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Weekly News from Lithuania, November 20

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius: Lithuania strongly supports international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and safety of journalists


On 16 November, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the first ministerial-level meeting of the Media Freedom Coalition. The online event was co-hosted by Canada and the United Kingdom.

"It is worrying that more journalists are killed in peace time situations than in war zones. We condemn all the attacks, repression and violence perpetrated against journalists and media workers who have been persecuted, detained and even killed not just in armed conflict, but also during peacetime," said Linkevičius.


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Lithuania and Flanders to strengthen cooperation in the field of renewable energy


On the 19 November 2020 the Lithuanian minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas and Flemish minister of Energy, Zuhal Demir signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), confirming their joint commitment to strengthen cooperation in the area of renewable energy. Through this MoU both ministers express their strong interest in promoting renewable energy technologies and identify joint opportunities.



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We support the path to the rule of law and integration in the EU chosen by the people of Moldova in the presidential election


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania congratulates the people of Moldova on having voted and freely expressed their political will in the presidential election in Moldova on Sunday.

The presidential election is crucial for the future of the country. In this election, the Moldovan people made it clear they want the country to continue implementing reforms, strengthening the rule of law, and integrating in the EU.



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Lithuania provided humanitarian aid to those affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated 75 thousand euros to provide humanitarian aid for those affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict. The funds will be transferred to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Since 1992, the International Committee of the Red Cross has been the only international organization in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Yerevan (Armenia) and Baku (Azerbaijan).




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Lithuania’s GBS community thrives in ‘the new normal’


The COVID-19 outbreak has presented a challenge for everyone, including Lithuania’s GBS sector that employs almost 20,000 specialists. But what could have been a story of mass layoffs, actually turned out to be a story of growth and resilience. Thanks to careful planning and agile processes, the country’s GBS centres have adapted to ‘the new normal’ exceptionally quickly, and continue to deliver tangible value for their clients and partners.


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The first-ever Nordic-Baltic Women Innovation Sprint begins


The first-ever Alter State Nordic-Baltic Women Innovation Sprint kicks off on November 19, 5 PM (EET). 33 formed teams, featuring more than 200 participants from 16 countries around the world, will meet for the first time this Thursday for the virtual opening event.

The Opening Event of the Alter State will be highlighted by an interview with the 2019 European Year-Innovator Irina Borodina, who is Lithuanian. Irina states that this evaluation opened up opportunities to meet other women innovators who inspired her with their enthusiasm, passion for creation, and the innovations they designed by themselves.

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With the three start-up locations in Vilnius, Tech Zity presents development plans


“Infrastructure for success” is the slogan featured at the market introduction and the official launch of the new platform Tch Zity on November 16, bringing together a community of freely hired specialists, innovative companies, and start-ups.

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Lithuania rises to 27th position in IMD World Talent Ranking


Lithuania has gone up by one notch to 27th position among 63 countries in the IMD World Talent Ranking.

Lithuania's comes in first in the world in terms of women's participation in the labor market, and comes in 3rd and 9th in terms of the pupil-teacher ratio.

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Kaunas Modernism on its way to UNESCO: First Stage Done!

The approval means the team behind the bid now has time until February 1, 2021, to polish the application and present it to the evaluation of international experts.

This just in – the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania has just received news from UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The news states that the nomination bid project of Kaunas modernist architecture is in line with the administrative requirements of the application.



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With New Series Clark Being Filmed in Lithuania This Country Becomes a Preferred Movie Location for Netflix


A Netflix series with a working title Clark is being filmed in Lithuania. It will be the third Netflix series made in this country in the last 1.5 years after Stranger Things (season four) and Young Wallander. Tax incentives, picturesque sceneries and strong local production teams attract international movie companies to Lithuania.



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Lithuania chooses feature film “Nova Lituania“ to compete for the Oscars race


Lithuanian Oscars Committee announced its selection for this year’s Academy Awards: it’s a debut feature film Nova Lituania directed by Karolis Kaupinis.

The Committee was choosing between five films. Nova Lituania was competing with El Padre Medico by Vytautas Puidokas, The Castle (lit. Pilis) by Lina Lužytė, In The Dust (lit. Sutemose) by Šarūnas Bartas and Exemplary Behaviour (lit. Pavyzdingas elgesys) by Audrius Mickevičius and Nerijus Milerius.


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From a bullet to a match. LRT to put together virtual museum of January 1991 events


As the 30th anniversary of the January 13 events approaches, LRT invites witnesses to share photos, videos, and audio recordings dating back to the important night when Soviet troops attempted a crackdown on newly-independent Lithuania. The material will appear in a virtual museum.

“While changing my shoes, I found a piece of iron. It was a bullet that bounced off a wall and hit my leg,” Aldona Petrulionienė, a former teacher, reads from a witness account. To the January 13 exhibition, she is contributing the shoe owned by her former student Eva Čepulytė.


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November 21
No Music Day

No Music Day is an event introduced by His Excellency Bill Drummond (who is also an Ambassador of Scotland to the Republic of Užupis and an Ambassador of the Republic of Užupis to the Mu-Mu Land) to draw attention to the cheapening of music as an art form due to its mindless and ubiquitous use in contemporary society.

