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Weekly News From Lithuania 15 February 2019

 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

While @Freedomhouse
observes general
democracy decline in the world, #Lithuania 
remains high
ranked scoring
91 points out of
100 in the annual 
#FreedomInTheWorld
report.

 
1:20 AM - 9 Feb 2019
 
LT MFA StratCom
@LT_MFA_Stratcom
 

On the 16th of
February we'll
mark the
Day of Restoration of #Lithuania's Independence. We'll remember Act of Independence,
signed in 1918,
together with
Partisans (Minaičiai) Declaration, signed 70y ago - in 1949. Both embody Freedom as our highest value.
 #LTFreedomFighters

 
6:26 AM - 10 Feb 2019
 
Linas Linkevicius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Good chance to
discuss further
strengthening of
our bilateral
relations with
colleague
Sheikh
Abdullah
bin Zayed at the
Ministerial on
Peace and Security
in the Middle East in
 #Warsaw, including opening #Lithuania’s
embassy in #UAE soon. 
@ABZayed @MOFAUAE

 
12:58 AM - 14 Feb 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
A. Zananavičius: Embassy in London strengthens capacities in the run-up to Brexit
 

On 13 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius presented steps taken by the Lithuanian diplomatic service to prepare for the United Kingdom’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 29 March 2019.

“As the Brexit day approaches, the Lithuanian Embassy in London strengthens capacities of its consular unit. We began the selection procedure of two new consular officers, set citizen’s reception hours on weekdays, and extended working hours on weekdays. There will be additional consular missions in King's Lynn and Leeds,” said the Foreign Vice-Minister.

 
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Lithuanian-Polish parliamentary assembly resumes work after decade-long break
 

The Lithuanian-Polish Parliamentary Assembly has resumed work after a decade-long break.

According to Arvydas Nekrošius, the leader of the Lithuanian Seimas' delegation, a declaration adopted during lawmakers' meeting in Warsaw stressed the importance of this format and the need to continue meetings in the future.

"We could talk about cooperation in the areas of security, defense, energy security, various infrastructure projects, and also issues related to the situation of ethnic minorities," Nekrošius said.

 
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Lithuania’s first Honorary Consulate opens in Paraguay
 

On 12 February, the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania was opened in Paraguay. The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the official opening ceremony.

“Today, we are taking a new step in the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and Paraguay. We believe that the new Honorary Consulate will contribute to the development of our relationship in the fields of politics, economy, tourism, education, and other areas, ”said the Vice-Minister Skusevičius.

 
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Lithuanian government holds training on election cyber threats
 

The Chancellery of the Lithuanian Government held training and tabletop exercises earlier this week, dedicated to countering cyber threats during elections.

Experts from Sweden, Finland and Poland shared their insights into the importance of public resilience during election time, and also shared their experience of deterring third-country attempts to negatively affect the election process. The seminar focused on the 2018 election to the Swedish parliament.

Microsoft shared its thoughts about cooperation between the public and private sectors and the existing instruments to ensure the security of information networks during elections.

 
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ECONOMY AND SCIENCE
 
 
Lithuania attracts London fintech firms as Brexit looms
 

Worried over Brexit uncertainty, dozens of fintech companies have applied for licences in Lithuania to secure access to the EU market, France 24 reports.

"We expect to receive around 100 applications from fintech companies this year," Marius Jurgilas, a member of the board at the central bank, told AFP.

The Lithuanian fintech cluster already includes over 110 licensed companies, second only to Britain in the European Union, while another 61 applications are under review, according to central bank figures.

 
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Vilnius University scientist Dr Urtė Neniškytė to receive a prestigious international award
 

On February 11th, 2019, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO For Women in Science programme announced the list of International Rising Talents. The list features 15 most promising researchers, and among them is Dr Urtė Neniškytė, a neuroscientist at Vilnius University’s Life Sciences Centre (VU LSC).

She will accept the award together with other talented scientists during a ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The ceremony is a part of the “For Women in Science” week, during which eminent international scientists come together to celebrate the contribution of women to the development of science.

 
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Lithuania is top EU member state by proportion of women scientists and engineers
 

Marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, Eurostat released a report on the proportion of women in science and technology in EU member states.

In 2017, of almost 18 million scientists and engineers in the EU, 59% were men and 41% women. However, in five EU Member States, the majority of scientists and engineers were women: Lithuania (57% female), Bulgaria and Latvia (both 53%), Portugal (51%) and Denmark (just over 50%).

