAS GEDVILAS, SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS, “LITHUANIA SUPPORTS GEORGIA’S PURSUIT OF EURO-ATLANTIC INTEGRATION”

 

 

 

Maia Panjikidze, Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs during her official visit paid to Lithuania met Vydas Gedvilas, Speaker of the Seimas. Gediminas Kirkilas, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, Benediktas Juodka, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Mantas Adomėnas, Deputy Chairman of the Seimas Inter-parliamentary Group for Relations with Georgia also took part in the meeting. 

 

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS WAS INVITED FOR A VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA

 

At the meeting with Vydas Gedvilas, Speaker of the Seimas, Paek Young-Sun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea first of all extended the invitation of the Korean Parliament to visit Korea in response to the visit of Park Hee-Tae, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, who visited Lithuania in the summer of 2011.  

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS, VYDAS GEDVILAS, SAYS, “WE WANT TO SEE THE FUTURE ALLIANCE STRONG AND VIABLE”

 

 

Speaker of the Seimas Vydas Gedvilas stressed at the meeting with the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, that the main goals of our country continue to be further enhancement of Lithuania’s membership of the EU and NATO, close transatlantic cooperation and good relations with the neighbouring countries. “We are proud to have been a member of the transatlantic community for almost a decade. We want to see the future Alliance strong and viable and to take every effort to contribute to it”. 

 

 

 

 

LATVIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION EXPRESSED INTEREST IN REGULATION OF BROADCASTING ACTIVITIES DURING THEIR VISIT IN LITHUANIA

 

“Lithuania is highly advanced in terms of information technology, therefore we admire your progress in legislative regulation of broadcasting activities and seek for cooperation in the area”, said Inara Murniecė, Chair of the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia at the meeting with representatives of the Seimas Committee on the Development of Information Society. 

 

 

  EVENTS, ANNIVERSARIES

COMMEMORATION OF THE DAY OF THE DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM 2013

SPEECH BY MR VYDAS GEDVILAS, SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS, AT THE SOLEMN SITTING TO COMMEMORATE THE DAY OF THE DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM 13 JANUARY 2013

 

 

 

It is a tradition to assemble here on 13 January. We have assembled here today to recall the bloody events of 13 January 1991 and reconsider their place in and importance for our past, present and future.

Every year, as we commemorate the Day of the Defenders of Freedom, most of our hearts still keep vivid memories and remember bloodcurdling shootings, ferocious moments and long hours and days of uncertainty.

The 13th of January was not only an attempt to kill Lithuania’s independence, but also to impede the aspirations and wishes of freedom-oriented nations to build an independent life, regain their freedom and independence.

 

 

 

COMMEMORATION OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

 

The 30th anniversary of the European Parliament Resolution of 13 January 1983 on the situation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was marked in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania at the solemn commemoration dedicated to the 22nd anniversary of January 13 events and the Day of the Defenders of Freedom.

“Today we mark the 30th anniversary of this crucial political document signifying our difficult road towards independence. The 1983 Resolution of the European Parliament suggested the issue of the Baltic States to be submitted to the Decolonisation Subcommittee of the UN and encouraged the situation of these nations to be considered at all conferences addressing the implementation of the Helsinki Final Act,” Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the Seimas, said during the solemn commemoration.

 

 

FREEDOM PRIZE AWARDED TO ANTANAS TERLECKAS

 

 

 

At the solemn commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the 13th of January and the Day of the Defenders of Freedom held in the Seimas, Antanas Terleckas, a political prisoner, one of the most ardent participants in the resistance to the Soviet occupation, a human rights activist and founder of the underground organisation the Lithuanian Freedom League, was awarded the Freedom Prize 2012. 

Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the Seimas, Chairman of the Freedom Prize Commission, in his introduction of the winner, stressed that Terleckas’ comrades-in-arms described him as a tireless, sturdy, unyielding, and, as he characterised himself, “unoccupied” fighter for the uncompromised principles of freedom and independence.

 

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS PAID TRIBUTE TO PARTICIPANTS OF THE KLAIPĖDA REVOLT

 

As Lithuania marks the 90th anniversary of the Klaipėda Region incorporation in the Republic of Lithuania, the Speaker of the Seimas Vydas Gedvilas paid a visit to Klaipėda on 15 January 2013 and took part in the events to commemorate the anniversary. 

 

 

 


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