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Invitation to Vilnius for the European Year of Citizens 2013 Closing Conference

Invitation to Vilnius for the European Year of Citizens 2013 Closing Conference

Paweł Rogaliński, Komisja Europejska, www.przegladdziennikarski.plSeveral days ago I got an invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania to take part in the European Year of Citizens 2013 Closing Conference. Below you can find the text of the letter and agenda of the conference:

 Dear Mr Paweł Rogaliński,

Lithuania has an honour to hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, the European Year of Citizens. The year was dedicated to raising awareness of the rights that EU citizenship entails, fostering civic engagement in the EU and encouraging the dialogue between all levels of government, civil society and business.
We kindly invite you to take part in the “European Year of Citizens 2013 Closing Conference” which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the 11th-14th December 2013.
This event will be an opportunity to gather citizens and policy makers of the EU for a dialogue on deeper citizens’ involvement in building our Europe.
Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union invites a blogger from each EU member state to take part in this event, to contribute to the discussions on civic engagement in policy process. It will also provide you with an opportunity to share your experiences with both – officials and active members of the civil society from other EU countries.
The conference will start in Vilnius in the afternoon of 12th December and will be concluded in the evening of 13th December. (…)
Please find the draft programme of the conference attached to this email.

Kind regards,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania




Venue: Seimas (Lithuanian National Parliament), Vilnius

Dates: Thursday, 12 December & Friday, 13 December

Title: “How to make every year a year for citizens!”



The role of Civil Society in European Democracy

12:00 – 14:30        Arrival of participants and registration

14:30 – 15:00        Plenary session : “Taking stock of the 2013 European Year

Welcome words by Lithuanian Presidency

Chair:  Ylva Tivéus, Director ‘Citizens’, DG Communication,

European Commission

Opening speeches (7 minutes each):

-Ylva Tivéus (European Commission)

– Jean-Marc Roirant, chairman of EYCA (France)

– Andris Gobiņš, European Economic and Social Committee,

Rapporteur on EYC2013 (Latvia)

15:00 – 16:30

15:00 – 16:30

Parallel Session 1

Parallel Session 2
The role and the future of civil society Shaping Europe from the bottom up!
organisations in building our Europe
Chair:  Sophie  Beernaerts,  Head  of  Unit, Chair:  Andris  Gobiņš,  Member  of  European
‘Citizens  programme’,  DG  Communication, Economic and Social Committee, President of
European Commission European Movement – Latvia
Panellists: Panellists:
1.  Niccolo Milanese, European Alternatives – 1. (tbc) … Unit  ‘General Institutional Issues’ ,
Citizens Pact (UK) Secretariat General, European Commission
2.  Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, (European Citizens Initiative-ECI)
CIVICUS (Australia) 2.  Alessandro Giordani, Head of sector
3.  Oliver Henman, President of the Board of “Communication, information and networks”,
Directors, The European Network of European Commission Representation
National Civil Society Associations –
Office in  Rome (Citizens’ Dialogues)
4.  Edgaras Leichteris, Knowledge Economy 3. Philippe Cayla, Euronews  Development –
ECI: “Let us vote” (France)
Forum (Lithuania)
5.  Elena Curtopassi – European Local 4.  Carla Scaramela – ARCI – Laboratories of
Inclusion & Social action network – European Democracy (Italy) (tbc)
ELISAN (tbc) 5. Olga Jurkowska or  Małgorzata Steiner,
EYC2013 National Contact Point (Poland)
Q&A with the audience Q&A with the audience
Rapporteur: (To be identified)
Rapporteur: (To be identified)
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 17:30 Plenary session
Collecting questions to be put to participants in panel debate of next morning
Closing remarks by John Macdonald, Head of the EYC2013 Task Force, DG
Communication, European Commission.
17:30 – 18:30 EYCA Plenary meeting
18:30 – 19:30 Cocktail dînatoire