 
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Lithuania's total exports of goods increased by 7.3% over 2018
 

According to Statistics Lithuania, total exports of goods increased by 7.3 per cent over 2018 to EUR 28.3 billion. 

The greatest contributors to the growth in exports of goods of Lithuanian origin (excluding energy products) were the chemical industry (about 3 pp), the engineering industry (2.1 pp), the tobacco products industry (1.9 pp) and the furniture industry (1.1 pp).

 
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CULTURE AND EVENTS
 
 
Vilnius is inviting you to celebrate the Restoration of the State of Lithuania Day together!
 

Vilnius is going to have a memorable celebration of the Day of Independence of Lithuania – a unique sense of unity, events, concerts and 70 fires will be waiting in the city centre!

Moreover, the traffic lights of the capital will be lit in the Lithuanian Tricolour. The same colours will be used to light the monument of Three Crosses and three main bridges in Vilnius: Mindaugas, Green and White bridges, as well as the Town Hall, Philharmonic and the Cathedral’s Belfry.

Three main streets of the capital – Gedimino and Konstitucijos avenues and Pilies street – will be decorated festively.

 

 
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20th Vilnius Book Fair will invite guests to watch literary duels
 

The international Vilnius Book Fair, which marks 20th anniversary this year, will feature a novelty – literary duels between creators and critics.

Held on February 21-24, the largest event dedicated to literature, music and cultural discussions, promises 200 meetings with various authors, 18 events at five spacious halls and over 50 foreign guests.

 
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International music incubator Novus is looking for new talents
 

Based in Vilnius, Art Factory Loftas promises an impressive summer experience and is now open for the up and coming band applications to participate in the international band competition Music Incubator Novus.

Music Incubator Novus is an international young bands competition and is held for four straight years at Art Factory Loftas. The project encourages to participate bands of any music genre.

Novus is looking for the most exciting acts from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. This year’s competition will be held in June-July at Art Factory Loftas summer terrace supported by Lithuania’s national radio “LRT Opus” and television.

 
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Lithuanian security service makes documentary on interwar intelligence
 

The Lithuanian State Security Department (VSD) has collaborated with a team of film professionals and historians on a new documentary entitled "The Shadow Front".

The documentary uses previously unshown photos and video material from the archives and modern movie animation to look at the behind-the-scenes work of Lithuania's interwar intelligence. Five historians helped the creative team in the production of the documentary, which took more than a year to make.

 
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Coin dedicated to Užgavėnės features a flaming Morė
 

The Bank of Lithuania has issued into circulation two collector coins dedicated to the end-of-winter celebration Užgavėnės – a €1.5 coin from a copper-nickel alloy and a €5 silver coin featuring the legendary Morė, the effigy of winter, and masqueraders. The coins will be issued into circulation on 19 February.

 
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Weekly News From Lithuania 01 February 2019

 
Andrius Kubilius
@AndriusKubilius
 

Comprehensive discussion with
 @UN Special Rapporteur on the
right of everyone to enjoyment of highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras,on 
@UN #HumanRightsagenda
&possible ways to strenghten @UN&
@coepartnership in
promoting Human Rights worldwide

 
11:44 PM - 28 Jan 2019
 
LT MFA StratCom
@LT_MFA_Stratcom
 

This year, #Lithuania|n military will participate in 11 international operations, sending 170 troops to various Asian, European, African regions. Proud that our military is recognized for its international prestige and can well contribute to international security.

 
4:59 AM - 29 Jan 2019
 
Linas Linkevicius
@LinkeviciusL
 

The biggest EU trade deal ever: the #EUJapan Trade Agreement enters into force. My warm congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this exemplary deal happen & opened new opportunities for people & businesses in the #EU & #Japan. A truly great day for free & fair trade!

 
8:40 AM - 31 Jan 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Prime Minister: Lithuania leads the world in cyber security
 

In his opening address at the Cybertech Forum 2019 in Tel Aviv, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis underlined that cyber tools, together with disinformation attacks, have become a challenge to national security and no country is immune to cyber-attacks.

“Cyber security is a top priority for Lithuania. We authorized the Ministry of National Defence to be the only institution responsible for policy making in the field. Also, the National Cyber Security Centre has been transformed to a powerhouse managing all cyber incidents. There were 55 000 cyber attacks last year alone. Today, Lithuania is recognised as a worldwide leader in the field, claiming the first place in the National Cyber Security Index”, said the Prime Minister.

 
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Important Lithuanian-Polish energy projects discussed in Warsaw
 

Representatives of Lithuania and Poland met on Wednesday in Warsaw to discuss important bilateral energy projects. The meeting focused on the synchronization of the power networks, a new gas link and green energy.

