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Weekly News from Lithuania, December 20 2019


December 20, 2019             

Lithuania allocates humanitarian aid to Albania


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated additional EUR 10, 000 for humanitarian aid to Albania. The funds will be transferred to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

This action contributes to the response to the earthquake that struck on 26 November 2019 near Tirana, the capital of Albania, and to the provision of humanitarian aid to the victims of disaster.

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Development of the joint brigade discussed by Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian representatives in Vilnius

President Gitanas Nausėda met with leaders of the Nordic and Baltic countries before the first working session of the European Council. The meeting focused on climate change policy, multiannual financial framework, implementation of the EU strategic agenda and Brexit.

The President highlighted Lithuania’s determination to shift to a climate-neutral policy by 2050 and support the implementation of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies to achieve this target.

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The President: the Baltic strength lies in unity

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Latvian President Egils Levit and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Riga.

“The strength of the Baltic States lies in their unity, and I am convinced that regular meetings of the Presidents are the best platform for discussing strategic guidelines, future visions and challenges. We need to monitor geopolitical processes together and strengthen common stance in shaping EU and NATO policies”, said Gitanas Nausėda.


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Why Lithuania was the perfect fit for Hollister
 Credits @ Invest Lithuania

The Spurt of Lithuanian Start-ups Continues: €166.5 Million of Investment was Attracted Within the Year

2019 is a memorable year in the Lithuanian start-up ecosystem: the number of innovative companies is nearing 1,000, startups have attracted more than €166,5 million. Vinted, the country’s first start-up to become a unicorn, which has attracted a record amount of investment so far – €128 million, has also proven that innovative products crated by Lithuanian start-ups have great potential.


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One Successful Day Redeems All the Bad Ones, Says Startup Founders

What is the secret to a successful startup? The startup community is growing exponentially, we can rejoice at innovations that attract increasingly higher investments, however, quite a few startups fail before even reaching the market. This raises a question – what are the professional and personal challenges that startup founders face, what influences their successes and failures?

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  Go Vilnius
9:43 AM - Dec 17, 2019

Vilnius is proud being home to talented and ambitious entrepreneurs who change the rules of their fields. Therefore there's a new Startup #Museum in #Vilnius celebrating the city's entrepreneurial spirit through the stories of a dozen home-grown startups that have achieved global success. From mobility to cosmos startups, the museum is a space to learn and draw inspiration for your own #billion-dollar idea! ? #GoVilnius #startup #success

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Innovative construction materials manufacturer is being established in Klaipėda FEZ


A Monaco based company GRH International has established a new company in Klaipėda’s Free Economic Zone.

GRH International has been developing technology to enable the production of sustainable and innovative materials for the construction market. The new company GRH LT is committed to taking this development further and to introducing new multi-layered composite panels for the building industry. It plans to employ up to 50 people for various R&D, production and administrative functions.



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Podcast Technotronika: First Lithuanian Unicorn: I Had to Play “All in”

The second season of the podcast Technotronika begins with one of the brightest stars in this year’s startup world – the unicorn Vinted! Mantas Mikuckas the co-founder and COO of this startup will tell you what three cycles each startup has to go through and why Vinted was in a
deadlock? How has the business been influenced by greening trends and what is his approach to preserving the planet?

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  Lithuania. Real is beautiful
9:06 AM - Dec 16, 2019

Spending Christmas in Lithuania? You’re in luck – because Santa is, too! Just a short drive from Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, you’ll find our other 'capital city' – Trakai, the Lithuanian capital of culture and, for the holidays, home of Santa! You'll find plenty here to entertain you over the holiday season, from workshops and family-friendly theatre shows to exhibitions and concerts. Find out more: http://bit.ly/Christmas-in-Trakai Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius

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BALTIC RIOT – 5 Lithuanian artists to watch


Contemporary Lynx presents to you five noteworthy Lithuanian artists, whose art is striking, even amongst the melancholic and magical atmospheres present in Lithuania, Heart of the Baltics.

The list includes Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Šarūnas Sauka, Adomas Danusevičius, Augustinas Serapinas and Deimantas Narkevičius. What is so special about them?

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Les Arcs trains its spotlight on Lithuania


Lithuania will be one of the four countries under the spotlight of the 11th Les Arcs Film Festival, which will take place from 14-21 December. The country’s presence is quite impressive, as one film will be screened in the Official Competition, three projects are ready to be presented in the industry section, and three features and two shorts will be screened under the festival’s spotlight. In addition, the gathering will welcome the biggest delegation of almost 20 Lithuanian film professionals to
the event.

