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Weekly News from Lithuania, February 21

 
 

February 21, 2020            

 
 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
L. Linkevičius: Montenegro has set example of Euro-Atlantic integration in Western Balkans

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđan Darmanović.

“Lithuania remains a strong supporter of Montenegro’s European integration. We welcome the country’s full alignment with the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), its participation in the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy missions, and efforts to implement the necessary reforms, especially in the area of the rule of law”, said L. Linkevičius.

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Nine ministers urge the Commission to save the Green Deal by remedying shortcomings of the Mobility Package

 

Transport ministers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland and Romania urged the Commission to assess how the provisions of upcoming Mobility Package will affect the EU Green Deal ambitions. Their meeting with the Vice-president  Timmermans and Commissioner Valean came after the European Commission recognized such potential negative impact at the final stages of negotiations last year and promised to come up with possible solutions before the controversial EU legislation comes into force.

 


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Interview with Iron Wolf Commander Col. Petkevičius
|              Credits @ NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania

 
 
 
 
BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 

Debunk.eu was presented during Google News Innitiative conference          |           Credits @ Google

 
 
 
Leading Swiss engineering consultancy plans to double its Vilnius team

 

Engineering consultancy CSD Engineers has announced plans to double the size of its team in Vilnius. Over the next few years, the company will hire additional civil engineering and design specialists with French or German language skills, experience in BIM – and a passion for big projects.


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Lithuania’s fintech sector now fastest growing in EU

 

Lithuania is home to the fastest growing fintech sector in the European Union, and the second fastest growing in Europe, behind only the UK.

A study carried out by Invest Lithuania and Rockit Vilnius, which looked at the state of fintech in 2019, reveals an impressive 24 per cent increase in the number of Lithuanian companies operating in the sector. This has brought multifaceted social and economic benefits to the Lithuanian IT industry, leading to diversification and sophistication.

 

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Lithuania’s impressive Fintech growth extends into 2020

 

The Fintech Landscape in Lithuania report, a yearly study providing a snapshot of Lithuania’s Fintech sector, was released. The report, which looks at the state of Fintech in 2019, confirms the continuation of the strong growth trend of previous years, with the number of Fintechs increasing by 24% to 210 and the number of jobs in the Fintech sector increasing by over 30% to 3,400.

 

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Open Data – the Basis of Digital Economy?

 

In 2020, a pilot version of the centralised Open Data Portal was launched in Lithuania to allow businesses, the scientific community and the public to conveniently access and use open data that is managed by the public sector. It is estimated that accessible and active use of open data in Lithuania would generate the benefit of almost 2% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

 

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TALKING DIPLOMACY PODCAST
 
Humour in Diplomacy
 

We are excited to announce a brand new piece of content - podcast Talking Diplomacy, which will cover a range of topics on diplomacy, international relations and nuances of diplomatic life that are invisible from outside.

First episode - on humuor in diplomacy and diplomacy in humour, how it works and what part of diplomatic work it takes. Our guest - ambassador, historian, writer Alfonsas Eidintas.

This episode is in Lithuania, however, as the title suggests, we are planning to release episodes in English as well - stay tuned!

 
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CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
 

Campaign to celebrate 30th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania's Independence
|              Credits @ LRV

 
 
 
Biggest book fair in Baltics kicks off in Vilnius

 

The international Vilnius Book Fair kicked off in Vilnius on Thursday with a special focus on the Lithuanian legendary artist Jonas Mekas.

Over 500 different talks, presentations and various events are held during the four opening days, attracting more than 60,000 visitors, according to the press release.

In line with this year’s focus on Jonas Mekas and his words, “you should live without formulas [and] be open to the world,” the event seeks new ways for freedom in self-expression.

 

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Interwar Architecture

 

Lithuanian Interwar Architecture project is an interactive educational platform that connects Lithuanian interwar architecture and the modern technologies. From an outsider‘s perspective interwar seems like a distant period of time that is not a current topic anymore. However, at the same time the architecture of the interwar period represents the beginning of modernism in Lithuania. The duality of what‘s old and new helps us tell the tale of the architecture of this period. Architectureis always close to the community and that helps us explore the contemporary lifestyle.

 

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“For me, Kaunas is a City Where History and Youthful Creativity Intertwines”

 

Jörgen Kipp, Purchasing Manager at HELLA Lithuania, came to Kaunas two years ago to live and work. He says that from day one, the city became a pleasant discovery for him.

