MEET WITH VILIUS NIKITINAS, PRESIDENT OF THE LITHUANIAN ASSOCIATION, HOST OF THE NEXT ECLA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Vilius is very proud to talk about his young Association, established in 2013, which joined ECLA in May 2014 during the ECLA General Assembly in Tallinn and host of the upcoming one on April 22.
B.I.T.A. counts at the moment 200 company lawyers and the association is growing slowly but constantly. From the president we understand B.I.T.A. is also very active in organizing events not only for their own members but also for external lawyers.
In order to improve the position of the company lawyers’ in his country, B.I.T.A made some legislative suggestions to the Lithuanian government on how to better regulate the profession of the company lawyer.
“Our association- explains Vilius - is a member of LVK, which is a ICC representative in Lithuania. This makes it possible for B.I.T.A. to get news from this old organization and through LVK make suggestions. We also cooperate with the academic community, especially with the Law Faculty of the Vilnius University. The Vilnius University is highly respected and valued for its historical roots and academics.
Vilius has a doctoral degree in social science, works as a lecturer at the Vilniaus University Law Faculty and he published a book named “Transport law”. In his business life Vilius works as a company lawyer for the “Lithuanian railways”. Vilius Nikitinas is a highly regarded Lithuanian railway representative in the European Union in Brussels.
On 31 March 2017 ECLA had its Annual General Assembly in Rome, where the national association AIGI acted as an excellent host. The agenda of the meeting contained its usual topics, such as the annual accounts, communication, etc. There was also an intensive discussion on the goals, aspirations and future of ECLA, for which the new President Jonathan Marsh earlier made an appeal to the national associations. The outcome of the discussions, which took place in workgroups, will form a solid basis for further discussions later in the year. Stephan Barthe (Spain) was elected as new secretary of the Executive Board. The topic of young lawyers in AIGI was presented by a young member of AIGI, followed by an interesting discussion.