International Diplomats’ and Experts’ Discussion on Europe’s Future

VMU Department of Regional studies of the Faculty of Political Science and diplomacy cordially invites to the round table international discussion “European Union after 2019 Parliamentary elections and the approval of the Commission: The New perspective”.

The diplomats and experts will discuss the new European perspective and directions in the context of Brexit and formation of the new Commission cabinet. Will Europe succeed in EU renewal? How will it look like the new European perspective without the United Kingdom? Does the increased number of euro-skeptical political forces in the European Parliament make an impact on EU decision making? What are the expectations of citizens in different EU member states and candidate countries?

The event took place on the 24th of February, 2020, at V. Putvinskis st. 23 – 311.

Participants of the round table discussion:

H.E. Mrs. Claire Lignières-Counathe, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France Republic to Lithuania;

Proffesor emeritus Mr. Alpo Rusi; served as Finland‘s ambassador to Switzerland and foreign affairs advisor to Finnish president M.Ahtisaari, also senior advisor of the UN General secretary and coordinator for Sarajevo summit (1999) and deputy coordinator of the Stability pact for Western Balkans (1999-2000);

Dr. Mladen S. Mrdalj, professor of international relations and comparative politics of Bosnia and Herzegovina International Burch university and Boston‘s „Northeastern University“;

Dr. Robertas Pogorelis, Press Officer of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania;

The moderator of the event dr. Sima Rakutienė is Associate professor of European studies and political science, Head of the Department of Regional studies of Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania.

The event is organized as part of the project „Representation of Lithuania‘s interests and citizens in the European Parliament“ results funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (project No. S-LIP-19-65).

Contacts for more information- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sima Rakutienė; el. paštas:

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