Sat Dec 14th, 2013 at 04:27:08 AM EST
Lithuania lives in the future they say around here – Lithuania always is one hour ahead of Brussels, and most of Europe. Perhaps that explains some of the ear-ringing - or it could be the manifesting after-effects of two days of seemingly nonstop conference.
The conception of a modern-day conference is nowadays in the need of some mental adjustments. Instead of a convergence of critical minds, the modern-day conference is actually a customary mating ritual, now such a common and experienced practice in the horribly unsexy circles of hobnob, that it can be a daunting and exhausting experience for the virginal and uncorrupted practitioner who is fresh on the scene.
Therefore, I'll stick to the three quick and dirty B's in this post: Book, Bloggers & Beer.
So this is what it was all about: The EYCA Policy Recommendations for improving EU citizenship. The document was presented on Thursday, officially put in the hands of Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Union, and is now living a sordid second life in the backs of dozens of suitcases of NGO representatives.
It took two years and over 60 NGO's, countless orgy's of conferences - but in the end at least you spawn... something. I invite anyone to have a look, ignore the daunting layer of unsexy innuendo the courting NGO's have smeared across the book and get to the gist. While about 60 percent of the recommendations can be summed up with 'Duh', I'd wager (even with this headache) that even ET's finest will find some sense in the remainder.
The real clincher of course is the eternal question: does this at all matter? Already I can reveal that I've unearthed an Answer but it will only be extensively disclosed in the longer report, which I hereby dub the three C's: Consternation, Cocktails & Concussions.
Some of this lot were already briefly introduced, and some more will be in the future review.
Clearly the Vilnius experience would not even be close to what it was, were it not for the wise decision of the Lithuanian ministry to fly in a diverse bunch of digitally active people and allow them to heckle the conference from the sidelines and apply little stingers now and then. We even got our own badge, and with no time formed a bright little community by our own rights.
What undoubtedly helped in this was the way we were chaperoned admirably and indefatigably by our charming Lithuanian hostesses. Although an unconfirmed rumour has also circulated that all of this was a ruse and that their charms and purposeful introduction to Lithuanian beers were nothing more than a set-up by the European Commission to incapacitate even the sharpest of bloggers. It might have worked. This is also unconfirmed and statistically irrelevant.
Because brevity is the soul of wit: the beers (and cheeses) in Lithuania are a gastronomical wonderland and there is a wide choice for sophisticated palates. That is all. This may, possibly and unaccountably, be the best discovery this ET representative had the pleasure to divulge for you. It was my pleasure.