Lithuania has been handed the reins of the EU’s rotating presidency at a ceremony in Vilnius.
Lithuania is the first former Soviet republic to take on the job.
The country of around 3 million will hold the post for the next six months.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite outlined the agenda from now until the end of the year:
“We will mobilise all members and institutions to strengthen Europe’s financial position, to put economies back on the path of growth , to create jobs for young people and make Europe’s openness our strength.”
A key target for the presidency will be to regain public trust in the project, which has taken a battering since the financial crisis hit.