Marking the 21st Anniversary of the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek stated:
"I send my warmest greetings to all Lithuanians on this joyful anniversary. Lithuanians can be proud of themselves on this anniversary, and other Europeans should also be proud of Lithuanians: Lithuania was the first nation to declare independence from the dissolving Soviet Union. This was a very courageous act at the time, as recognition was not a foregone conclusion.
The Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania served as a role model to other states in Central and Eastern Europe.
The 11 March should serve us as a reminder: as on those days, Europe is called to be on the right side of history. Great transformations are taking place in our Southern neighbourhood: Europe needs to be openly supportive of those struggling for freedom, democracy, human rights and dignity, as Lithuanians were in the dissolving Soviet Union."