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LITHUANIAN PUBLIC OPINION AND THE EU MEMBERSHIP

 

 

Elena Dragomir

 

University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, E-mail: elena.dragomir@helsinki.fi

 

 

Abstract:

During the early 1990s, following the restoration of independence, Lithuania reoriented in terms of foreign policy towards West. One of the state’s main foreign policy goals became the accession to the EU and NATO. Acknowledging that the ‘opinion of the people’ is a crucial factor in today’s democracy as it is important and necessary for politicians to know and take into consideration the ‘public opinion’, that is the opinion of the people they represent, this paper brings into attention the public support for the political pro-West project. The paper is structured in two main parts. The first one presents in short the politicians’ discourse regarding Lithuania’s accession to the EU and its general ‘returning to Europe’, in the general context of the state’s new foreign policy, while the second part presents the results of different public opinion surveys regarding the same issue. Comparing these two sides, in the end, the paper provides the answer that the Lithuanian people backed the political elites in their European projects. Although, the paper does not represent a breakthrough for the scientific community, its findings could be of interest for those less familiarized with the Lithuanian post-Cold War history, and especially for the Romanian public to whom this journal mainly addresses. 

 

Rezumat:

În anii 1990, dupa restaurarea independentei de stat, politica externa a Lituaniei s-a reorientat spre Vest, unul dintre principalele obiective ale statului devenind aderarea la Uniunea Europena si la NATO. Pornind de la recunoasterea faptului ca „opinia publica” este un element crucial în democratia de astazi, caci este esential si necesar ca politicienii sa cunoasca „opinia publica” – adica opinia oamenilor pe care îi reprezinta – si sa actioneze în functie de ea, acest studiu aduce în atentie sprijinul pe care l-au acordat lituanienii proiectului politic pro-occidental. Articolul este structurat în doua parti. Cea dintâi prezinta succinct discursul politic cu privire la aderarea Lituaniei la Uniunea Europeana si la asa-numita „revenire a Lituaniei la Europa”, în contextul general oferit de noua politica externa a statului, iar  cea de-a doua parte prezinta rezultatele diferitelor sondaje de opinie pe acelasi subiect. Comparând aceste doua elemente, articolul arata ca lituanienii au sustinut proiectul politic pro-occidental. Desi lucrarea nu aduce elemente de noutate în discutia academica, rezultatele sale pot fi de interes pentru publicul nespecialist sau pentru cel mai putin familiarizat cu istoria recenta a Lituaniei.

 

Keywords: Lithuania, EU accession, public opinion, survey


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10.03.2016

INTENSIVE LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE SUMMER COURSE
Starting: in groups: from 1st to 13th of August. Individually courses are held all summer.
Duration of the course: The Course runs for 4-6 academic hours per day, with Language practice for 44 hours and Lithuanian history, literature and ethnology for 6 hours.
Languages of instruction: English, Russian, French, Italian, Lithuanian.
Place: in the center of Vilnius – Gediminas ave. 26.
Certification: students will receive a Lithuanian language Summer Course Certificate.
Separate groups for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are planned.
During the courses various cultural program are planned: excursions in Lithuania, degustation of traditional Lithuanian dishes, ethno cultural events, visiting some museums, creative workshops with famous Lithuanian artists.
More information: http://lingualit.lt/…/lithuani…/intensyvus-vasaros-kursai-1/
LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE SUMMER COURSE FOR CHILDREN
Time: 1-12 of August, in groups. All summer indivual courses takes place.
Starting: in group on August 1-12. Individual courses are held all summer.
Duration: 20 acad. hours (10 days, 2 acad. hours per day).
Explaining languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian.
Place: Gediminas ave. 26, Vilnius.
Certificate: at the end of the course every participant will get the LINGUA LITUANICA certificate.
Classes take place in small groups.
On Saturdays it is possible to go to excursions with parents.
More information: http://lingualit.lt/…/lithuanian-language…/kursai-vaikams-1/
Registration to the courses: you can register to the courses by the internet, email: info@lingualit.lt or directly coming to the institute Gediminas ave. 26, Vilnius.

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