The Municipalities Councils: What does it mean for a modern democracy?

The JKL invites to the annual Summer Academy on August 20-22, 2010 in Plunge district Lithuania.


The topic of this years JKL Summer Academy is "The Municipalities Councils: What does it mean for a modern democracy?". The aim of the event is to gather round the table mayors of the main Lithuanian cities, municipality councils, as well as high ranked politicians and JKL members from all Lithuanian constituencies in order to deepen the participant's knowledge about municipal elections proceedings, campaining as well as to present the audience mayor's functions at municipality council and debate the meaning of municipality councils to the modern democracy.


Friday, August 20, 2010

17.00Opening of the JKL Summer Academy

19.00Dinnerspeech “Mayor functions in Municipality Council”

Mr. Donatas Jankauskas, Minister of Social Security and Labour, former mayor of Kaunas district

Saturday, August 21, 2010

10.15JKL and municipal elections – SWOT analysis

Moderator - Mr. Jonas Ignatavičius, Member of JKL board

11.00Creative workshops:

  • “What to do to be elected” – short performances

Moderator - Ms. Uršulė Stonkutė, JKL Vice Chairperson

  • “Elections and internet – how to get more voters using modern communicating tools?

Discussion with representatives from Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT)

Moderator - Mr. Andrius Vyšniauskas, former JKL Chairman

13.00Lunch and Speeches:

“The importance of municipality council for all state political life”

Mr. Edmundas Pupinis, Lithuanian Parliament Member, former mayor of Utena district

“Youth in politics – the generation of new ideas”

Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, MEP, Member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defence (tbc)

15.00Working groups:

  • WG I – “Political campaign organizing during the elections of municipalities councils”

WG moderated by Mr. Kęstutis Gabšys, member of Klaipėda municipality Council

  • WG II – “TS-LKD and Youth”

WG moderated by Mr. Andrius Vyšniauskas, former Chairman of JKL

19.00Dinnerspeech “The story of success – from ordinary JKL member to Kaunas City mayor”

Mr. Andrius Kupčinskas, Mayor of Kaunas

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campsite “Beržynėlis“, Plunge district