On 1 May 2004 Lithuania became a full member of the European Union. The EU Accession Treaty on behalf of Lithuania was signed by the government representatives: Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas and Foreign Affairs Minister Antanas Valionis, President Rolandas Paksas was watching the ceremony.
Joining the EU
How the accession to the EU is beneficial for Lithuania?
You can study and travel freely in all EU countries. After joining the EU, Lithuanians can freely study abroad, cross the borders of the European Union and travel or stay in a country of an intergovernmental organization. It allows Lithuanians to study at the best European universities and upon return take jobs that require high qualifications. Currently, citizens of Lithuania can exercise freedom and move freely throughout the European Union by presenting a valid passport or identity card. There are no restrictions on traveling within the territory of the Schengen Member States.
You can work in all EU countries. The EU institutions offer an international career and many opportunities for Lithuanian citizens. Higher school graduates can apply for jobs in various areas. After joining the EU, employee mobility and continuous professional development are strongly encouraged. Migrant Lithuanians are offered language courses and various necessary training programs in the EU countries.
The EU takes care of the environment protection. There are some of the world’s most stringent environmental requirements in the European Union. Environmental policy helps to protect Lithuania’s wealth, encourages companies to strive to make the European Union and Lithuanian economies more environmentally friendly, protect health and well-being of the population. By the end of 2015 the emission of large combustion plants, such as power stations in Elektrėnai and Mažeikiai, had been gradually reduced to meet European Union standards. It is mandatory to constantly monitor if there are no dangerous substances in the rivers and seawater according to the European Union’s standards. Therefore, releasing hazardous substances into surface waters is prevent in Lithuania. Thus, the European Union helps to take care for and maintain the Lithuanian environment.
The EU provides financial support to Lithuania. Lithuania’s accession to the EU has improved country’s economic condition and business expansion. Various projects promoting Lithuanian economy in different fields have been launched.