Lithuania and the European UnionLithuanias Security PolicyLithuanias Economic PolicyLithuania in the Region and in the Wor...
Lithuania and the European UnionIntegration into the European Union.1 May 2004: Lithuania became an EU Member State along ...
Lithuania and the European Union8 May 2008 The Seimas ratified the Lisbon Agreement . On 13 December, 2007, the Treaty ofL...
Lithuania and the European Union                                    EU Sector PoliciesCo-ordination of EU affairs in Lithu...
Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies         EU Budget Review         In September 12, 2007 European Commiss...
Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies                                     Introduction of Euro     Membership...
Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies      Competitiveness    The strengthening of EU competitiveness is very...
Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies        Transport, Energy and Climate Change       Energy policy itself ...
Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies      Common Agriculture Policy       In 20th of November, 2007 the Euro...
Lithuanias Security PolicySecurity policy is primarily one of the constituents of Lithuanian foreign policy. However, thes...
Lithuanias Security PolicyLITHUANIAN MEMBERSHIP IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)LITHUANIAN CONTRIBUTION TO...
Lithuanias Economic PolicyLithuania’s Economy                                                            Proj ection 2011-...
Lithuanias Economic PolicyAs of 30 September 2011, cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) in Lithuania amounted to LTL...
Lithuanias Economic PolicyForeign Trade PolicyEU Trade Policy and LithuaniaThe EU pursues common external trade policy. In...
Lithuanias Economic PolicyCooperation with International Economic OrganizationsLithuanias membership in WTOThe Republic of...
Lithuanias Economic PolicyCOUNCIL OF BALTIC SEA STATESCouncil of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was founded on 6 March 1992 ...
Lithuania in the Region and in the           WorldRegional CooperationBaltic CouncilNB8 NB8Council of Baltic Sea States (C...
Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldLithuania and International OrganisationsEUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVE...
Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldLithuanias Priorities in International OrganisationsLithuania participates in the ...
Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldMembership of Lithuania in the Main International OrganizationsOrganiza           ...
21.   International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)                   06-07-199222.   International C...
Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldLithuanias Membership in and Candidacy to Elected UN Bodies and Specialized Agenci...
Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldUNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC)                                    ...
Lithuania in the Region and in the World    Bilateral Cooperation                                                         ...
Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldCENTRAL AND SOUTH EASTERN EUROPELITHUANIAS            cooperation          with AL...
Development Cooperation and Democracy PromotionLithuanian Development Cooperation PolicyLithuania’s promotion of developme...
Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion            Lithuanian Humanitarian AidLithuania is firmly committed to uph...
Development Cooperation and Democracy PromotionDiplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania
Bilateral TreatiesARGENTINAARMENIA                           GEORGIA             NORWAYALBANIA                           G...
Trilateral AgreementsBELARUS AND LATVIAAgreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Government of th...
Agreements with International Organizations•EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT•EUROPEAN COMMUNITY•EUROPEAN C...
Conventions•CONVENTIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE •GENEVA CONVENTIONS (CONCERNING WAR VICTIMS) •THE HAGUE CONFERENCE ON PRI...
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  1. 1. Lithuania and the European UnionLithuanias Security PolicyLithuanias Economic PolicyLithuania in the Region and in the WorldDevelopment Cooperation and DemocracyPromotion
  2. 2. Lithuania and the European UnionIntegration into the European Union.1 May 2004: Lithuania became an EU Member State along with the nine other states.The new Member States still have to fulfil additional requirements for the accession tothe Schengen area and the Euro zone.10-13 June 2004: First European Parliament elections in Lithuania.11 November 2004: The Seimas ratified the EU Constitution – the first Parliament todo so among the Member States.16 May 2006: The European Commission assessed, at the request of the Lithuanianauthorities, whether Lithuania was ready to adopt the euro, and concluded thatLithuania met all the convergence criteria except the one on inflation. The average rateof inflation was slightly above the reference value.21 December 2007Lithuania with other 8 countries, joined Schengen Area, at this day internal land andsea border control was abolished. Air border control removed in 31st. of March.8 May 2008The Seimas ratified the Lisbon Agreement.7 June 2009Second European Parliament elections in Lithuania, 12 MEPs were elected.
