Linkevičius opens the high-level conference on the future of the EU
On 8 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius opened the international high-level conference ‘Quo vadis Europe?’.
“We are part of the EU and we are proud of it. We are among the greatest Euro-optimists, and this is not just based on the results of public opinion polling. When speaking of multi-speed Europe, we should feel encouraged to be more active and promote civil participation in the decision-making process, because our society is often poorly informed about what is going on and what new impacts can EU citizens expect on their daily lives due to the current challenges, such as migration, terrorism, Brexit, etc.,” said Linkevičius.
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, Ukraine, which fell victim to Russian aggression, today needs help and every assistance, including the implementation of reforms and the fight against corruption.
“Namely this support plan for long-term strategic investment is Europe’s plan for Ukraine. Our experience, the experience of whole Europe is very necessary for Ukraine. We need to react quickly, because time is not our ally,” said Linkevičius.
The high-level conference on the future of the EU ‘Quo vadis Europe?’ will focus on the most recent initiatives in the field of security and defence – the permanent structured cooperation and European Defence Fund, as well as strengthening resilience and mobilizing society in the context of modern threats.
Speeches will be given by the Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas, Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Albinas Zananavičius, officials from the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania, Estonian, French and Lithuanian Foreign Ministries and Ministries of National Defence, the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Lithuanian Defence and Security Industry Association, and representatives of the academic community.