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Weekly News from Lithuania, December 4

 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Lithuania's Embassy in Armenia provided humanitarian aid to displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh

 

On 30 November, the Lithuanian Embassy in Armenia provided humanitarian assistance to Armenians affected by the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, in cooperation with the Armenian Red Cross Society and local regional authorities.

Food items kits were handed over to displaced families to meet the immediate needs of those, who had temporarily arrived in Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh.


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Free Lithuanian national visas for regime-persecuted Belarusians

 

On 2 December, the Government has decided to issue Lithuanian national visas free of charge to regime-persecuted Belarusians. The proposal was brought forward by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Acting Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius bids farewell to the EU Ambassadors, calls for maintaining focus on eastern neighbours

 

On 3 December, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius took part in an online discussion with the Ambassadors of the European Union to Lithuania. Linkevičius noted that the EU should provide pro-active support to eastern neighbours that were seeking democratic change.

 

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Lithuanian government paving way for wind turbine production in Klaipeda



With Lithuania planning to build wind farms in the Baltic Sea, the government on Wednesday took steps to set up infrastructure for turbine production, assembly and storage operations in the port of Klaipeda.

 

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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 
 
Startup plans to reform Lithuanian healthcare system


A MedTech company is working on an application that is going to change the way people seek medical help. Fleming will enable people to contact doctors remotely on the same day. It will also contain personal medical information and create a possibility to monitor one’s health state with the help of artificial intelligence.


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Fintech startup Demivolt joins Lithuanian Fintech community, gains EMI license


Demivolt, a recently established payment services provider, has just received an Electronic Money Institution license from the Bank of Lithuania. The fully passportable license will allow Demivolt to provide corporate clients across the EU with a range of services – from payment initiation to foreign exchange transactions and international money transfers.


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The iDenfy team has developed an Immunity Passport

 

Last December, Europe had no idea how an unknown virus would fundamentally shake the global health sector and national economies. When the first wave of the Corona virus hit Lithuania in March 2020, the innovators from Kaunas Science and Technology Park rushed to develop solutions that would help businesses. One of them is the electronic immunity passport created by the iDenfy team.



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Bringing green investment to the Baltics – what will it take?

 

While in some countries, such as Sweden or Finland, green finance is often a priority when investing, consumers in the Baltic states are not as interested, according to a press release by FinTech hub Rockit.

"The Baltic consumer is very price-driven, as a result, one of the tasks of sustainable finance is to create incentives to move to more sustainable consumption and production patterns,” said Remy Salters, chief financial officer at Swedbank in Lithuania.

 

 

 

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CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 

Lighting up the main Christmas Tree in Vilnius     |       Credits @ Vilnius City Municipality

 
 
 
Researchers locate hideout of Lithuania's last anti-Soviet partisan

 

A bunker-hideout used by Antanas Kraujelis-Siaubūnas, Lithuania's last anti-Soviet partisan to die during fighting, has been located by the country's state-funded Genocide and Resistance Research Centre.

The bunker, built in 1960, was found at a homestead owned by Antanas Pinkevičius who was married to a sister of Kraujelis’ wife, according to the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania (LGGRTC).

 

 

 

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“Kaunas 2022 Bus” Will Bring a Festive Mood to Kaunas Residents

 

This year, the Christmas season will be different: there will be no Christmas towns in the central city squares and some holiday habits, such as buying gifts or parties, will move to the virtual space. However, “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” team invites citizens to maintain festive spirit, because Christmas mood will come to the residents’ yards by Christmas bus.

 

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December 1 - January 7

Christmas Town Online

“Christmas in Vilnius” is the largest and most impressive festival of the capital of Lithuania.

In a midst of global pandemic, the most anticipated part of the festival - the Christmas Town - is going online. Don't miss out!


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Highlight of the Week
 
 
 
First snow in Lithuania

Vilnius
Photo credits @ LRT

Dec 05 2020

Weekly News from Lithuania, November 27

 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
National Cyber Security Centre of Lithuania joins international project to strengthen Georgia’s cybersecurity capacities

 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) under the Ministry of National Defence started a European Union Twinning project to boost Georgia’s competencies in cybersecurity cooperatively with the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs of Austria. On November 23 a corresponding agreement was signed by the NCSC and the Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs of Austria.