Jörgen Kipp, Purchasing Manager at HELLA Lithuania, came to Kaunas from Germany two years ago to live and work. He says that from day one, the city became a pleasant discovery for him, and today he has become sincerely accustomed to saying, “I am going back home, to Kaunas.” 


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Losing and finding Lithuania's Act of Independence

 

The act laying Lithuania's legal foundations was lost for almost a century. Some said it was shredded by bees, others claimed it was forgotten and lost inside a book. In 2017, a little known professor from Kaunas embarked on a quest to Berlin in search of Lithuania's original Act of Independence.

 

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Until March 14
 
Expo "Freedom Fighters"
 

Exhibition by Giedrius Paulauskas "Freedom Fighters" showcases full original uniforms and outwear of Lithuanian freedom fighters for the first time.


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February 27 - March 7
 
19th Japanese Film Festival
 

The Embassy of Japan in Lithuania together with the Japan Foundation is glad to announce the annual Japanese Film Festival. The 19th Film Festival this year is going to bring us films of various genres, which will be screened in Vilnius and Kaunas from February 27th until March 7th.

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GLOBAL LITHUANIA
 
 

The tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa in United Arab Emirates, lit up in Lithuanian colours to mark the country’s Independence Restoration Day on February 16

 
 
 
Lithuania to open embassy in Australia
 

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to establish the country's embassy in Australia.

Under the Foreign Ministry's proposal, the embassy should be opened in Canberra in July.

"We propose to establish our embassy from July 1 to properly protect our country's interests, develop political contacts, maintain relations with the diaspora, develop business relations, and provide consular services," Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the Cabinet.

 
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Highlight of the Week
 
 
 
Lithuania celebrates State Restoration Day, February 16

Vilnius
Photo credits @ J. Stacevičius / LRT

 
 
Feb 22 2020

Weekly News from Lithuania, February 14

 
 

February 14, 2020            

 
 
 

Lithuania celebrates the State Restoration day this weekend. Each year the largest state flag flies from the TV tower in Vilnius             |              Credits @ LRT/E.Blaževič

 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Linas Linkevičius: France, a strategic partner in enhancing Lithuanian security


Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius had a meeting with French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian in Paris. They discussed the key issues of bilateral cooperation, security, the European Union and NATO, and the European Neighbourhood.

The French Air Force conducted NATO air policing missions in the Baltic states for seven times already, five of which were in Lithuania. This year France is going to send the second mission of its servicemen who will join the NATO forward presence troops,” Mr Linkevičius said.

 

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The President: firm first steps made in negotiations on the funding of cohesion policy and direct payments for farmers


President Gitanas Nausėda met with Charles Michel, President of the European Council. During the working dinner the two leaders discussed the draft multiannual financial framework.

“Lithuania is prepared to contribute to the implementation of the EU strategic agenda by focusing on tackling climate change and development of innovation <...> ” the President said after the meeting.


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NATO Seen Favorably Across Member States
 

NATO is generally seen in a positive light across publics within the alliance, despite lingering tensions between the leaders of individual member countries. A median of 53% across 16 member countries surveyed have a favorable view of the organization, with only 27% expressing a negative view. But opinions of NATO and related issues vary widely across the countries surveyed, especially regarding the obligations of Article 5 of the 70-year-old Washington Treaty, which declares that an attack against one member nation is considered an attack against all members.

 
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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 

Lithuanian Women in Tech             |              Credits @ Lithuanian Stories

 
 
 
British AI company Satalia expanding Lithuanian development and R&D operations

 

Satalia, the full-stack AI company, has announced plans to expand its operations in Kaunas, Lithuania. Over the next two years, the company intends to hire up to 50 new employees and expects its Kaunas office to grow as its core location for development and R&D projects.

“We reckon Lithuanians, especially those in the tech and academic communities, for their proven ambition to explore the AI and machine learning fields,” states Daniel Hulme, Satalia’s CEO.

 

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Challenges and opportunities for business process automation community in Lithuania

 

Almost all foreign capital business service centres in Lithuania empowers process automation as a part of their daily operations. However, there is a lack of a broader debate regarding the economic impact of robotization – according to the organizers of the IPA meetup conference organized in Lithuania for the second time. There are also few opportunities to share the experience and success stories in this field and a shortage of training programmes for the employees, all resulting in the race for talent.