  3. 3. Lithuania and the European Union8 May 2008 The Seimas ratified the Lisbon Agreement . On 13 December, 2007, the Treaty ofLisbon, partially amending the Treaty of European Union (EU) and the Treaty establishing theEuropean Community, was signed by the heads of the EU member states and governments. Thenew document, which is shortly called just the Treaty of Lisbon, reflects Lithuania’s proposalsregarding the energy solidarity, equality among all countries, democratic and effective activities ofthe EU institutions.The text of the Treaty of Lisbon contains many elements of the Constitution, which, was signed bythe heads of the EU member states and governments on 29 October, 2004, after the negotiationsin a specially established Convention on the future of Europe and the EU IntergovernmentalConference. The Treaty had to come into force on 1 November, 2006. However, the electorate ofFrance and the Netherlands rejected this document and it was decided to discuss the directionsof the EU development in public more broadly.As compared to the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, the Treaty of Lisbon introducesnovelties that are mostly related to the changes in its structure or form: the text dropped theprovisions on the common EU symbols (such as the anthem, flag, motto, Europe Day), the titlesof the Treaty and individual posts were also changed. The Charter of Fundamental Rights is notintegrated into the text of the Treaty, although it is legally binding. The rule of EU law principle isset out not in the Treaty, but in the declaration annexed to the Treaty.The Treaty of Lisbon entered into force on 1 December 2009.
  4. 4. Lithuania and the European Union EU Sector PoliciesCo-ordination of EU affairs in LithuaniaEU deals with a wide range of issues, and draft EU legislation is often related to several spheres.Lithuania has to ensure fast and efficient cooperation among various state institutions in order to takeinto account the opinion and needs of all likely to be affected by the new legislation. Parliament(Seimas), the President, and the Government with its different ministries take part in the process.
  5. 5. Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies EU Budget Review In September 12, 2007 European Commission presented its communication “Reforming the budget, changing Europe“, which started a wide range public consultations on the future of EU budget. Interests of Lithuania: - The proper reform of Common Agriculture Policy and appropriate financing of newly evolving European Energy policy; - The financing of EU competitiveness through the promotion of investment in to research and development. - EU cohesion policy - oriented towards least developed member countries and regions; - Maintaining EU support for EU external border protection; Kaliningrad transit; Ignalina program. More attention towards EU neighborhood countries (especially Eastern neighbors), Common foreign and security policy, Development policy;
  6. 6. Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies Introduction of Euro Membership in the Euro zone is one of the main goals of Lithuania’s European Policy. Having in mind the benefits of Euro, Lithuania is seeking to become the member of Euro zone in the near future. The different prognosis states that a favourable period for introducing Euro starts in 2010. Currently, Lithuania meets all of the convergence criteria, except inflation criterion. Lithuania takes different actions in controlling inflation: in November 2007 the Law on fiscal discipline was adopted; in December 2007 the Mid-term strategy together with the concrete measures on control of inflation were adopted. Interests of Lithuania: - Strict fiscal policy, consistent with provisions of Stability and Growth Pact and ensuring macro economic stability and sustainable convergence of Lithuanian economy; - Implementation of Mid-term strategy on control of inflation; - Implementation of National Euro introduction plan; - Information of Lithuanian society on Euro introduction issues;
  7. 7. Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies Competitiveness The strengthening of EU competitiveness is very much connected with Lisbon strategy, which is directed towards creating conditions for EU to become the most competitive economy in the world in 2010. The main measures of strengthening Lithuanian competitiveness are provided in National Reform Program (NRP) adopted on November 2005. Starting from 2006 each autumn Lithuania prepares progress report on implementation of NRP. Based on this report European Commission makes a general report on Lisbon strategy implementation in EU and provides different recommendations to member states regarding further reforms. In the second half of 2008, a new Lisbon strategy implementation cycle is going to start, which will last until 2010. An important basis for competitive EU is an effective and fully integrated internal market. In November 20th 2007 European Commission presented its communication “A single market for 21st century Europe” and introduced a package of single market modernization initiatives. Their goals: taking better advantage of globalization, delivering more results for citizens, consumers and small and medium enterprises, fostering innovations, maintaining high standards in the social and environmental areas. Interests of Lithuania: - Increase of investments in R&D, in particular from private sector; develop innovations. - To finish the creation of effective and integrated internal market, paying additional attention to the implementation of the Services directive, networking industry and energy security. - Implement necessary reforms: higher education and health sectors. - The implementation of Services directive. - Reducing administrative burden for private sector.