 

 


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The President discussed the Nordic-Baltic cooperation with the Icelandic leader

 

President Gitanas Nausėda had a conference call with President of Iceland Guðni Jóhannesson. In their conversation, the Presidents focused on the cooperation of the Nordic and Baltic countries in dealing with the pandemic as well as testing and vaccination strategies.


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The President: Lithuania supports and will support the civil society of Belarus

 

President Gitanas Nausėda had a conference call with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian leader of civil society and symbol of protests for democratic transformation in Belarus, to discuss the difficult situation in Belarus as well as Tsikhanouskaya’s immediate plans and the impact of sanctions on the regime.


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Seimas has expressed gratitude to John Shimkus for his steady concern for Lithuania’s security



Given that John Shimkus, a long-standing member of the US House of Representatives, is bidding farewell to the US Congress and in appreciation of his overall contribution to the freedom cause of the Baltic States, the Seimas expressed, on behalf of Lithuania, its utmost gratitude to him for his steady 23-year-long concern for Lithuania’s security.


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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 
 
Best EU Economy in Year of Covid Was Bloc’s Worst-Hit After 2008


The European Union’s worst-hit economy in the wake of the global financial crisis is looking like the bloc’s least affected during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lithuania suffered the deepest recession in 2009 as it became a testing ground for the harsh austerity that later ravaged Greece. This time, the European Commission reckons it will notch the shallowest contraction of all, with forecasts this month pointing to a dip in gross domestic product of just 2.2%.

 



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VU students repeat the success story by becoming the best team of this year’s iGEM competition

 

Lithuania made news at the largest international competition of synthetic biology iGEM held on 13-22 November. The Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM team, which has been participating in this prestigious competition for six years, has won the grand prize of the competition and became the best iGEM team in the world in 2020




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Vilnius University Launches a Support Campaign for Belarusian Students and Scholars Who Have Experienced Persecution of the Regime

 

Vilnius University (VU), together with the Vilnius University Foundation, has started a fundraising campaign to give access to studies for a larger number of Belarusian citizens to study and is ready to accept scientists persecuted by the regime too. The campaign is launched in response to the intensifying Belarusian authorities' repression against the country's academic community, with large numbers of students, teachers and researchers being expelled from universities for their civic or political activities.




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Why collaboration is the key to Lithuania’s fintech success

 

Lithuania makes it easy for fintech innovators to set up shop in the country. The secret is close collaboration between government, the national bank, and private firms.

The fintech industry has done well amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the use of electronic money has grown – along with other forms of contactless living – and Lithuania, something of a European star of the industry and where fintech is a national priority, has continued to attract international players.

 

 

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CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 

Architecture, fashion and dance. Kaunas blends them all in its unique style. And that style is Modernism. As temporary capital of Lithuania during the interwar period, the city embraced an art movement that best represented its future focused vision      |
      Credits @ Lithuania. Real is Beautiful

 
 
 
Kaunas is Waiting for “Sweet Christmas”

 

Even though COVID-19 pandemic is changing everyday life, but it cannot change one of the most beautiful time of the year – Christmas. This year, the main Christmas tree in Kaunas will be lightened as always, but the festive concert will take place outside the Town Hall Square – in order to protect health of Kaunas citizens, on November 28, Kaunas residents and spectators from all over Lithuania are invited to watch the concert comfortably at home on LRT television.

 

 

 

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Searching for Vilna Gaon

 

Many things about the legendary figure of the Vilna Gaon remain a mystery up to this day – what did he look like? are all the stories about his ascetic yet profoundly enlightened life mere fiction? Lithuanian film director Vytautas Puidokas attempts to tap into the mystery of this prolific Talmudist, halakhist, kabbalist and thinker, born as Elijah ben Solomon Zalman in 1720. In a short, but poignant film he highlights our elusive knowledge, yet enduring impact, of this man’s legacy. What in fact are we searching for when we embark on the quest to find the genius of the Vilna Gaon?



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November 29
 
Creative Shock | International Social Business Conference 2020
 


This year Creative Shock invites everyone to the Online International Social Business Conference “Business that Challenges” to present social business as an opportunity to provide meaning and purpose while doing everyday work and show the challenges they meet on their way.


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December 8

Virtual presentation of the “Soon To Be Gone” photography series by Tadas Kazakevičius

In his Soon to Be Gone photography series, Tadas Kazakevičius draws inspiration from American photographers who documented rural America during the Great Depression era, such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.


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Lithuania is getting ready for the holiday season

Vilnius
Photo credits @ LRT

Nov 27 2020

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