B E R E I C H E
Z I E L E
G A B R I E L E G Y L Y T E
My most important strategic goal is to contribute to the development of strong ally relations between Germany and Lithuania in all significant fields. To reach this goal, I work in several directions:
- Developing direct people-to-people relations between eminent leaders and famous persons of each country in the field of business, culture, education, politics or public relations;
- Contributing to the development of interrelations between separate regions of Lithuania and Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region and, as much as possible, other states of Germany;
- Initiating projects in Germany and Lithuania aimed at development of the relations between these two countries;
- Developing tripartite or multipartite collaborative projects through which Lithuanian and German representatives could contribute to further development and expansion of the European Union and NATO to the East.
T H E M E N
I am constantly looking for creative people in Germany and in Lithuania, whose mutual endeavor could offer some benefits for Lithuania, whereas in return, the Germans could find out more about the achievements, experience, politics and possibilities of Lithuania. I mostly focus on science and culture, trade, economics, self-government and non-governmental (public sector) organizations. I attempt to gather such individuals for a common activity, encourage them to unite into communities and work together both in Germany and Lithuania. This way, we can lay the foundation for further development on a regional, national or international level. The Lithuanian Vasario 16 Gymnasium near Frankfurt is the oldest and strongest Lithuanian community in the mainland Europe. The community was established by a generation of Lithuanian displaced persons (also known as God’s Little Birds) who were forced to flee their homeland during the war. This generation of Lithuanians was the beginning of the Lithuanian World Community and inspired many other present-time Lithuanian communities on a global scale. Introducing new projects and preserving our nationality within the Lithuanian communities in Frankfurt and other states of Germany are among my most important and highly motivating objectives. On its own terms, cultural cooperation projects enable people to take part in cultural life, reduce social exclusion, assist in shaping personalities, world-view, personal values and behavior, and relay traditions, knowledge and values, the recognition of which gives meaning to life.
The Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region takes on the highest portion of German economics and finance as all the biggest German and international companies have their agencies headquartered here. Foreign countries also tend to place their consulates general or honorary consuls in Frankfurt Rhine-Main. Lithuania has been placing its diplomatic, political, economic and cultural activities in Berlin, the capital city of Germany. However, the mutual relations of the two countries continue growing rapidly with each day. After closing down the Lithuanian embassy in Bonn, active and daily presence of Lithuania has significantly decreased in the states of Germany. Even though the potential of the southern states of Germany, and especially Frankfurt Rhine-Main, has been evolving without any deterrence, Lithuania is yet to fully to discover it. Hence, I strive to present Lithuania, its achievements and possibilities to Frankfurt Rhine-Main and to look for available new projects that could create connections between Lithuania or its separate regions and the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region.
I am a public figure, a pianist and a cultural manager. I plan a variety of cultural, political and economic events and discussions on relevant topics and cooperation between Lithuania and Germany aimed at initiating new projects in corresponding fields. I closely cooperate with Goethe University Frankfurt, European Central Bank in Frankfurt, embassies of Lithuania and other Baltic States in Berlin, International Piano Forum, Hessen Agentur and other foundations that have historically contributed to the development of the relations of Lithuania and Germany, such as political foundations, especially Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and also German Marshal Fund, Bertelsmann Foundation and many others. I endeavor to evolve parliamentary relations between the members of the Seimas of Lithuania, political parties and individual German politicians, political parties and regional headquarters.
Multipartite activities and widespread Europe
Acting as a Board member of the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany, I work hard to expand my activities to Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and other countries that strive to follow in the footsteps of Germany and Lithuania and apply the European Union model. To achieve my goals, I closely cooperate with the consulates and embassies, commercial or cultural associations of the said countries in Frankfurt. The experience of Lithuania entering the European Union is invaluable to these Eastern European countries. I aim to assist them as much as I can in Frankfurt Rhine-Main by liaising and uniting the representatives of these countries and the representatives and organizations of both Germany and Lithuania. Helping the German society to understand the goals of Lithuania and the Eastern European countries and initiating and introducing new forms of experience exchange that could connect both Lithuania and all other Eastern European countries following the example of Lithuania are of utmost importance. This would bring about a more effective way of introducing Lithuania as an expert of Eastern European matters and the key liaison in the southern states of Germany, where major German economic and financial players interested in Lithuania and the entire region of Eastern Europe are situated.
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