The Prime Minister: investment in youth and its contacts is the most important investment in the future of Poland and Lithuania

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2012 11 06

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Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius welcomed the participants of the congress dedicated to five-year anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund, which is held these days in Warsaw. In his letter of congratulations, the Prime Minister underlined his conviction about investment in youth and its contacts being the most important investment in the future of Poland and Lithuania. The Congress was also addressed by the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who pointed out that such initiatives serve the best in terms of fostering friendly relations.

According to Prime Minister Kubilius, the signing of the Agreement on the Lithuanian-Polish Youth Exchange Foundation five years ago marked the opening of a new page in the bilateral relations.

“This was done, because we felt there was a great need for it – a need for young people to interact, collaborate, discover, understand, and finally – to strengthen our bilateral ties. (...) I am certain that noble aspirations and priorities of the Fund will continue benefit our youth and our states,” – said the Prime Minister in his letter of congratulations.

The Head of the Government also pointed out that due to Fund’s active work, numerous new contacts, friendships and organisation partnerships have been established, which is witnessed by more than 7 thousand young people from both countries who have taken part in various projects of the Fund during the period of 5 years.

Present and former chairmen and members of the Fund, project participants as well as officials from Lithuania and Poland are taking part in the congress of Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund, held in Poland. Participants of the congress unilaterally agreed that investment into the intercultural youth cooperation of both countries must continue.

Established in 2007, the Fund supports the implementation of ideas of young Lithuanians and Poles and provides financial support for youth exchanges, initiatives and seminars, trainings and other youth events. The main objective of the Fund is to promote friendly relations between the countries and to inspire young people to activities aiming at bridging the gap between the two nations.