As Lithuania moves into the second millennium of its history, it is going through a difficult period in time. We are standing at a turning point where we can still decide - independently and knowingly - our own destiny.
Regrettably, we have to admit that today we are on a shadowy path of slowdown, confused by double morals, immoral politics, and distorted economics. It is a very dangerous path leading to spiritual and economic poverty.
I invite us all to take another direction, toward hope, honesty and integrity, justice, and the common good. I publicly commit myself to seek transparency in all areas of public life. This is the pivotal precondition and foundation for eliminating hypocrisy, releasing politics from oligarchic influences, restoring social and economic justice.
Our ultimate goal is a dignified, secure, respectable, and prosperous civil society.
The path that I invite you to follow is the path of transparency and truth.
Lithuania of Citizens for the Citizens of Lithuania
To build a civil Lituania, a state that is transparent and where people have confidence in themselves and in their country. To establish true democracy where the fate of the state is decided by the voting citizens, not the money of oligarch groups.
The citizens are true owners of the state. They maintain and control the government, while the government serves the citizens and is accountable to them.
Public interest is the only guiding principle for state institutions and the key measurement for all decisions.
Unconditional transparency of state institutions is a prerequisite for effective control of government. The openness of government decisions precludes oligarchic transactions and corrupt schemes, stops impunity and ensures the right of the citizens to know, to give their opinions and to make independent choices.
• Completing the lustration process will free us from the shadows of the past. It is the only way to disperse the atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion and to restore public confidence in society, state institutions and fellow citizens.
Secure Country without Violence and Fear
To build a state where the feeling of uncertainty, anxiety and fear is replaced by the feeling of security and trust. To live in your own country without fear, with pride and dignity is the unquestionable right of every person.
The state's first duty to its citizens is to provide security.
Full life with full security: physical, spiritual, economic, social, and environmental.
The highest standards of transparency and openness for institutions responsible for the security of the state and its citizens. The highest moral and professional standards for those officials who serve there.
• Institutions responsible for the security of the state and its citizens must be depoliticized. Their officials must be protected from undue interference by politicians and from oligarchic influence.
One State - One Justice for Each and All
To take immediate action and effect real changes to restore public confidence in courts, law enforcement institutions and operative investigative services. The state will be strong as long as the people believe in its justice.
Public interest is the only guideline for lawmakers. No law can elevate group interests above public welfare. If this happens, responsible persons have to be called to account. They must not escape liability.
The law serves as the only criteria for judging action or inaction. It must be applied equally to all. Declaratory equality of the citizens before the law must be made reality without exceptions.
• Transparency, visibility and openness are the core principles that will help revitalize the law enforcement system and restore public confidence in justice.
The State's Economic Goal is the Well-being of its People
The economic crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity. We have to mobilize our experience and wisdom and commit ourselves to a fundamental economic transformation. This is the only way to respond to the challenges of the economic downturn and lay solid foundations for economic development.
The objective of the state's economic activity: general public interest, the well-being of people, and economic security. Not a single economic decision may take effect unless its benefit to the people and the state is confirmed.
Transparency of economic decisions is the only way to restore justice in economic relations. Only openness can prevent corrupt transactions and protect honest business and consumers from oligarchic dictatorship.
Demonopolizing the economy is key to civilized economic relations. Fair competition is the answer to monopolistic greed and extortion prices.
The energy strategy review and restructuring of the system is a step towards consolidating the energy, economic and political independence of the state, and countering the impoverishment of consumers and monopolistic self-will.
Modernization of the economy and promotion of new technologies - sound investment in economic progress and competitiveness.
• Public financial management principles - stability, discipline, control, responsibility. Every single litas of the state must be invested to yield maximum benefit for the country. Every single litas spent must be accounted for. Liability for irresponsible use of funds is inevitable.
Social Solidarity - National Unity and Strength
Social justice and solidarity is the litmus of the morality and wisdom of society and the cornerstone of its strength. We must cherish this value as a guarantee of national survival.
Solidary society without outcasts. Social exclusion is a disgraceful flaw of society. The state must ensure social security for all.
Opportunity to earn a living for working age people. The state's priority is to facilitate job creation. People have the right to a secure and fairly paid job and well-being in their own country.
People who are unable to work and those who have deserved retirement by honest work must receive respectful support. Such support has to be targeted at those who need it the most.
Reliable health care is at the core of social solidarity. The greatest value of society is its people and their most precious asset, health. Therefore, even at a time of economic difficulty, efficient medical care must be guaranteed for all.
Accessible high quality education signifies public solidarity. Neither financial circumstances nor health problems can be an obstacle to education. Everyone has the right to education. It is the duty of the state to educate all.
• Solidary society: responsibility for the generations to come. Access to and the quality of education is the driving force for the country's progress. Environmental protection is a duty to future generations.
Foreign policy is a reflection of national goals and a tool to achieve them
Top foreign policy priority: representation of Lithuania's national interests. Restoring the balance is first necessity.
An honest foreign policy is the extension of domestic policy and a projection of public interests at international level. The energy of diplomacy must be streamlined toward a consistent representation of national interests in international organizations and the world.
Self-esteem, rational constructivism, dynamism, and respect are the cornerstones of foreign policy.
• Geographical and political balance is crucial for foreign policy based on modern democratic values. As we seek leadership in the East, we need to be more active, efficient and professional in the West. We have to find reliable partners within the European Union where decisions that are important for Lithuania are being made.