Europe can only move forward with the support of Europeans. This is especially true given the difficult period we are currently going through. This is the view that we share at the European Economic and Social Committee. And it is the reason why we are at Lithuania’s side as it takes up the presidency of the European Union. Our aim to act as a mouthpiece for citizens in the European institutions, to voice their expectations, their needs, but also their ideas and their commitment. Faced with the crisis, commitment to a Europe which serves the public is a priority.