Foreign Minister: The European Union is not "their", but our home
On 1 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a solemn commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Lithuania's EU membership at S. Daukantas square. In his welcome speech, he recalled the recent celebration of the anniversary of Lithuania's NATO membership and emphasized that the choice of these two paths was a breakthrough in Lithuania's history, thinking, and destiny.
“Today we are leaders in global laser production and a regional center for life sciences. Lithuania also has one of the world's fastest internet connections. These achievements of Lithuania are highly appreciated by others. But all the achievements will make no sense, if every person does not benefit from their value. I believe that to be the case,” said the Foreign Minister.
Linkevičius also recalled Ukraine's struggle for pro-European direction, the people who were killed in Kyiv five years ago as they were waving EU flags: "The European Union also shares its values. Thus it is important to remember those who are still fighting for them today. We are more sensitive about that struggle, as we realize that values are not just words in slogans, but in our blood, and in our genes”.
Lithuania's Foreign Minister welcomed the fact that Lithuanians were among the biggest Euro-enthusiasts. He also wished the people of Lithuania to complement their trust with knowledge and to get even more energy and tools to improve our lives, as well as to defend European values and freedoms.
Lithuania became a member of the European Union on 1 May 2004.
Photos by Robertas Dačkus