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Annual Lithuanian-German Forum Conference

Lithuania and Germany: Europe 2022

Lithuanian-German Forum was established on October 4, 2005 by the initiative of Lithuanian Foreign Ministry to develop direct societal and personal links between eminent leaders and famous figures of each country in the fields of business, culture, education (dual vocational training), politics and public relations; to contribute to the cooperation between different regions of Lithuania and Germany; to initiate different projects in Germany and Lithuania, aimed at developing stronger relations between these two countries as well as the creation of the Wider Europe. Since 2017 LGF is one of the key organisers of the biggest international events in Lithuania – the annual President Valdas Adamkus conferences. In addition, since 2018 LGF convenes high level annual debates on Lithuanian-German relations. This is the third event of this kind and the first after the Covid pandemic.

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December 18, 2022


18:30 Welcome Reception

hosted by H.E. Amb. Matthias Sonn, German Ambassador to Lithuania

(venue: „La Boheme“ restaurant, Šv. Ignoto g. 4, Vilnius)


December 19, 2022

Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Constitution hall (Gedimino pr. 53)

Round table discussion: members of the Lithuanian-German Forum, journalists, politicians, diplomats, representatives of business and academic societies


8:30 Welcoming Statement by Ms. Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen (in person) Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania


8:40 Introductory remarks

Amb. Matthias Sonn – German Ambassador to Lithuania (in person)

Mr. Dainius Radzevičius – President of the Lithuanian-German Forum (in person)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herman von Stetten – President of the German-Lithuanian Forum (online)


9:00 “German leadership in the age of conflict with autocratic states” Keynote address:

Ms. Tjorven Bellman – Political Director, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (online)



Mr. Jonas Survila – Deputy Foreign Minister, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)

Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer – Member of the European Parliament, member of Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany (video address)

Mr. Thomas Erndl – Member of the German Bundestag, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee (in person)

Mr. Laurynas Kasčiūnas – Chair of National Security and Defence Committee, Lithuanian Seimas (in person) Ms. Sara Nanni – Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesperson for Security Policy for the Bündnis 90-Die Grünen (in person)


Mr. Roderich Kiesewetter – Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group (in person)

Ms. Dovilė Šakalienė – Member of the National Security and Defense Committee, Lithuanian Seimas (in person) Mr. Ulrich Lechte – Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs for the FDP parliamentary group (in person)

Mr. Sigitas Mitkus – Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania (in person)


Moderated by: Amb. Žygimantas Pavilionis – Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, International Secretary of Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, Founder of Lithuanian-German Forum (in person)


11:00 Coffee break


11:20 “Prospects for further economic cooperation” Keynote address:

Ms. Melanie Huml – The Minister of State for European and International Affairs of Bavaria (video-address)

Amb. Jovita Neliupšienė – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU (in person)



Mr. Kęstutis Masiulis – Chairman of the Group for interparliamentary relations with the Federal Republic of Germany, Lithuanian Seimas (in person)

Amb. Ramūnas Misiulis – Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany (in person)

Amb. Dietrich von Kyaw – Former German Ambassador to the European Union (tbc)

Mr. Vidmantas Janulevičius – President of Lithuanian Industrialists, Chairman of Global BOD group (in person) Mr. Adrian Stadnicki – Regional Director for Central Eastern Europe, The German Eastern Business Association (Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft) (online)

Ms. Audronė Gurinskienė – Head of Office Lithuania at the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (tbc)


Moderated by: Mr. Dominic Otto – Deputy CEO German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (in person)


13:00 Lithuanian-German Forum closing remarks by Amb. Žygimantas Pavilionis


13:30 Lunch

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