EESC contributed to strengthening anti-propaganda awareness among seniors
In October - December 2015, EESC, implementing promotion of seniors’ information literacy project supported by Lithuanian Culture Council, arranged 17 lectures for students of Third Age University (TAU) in different Lithuanian cities and towns. Main purpose of the project – to improve seniors’ ability of critical thinking, to recognize propaganda, improve immunity against disinformation, increase knowledge about modern information technologies, their usage and tendencies in media. During the lectures, authors of the project, together with visiting lecturers, introduced analytical material „How to recognize hostile information?” prepared by Eastern Europe Study Centre.
Presentation of analytical study “Economic Challenges of Ukraine and Moldova on the Way to the European Union”
On December 11, EESC together with the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs organize presentation of an analytical study “Economic Challenges of Ukraine and Moldova on the Way to the European Union”. The event will be held from from 9.00 am to 11.00 at the European Information Office of the Seimas (address: Gedimino pr. 53, Vilnius, III Palace of Seimas). Please see the event agenda here. The study will be presented by co-authors: Dovilė Šukytė, policy analyst, Eastern Europe Studies Centre, and Simonas Čepėnas, policy analyst. Introductory remarks will be given by Professor Benediktas Juodka, Chairman of the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs. Commentaries will be provided by experts and implementers of Lithuania’s accession to the EU, including former Prime Minister and current opposition leader of the Seimas Andrius Kubilius, ESTEP partner and director Klaudijus Maniokas, Vilnius University lecturer dr. Aušra Rauličkytė and Jonas Grinevičius, Director of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania (tbc).

Conference “Security Policy of Japan”

On October 22, the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania and EESC in corporation with Seimas held conference “Security Policy of Japan”. Among the speakers were H.E. Masafumi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan in charge of Public Diplomacy in Europe, Benediktas Juodka, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Konstantinas Andrijauskas, lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University.

Vilnius Democracy Forum: How to Deal with Kleptocracies?
On September 14-15 EESC together with the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, and Hudson Institute - and co-organizers - the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and the the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is hosted the first Vilnius Democracy Forum. Please see the agenda of the Vilnius Democracy Forum here, biographies of speakers here. The event was live streamed via Delfi TV, the records are available here. The Forum gathered the most prominent scholars and practitioners engaged in studying and supporting democratic processes in the Europe’s East. The keynote address was delivered by Professor Karen Dawisha, an author of well accepted book “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?”.

Training for Media on Development Cooperation

On 3 – 4 September, EESC  together with NGDO Platform organized training for journalists, attended by more than 25 national and regional media representatives. The training was led by the former BBC journalist Martin Atkin, also known for his work as communications manager in many non-governmental organizations, Greenpeace and Fairtrade. In addition, Executive Director of NGDO Platform Marta Čubajevaitė presented development cooperation as such, emphasizing Lithuania’s and its non-governmental organizations’ contribution to global poverty reduction policy.

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