  8. 8. Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies Transport, Energy and Climate Change Energy policy itself could not be seen separately from the climate change issues. The Spring European Council (2007) agreed on ambitious targets regarding the management of climate change: 20 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 1990; saving 20 % of the EUs energy consumption compared to projections for 2020; increasing the share of renewable energies to 20 % in overall EU energy consumption by 2020. European Commission on 23rd January 2008 has presented Energy – climate change package, which defines the main measures for achieving mentioned goals. Interests of Lithuania: - International partners should follow the EU example and also set the ambitious targets regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; The burden sharing of greenhouse gas reduction in EU (post 2012) between member states should be balanced by taking into account the level of country‘s development; growth rate and based on the specific national and regional circumstances. The commitments to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions should not distort the growth of catching-up economies Lithuania’s Approach Towards the European Union Climate Change and Energy Package
  9. 9. Lithuania and the European UnionEU Sector Policies Common Agriculture Policy In 20th of November, 2007 the European Commission unveiled its blueprint for streamlining and further modernising the European Unions Common Agricultural Policy. The so-called Health Check of the CAP will build on the approach which began with the 2003 reforms, improve the way the policy operates based on the experience gathered since 2003 and make it fit for the new challenges and opportunities in an EU of 27 Member States in 2007. The reforms have modernised the CAP, but the Health Check represents a perfect opportunity to take the policy review further. Communication is designed to kick off a wide-ranging six-month consultation. The Health Check constitutes a preparatory action within this framework, without prejudging the outcome of this review. It fine-tunes the 2003 reforms and contributes to the discussion on future priorities in the field of agriculture. Interests of Lithuania: Equal conditions for competitiveness in internal market to farmers from all member states. The review of market distorting intervention measures. The direct EU support should be addressed only to the people who are living from agriculture. Lithuania is against the payments to the “sofa farmers” who are only keeping the land in a good agrarian condition but not working it. Strengthening of Rural development.
  10. 10. Lithuanias Security PolicySecurity policy is primarily one of the constituents of Lithuanian foreign policy. However, thesecurity policy is a special part of the foreign policy – it is a condition and basis for otherpolicies.It is usually said that the Lithuanian security policy is Euro-Atlantic, based on the membershipof our country in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This is the main guarantee of oursecurity; however, the foreign security policy is much broader. Lithuania is also an activemember of the European Security and Defence Policy and Organisation for Security andCooperation in Europe;Lithuania has become a member of NATO and the European Union during the time when thesecurity system is changing fundamentally. This allows for active participation together withother allies in the process of defining and shaping new European security and defence policy.On the other hand, membership in the European and transatlantic organisations providesLithuanian security policy leverage and opportunities that we never had before.
  11. 11. Lithuanias Security PolicyLITHUANIAN MEMBERSHIP IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)LITHUANIAN CONTRIBUTION TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN SECURITY AND DEFENCE PLITHUANIAN ACTIVITIES IN THE ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATIONNUCLEAR AND CYBER SECURITY, FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISMIMPLEMENTATION OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 1325
  12. 12. Lithuanias Economic PolicyLithuania’s Economy Proj ection 2011- 2014 2011 Indicators 2012 2013 2014 Real GDP growth, pct. 5,8 3,4 3,8 - Annual inflation rate, pct. 4,1 3,4 3,5 3,5 Unemployment level, pct. 15,4 11,5 9,3 7,8 Balance on goods and services, pct. GDP - -2,0 -3,0 -2,7 Current account balance, pct. GDP (III quarter) 2,1 -1,8 - - Government sector balance, pct. GDP - -2,8 -1,8 - Government sector debt, pct. GDP - 37,9 37,1 -In 2011 the national GDP amounted to LTL 105,7 billion (EUR 30,6 billion) and, againstthe same period of 2010, increased by 11,3per cent. GDP per capita amounted to LTL32789 (EUR 9496). In 2010 the national GDP was LTL 95 billion (€ 27,5 billion), GDP percapita - LTL 28926 (EUR 8378).The increase in exports from Lithuania in 2011 was one of the fastest in the EuropeanUnion. In 2011 the exports of goods amounted toLTL 69,6 billion and, against the sameperiod of 2010, increased by 28,8 per cent. Most goods were exported to Russia, Latvia,Germany and Poland.In 2011 imports of goods amounted to LTL 78,2 billion and, against the same period of2010, increased by 28,2 per cent. Most goods were imported to Lithuania from Russia(32,8 per cent), Germany, Poland and Latvia.
