During the second half of this year, the rolling Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be hosted by Lithuania. It is the Baltic nation's first EU presidency. The logo to represent it was officially revealed on May 10. It was selected through a competition involving both the public and professional graphic designers. The idea for the logo came from someone named Simona Mykolaitytė and was then developed by graphic designer Kotryna Zilinskienė.
It features four blue circles, tied together to represent unity and agreement within the union. The garland features the colours of the Lithuanian flag, symbolising its responsibility to unify Europe during its presidency.
"The logo refers to the united European Union, the countries of which want to and can work together, foster European values, and can overcome all the challenges that arise. The colours of the logo symbolise Lithuania's close relations with the Baltic and the Nordic regions, while the blue bow of the EU flag represents the universally shared values and activities. The garland of the Lithuanian national flag’s colours – yellow, green, and red – completes the logo circle. This link symbolises the responsibility for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union that is trusted to Lithuania in the second half of 2013." - Lithuanian EU presidency
The logo is revealed and raised to the skies: