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Weekly News from Lithuania, July 24

Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania


Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for the United States of America’s non-recognition policy, by which it never formally accepted the occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the Soviet Union.

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L. Linkevičius discusses security, Eastern Partnership, other foreign policy issues in Tallinn

“We support the priorities of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The transatlantic relationship needs to be preserved; there is no alternative to it. Due to attempts to rewrite history and to legitimize current and possible future actions, sanctions against Russia should be maintained until progress is made in the Minsk process. The issue of the Eastern Partnership is also on the agenda," said minister L. Linkevičius.

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Lithuania’s Business Services Report: measuring the pulse of the industry

Following the journey of the Lithuanian GBS industry, my colleagues at Invest Lithuania and I have been gauging its growth for six years in a row. This article is based on our annual report, which has been a great resource to combine all the knowledge we have on our increasingly complex sector. Today, I am pleased to share our findings with the readers of Outsourcing&More, some of whom have been following this journey for the past several years. Without further ado, let’s see what the facts show us!

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GovTech Challenges Are Live and Startups Are Invited to Solve Them

GovTech Lab Lithuania has recently announced GovTech Challenges and if you are not familiar what that is, let us tell you – it is an entirely new, innovative approach to solve challenges and problems occurring in the governmental sector and startups could be the answer to solve them.

GovTech Lab Lithuania team works as a connector between public sector institutions and private sector entities. They are helping to identify public sector challenges that can be solved by emerging technologies, engaging startups and SMEs to create innovative solutions and accelerating startups in GovTech and TechForGood space.


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Creative scenarios for saving the world – in a virtual “meeting” of the UNESCO Cities of Design


On the 14th of July at a convenient time for all the countries a virtual discussion “The Power of Design in Response to the Global Crisis and Rebooting the World” was broadcast from the “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” office. The participants of the discussion, presenting successful examples of pandemic-inspired creativity, were the representatives of the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design network, which encompasses 40 cities across the world – of course, including Kaunas. 


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Podcast Talking Diplomacy
Lithuanians in EU civil missions: we need to be proud of our achievements

Lithuania has grown and reached the stage where we can now share our experience, achievements and skills with others - it is clear from our conversation with two new guests in the #7 episode of Talking Diplomacy. We spoke with Kęstutis Lančinskas and Marija Kazanovič, who are taking part in European Union civil missions and worked in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia before the pandemic together with colleagues from 24 European countries.

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Lithuania celebrates 80th anniversary of Welles declaration which kept its independence hopes alive

On July 23, 1940, the United States issued a historic Welles declaration which condemned the Soviet occupation of the three Baltic States. As Lithuania marks the 80th anniversary of the historic document, a historian explains its lasting importance. 

“The European principled position would have been hardly possible without the strong stance of Washington,” Algimantas Kasparavičius, a historian at the Lithuanian Institute of History, told LRT.lt.


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LRT to host 5-hour piano music ‘marathon’ in tribute to Beethoven


In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the radio station LRT KLASIKA is organising the longest piano music marathon in Lithuania.

On August 1, in a special five-hour broadcast from the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, 11 famous Lithuanian pianists will perform music composed by Beethoven.



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Lithuanian photographer in Iran: capturing a mirage of freedom


Iranian islands in the contentious Strait of Hormuz carry more than their geopolitical weight – for many, they’re a sanctuary for self-expression, writes Mykolas Juodelė, a Lithuanian photographer. 

As oil tanker seizures and tense military stare-downs swept the headlines in late 2019, Juodelė spent weeks on the remote Iranian islands. Here’s what he saw.

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7 magic outdoor attractions in deep forest green Lithuania


Historically a forest country, Lithuania has much to offer travellers looking for sustainable outdoor adventure. Under-the-radar wonders of nature draw into new experiences. Visitors may try herb picking, dragonfly watching or forest bathing.

With discussions over climate change and world health gathering pace, ever more people express support for sustainable travel. In the recent survey 42% of respondent travellers indicated their willingness to prioritize sustainability.

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July 27 - August 29
Cinema under the Stars

Cinema under the stars returns to the Palace of Grand Dukes in Vilnius with cinema classics and more.


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July 25 - 27
Squeezed Time '20


Experimental cinema festival, travelling around Lithuania in most unique places.



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July 25
Beast Sleeps Under Kaunas Castle

It has long been known that someone lives under Kaunas Castle. But who? There are stories about the sunken old Kaunas. There are stories about Princess of Kaunas, who lives in the dungeons with her cavalry.


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Highlight of the Week
Moment from an event, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Sumner Welles declaration

Photo credits @ MFA

Jul 24 2020

Weekly News from Lithuania, July 17

Lithuania sends medical supplies for combating COVID-19 to U.S.A.


On 14 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis, the United States Ambassador to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist, other officials from Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy took part in a cargo departure event.

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The President: Unity between nations brought victory in the Battle of Žalgiris (Grunwald)


President Gitanas Nausėda took part in a festive ceremony to commemorate the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald in Poland. In his  speech, the President underscored close cooperation bonds between  Lithuania and Poland built on centuries-long shared history and best  embodied in their legendary victory on the battlefield of Grunwald.

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The challenge of the Ministry of Environment calls to create innovative solutions


How to match green consumers and green products? – the challenge submitted by the Ministry of Environment in response to the govtechlab.lt call to participate in a series of public sector challenges. Tech Lab Lithuania is a team in public sector focused on encouraging the creation and use of innovative solutions for the government.

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Lithuania and Poland agreed to take all measures for implementing the synchronization project

After the ceremony commemorating the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Poland’s newly re-elected President Andrzej Duda. A wide-ranging agenda was discussed at the meeting, including security and defense, electricity synchronization, Eastern Partnership, and other urgent international issues.