"The key issues will include the progress of the synchronization of the Baltic power networks with that of continental Europe and the upcoming moves. Also, the existing situation will be discussed, related to the implementation of the Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL) project," the Lithuanian Energy Ministry told BNS Lithuania before the meeting.

 
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Lithuanians believe that Latvia is the friendliest country
 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned the Market and Opinion Research Centre ‘Vilmorus Ltd.’ to conduct a public opinion survey, which found that Lithuanians believed in the importance of foreign policy and diplomacy for security of the country and its inhabitants.

Nearly three out of four respondents (70%) believe that Lithuanians living abroad contribute to a better awareness and attractiveness of Lithuania abroad, help to attract investment to Lithuania, implement various projects planned to help Lithuania prosper, allocate money to charities and support initiatives, support their families and friends in Lithuania, and foster the Lithuanian national identity abroad.

 
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ECONOMY AND SCIENCE
 
 
Lithuania to host two CERN business incubation centers
 

Attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

At the meeting, it was announced that Lithuania was going to host two CERN business incubation centers – one in Vilnius and another in Kaunas. An agreement on the establishment of business incubators will be signed this coming February.

It is the first time that CERN – one of the world’s largest and most advanced research organizations – launches an incubation center in an associate member state. Currently, the network of CERN incubators has sites in nine countries only. Lithuania will be the tenth nation to gain unique access to CERN’s newest technologies, data bases and expertise.

 
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Bank of Lithuania: join LBChain and test your innovation
 

The Bank of Lithuania invites FinTech companies to participate in the LBChain project where, together with leading blockchain experts, they will develop or test their blockchain-based innovations. The project will be presented on 6 February at Switching gears with LBChain hosted at the Blockchain Centre Vilnius.

The LBChain is the world’s first blockchain-based sandbox developed by a financial market regulator that combines technological and regulatory infrastructures. The platform will enable Lithuanian and international start-ups as well as financial and FinTech companies to gain new knowledge, carry out blockchain-oriented research, test and adapt blockchain-based services and offer state-of-the-art inno

 
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Lithuanians feel happier, research shows
 

70 percent of people in Lithuania consider themselves happy, an emotional climate survey carried out by the Human Study Center shows. There were 56 percent of such people in 2010.

"Lithuania is becoming emotionally more attractive to its citizens. Such patriotic events as the state's centenary has considerably contributed to people feeling better and happier. It's a good opportunity to look at yourself from the positive side and feel that togetherness and unity," psychologist Gintaras Chomentauskas, head of the Human Study Center, said in a statement.

 
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CULTURE AND EVENTS
 
 
Interactive Festival of Lights Illuminates Collective Emotions for Vilnius’ 696th Birthday
 

It was a weekend to remember in Lithuania’s capital as residents and visitors to the city gathered to celebrate Vilnius’ 696th anniversary. Despite the city’s relatively ancient age, the weekend-long celebration was filled with youthful exuberance. 

Among the activities planned for the birthday celebration was a spectacular Festival of Lights. The event was a gift of sorts to the city – artists from eight different countries came to Vilnius and collaborated on 22 unique light installations, giving everyone the opportunity to see many of the city’s landmarks dressed in dazzling and vibrant colours. These landmarks included iconic and historic buildings, bridges, churches and squares in and around the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town.

 
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Memory of the victims of the Holocaust commemorated at Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry
 

On 28 January, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with representatives of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, former prisoners of Vilnius and Kaunas ghettos, foreign diplomats who reside in Lithuania, and members of various cultural organizations, commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Today we honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and express our determination to contribute to the efforts of the democratic world to prevent such a tragedy from happening again,” said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius.

 
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American Library Association’s Awards Include Daciūtė’s ‘Fox’ in Translation
 

 

The American Library Association on Monday announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States.

"The Fox on the Swing" is the 2019 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Lithuanian as "Laime Yra Lape," the book was written by Evelina Daciūtė, illustrated by Aušra Kiudulaitė, translated by The Translation Bureau and published by Thames & Hudson, Inc.

 
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Archives of Uruguayan-Lithuanians arriving in Lithuania
 

Over 20 kg of archived materials collected by the local Lithuanian community is travelling to Lithuania from Uruguay.

The documents include the first editions of Lithuanian newspapers published in Uruguay, letters of interwar Lithuanians, sent to Lithuanians in South America, as well as the whole archive of the Lithuanian community in Uruguay, including photos of meetings and commemorations, theater posters and diplomats' speeches.

 
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