The European Institute for Gender Equality opens

On June 20th the official opening of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) took place in Vilnius, Lithuania."The European Institute for Gender Equality has been established to gather and concentrate expertise and to assist Europe in the promotion of real equality between women and men", says Director Virginija Langbakk. An open-air public concert at the main square of the city's Town Hall opened the two-day event. During the concert a competition inviting EU citizens to design the Institute's main logo was launched.

The conference “Equality between women and men, progress, challenges and best practices” took place the following day. Guests included high-level representatives from across the EU. Key conference speakers included European Commission Vice-President and Gender Equality Commissioner Viviane Reding, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskait? and Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) at the European Parliament Eva-Britt Svensson. Read more.