08:00 – 08:50 Arrival of participants and registration
08.50 – 09.30 Plenary session – Official Opening
Moderator: Gediminas Kirkilas, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Chair of
the Committee on European Affairs
Keynote speeches by Lithuanian Dignitaries (names tbc) and Viviane Reding,
European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice,
Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
9.20 – 09:30 Sąjūdis movie “Lithuanian Road to Freedom” and speech by
Professor Vytautas Landsbergis, Chairman of the Supreme Council
of Lithuania – Reconstituent Seimas, Former Head of the State of
09:30 – 09:35 Official  handover  of  the  EYCA  Policy  Document  (title  tbc)  to  Vice
President Viviane Reding by Jean-Marc Roirant, EYCA Chairman – short
political statement
09:35 – 10:35 Panel debate : Putting EYCA ‘s policy recommendations in perspective
Moderator: Vladimir Vasak, ARTE TV Channel
Panellists: Antigoni Papadopoulou, MEP (CY/S&D) (Cyprus)
Mercedes Bresso, Vice-President of Committee of the
Regions (Italy)
Emily O’ Reilly, European Ombudsman (Ireland)
Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR/ EYCA (Germany)
Juozas Bernatonis, Minister of Justice of the Republic of
Ylva Tivéus, Director, Citizens Directorate, DG
Communication, European Commission
10:35 – 10:40 Family photo of all participants at the Kovo-11 Hall
10-40 – 11:00 Press conference at the Parliament press conference room, participating
Chairman  of  EYCA,  Commission  representative  and  Juozas  Bernatonis,
Minister of Justice – other VIPs from the Panel debate …
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break


 “EU citizenship in action How citizens can influence policy-making

11:00 – 12:30

11:00 – 12:30

Parallel Session 3

Parallel Session 4

Fostering EU citizens’ rights New ways for citizens to influence
Chair:  Chiara  Adamo,  Head  of  Unit,  ‘Union Chair: DG CNECT or Eurofound (tbc)
citizenship and Free movement’, DG Justice, Panellists:
European Commission
Panellists: 1.   …. E-participation in Estonia (Estonia)
1.  John Kellock, Advisor on fundamental 2.  Anne Davidian, Evens foundation, Head of
Paris office –  I am Europe
rights issues and policy , European
Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
3.  Anna Triantafillou – OurSpace (DG
(Integration Populism Discrimination)
CONNECT – CIP funded project) (Greece)
2.  Yulia Pererva, Head of Unit for (tbc)
Education for Democratic Citizenship  & 4.  Josien Pieterse – Netwerk Democratie
Human Rights, Council of Europe (eGoverment/social media project
3.  Claus Larsen-Jensen, Director of FIC Volgdewet.nl” )(The Netherlands)
(Forum for International Cooperation) 5.  Gunta Anca, Vice-President of European
(Denmark) – project “Real Democracy Disability Forum (Latvia)
Civil Society Europe”
4.   Nuola Mole, The AIRE Centre (UK)
5.  Assya Kavrakova – Head of board of Q&A with the audience
Directors – ECAS – “EU rights’ clinic”
Q&A with the audience Rapporteur: (To be identified)
Rapporteur:  (To be identified)
12:30 – 14:00

12.30 – 14.00

Buffet Lunch

MARKET PLACE at the Parliament lobby

13.00 Guided Tour of the Seimas


 “Participative and representative democracy: Two sides of a same coin

14:00 – 15:30 14:00 – 15:30
Parallel Session 5 Parallel Session 6
Why wait to vote? Other ways to engage Towards the 2014 European Elections
Chair:  Professor Leonidas Donskis, Member Chair:  Aleyda Hernandez  Laviades Policy
Unit, Directorate General for Communication
of European Parliament – ALDE/LT (tbc)
European Parliament
Panellists: Panellists:
1. Raquel Freire – From “Generação a 1. DiogoPinto,EuropeanMovement
International (Portugal)
rasca” (Precarious Generation) to
Citizenship Academy (Portugal) 2. Joana Nyman, European Youth Forum  –
2.  Jens Seipenbusch, Pirate Party ‘League of Young Voters’ project (Finland)
(Germany) 3.  European Political Mentoring Network
3. Professor  Engin Isin  –  The Open (European Women’s Lobby) Mentor MEP
University – ENACT, FP7 funded project & aspiring MEP Mentee from Diversity
(UK) 4.  Representative from ATD Quart Monde
4.  Freedom House in Lithuania (name tbc)
5.  Andrej Pevec – Foundation for 5. Jean-Pierre Dubois, Président d’Honneur-
Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (on the issue
Partnership and Civil development –
of residents) (France)
Active Communities for Europe (Croatia)
Q&A with the audience Q&A with the audience

Rapporteur: (To be identified)

15:30 – 16: 00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Plenary Closing session: The way forwards
Moderator: Vladimir Vasak
Reports from the 6 parallel sessions (7’ max. each)
Closing remarks
  • Sophie   Beernaerts,   Head   of   Unit   “Citizens   programme”,   DG
Communication, European Commission
  • Lithuanian Presidency
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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