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2014-10-10
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The Third International Young Leaders Academy:

Youth Participation in Politics: Challenges and Opportunities

Vilnius, 13-15 October 2014

Venue: Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (Gedimino Ave. 53, Vilnius)

 

13 October (Monday)

14:30 – 15:00    Registration (at the entrance to the Constitution Hall, 3rd floor, Building 1)

15:00 – 16:00    Opening ceremony (Constitution Hall)

    Opening address by Viktorija BRAŽIŪNAITĖ, Chair of the Young Leaders Forum, Acting Secretary General, Parliamentary Forum for Democracy

Welcome addresses by:

•    Vydas GEDVILAS, First Deputy Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Signatory to the Act of Independence of Lithuania, President of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Donatas AUGULIS, Representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

•    Jake JONES, Director of the International Republican Institute Belarus office

•    Michael Padraic MURPHY, Resident Director of the Belarus Program of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

16:00 – 16:15    Family photo (Constitution Hall)

16:15 – 16:45    Lecture Politics as Professional Calling (Constitution Hall)

Speaker: Dr. Laurynas KASČIŪNAS, Lecturer, Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University


14 October (Tuesday)

9:00 – 9:30    Registration ( at the entrance to the Constitution Hall, 3rd floor, Building 1)

9:30 – 10:30    SESSION I (Constitution Hall)

In the first Session the participants will be introduced to the peculiarities of parliamentary work. The Academy will start from the presentations about the official work of the Parliament and highly important daily routine, which is often invisible: relations within political groups, coordination of work among political groups, the Office of the Parliament and parliamentary committees as well as relations with other state institutions. The presentations will focus on the practical aspects of parliamentary activities that may be known only to a long-term member of the Parliament or an Office staff member well familiar with the institution’s activity principles.

Speakers:

•    Jonas MILERIUS, Secretary General of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Mantvydas BEKEŠIUS, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, former Chief of the Secretariat of the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Arvydas ANUŠAUSKAS, Head of the Parliamentary Group For Historical Memory and Justice, Member of the Committee on National Security and Defence

•    Loreta RAULINAITYTĖ, Director of the Communications Department of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, former Coordinator of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

10:30 – 11:00    Questions and answers (Constitution Hall)

11:00 – 11:30    Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00    Group work of Session I

GROUP I

Venue: Constitution Hall, 3rd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Jolanta ANSKAITIENĖ, Head of the Public Information and Media Division, Department of Communications, Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania      

GROUP II

Venue: A. M Brazauskas Hall, 2nd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Selija Levin-JURGILIENĖ, Senior Specialist of the Protocol Unit, Department of International Relations, Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania    

GROUP III

Venue: Presidential Hall, 2nd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Diana F. MARTINEZ, former Chief of Information in the Communication and Press Office of the Parliamentary Group of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, Chambers of Deputies, Congress of the Union

13:00 – 14:00        Break

14:00 – 15:00    Guided tour of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

15:00 – 15:30    Presentation of Session I group work results (Constitution Hall)

15:30 – 16:30    SESSION II (Constitution Hall)

The second Session presenters will address the qualities required by a professional politician; they will look into the features that help to be successful in this field, the qualities that an individual is normally born with and the ones that need to be acquired and developed. The participants will also discuss such concepts as leadership, team work, oratory skills, management of crisis situations and other basic skills necessary for a politician. Special assignments for the development of these qualities and acquisition of the said skills will be carried out during group work sessions.

Speakers:

•    Audronius AŽUBALIS, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Gintaras STEPONAVIČIUS, Deputy Chair of the Liberal Movement Political Group, former Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Remigijus ŠIMAŠIUS, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, former Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Rokas ŽILINSKAS, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

16:30 – 17:00    Questions and answers (Constitution Hall)

17:00 – 17:30    Coffee Break

17:30 – 19:00    Group work of Session II

GROUP I

Venue: Constitution Hall, 3rd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Rokas ŽILINSKAS, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania                

GROUP II

Venue: A.M. Brazauskas Hall, 2nd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Liudas JURKONIS, Lecturer, Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University    

GROUP III

Venue: Presidential Hall, 2nd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Ieva DAVYDENKO, Desk Officer of the Liberals Movement Political Group

15 October (Wednesday)

10:00 – 11:00    Registration (at the entrance to the Constitution Hall, 3rd floor, Building 1)

11:00 – 11:30    Presentation of Session II group work results (Constitution Hall)

11:30 – 12:30    SESSION III (Constitution Hall)

In the last Session, which will be dedicated to encourage young leaders to pursue political career, Lithuanian politicians will be invited to share their experience whereas young Lithuanian politicians will be asked to tell their success stories to their peers and encourage by personal example the Academy participants to get more actively involved in political activities. During practical classes the participants will get acquainted with the process of running for parliament and try to work out plans of their political election campaign.

Speakers:

•    Dr. Paulius SAUDARGAS, Ph.D in Physics, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Environment Protection, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Juras POŽĖLA, Chair of the Commission for Youth and Sport Affairs, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

•    Indrė JAKAITYTĖ, Member of Vilnius Municipal Council

•    Monika NAVICKIENĖ, Secretary General of Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats

12:30 – 13:00    Questions and answers (Constitution Hall)

13:00 – 14:00    Break

14:00 – 15:30    Group work of Session III

GROUP I

Venue: Constitution Hall, 3rd floor, Building1

Moderated by Indrė JAKAITYTĖ, Member of Vilnius Municipal Council   

GROUP II

Venue: A.M. Brazauskas Hall, 2nd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Monika NAVICKIENĖ, Secretary General of Homeland Union –Lithuanian Christian Democrats    

GROUP III

Venue: Presidential Hall, 2nd floor, Building 1

Moderated by Julius PAGOJUS, Vice Minister of Justice of the Respublic of Lithuania

15:30 – 16:00    Coffee break

16:00 – 16:30     Presentation of Session II group work results (Constitution Hall)

16:30 – 17:30    Closing of the event (Constitution Hall)

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We are grateful to donors and partners of the event: our main donor is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania through the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme; the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University; the International Republican Institute; the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; Taipei Mission in Riga; the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy.

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