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Street in Vilnius tells a hidden story of Litvaks and conversion


Šv. Stepono street, stretching from the edge of the old town, hides stories of conversions from Judaism to Christianity and hidden signs of a buzzing Vilnius Jewish life.

As Lithuania gears up to mark 2020 as the year of the Vilna Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania, LRT English together with Vilnius University and Jewish Heritage Lithuania bring you a series of stories exploring Litvak history.

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Christmas Towns of Vilnius – a magic feast at the heart of the city


Colourful fairs attracting thousands of visitors have been held all over Europe to make waiting for the most beautiful holiday of the year more exciting. Compared to the largest European capitals, Christmas Towns in the Cathedral and the Town Hall Square of Vilnius are still very young, but have already become a part of the festive capital culture, with their own traditions and a distinctive face.

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The Most Influential Artists of 2019

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė included in the annual list of the most influential artists of the year.

The artists mounted an unusual opera at the Venice Biennale’s Lithuanian pavilion this year. The trio swiftly became the talk of the town—and the art world—as they clinched the ultimate prize, the Golden Lion. Culling together their collective expertise in art, filmmaking, theater, music, and writing, the trio staged Sun & Sea (Marina) (2019), a searing and humorous treatise on climate change.



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December 21
Uptown Christmas’19: Last-minute market

„Uptown Christmas’19: Last-minute market” – the best place for original Christmas presents under one roof. On the 21-23h of December LOFTAS will be surrounded by great music, festive atmosphere and the smell of mulled wine.

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December 20 - January 5
The Alternative Christmas Courtyard

This is a rare opportunity to see the new face of Lukiškės Prison. Don’t forget to capture the moment because you might have to wait a long time for another experience like this. The festive installation will light up the entire courtyard, transforming it into a interesting space.

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December 25
Christmas night...

Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius University invites to spend the magical Christmas evening together with the best Christmas music, known melodies in a new light.

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4th Honorary Consulate opened in Australia

On 13 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis opened the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Darwin. Egle Garrick, an active member of the Lithuanian World Community, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in the Northern Territory.

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Highlight of the Week
Merry Christmas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

Photo credits @ Gabrielė Niekytė

Jan 10 2020

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December 6, 2019             


Our world is changing and NATO is changing with it. But our commitment to one another endures, giving us the strength to overcome our differences and rise to any challenge #WeAreNATO       |
Credits @ NATO

Lithuania will provide help to quake-stricken Albania

Lithuania will provide assistance to Albania which was struck by a strong earthquake last week.

According to Deputy Government Chancellor Deividas Matulionis, the government will allocate financial support of up to 50,000 euros and will send two construction experts to the Balkan state.

"We'll provide a certain amount of money and experts who, along with experts from other countries, will assess the condition of the destroyed or damaged buildings and look at what to do with them next," he told BNS.


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Important decisions on Lithuania’s security at the NATO Summit



At the NATO Leaders Meeting in London, President Gitanas Nausėda said that Russia’s aggressive actions were the greatest threat to NATO.

“We should have no illusions, Russia is the main and, in my view, the biggest threat to the security of the Baltic States and NATO. It is important to identify external threats to the unity and strength of the Alliance. I urged NATO leaders to strengthen defense of our region to deter Russia”, the President said after the NATO Summit in London.

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Lithuania’s GovTech Lab initiative acknowledged in the European Awards

The GovTech Lab initiative by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation and Create Lithuania was awarded at the Innovation In Politics Awards 2019.

‘GovTech seems to be just a word. It is clear that it consists of two parts, ‘gov’ and ‘tech’, which mean that we need to work together to create the value of technology for our society. Technology offers opportunities for a better public sector capable to serve the society,’ said Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Elijus Čivilis when colleting the award in Berlin.

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Anti-soviet partisan Kentra-Aušra awarded Freedom Prize in Lithuania

Albinas Kentra-Ausra, a partisan and chronicler of the Lithuanian Atgimimas (Revival) movement, has been awarded the annual Freedom Prize in Lithuania.

Kentra was born in 1929 and was detained and imprisoned by the Soviets 1946 for his active ties with the partisans, and was moved to the Spassk labour camp in Russia in 1949. He returned to Lithuania in 1954 and later studied English language and literature at the Vilnius University, later continuing his foreign language studies in Saint Petersburg, Russia.




