Lithuania became a member of the United Nations on 18 September 1991, and is a signatory to a number of its organizations and other international agreements. It is also a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as NATO and its adjunct North Atlantic Coordinating Council. Lithuania gained membership in the World Trade Organization on 31 May 2001, and currently seeks membership in the OECD and other Western organizations.
Lithuania has established diplomatic relations with 149 countries.
In 2011, Lithuania hosted the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Ministerial Council Meeting. During the second half of 2013, Lithuania assumed the role of the presidency of the European Union.
The stamp is dedicated to Lithuania’s presidency of the European Union. Post of Lithuania, 2013.
Lithuania is also active in developing cooperation among northern European countries. It has been a member of the Baltic Council since its establishment in 1993. The Baltic Council, located in Tallinn, is a permanent organisation of international cooperation that operates through the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers.
Lithuania also cooperates with Nordic and the two other Baltic countries through the NB8 format. A similar format, NB6, unites Nordic and Baltic members of EU. NB6’s focus is to discuss and agree on positions before presenting them to the Council of the European Union and at the meetings of EU foreign affairs ministers.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was established in Copenhagen in 1992 as an informal regional political forum. Its main aim is to promote integration and to close contacts between the region’s countries. The members of CBSS are Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia, and the European Commission. Its observer states are Belarus, France, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine.
born in Vilnius on 1 March 1956. She studied at Vilnius Salomėja Nėris Secondary School.
In 1983, she graduated political economy from the then Leningrad University.
In 1988, she defended her thesis at Moscow Academy of Public Sciences and received doctoral degree in economics. In 1993, the Research Council of Lithuania granted her an academic degree of doctor of social sciences.
In 1992, she completed a special six-month program for senior executives at Georgetown University in Washington.
In 1983, she worked as scientific secretary at the society “Žinija” under the Academy of Sciences.
She was Head of the Agriculture Division at Vilnius High Party School in 1983-1984, and later, from 1985 to 1990 – a lecturer at the Department of Political Economy.
In August 1990-1991, she was scientific secretary at the Lithuanian Institute of Economics under the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Lithuania.