Connecting Europe: A Lithuanian Perspective     Print Email
Friday, 20 January 2012

On January 20, 2012, The European Institute held a breakfast discussion of the Roundtable on Transportation and Infrastructure in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania. The panelists, which included The Honorable Eligijus Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications for the Republic of Lithuania; François Rivasseau, Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union; Thomas Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ambassador Vytautas Nauduzas, Ambassador-at-Large, Special Envoy on Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania; and Dr. Eugenijus Gentvilas, Chief Executive Officer, Klaipeda State Seaport Authority discussed Lithuania’s concerted push to become a major European Transportation hub and the impact these infrastructure priorities are having on Europe's roadmap for a single european transport area as well as on the future of NATO's Northern Distribution Network.

 
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