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Lithuanian Companies Are Offered 40000 € to Transfer CERN Technologies

Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LIC), together with Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park and Kaunas Science and Technology Park, invites companies to apply for the program of Lithuanian Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies (CERN Incubator), and develop innovative products using CERN technologies. The list of technological excellence of CERN includes particle accelerators, vacuum technology, data and digital sciences, sensors, detectors, superconducting magnets, mechanical, material, electrical engineering and a host of other innovative technologies that can be applied not only for scientific but also for commercial purposes.

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The President invited London’s financial companies to expand business in Lithuania

December 3, the President visited the London business center where he met with Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation, other corporate officials and members of the financial community. Gitanas Nausėda took part in a round table with management teams from large companies working in finance and financial technologies.

The President spoke about Brexit’s possible impact on the economy and the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. He underlined that Lithuania would support close UK-EU political, defense and economic ties even after Brexit.


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Italian company plans to build large distillery in Panevezys


Italy's Etea Group is planning to build a facility in Lithuania's northern city of Panevezys to produce ethyl alcohol from residual materials from wheat processing, the business daily Verslo Zinios reported on Tuesday.

The group plans to invest 24.5 million euros and create up to 25 jobs in the facility which is planned to be launched in 2021.

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Lithuania's Kaunas to test new waste-to-energy plant


A waste-to-energy combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kaunas, built by a joint enterprise of Lithuania's Ignitis Group and Finnish energy group Fortum Heat, underwent tests this week.

During the first weeks, equipment testing will involve the use of natural gas, and upon confirmation that all installations work as expected, the first shipment of waste will be brought to the production facility, probably in late January, Ignitis Group said.

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90 cafes of the capital invite seniors for a free cup of coffee and tea on Sundays

In the eve of the most beautiful winter holidays, seniors are invited to enjoy a warm and friendly campaign “Let’s meet for a cup of coffee” held for the 19th year in the capital. A record-high number of businesses responded to the municipality’s invitation to join the beautiful initiative and serve seniors coffee or tea – as many as 90 cafes, restaurants, hotels and bakeries will welcome seniors from 24 November till 5 January, inviting them to spend Sunday afternoons chatting over a cup of coffee or tea.

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All-women theatre play strikes chords with Lithuanians and South Koreans alike

A play by a Lithuanian playwright has been produced by a theatre company in South Korea. The story about a group of women in a hospital seems to have struck a chord with Lithuanians and Koreans alike, says the author, Birutė Kapustinskaitė.


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Portugal’s documentary festival tribute to documentary maker Stonys

December 2, the 16th international animation festival Animateka starts in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For the first time ever, this year’s program is dedicated to the Baltic animation. Program „Focus on the Baltics“ was created in cooperation with national film centers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.


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Two Lithuanian marathons amongst top ten best marathons in the world

A new global study by The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, analysed 81 global IAAF-certified marathon courses.

To make things simpler, The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, has standardised the latest data available for key categories - including the number of toilet and medical stations, average finish time, entry fees, air pollution levels and the quality of local accommodation - to rank marathons around the world from best to worst.

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From December 6
Ice skating in Lukiškės Square!


Ice skating is one of favourite winter pastimes, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

Outdoor CHRISTMAS ICE SKATING RINK of Vilnius – open from 6 December 2019 until 8 March 2020 at Lukiškės Square.

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December 7
Concert of Ola Gjeilo „Sunrise Mass“, Klasika Visiems

Annual project Klasika Visiems (Classical music for Everyone) invites the public to an unforgettable night with New Ideas Chamber Orchestra and a choir of apprx. 400 voices at the Vilnius University, St. Johns' Church.

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December 7
Student Company and Startup Christmas eXpo 2019

Entrepreneurial-minded students from across Lithuania will offer innovative and nowhere seen ideas, offer services and products they have created themselves in a largest annual student startup expo.

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 Credits @ Lithuanian Tribune

Lithuanian choir conductor brings Baltic choral tradition to the Netherlands

November saw the powerful début of the Baltic Project Choir, founded and led by Lithuanian choir conductor Sigita Žurauskaitė, in the northern city of Groningen, the Netherlands. The two-night program is part of a long-anticipated cultural initiative to bring Baltic choral tradition to new audiences abroad, featuring a compilation of traditional folk song arrangements and modern classical compositions by Baltic composers.




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Highlight of the Week
Main Lithuanian Christmas tree, already beeing called the Queen of European Christmas trees according to "European Best Destinations"

Vilnius, Lithuania
Photo credits @ LRT

Dec 10 2019

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