How do you get young people engaged with politics when many of them have become disillusioned due to youth unemployment reaching record highs across Europe? The League of Young Voters wants to make a difference by making more information about the EP elections available to them and ensuring that political parties and candidates focus on the issues that matter to young people. The initiative was launched on 30 May as a part of European Youth Week this week.

On Thursday, with the traditional visit before the Presidency in the EU President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz came to Lithuania together with the heads of EP factions, including Martin Callanan, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

'During the spring session of the Lithuanian Seimas the EAPL managed to carry through some important initiatives: inter alia, get the approval of members for the legislative acts concerning the increasing of funding for local roads and for payments for the least-paid employees of budgetary institutions and the protection of the human life since the moment of conception,' the leader of the EAPL, Member of the European Parliament Valdemar Tomaševski has told at the beginning of the press conference in the Lithuanian Seimas.

Today the Lithuanian Seimas will hold the first reading of the draft law on the protection of prenatal life (the protection of unborn children) prepared by the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania. The EAPL managed to convince the members of other Seimas factions to become co-authors of the draft law. It is possible, that the draft will be supported by the Seimas at the first reading.

At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will make a state visit to Lithuania on May 27-29. During his visit in Lithuania, the Estonian President will be accompanied by First Lady Evelin Ilves.

European Parliament gave a lukewarm response to the European Commission's next steps for economic and monetary union on 23 May. Its resolution says full implementation of the governance rules already set up must take precedence over new proposals. It also says the Commission has not embedded enough democratic control into the new ideas and that tools are needed to help reforms and address social concerns.

Director General of the EC Home Affairs Directorate Stefano Manservisi after his two day visit to Lithuania expressed high estimation of the preparedness of the authorities as well as the expert level of the Ministry of the Interior for the upcoming Presidency of the EU Council.


President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending a European Council meeting in Brussels. At their meeting, the heads of state and government have outlined guidelines for the EU internal and external policies in the energy sector, with a key focus on building the EU's internal energy market and on external energy policy, and discussed tools to lower high prices of energy resources.



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