Second Congress of the Lithuanian Rural Communities’ Union, Kaunas, March 16, 2007
The Second Congress of the Lithuanian Rural Communities’ Union took place in Kaunas on March 16, 2007. It was attended by nearly 300 representatives of rural community organisations from all over Lithuania.
"Photo from the archives of the Lithuanian Chamber of Agriculture"
In the beginning of the meeting, new communities who had recently joined the Union were formally received and handed their certificates. One of the newly accepted communities made a brief presentation of folk singing. Then there were short speeches of the invited guests, including the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Kazimiera Prunskiene, the head of the Agricultural Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament, Mr Viktoras Rinkevicius, Mr Bronius Markauskas, the president of the Chamber of Agriculture, and PREPARE Coordinator, Ms Urszula Budzich-Szukala. All the speakers stressed the significance of the Union’s activities and the willingness to support them. Mrs Prunskiene also participated in handing in awards to community leaders and announced her intention to provide 6 million litas (over 1.7 million EUR) to support the Union’s projects.
The programme of the meeting also included elections of the Union’s Chair and Vice-Chair. The office of Chairperson was held by Guoda Burokiene, who also represents the Lithuanian Rural Communities’ Union in the PREPARE Organising Group. During the Congress, Guoda was re-elected as Chairperson, to much applause. The Vice-Chair, Mr Alvydas Grigaliunas, was also re-elected.
The final part of the meeting was a discussion about the current situation and problems of Lithuanian rural areas, which ended in a joint declaration of all participants.