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New technology for advanced health monitoring of stroke survivors patented in Lithuania


Group of biomedical engineers from biotech company Gruppo Fos Lithuania together with researchers at Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences have patented technology for advanced health monitoring of stroke survivors. It is the first solution in the world which monitors and analyses simultaneously a patient's health parameters from the affected part of the brain and those of the cardiovascular system.

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Klaipeda’s ambitions in the realm of electric public transport


Klaipeda’s vision for its public transportation is to have fast and electric busses rolling through the city’s main streets, allowing the citizens to comfortably save time, while also protecting the environment. Ten busses could hit the streets next year if the city council passes relevant legislation and takes care of the necessary bureaucratic procedures swiftly enough. There are plans to use EU aid to achieve this goal as well.




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Initiatives to help businesses in the face of the pandemic


Up to date, Lithuania has less than 1900 total cases and less than 100 deaths related to COVID-19. This shows that the response from the government agencies, business and the population has been effective.

During the pandemic, the Lithuanian Government was seeking to ensure that the suppliers would be capable of meeting the greatly increased demand for different personal protective equipment (PPE) categories due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was publicly declared that the priority of supply will be given to local manufacturers of PPE to stimulate the economy.

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#NK2020 is Gaining Momentum: We Are Looking Forward to Meet the Creators of Lithuanian Digital Innovations


The invitation to participate in the contest “New Enlightener 2020”, or #NK2020, is open – we are welcoming both the ambitious start-ups and experienced IT companies as well as the representatives of the academic community who have realized original ideas, in other words, all those who have created interesting, original and valuable digital products and wish to test their abilities in the Lithuanian National Selection to the World Summit Awards/WSA 2020.


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  Lithuania. Real is beautiful
2:16 PM - Jul 12, 2020
In Mingė, time flows differently, just like a river. This small fishermen village distributed across both sides of the river is catching on with visitors, too. No wonder. Water activities, fresh air and absolutely no rush to be anywhere, but where you are at the moment.

Spend a weekend in Mingė: https://bit.ly/visit-Mingė

Video credit: Robertas Račkauskas, Studio Rar.
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  Lietuvos ambasada Paryžiuje / Ambassade de Lituanie à Paris
7:24 PM - Jul 14, 2020
Kas sieja Paryžių?? ir Vilnių??? Kokie šių dviejų miestų sąlyčio taškai dėl Covid-19 pandemijos įvesto karantino laikotarpiu? Atsakymų ieškokite fotografiniame filme „Paryžius – Vilnius. Išgyventi nenuspėjamą“.
Plačiau apie projektą?www.paris-vilnius.lt

Qu'est-ce qui relie Paris?? et Vilnius?? ? Quels sont les points en commun entre ces deux villes pendant la quarantaine, instaurée pour faire face à la pandémie de Covid-19 ? Trouvez les réponses dans le film photographique « Paris – Vilnius. Le silence spectaculaire ».
Pour en savoir plus?www.paris-vilnius.fr
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Žalgiris, Tannenberg, Grunwald? How to call 1410 Polish–Lithuanian victory against German knights


On July 15, 1410, the alliance between the Lithuanian forces, led by Grand Duke Vytautas, and the Polish army fought and defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights in one of the largest battles in medieval Europe.

The Lithuanians call the battle Žalgiris, which has gained huge prominence, as the name is now being used in the titles of sports clubs and other brands. But the famous battle name could have also been different.


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Discovering the growth of Vilnius via Open House tours


This year, the annual Open House festival in Vilnius that offers unhindered access into iconic buildings moved outdoors, weaving together the story of Vilnius’ expansion since the 19th century. Ludo Segers, a freelance photographer, joined one of the tours.

Vilnius boasts a cornucopia of architectural styles, ranging from splendid Baroque to the latest green buildings. The latter are mainly concentrated around Konstitucijos Avenue on the right bank of the Neris river.

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Samuel Bak’s Vilnius


Samuel Bak’s relationship with Vilnius was a complex one, as complex as can only be experienced by a person who has lived through both paradise and hell here.

Born in Polish Vilnius in 1933 into the family of Jonas, a Jewish dental technician, and Mita Bak, the lone child Samek was spoilt by his parents and grandparents. ‘My mother convinced me that I was special, that I lived in paradise, and that I absolutely deserved it,’ Bak writes in his memoir Painted in Words. ‘My parents wanted to give me the best they could.’




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14 fashion and design projects by Lithuanian Academy of Arts students

A toy for hospitalised children and an experimental clothing collection are among the varied student projects in this VDF school show, curated by the Design Innovation Centre of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

A total of 14 students are featured in the exhibition, chosen by the Lithuanian university's Design Innovation Centre from the participants of this year's Young Designer Prize – its annual competition that was established to aid the professional development of young designers.


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July 23
The Future of AI in Europe: Baltic Perspective

"The Future of AI in Europe: Baltic Perspective" - an online event for the AI communities, policy makers and everyone interested in the future of AI in the Baltic states.


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July 18 - August 16
New Baltic Dance 2020


International contemporary dance festival New Baltic Dance presents the SUMMER PROGRAMME 2020.



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Tomas Venclova - the power of poetry and critical thinking

Tomas Venclova is one of the most important cultural figures of XX century. He is a poet, prose writer, scholar, philologist and translator of literature. He has an immense passion for translating and maintaining the European culture. It is mixed with dislike for the totalitarian regimes.


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Highlight of the Week
Lithuania and Poland commemorates 610th anniversary of Žalgiris (Grunewald) battle

Grunewald, Poland
Photo credits @ MOD

Jul 17 2020

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