  13. 13. Lithuanias Economic PolicyAs of 30 September 2011, cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) in Lithuania amounted to LTL37,1 billion (EUR 10,7 billion). FDI per capita amounted to LTL 11557 (EUR 3350) on average. Thelargest investment was made by Swedish, Polish, German, Dutch and Russian investors. CumulativeFDI in Lithuania from EU-27 countries amounted to LTL 27,9 billion (75,2per cent of total FDI), fromCIS countries – LTL 2,5 billion (6,7per cent).In 2011 national budget revenues amounted to LTL 19658,2 million (excluding budget revenues fromthe European Union and other foreign state funding). Budget revenues from EU and other foreignstate funding amounted to LTL 5838,5 million (1/5 of total budget revenues). In 2011 the EuropeanUnion funding comprised 5,5 per cent of the national GDP.•Major foreign investors in Lithuania:  Gazprom (Russia), Orlen (Poland), Thermo FisherScientific (Canada, molecular biology), Kesko (Finland, retailing), SEB (Sweden), IKEA (Sweden),Barclays Bank (United Kingdom), Stansefabrikken (Norway, metalworking), Adax (Norway, IT sector),Danske Bank (Denmark), Deutsche Post (Germany, transport and logistics), CSC (USA, IT sector).•As of 30 September 2011, Lithuanian cumulative direct investment abroad  amounted to LTL5487,4 million (EUR 1590 million) . Over III quarter 2011, they grew by LTL 62,7million  (EUR18,2 million).  The largest investment was made in the Netherlands, Latvia, Poland, Cyprus andRussia.•Against 2010, monthly gross (before taxes) earnings  in the whole economy grew by  2,7 percent and amounted to LTL 2042,net (after taxes) earnings  – grew by  2,5 per cent andamounted to LTL 1592. Yet real earnings dropped by  1,5 per cent , which means that the pricelevel in 2011 grew faster than earnings.•Based on provisional data, in 2011 Lithuania was visited by  1,75 million tourists , which isby 20,3 per cent  more than in the same period of 2010. That is the largest amount of tourists afterLithuania has joined the Schengen Area.          External Economic Relations Department
  14. 14. Lithuanias Economic PolicyForeign Trade PolicyEU Trade Policy and LithuaniaThe EU pursues common external trade policy. In other words, where external trade,including WTO matters, is concerned, the EU acts as one single actor. The EuropeanCommission negotiates trade agreements and represents the European interests onbehalf of the Unions 27 Member States. Lithuania, having joined the European Union inthe year 2004, applies common EU external trade policy towards the third countries,and the latter apply the same trade regime to Lithuania as to the rest of the EuropeanUnion‘ s Member States. In the meantime, Lithuania trades with the other EU MemberStates according to the terms of internal market.Today, the most important issues of the EU trade policy for Lithuania are negotiationson preferential trade agreements, GSP, trade defence instruments, DohaDevelopment Agenda, autonomous duty suspensions.