 

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New opportunities to tackle air pollution – first Lithuanian mobile drone

 

Lithuania has come up with a breakthrough technology – PANDRONE – air pollution measurement system with the mobile drone.

Air pollution assessment system with identification sources for pollutants is still not on the market. So far, in Lithuania as well as in Europe, pollution has been measured in a stationary manner and theoretically reflects larger area data, but very often weather conditions and buildings reduce the accuracy and reliability of the data.

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Podcast Technotronika: How AI Expands Our Creativity

 

Technotronika maintains the second season with another podcast. This episode presents the most impressive function of Artificial Intelligence – Creativity. Can it help people to become more creative?

Kamilė Jokubaitė, the CEO of Attention Insight startup explains how AI is integrated into creative working processes. The AI-based startup allows marketing managers and media channels to see the design of their products from the viewpoint of consumers. Before AI, a similar analysis of consumers could take a couple of weeks. Now, a consumer can be analyzed in less than two minutes.


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CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
 

Opening of Lithuanian Rock History Museum            |              Credits @ Šiandienos Istorija

 
 
 
Utena A. and M. Miškiniai Public Library Won Important Library Award

 

Utena A. & M. Miškiniai Public Library was awarded EIFL Public Library Innovation Award and received a prize of US $1,500 for offering children, parents and grandparents the opportunity to learn advanced digital skills together in family training sessions.

Vice-Minister of Culture Ingrida Veliutė congratulated the director of the library Vida Garunkštytė. According to the Vice-Minister, today libraries adaptto technological changes, resonate with the needs and expectations of society.

 

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International cultural events at the Vilnius Book Fair 2020

 


Every year the Vilnius Book Fair and its cultural programme is devoted to a special topic. The focus of the 21st International Vilnius book fair: “You should live without formulas, be open to the world.” Jonas Mekas. These words of a very well-known Lithuanian and world artist Jonas Mekas who used to declare freedom in his life and artwork.


 

 

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Stranger Things 4 ‘starts filming in Lithuania’ as we inch closer to learning the truth behind The American


Stranger Things fans can rejoice as season four has ‘begun filming in Lithuania’.

According to Netflix Life, the cast and crew have reportedly begun production in the Batlic region of Europe before returning to the US for more filming in early March. Considering season three ended with a scene in prison where an unknown American is being held, we are getting so much closer to finding out who it is.


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Let’s celebrate International Day of Happiness together


We are celebrating the International Day of Happiness for the third time in Kaunas city and its district.

People and businesses actively engaged in this day last year: 150 various organizations joined the celebration creating 250 events for those who find it harder to get involved in cultural events: museums, libraries, exhibitions, public objects. And those who gathered to spend this day together wouldn’t fit even into two Žalgiris arenas – 36 500 people joined the festival. This year the celebration will take place on the 20th of March. The main theme of this year’s festival is Happiness to get along.

 

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Republic of Užupis: The Micronation run by artists            |              Credits @ Culture Trip

 
 
 
February 16
 
Vilnius, the city of freedom, invites to the events of February the 16th
 

Vilnius invites to a spectacular and festive celebration of February 16, taking part in the march along the Road to Lithuanian Statehood, raising the flags of the three Baltic States together, meeting at the 30 symbolic bonfires, enjoying a festive concert, experiencing a unique sense of unity and enjoying the atmosphere of the city of freedom.

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February 13 - 16
 
Light Festival Klaipėda
 

The brightest event in the city sees Klaipėda bathed in lights for a few days in February. Hugely popular with locals and tourists alike, the festival also includes a number of tours and other events.

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February 14
 
Light on Syria
 

The event invites to get to know Syria, its culture and history before and after the war - what does it mean to lose one's history, one's homeland, even one's identity?

 

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GLOBAL LITHUANIA
 
 
KTU Researcher From India: Kaunas has Changed Immensely
 

For his doctoral studies, Tiwari chose KTU Ultrasound Research Institute for its internationally acclaimed state-of-the-art research. “Anywhere in the world you go, and I mean – anywhere – if you have skills you will definitely get the job,” says Dr Kumar Anubhav Tiwari, a researcher at Kaunas University of Technology Ultrasound Research
Institute. Although now the situation has changed significantly, in 2015, when Kumar came to study PhD, the state scholarship was smaller than his salary in India. However, he rose up to the challenge and has never regretted the decision.

 
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Highlight of the Week
 
 
 
Lithuania celebrates State Restoration Day, February 16

Vilnius
Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas / MFA

Feb 18 2020

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