Head of the Lithuanian delegation speech @ Norwich 2013

Head of the Lithuanian delegation speech @ Norwich 2013

Mr./Madam President, Excellencies, members of the Model European Parliament, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, next year we are going to celebrate a decade being the member of the EU. However, being placed at the border of the EU sometimes Lithuania is still conceived as a Baltic tribe or at least terra incognito. Thus I will give you a few glimpses of the country and its people you are going to work with in the coming days.

First of all, Lithuanians are really keen on learning about other cultures and visiting foreign countries, which has resulted in one million Lithuanians scattered over the world in the last few years. Yet, we cannot realize why foreigners are not that much attracted by this country, except for the Scottish football fans, British bachelor party guys and Italian soldiers. However, we are going to fix the situation this fall with the International MEP session held in our capital city – Vilnius. We are looking forward to the opportunity to welcome you this November.

Lithuanians can be characterised by the following features: all business (in this case, resolutions) must be done before the basketball match, which is called our second religion. As for the weather conditions, we left Lithuania covered with snow and have had an ordinary winter with 20 degrees below zero. But that does not mean we keep penguins as pets. Penguins do not live in Lithuania, at least up till now. Finally, I’d like to assure you that our delegates are well-acquainted with internet and the use of electrical gadgets as (which may surprise some of you) Lithuania has the speediest internet all over the EU. And last, but not least tip: Lithuanians smile only when they are sincerely happy. So if you see one of us smiling it means we mean it. Our delegation can prove that if you look at them!

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