  15. 15. Lithuanias Economic PolicyCooperation with International Economic OrganizationsLithuanias membership in WTOThe Republic of Lithuania became a full-fledged member of the WTO on May 31, 2001. on 24 thFebruary 2011, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to WTO Ambassadorus AlbinasZananavičius was elected as Chairman of the WTO Budget, Finance and Administration Committee forthe one-year-period.Lithuanias Aspiration for Membership in the OECDMembership in the OECD is one of the strategic Lithuanian foreign economic policy goals. CurrentlyLithuania is a full participant in:OECD Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED);OECD Scheme for Cereals;OECD Scheme for Crucifer Seed and other Oil or Fiber Species.Lithuania is granted an observer status in:Competition Committee;Nuclear Law Committee (Ad hoc observer status);Committee on Investment and Multinational Enterprises (CIME) Working Party on the OECDDeclaration on International Investment and Multinational EnterprisesInvestment Committee (on ad hoc basis).
  16. 16. Lithuanias Economic PolicyCOUNCIL OF BALTIC SEA STATESCouncil of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was founded on 6 March 1992 in Copenhagen whenunder the leadership of Denmark and Germany foreign ministers of the 10 Baltic Sea states andrepresentatives of European Commission decided to develop the new forms of partnership and co-operation in the Baltic sea region. Regional co-operation in the CBSS became more intensive 3working groups were founded – Working Group on Economic Co-operation (WGEC), WorkingGroup for Assistance to Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (WGDI) and Working Group forNuclear Safety (WGNS).Lithuania considers the CBSS as meaningful regional forum which could help to achieve importantgoals:Cross – border co-operation fostering, more active involvement of Russian Federation’s into theregional co-operation;Development of infrastructural transport, energy, environmental projects. External EconomicRelations Department
  17. 17. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldRegional CooperationBaltic CouncilNB8 NB8Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS)Nordic Council of Ministerse-PINE initiative (“Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe”, 8+1)Intergovernmental cooperation of the Baltic and the Benelux countries NB8 NB8
  18. 18. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldLithuania and International OrganisationsEUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENTEUROPEAN COMMISSIONEUROPEAN COMMUNITY AGENCYEUROPEAN PARLIAMENTINTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATIONINTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATIONNORDIC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS‘NORDIC INVESTMENT BANKTHE WORLD BANKUNITED NATIONSWORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
  19. 19. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldLithuanias Priorities in International OrganisationsLithuania participates in the activities of approximately 60 organisations. It is active in globalorganisations, such as the UN and its bodies, specialised agencies and committees. In 2007Lithuania chaired the ECOSOC. Lithuania also has gained authority in a number of Europeanorganisations: the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (Lithuania is to chairOSCE in 2011) and the Council of Europe (CoE), as well as in regional organisations – the Council ofthe Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Baltic Council (BC) and the Nordic-Baltic 8 (NB8) – where Lithuaniais building its regional identity.Lithuania’s policy in international organisations (IOs), interests and achievementsAs regards Lithuania’s interests that it is pursuing in international organisations, they can begrouped into the following major levels:a. Global issues (reduction of poverty and illiteracy, the fight against terrorism, proliferation ofweapons of mass destruction, the AIDS epidemic and climate change).b. Regional issues (UNESCO World Heritage committee, UNECE Strategy for Education forSustainable Development, ight against illegal migration, AIDS and trafficking in human beings).c. Addressing issues of national concern through IOs.Lithuania’s presidency of the Economic And Social CouncilLithuania was elected as ECOSOC member for 2005-2007. Lithuania was elected Vice-President of theECOSOC for 2006. On 17 January 2007, Lithuania‘s Permanent Representative to the United NationsDalius Čekuolis was elected to chair the ECOSOC for a period of one year.
