GLL was invited to moderate a session during a conference organised by the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Vilnius on Wednesday 23 October 2013. The conference entitled ‘Lithuania in the Driving Seat of European Integration: a fresh look at Europe!’ took place at the Seimas, where GLL representative Kotryna Stankutė-Jaščemskienė were moderating session on ‘The Europe of tomorrow: consolidating sustainable growth and democracy’.

 Within the context of the first Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the objective of the conference on 23 October was multiple. Firstly, it examined how the Republic of Lithuania, its civil society and citizens perceive the European Union and the role of Lithuania within the EU. Secondly, delegates have exchanged views on the current and future opportunities and challenges facing the EU. Finally, sessions was dedicated to revisiting Lithuania’s expectations of EU membership and to examining the necessity for a social Europe and a Europe of citizens, notably in the wake of the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.