2013 European Year of Citizens Closing Conference

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DSCF7125Today the 2013 European Year of Citizens Closing Conference will start – “How to Make Every Year a Year for Citizens”. I will also take part in the conference. Below you can find the programme of the event taking place in Vilnius.

THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER 2013 BLOCK 1 “The role of Civil Society in European Democracy”

12:00 – 14:30
Arrival of participants: registration & lunch
14:30 – 15:00
Plenary session : “Taking stock of the 2013 European Year”
Chair: Ylva Tivéus, Director ‘Citizens’, Directorate General for Communication, European Commission
Welcome word: Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Opening speeches by:
– Ylva Tivéus
– Jean-Marc Roirant, chairman of EYCA – 2013 European Year of Citizens Alliance
– Andris Gobiņš, Rapporteur on the 2013 European Year of Citizens, European Economic and Social Committee
15:00 – 16:30 Parallel Session 1
The role and the future of civil society organisations in building our Europe
Chair: Sophie Beernaerts, Head of Unit, ‘Citizens programme’, Directorate General for Communication, European Commission
Panellists:
1. Elena Dalibot, Project Coordinator, European Alternatives
2. Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation
3. Oliver Henman, President of the Board of Directors, ENNA – The European Network of National Civil Society Associations –
4. Edgaras Leichteris, Director of the Knowledge Economy Forum, Lithuania
5. Elena Curtopassi – Steering Committee member of ELISAN – European Local Inclusion & Social action network, Social Affairs representative, Veneto Region Brussels Office
Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: Café Babel journalist

15:00 – 16:30 Parallel Session 2
Shaping Europe from the bottom up!
Chair: Andris Gobiņš, Member of European Economic and Social Committee, President of European Movement – Latvia
Panellists:
1. Olga Kurpisz , Policy Officer – Unit ‘General Institutional Issues’, Secretariat General, European Commission
2. Alessandro Giordani, Head of sector “Communication, information and networks”, European Commission Representation Office in Rome
3. Philippe Cayla, President of Euronews Development, France
4. Franco Uda – Coordinator of Youth activities, ARCI (Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana), Italy
5. Olga Jurkowska, Senior Communication Expert & EYC2013 National Contact Point in Poland, Department of Analysis and Public Communication, Ministry of Administration and Digitisation
Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: Café Babel journalist

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 17:30
Plenary session
Closing remarks by John Macdonald, Head of the 2013 European Year of Citizens Task Force, Directorate General for Communication, European Commission.
17:30 – 18:30
EYCA Plenary meeting

18:00 – 19:30 Cocktail dînatoire at Seimas
FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER 2013 OPENING SESSION
08:00 – 08:50
Arrival of participants & registration
8.50 – 09:30
Plenary session – Official Opening
Moderator: Gediminas Kirkilas, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Chair of the Committee on European Affairs (Lithuania)
Keynote speeches by:
Loreta Graužinienė, Speaker of the Seimas Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
Short documentary on the Hall of the Act of 11 March and speech by Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania- Reconstituent Seimas, Former Head of State of Lithuania.
Keynote speeches by:
– Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
– Emily O’ Reilly, European Ombudsman

