In the second half of the year 2013 Lithuania held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the first time.

This article will shortly present the main activities of the Lithuanian National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Platform (NGDO Platform) and Lithuanian Development Education and Cooperation Network of Non-governmental Institutions (Association LITDEA) during period of the Lithuanian EU Presidency.

During a period of six months Lithuanian representatives chaired the processes of the creation of EU legislation and took a leading role in debates focusing on matters important for the whole Union.

The Presidency period also provided an opportunity for the EU citizens to express their views and participate in the decision-making processes. In this context matters concerning development cooperation and development education were been discussed.

The full article looks at three areas of interest: participation in shaping and implementing development cooperation policies, public awareness raising through education and out – reaching campaigns, member organizations’ capacities building.

 

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