  20. 20. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldMembership of Lithuania in the Main International OrganizationsOrganiza Membershiption1. Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) 10-09-19912. United Nations (UN) 17-09-19913. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 27-09-19914. International Labour Organization (ILO) 04-10-19915. UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 07-10-19916. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 12-10-19917. International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) 21-10-19918. Interpol 04-11-19919. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) 09-11-199110. World Health Organization (WHO) 25-11-199111. International Standardization Organization (ISO) 01-01-199212. Universal Postal Union (UPU) 10-01-199213. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) 30-01-199214. Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) 05-03-199215. World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) 21-04-199216. International Monetary Fund (IMF) 29-04-199217. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 30-04-199218. World Customs Organization (WCO) 18-06-199219. European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) 02-07-199220. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 03-07-1992
  21. 21. 21. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) 06-07-199222. International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) 05-08-199223. International Financial Corporation (IFC) 15-01-199324. Council of Europe (COE) 14-05-199325. Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) 08-06-199326. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 18-11-199327. International Organization of Lega Metrology (OIML) 01-01-199428. Baltic Council of Ministers 13-06-199429. International Transport Forum (ITF) 27-12-199430. Euro-Asian Cooperation of National Metrology Institutions (COOMET) 01-01-199531. Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) 01-11-199532. International Organization for Migration (IOM) 28-11-199533. International Maritime Organization (IMO) 07-12-199534. Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 15-05-199835. Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) 07-02-200036. World Tourism Organisation (WTO) 12-05-200137. World Trade Organization (WTO) 31-05-200138. The Hague Conference on Private International Law 23-10-200139. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 01-04-200440. European Union (EU) 01-05-200441. European Cooperation in Legal Metrology (WELMEC) 01-05-200442. European Patent Office (EPO) 01-12-200443. European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) 07-11-200544. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) 31-05-200645. European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) 20-11-200646. International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) 01-01-200747. International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 01-03-2011
  22. 22. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldLithuanias Membership in and Candidacy to Elected UN Bodies and Specialized AgenciesMebership:Organization Term 1997 - 2001UNESCO Executive Board (EB) 2005 - 2009UNESCO Vice-president of the Executive Board 2007 - 2009UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) 2001 – 2005UNESCO World Heritage Committee (Lithuania presided the Committee in 2005-2006) 2003 - 2007UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries 2003 - 2007of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP)UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICSICH) 2007 - 2011UNESCO Committee of the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the 2005 - 2007Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 2007 – 2011 1991 - 2001UNESCO Executive Committee of the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia 2001 - 2003 2003 - 2005 2007 - 2009
  23. 23. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldUNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC) 2006 - 2009UNESCO International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB 2009 - 2013ICC)UNESCO Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations Programme 2011 - 2015(MOST)UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) 2007 - 2011UNESCO Headquarters Committee (Lithuanian ambassador to UNESCO Ina Marčiulionytė 2007 - 2011presided over it in 2007-2009)Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2005 - 2007President of the Economic and Social Council 2007 m.Commission on Situation of Women (CSW) 1999 – 2003Commission on Population and Development (CPD) 2002 – 2005Commission on Narcotics and Drugs (CND) 2008 - 2011Statistical Commission 2008 - 2011 1999 - 2005International Labour Organisation (ILO, Governing Body) 2008 - 2011 2011 – 2014World Health Organisation (WHO, Executive Board) 2000 – 2003World Meteorology Organisation (WMO, Executive Council) 2000 - 2003International Telecommunication Union Radio Broadcasting Board (ITU RBB) 2006 – 2010 2007 - 2008International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, Governors Board) 2008 - 2009Universal Postal Union (UPU, Administrative Council) 2009 - 2012United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN HABITAT) 1999 – 2002United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) 2005 - 2007UN Committee on the Rights of a Child (CRC) 2008 - 2011International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) 2012 - 2017
