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European Economic Integration: Benefits and Challenges for Lithuania

I am very pleased to welcome you at the annual international scientific conference of Vytautas Magnus University. The reason for my excitement is not only for it is already the seventh conference, but also because it has a strong European dimension. It deals with innovations in economy and management, i.e. a topic that is of major importance not only for Lithuania, but also for the enlarged European Union and for the entire world. Europe and innovation. Today, the name of the old continent is not necessarily associated with the top leadership in research and development or new business practices on...

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Foreign Minister Handles Ratification Documents of EU Accession Treaty to Italian Ambassador

On 23 September, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Antanas Valionis handled the ratification documents of the EU Accession Treaty to Bernardo Uguccioni, Ambassador of the Italian Republic, currently holding presidency over the EU. According to the Minister, by this symbolic ceremony Lithuania enters the last stage of accession into the EU. During the ceremony, Minister Valionis thanked Italy and the other 14 EU member states, which had adopted the historic decision to enlarge the EU and backed up Lithuania’s candidature.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Participates in EU - US Meeting

On 26 September, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Antanas Valionis participated in the meeting of foreign ministers from the EU member states and candidate countries with US Secretary of State Colin Powell. The countries exchanged their opinions and proposals on the topical issues of international security, including the crises in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and their components. The chiefs of EU and US diplomacies also spoke about the European security strategy and the Cyprus issue.

Formal address of President of the Republic of Lithuania Rolandas Paksas

Pat Cox welcomed President Paksas of Lithuania to the European Parliament. President Cox stated that it was "a happy co-incidence" that President Paksas was addressing the House on the day when the Parliament would be debating the progress made by the candidate countries towards accession. He welcomed the remarkable progress that Lithuania had made towards accession and recalled that at one point Lithuania was not part of the "first-wave" of candidate countries for enlargement. Finally, President Cox welcomed the high turnout and the high "yes" vote in Lithuania's referenda for accession to the EU. President Paksas pointed out that he...