Vice-Minister of Culture Regina Jaskelevičienė Participated in WIPO General Assemblies


2019 10 02


The General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have started in Geneva. A delegation from the Republic of Lithuania, consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the State Patent Bureau, and the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Lithuania in Geneva, attended the General Assemblies from 30 September until 2 October. The delegation was headed by the Vice-Minister of Culture Regina Jaskelevičienė.

At the General Assemblies, the vice-minister held a presentation and discussed the possibilities of bilateral cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and WIPO with the Director-General of WIPO Francis Gurry and the heads of other delegations.

Jaskelevičienė met with the Director of Department for Transition and Developed Countries Michal Svatner, who expressed delight in the improving cooperation between WIPO and Lithuania and the new projects and activities. WIPO is ready to support Lithuania with the knowledge of its experts, as the organisation has many members who are specialists of copyright law and copyright governance who can perform analysis of legal acts, train Lithuanian experts and market participants, prepare discussions, and join fact-finding and advisory missions. Svantner ensured the vice-minister of culture that an agreement with WIPO regarding the continuation of the cooperation project launched this year will be reached before the end of October. Jaskelevičienė also met with employees of WIPO secretariat who are responsible for the field of copyright and discussed specific cooperation activities in 2020-2021 for the improvement of copyright protection in Lithuania. She discussed implementation of the Marrakesh Agreement in Lithuania and issues of fair remuneration for copyright holders with WIPO Deputy Director General Sylvie Forbin responsible for the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector.

Lithuania joined WIPO in 1992. The WIPO General Assemblies are the highest management body of this organisation, in which the key issues of the organisation’s management, legislation, planning, and budget are solved. The agenda of the most important issues this year includes the approval of WIPO budget for 2020–2021 and the procedures of the election of WIPO Director-General, the issuing of mandates to WIPO committees, negotiations regarding the Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations, and matters related to the establishment of WIPO’s external offices.

More information about WIPO activities and the work of the General Assemblies.


Photo (left to right): The Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations Office in Geneva Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Director-General of WIPO Francis Gurry and Vice-Minister of Culture Regina Jaskelevičienė