  24. 24. Lithuania in the Region and in the World Bilateral Cooperation WESTERN EUROPETATES AND NORTHERN EUROPE LITHUANIAS cooperation with ANDORRAAS cooperation with LATVIALITHUANIAS cooperation with ESTONIA LITHUANIAS cooperation with BELGIUMAS cooperation with SWEDEN LITHUANIAS cooperation with FRANCEAS cooperation with DENMARKLITHUANIAS cooperation with GERMANYAS cooperation with NORWAY LITHUANIA’S cooperation with the HOLY SEEAS cooperation with FINLAND LITHUANIA’S cooperation with IRELANDAS cooperation with ICELAND LITHUANIA’S cooperation with ITALY LITHUANIA’S cooperation with LIECHTENSTEIN LITHUANIA’S cooperation with LUXEMBOURG EASTERN EUROPE LITHUANIA’S cooperation with MALTA LITHUANIAS cooperation with the RUSSIAN FEDERATION LITHUANIA’S cooperation with MONACO LITHUANIA’S cooperation with the KALININGRAD REGION LITHUANIA’S cooperation with the NETHERLANDS LITHUANIAS cooperation with BELARUS LITHUANIA’S cooperation with the ORDER OF MALTA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with MOLDOVA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with PORTUGAL LITHUANIA’S cooperation with UKRAINE LITHUANIA’S cooperation with SAN MARINO LITHUANIA’S cooperation with SPAIN CENTRAL ASIA AND SOUTH CAUCASUS LITHUANIA’S cooperation with SWITZERLAND LITHUANIAS cooperation with ARMENIA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with the UNITED KINGDOM LITHUANIAS cooperation with AZERBAIJAN LITHUANIAS cooperation with GEORGIA LITHUANIAS cooperation with KAZAKHSTAN LITHUANIAS cooperation with KYRGYZSTAN LITHUANIAS cooperation with TAJIKISTAN LITHUANIAS cooperation with UZBEKISTAN
  25. 25. Lithuania in the Region and in the WorldCENTRAL AND SOUTH EASTERN EUROPELITHUANIAS cooperation with ALBANIA AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, ASIA AND PACIFICLITHUANIA’S cooperation with AUSTRIA AND MIDDLE EAST AFRICALITHUANIAS cooperation with BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA LITHUANIAS cooperation with EGYPTLITHUANIAS cooperation with BULGARIA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with IRANLITHUANIAS cooperation with ISRAELITHUANIAS cooperation with CROATIA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with JORDANLITHUANIAS cooperation with CYPRUS LITHUANIAS cooperation with KUWAITLITHUANIAS cooperation with the CZECH REPUBLIC LITHUANIA’S cooperation with LEBANONLITHUANIAS cooperation with GREECE LITHUANIA’S cooperation with LIBYALITHUANIAS cooperation with HUNGARY LITHUANIA’S cooperation with MOROCCOLITHUANIAS cooperation with KOSOVO LITHUANIA’S cooperation with OMANLITHUANIAS cooperation with MACEDONIALITHUANIAS cooperation with QATARLITHUANIAS cooperation with MONTENEGRO LITHUANIAS cooperation withSAUDI ARABIALITHUANIA’S cooperation with POLAND LITHUANIAS cooperation with SOUTH AFRICALITHUANIAS cooperation with ROMANIA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with SYRIALITHUANIAS cooperation with SERBIA LITHUANIAS cooperation with the UNITED ARAB EMIRATESLITHUANIAS cooperation with SLOVAKIALITHUANIA’S cooperation with SLOVENIALITHUANIAS cooperation with TURKEY ASIA AND PACIFIC LITHUANIA’S cooperation with AUSTRALIA LITHUANIAS cooperation with BANGLADESHTHE AMERICAS LITHUANIA’S cooperation with CHINALITHUANIA’S cooperation LITHUANIA’S cooperation with INDIALITHUANIA’S cooperation with JAPAN with CANADALITHUANIA’S cooperation LITHUANIA’S cooperation with MONGOLIA with LATIN AMERICA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with NEW ZEALANDLITHUANIA’S cooperation with the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LITHUANIA’S cooperation with SOUTH KOREALITHUANIAS cooperation with VIET
  26. 26. Development Cooperation and Democracy PromotionLithuanian Development Cooperation PolicyLithuania’s promotion of development and democracy is based mainly on areas where it has acomparative advantage, for instance, in creating the rule of law, enhancement of democracy, protectionof human rights, transition to the market economy and Euro-Atlantic integration, strengthening ofadministrative capacities and building civil society.According to the aforementioned Decision of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and itsobjective to contribute to security and stability in the region, the priority partner countries are thefollowing:                     Afghanistan Priority cooperation areas are: • Promotion of democracy   • Rule of law and human rights           Belarus • Economic development   • Euro-integration processes              Georgia • Administrative capacities building                 Moldova               Ukraine
  27. 27. Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Lithuanian Humanitarian AidLithuania is firmly committed to uphold and promote the fundamental humanitarian principles ofhumanity, neutrality and independence thus European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and theGood Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) Principles and Best Practice are guiding documents to takeaction. So far Lithuanian technical capacities for physical delivery of humanitarian aid and reliefoperations are rather limited.In order to deliver an effective and needs-based humanitarian aid, Lithuania is allocating financialresources which are spent using international implementation channels such as OCHA, UNICEF,WFP or ICRC. Alongside bilateral and multilateral assistance, Lithuania provides humanitarian aid tocountries that face natural disasters, military conflicts or damage caused by human action: 2004 - Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Sudan; 2005 - Pakistan, Georgia and South-East Asia; 2006 - Indonesia, Georgia and Lebanon; 2007 - Macedonia, Moldova; 2008 - China, Georgia, Myanmar; 2009 - Ukraine; 2010 - Afghanistan and Haiti.
