President Dalia Grybauskaitė opened Vilnius Innovation Forum 2013 "Innovation Drift" and awarded the winner of the business-science partnership competition. Vilnius Innovation Forum - the first such event taking place in Lithuania - is part of the official programme of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. This year the forum hosts around 600 guests from all over the world. Taking part in the forum are well-known innovation experts, business leaders, policy makers, and members of academic community.
On behalf of the Lithuanian people and on her own behalf, President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to King Juan Carlos I of Spain on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution - a symbol of statehood and freedom built on the ideals of democracy.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė congratulated on behalf of the Lithuanian people and on her own behalf President Sauli Niinistö of Finland on Independence Day. "I am very pleased that as Lithuania presides over the Council of the European Union, together we are successfully developing key projects in energy, economic growth, neighborhood policies, and other areas of importance to our nations, the region and the people of Europe," the President wrote in her message of congratulations.
On behalf of the Lithuanian people and on her own behalf, President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended sincere condolences to President Jacob Zuma on the passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa. The President underlined that Nelson Mandela was a world symbol of dedication and love for the ideals of freedom and equality. His loss was a huge loss not only to the Republic of South Africa, but also to the whole world.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with members of the Council of Presidents of the European business confederation BusinessEurope. The meeting which brought together representatives of major European industrial federations from 35 countries focused on ways to promote business development and economic growth in Europe, improve industrial competitiveness and intensify trade with third countries, in particular with the Unites States of America and Japan. The President answered questions about the economic and financial situation in the European Union, Eastern Partnership perspectives and other matters.
As Lithuania's Presidency of the EU Council is drawing to a close, President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with ambassadors of the 22 EU member states residing in our country. The meeting focused on the results of the Presidency, the work done, and top priority issues on the EU political agenda. The President underlined that Lithuania's EU Presidency is successful - about 80 percent of assumed tasks have already been implemented. Key outputs of the Presidency are political agreement on the EU budget for 2014-2020 reached after long negotiations with the European Parliament and the Eastern Partnership Summit held last week in Vilnius, she said.
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me welcome you in Vilnius. Needles to say how important this conference is to all of us. It is widely agreed that the main driver for growth in the EU is innovation. Europe needs to excel in innovation as never before. It is essential for our successful competition on the global stage, it is a guarantee of our better future. I am glad that Lithuania can be a host to such an important event.
Dear Colleagues, Last month's events, statements and decisions confirmed the political importance and strategic significance of the Vilnius Summit for Europe's future. Today we have initialed association agreements and confirmed that the Eastern Partnership is moving forward with practical deliverables.
Dear Colleagues, There are two things I want to stress before we begin this ceremony. First, in a moment we all will become witnesses to the fact that the Eastern Partnership is working. The Association Agreements we are going to initial with Moldova and Georgia, the Visa Facilitation Agreement with Azerbaijan, the Framework Participation Agreement with Georgia - all are tangible results of our hard efforts over the last few years. There have been ups and downs since Prague, but we can proudly say that today Europe has really become wider.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Since its establishment in the 1950s, the European Union has become a union of values ‒ and this basically differs the EU from any other economic or trade pact worldwide. The Europeans never question such things as human rights, free elections and free media, the rule of law and pluralistic society ‒ they are the fundamentals on which relations of people and cooperation of member states are based.
Dear Participants of the Conference, Welcome in Vilnius! Sciences play a key role in the understanding of the world we live in. Scientists contribute strongly to the economic and cultural development of nations and their welfare. Throughout long centuries women and science were regarded as incompatible. The academic establishment was convinced that science was just for men.