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Highlight of the Week
Lithuania getting ready for the holiday season - statue of Danielius Dolskis in Kaunas

Photo credits @ LRT

Nov 23 2020

Weekly News from Lithuania, November 13

L. Linkevičius: Lithuania will continue actively supporting rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association


On 12 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the high-level webinar dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

„10 years ago, the Human Rights Council adopted a consensual resolution on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. Over the decade, its importance has grown even further, as the challenges to these freedoms are increasing“, - the Minister said.

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Professor Dalia Leinartė re-elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for a third time


On 9 November, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) elections took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Professor Dalia Leinartė, a candidate of Lithuania, was elected for the period 2021-2024 along with representatives of Australia, the Bahamas, China, France, Ghana, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.



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Lithuania has officially submitted its application to host the European Cybersecurity Competence Center in Vilnius


On 5 November, Lithuania officially submitted its application to host the European Commission to host the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) in Vilnius. Lithuania is ready to provide a strategic and symbolic location for the ECCC – the premises of Vilnius TV Tower with an exceptional information technology (IT) communication infrastructure. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, Lithuania’s growing and active cyber and IT ecosystem would significantly contribute to a comprehensive and autonomous European Cybersecurity Competence Network.


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Baltic Sea Tourism Forum opens


The 13rd Baltic Sea Tourism Forum (BJTF) was launched on 10 November. It is one of the events of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The four-day forum will discuss the current tourism situation in the Baltic Sea Region, possible actions and initiatives aimed to overcome unforeseen challenges; it will also cover the importance of sustainable, smart and local tourism, etc.



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The new strategy for Presenting Lithuania Abroad was announced as City, Nation, Place Branding Awards winner of  Best Use of Data category       |      Credits @ Lithuania.lt

HELLA further expands its electronics plant in Lithuania


The internationally positioned automotive supplier HELLA is further expanding its electronics plant in Lithuania. The plant in the Kaunas Free Economic Zone started production of various electronic components in August 2018. At present, sensors and actuators, as well as photoelectronic components, are manufactured at the site and more than 180 employees are employed.

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Lithuanian textile producer implements antimicrobial technology in textile manufacturing


With a rapid increase in COVID-19 infections in Lithuania and the world, Utenos trikotažas of the SBA Group joined efforts with the Swiss textile innovation company HeiQ and successfully applied its revolutionary HeiQ Viroblock technology to its textile manufacturing. This unique technology has been proven 99.99% effective against SARS-CoV-2 - the strain of coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease COVID-19, the company informs


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Vasiliauskas: Significant opportunity for investment, innovation and knowledge-driven economic transformation at hand


National and EU funds aimed at alleviating the negative impact of COVID-19 have opened up a significant opportunity to accelerate the modernisation of Lithuania’s economy. The ways to achieve this goal as well as potential challenges are presented today at the Bank of Lithuania’s virtual economics conference “Harnessing Investment and Innovation: Getting on the Fast Track”.


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New "Retal Baltic Films" lab supports sustainable packaging


RETAL Baltic Films, which manufactures food-grade APET film and closures at the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone, has completed a €1m laboratory expansion investment project. The renewed lab allows the company to imitate the food and beverage packaging processes of its brand-name customers while utilising the packaging elements it produces, helping to bring innovative packaging solutions to market sooner.


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Lilly and Pine – life of Lithuania’s women anti-Soviet partisans


While the armed anti-Soviet fight lasted until in1953, some women partisans kept their stories of resistance secret until Lithuania regained independence in 1990.

Genutė Griškevičiūtė-Steponavičienė, now 92 years old, said there was little hope at the time that Lithuania could ever become independent.


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A Record! Another 46 books by Lithuanian authors will be publisherd abroad

In 2020, the Lithuanian Culture Institute funded a record number of new translations. This year, 135 thousand euros have been distributed for 46 translations of books and 35 excerpts into foreign languages ​​- 75 thousand in the Spring and 60 thousand at the end of October.



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Inside Vilnius TV tower – from Soviet-era tech to spinning 90s cafe


The famous observation deck of Vilnius TV Tower is closed during the winter season, but the curious can use the opportunity to discover the building’s little-seen interior.

The 326.4-metre TV tower is the tallest structure in Lithuania and one of the symbols of its capital, Vilnius. At 165 metres above the ground, the tower houses an observation deck and a restaurant on a rotating platform.

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Pažaislis Monastery Claims to Become the Best European Cinema Location 2020


The ensemble of Pažaislis Church and Monastery has reached the final stage of the EUFCN (European Film Commissions Network) Location Award and now is competing for the first place with four other locations in Europe – Banská Štiavnica in Slovakia, Lake Curon on the Tyrol border between Austria and Italy, Moritzburg Castle in Germany and the Prilep region in northern Macedonia.

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Until November 15
European film forum SCANORAMA

Annual European film form is back and online. We promise the most interesting European film news, the most promising film debuts, the bravest experiments and, of course, the best Lithuanian films! This year we will invite you to watch the films not only in the cinemas, but also in your home.

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November 13-15
What a Jazz Festival 2020


What a Jazz Festival - a jazz dance and music festival happening online and hopefully offline in Vilnius, Lithuania. Classes and lectures with inspiring teachers and educators and a hot band.


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Highlight of the Week
New reality of multilateral meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Photo credits @ MFA / J. Azanovas

Nov 16 2020

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