  28. 28. Development Cooperation and Democracy PromotionDiplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania
  29. 29. Bilateral TreatiesARGENTINAARMENIA GEORGIA NORWAYALBANIA GERMANY PANAMAAUSTRALIA GREECE THE PHILIPPINESAUSTRIA THE HOLY SEE POLANDAZERBAIJAN HUNGARY PORTUGALBELARUS ICELAND ROMANIABELGIUM INDIA RUSSIABELGO-LUXEMBOURG ECONOMIC UNION IRELAND SERBIA AND MONTENEGROBENELUX ITALY SINGAPOREBRAZIL ISRAEL SLOVAKIABULGARIA JAPAN SLOVENIATHE CZECH REPUBLIC KAZAKHSTAN SPAINCANADA KYRGYZ REPUBLIC SWEDENCHILE KUWAIT SWITZERLANDCHINA REPUBLIC OF KOREA TUNISIACOLOMBIA LATVIA TURKEYCROATIA LUXEMBOURG UKRAINECUBA MALTA THE UNITED KINGDOMCYPRUS MEXICO URUGUAYDENMARK MACEDONIA THE USAEGYPT MOLDOVA UZBEKISTANESTONIA MONGOLIA VENEZUELAFINLAND THE NETHERLANDS VIETNAMFRANCE
  30. 30. Trilateral AgreementsBELARUS AND LATVIAAgreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Government of the Republic ofBelarus and the Government of the Republic of Latvia on the Procedure of the Marking of the Point ofIntersection of the National Borders.ESTONIA AND LATVIADeclaration on Concord and Cooperation by the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Latvia and theRepublic of Estonia (by this Declaration the Treaty on Concord and Cooperation and the resultingDeclaration signed by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Geneva on September 12, 1934 have beenrenewed).POLAND AND RUSSIAAgreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Government of the Republic ofPoland and the Government of the Russian Federation on Determination of a Common State BoundaryPoint.ESTONIA, SWEDEN, FINLANDAgreement between the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland the Kingdom of Swedenregarding the M/S Estonia .Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland theKingdom of Sweden regarding the M/S Estonia.
  31. 31. Agreements with International Organizations•EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT•EUROPEAN COMMUNITY•EUROPEAN COUNCIL•EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK  •EUROPEAN UNION•EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH (CERN)•INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY•MULTILATERAL INVESTMENT GUARANTEE AGENCY•NATO•NEFCO•NORDIC INVESTMENT BANK•OECD•UNITED NATIONS•WESTERN EUROPEAN UNION•WORLD BANK•WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
  32. 32. Conventions•CONVENTIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE •GENEVA CONVENTIONS (CONCERNING WAR VICTIMS) •THE HAGUE CONFERENCE ON PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW •CONVENTIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY •CONVENTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION•CONVENTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION•IMO CONVENTIONS•UNESCO CONVENTIONS •CONVENTIONS OF THE UNITED NATIONS•WIPO CONVENTIONS  © Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  33. 33. Supportive information: © Ministry of Foreign Affairs J. Tumo-Vaižganto str. 2, LT-01511 Vilnius, State Budgetary Institution. Datum on Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs are collected and stored by the Register of Legal Persons. Code 188613242. https://www.urm.lt/index.php?2917716251 By Lina Songailaitė, project “Mes pristatome Lietuvą” II grupė; Lecturer: doc. dr. R. Vilkonis (Informacinės technologijos). Dailės pedagogika Edukologijos fakultetas Šiaulių universitetas 2012
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