Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in the 2nd half of 2013

Our Team

The Cultural Affairs Committee will be chaired by Ms. Vida Gražienė, Attaché for Culture at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU.

The Audiovisual Working Party will be chaired by Mr. Laimonas Ubavičius, Attaché for Media, Audiovisual policy and Copyright at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU.

The Intellectual Property (Copyright) Working Party will be chaired by Ms. Nijolė Matulevičienė, Head of the Copyright Division at the Ministry of Culture.

In the period July-December, 2013, each working group will organise 5-6 meetings.
 

Our Affairs

During the Presidency of the Council of the European Union Lithuania will work on the following issues in the field of culture and audiovisual policy:

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU, which aims to establish the new framework programme “Creative Europe” for 2014-2020;

Regulation of the Council of the EU, which aims to establish the new programme “Europe for Citizens” for 2014-2020;

Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU on establishing the new Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for 2020-2033;

Council Directive 93/7/EEC on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State (general approach);

Council Conclusions on media freedom and pluralism in the digital environment (non-legislative)

Green Paper: Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values (policy debate)

Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS), Council Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Audiovisual, 26 November 2013

Lithuania will focus on the following issues regarding intellectual property (Copyright):

Directive of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the administration of collective intellectual property rights and multi-territory music licensing;

Coordination of intellectual property rights issues at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
 

Informal meetings and expert conferences in Vilnius

Informal Meeting of the Ministers of Culture and Audiovisual Affairs, 1-2 October 2013

Presidency conference on cultural policy – Ready for Tomorrow? Culture as an Agent for Social and Economic Transformation, 1-2 October 2013 (organized by the Ministry of Culture). The conference aims to discuss the role of culture in meeting current social and economic challenges, the need for policy change, the corresponding public investment and evidence both to support the case for culture and measure the effectiveness of policy in the European Union.

Presidency conference on cultural heritage policy – Cultural Heritage and the EU-2020 strategy – towards an EU-integrated approach, 13-14 November 2013 (organised by the Department of Cultural Heritage). The aim of the Conference is to underline the transversal dimension of cultural heritage and to take into account cultural heritage in the decision making process of other sectors (such as environment, agriculture, and cohesion) by answering the question how the specific objectives of cultural heritage policy can be achieved by using cultural heritage as a resource for promoting other EU-policy objectives.

Informal Discussion Session of the Council‘s Working party on Intellectual Property (Copyright) Challenges of Copyright Modernization Process, 7-8 October 2013  (organized by the Ministry of Culture). The aim of this session is to discuss issues related to the copyright reform, such as digitization of copyrighted content, creation of new licensing models and harmonization of exceptions or limitations on exclusive rights.

Meeting of Senior Officials of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, 16-17 October 2013 (organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture). The meeting will focus on the EU neighbourhood policy, exploring how common history and shared culture can become an asset for neighbourhood policies, how culture can contribute to political reforms and democratization.  Developing a strategic approach to culture in external relations and enhancing cooperation among the EU members in this field will be another focus of the meeting.

Informal Meeting of Cultural Contact Point Offices, 30 September-2 October 2013 (organised by the International Cultural Programme Centre). The meeting aims to evaluate current practices of coordination of the EU programme “Culture 2007-2013” and should provide an opportunity to start a discussion on the new upcoming “Creative Europe” programme.

Informal Meeting of “Europe for Citizens” Contact Points, 10-11 December 2013 (organised by the International Cultural Programme Centre). This meeting aims to serve as a constructive contribution towards improving the “Europe for Citizens 2007 - 2013” programme, its implementation, as well as to provide an opportunity to share practical information and disseminate information about the programme at national and international level.
 

Cultural Programme

CuLTure Programme 2013. Brussels / Ghent / Strasbourg. Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

CuLTure Programme 2013. Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

European Gardens: Presentation of the Lithuanian decoration of the Justus Lipsius building during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Photo gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/104569846@N07/sets/72157638613145934/

Opening ceremony in Vilnius. Musical composition "Sąšauka" (Link-up)

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