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WASHINGTON –  The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) will hold its annual Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.  The Advocacy Day will include briefings, meetings with Members of Congress, an evening event on Capitol Hill, and a reception.

On Wednesday morning, beginning at 8:30 am, an informative briefing session will take place at the historic Stewart Mott House with presentations on issues of concern to the CEEC’s respective American communities:  Russian influence in Central and Eastern Europe; security concerns; the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago; appropriations programs in the region; Visa Waiver program; human/minority rights, genocide affirmation and historical accuracy; and exchange programs.

During the day-long event, participants in the Advocacy Day will meet with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and their staffs to discuss key policy issues on the topics outlined above.  Among the planned visits are with the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Central and East Europe, Congressmen Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).  The Caucus is committed to enhancing relations between the United States and Central and Eastern Europe.

After the Congressional meetings, participants are invited to attend an evening event sponsored by the Armenian Assembly of America to remember the Armenian genocide. The event will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building, and will include invited members of the House and Senate, Advocacy Dayparticipants, and representatives from the communities.

The CEEC encourages the active participation of all our communities in promoting the need for greater U.S. foreign policy engagement in Central and Eastern Europe. Our main policy objectives and goals are outlined in our 2012 Policy Paper, which will be made available soon.

For further information, and to register, please contact the CEEC via email at ceecoalition@gmail.com or by calling (202) 481-3334.

Established in 1994, the Central and East European Coalition is comprised of 18 nationwide organizations, including the Lithuanian American Council, representing more than 20 million Americans who trace their heritage to that part of the world.

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