09:30 – 09:35
Official handover of the EYCA Policy Document: “It’s about Us, it’s about Europe! Towards Democratic European Citizenship” to Vice President Viviane Reding by Jean-Marc Roirant, EYCA Chairman
09:35 – 10:35
Panel debate : Putting EYCA ‘s policy recommendations in perspective
Moderator: Vladimir Vasak, European affairs correspondent in Brussels for ARTE TV Channel
Panellists:
Antigoni Papadopoulou, Member of European Parliament (Socialists & Democrats/Cyprus)
Conny Reuter, Member of EYCA Steering Group & Co-Chair of the Liaison Group of the European Economic & Social Committee
Juozas Bernatonis, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania
Ylva Tivéus, Director, Citizens Directorate, Directorate General for Communication, European Commission 10:35 – 10:40 10-40 – 11:00 10:40 – 11:00 Family photo of all participants at the Kovo-11 Hall Press conference at the Parliament press conference room, with Commission representative, European Ombudsman, Lithuanian Minister of Justice, Chairman of EYCA Coffee break
BLOCK 2 “EU citizenship in action – How citizens can influence policy-making”
11:00 – 12:30 Parallel Session 3
Fostering EU citizens’ rights
11:00 – 12:30 Parallel Session 4
New ways for citizens to influence policymakers
Chair: Nathalie Stockwell, Co-ordinator of the EU Citizenship report 2013 – Unit, ‘Union citizenship and Free movement’, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission
Panellists:
1. John Kellock, Advisor on fundamental rights issues and policy , European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
2. Yulia Pererva, Head of Unit for Education for Democratic Citizenship & Human Rights, Council of Europe
3. Claus Larsen-Jensen, Director of FIC-Forum for International Cooperation, Denmark
4. Nuala Mole, Director, The AIRE Centre, United Kingdom
5. Lyra Jakulevičienė, Professor of International and European law at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius and National Reporter for Lithuania at the Observatory on Free Movement of Workers in Europe
Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: Café Babel journalist
Chair: Nicole Dewandre, Adviser for societal issues, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
Panellists:
1. Juhani Lemmik , Governance Adviser, Strategy Unit , Government Office of the Republic of Estonia
2. Anne Davidian, Head of Paris office, Evens Foundation, Belgium
3. Anna Triantafillou, Deputy Head of Innovation Lab, Athens Technology Centre, Greece
4. Josien Pieterse, Director of Netwerk Democratie, Platform for Democratic Innovation, The Netherlands
5. Gunta Anca, Vice-President of EDF-FEPH – European Disability Forum
Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: Café Babel journalist 12:30 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch 12.30 – 14.00 MARKET PLACE at the Parliament lobby 13.00 Guided Tour of the Seimas
BLOCK 3 “Participative and representative democracy: Two sides of a same coin”
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Session 5
Why wait to vote? Other ways to engage
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Session 6
Towards the 2014 European Elections
Chair: Professor Leonidas Donskis, Member of European Parliament, (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe/Lithuania)
Panellists:
1. Raquel Freire, co-Founder of the 12th of March movement and of the Citizenship Academy, Portugal
2. Katharina Nocun, former Political Secretary of Pirate Party and Privacy activist, Germany
3. Dr Jack Harrington, Project Team, Research Associate, The Open University, United Kingdom
4. Vytis Jurkonis, Director of Freedom House Office in Lithuania
5. Andrej Pevec, International programme coordinator, Foundation for partnership and civil society development of the Istrian Region, Croatia
Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: Café Babel journalist
Chair: Aleyda Hernandez Laviades – Policy Unit, Directorate General for Communication European Parliament
Panellists:
1. Diogo Pinto, Secretary General, EMI-European Movement International
2. Johanna Nyman, Board member, responsible for the ‘League of Young Voters’, of YFJ -European Youth Forum
3. Rada Boric, Vice-President of EWL- European Women’s Lobby and Kolia Bénié, Mentee from European Political Mentoring Network
4. Sérgio Aires, President of EAPN – European Anti-Poverty Network
5. Jean-Pierre Dubois, Honourary President – French League of Human Rights
Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: Café Babel journalist 15:30 – 16: 00 Coffee break –Launch of EIGE’s “Women and Men Inspiring Europe” Calendar 2014
16:00 – 16:05
16:05 – 17:00
Alexandrina Satnoianu, Project Manager “Women and Men Inspiring Europe”, EIGE- European Institute for Gender Equality
Plenary Closing session: The way forwards
Moderator: Vladimir Vasak, European affairs correspondent in Brussels for ARTE TV Channel
Reports by Café Babel journalists on the 6 parallel sessions (7’ max. each)
Closing remarks
– Sophie Beernaerts, Head of Unit “Citizens programme”, Directorate General for Communication, European Commission
– Vytautas Leškevičius ,Vice Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
17:00 – 18:30 Back to Hotels 18:30 – 19:00 Transfer from hotels to venue of social event 19: 00 – 21:00 Reception at the Grand Dukes’ Palace

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