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Weekly News From Lithuania 7 June 2019

 
 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

Accordind to @EU_Eurostat Lithuania, Slovenia and Germany are among the eight top recyclers of plastics in the #EU. Stopping plastic pollution is our collective responsibility. #PlasticsStrategy

 
11:55 PM - 2 Jun 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Today Lithuanian Parliament passed resolution declaring mass deportation of #CrimeanTatars 75 years ago act of genocide committed by the totalitarian Stalinist regime. #Lithuania will continue standing up for the Crimean Tatars’ rights in #Russia’s occupied Crimea.

 
3:49 AM - 6 Jun 2019
 
Darius Skusevičius
@skusev
 

Proud that #Lithuania is moving to right direction in ensuring #LGBTI rights. @LithuaniaMFA is contributing its part in supporting @Baltic_PrideHuman rights conference 2019. Happy Pride to everybody! @ILGAEurope@LGLLithuania

 
11:37 PM - 5 Jun 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Lithuania opens its Embassy in Croatia
 

On 6 June, during his official visit to Croatia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Željko Reiner and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, officially opened the Embassy of Lithuania in Zagreb.

 
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Three Seas Initiative for the successful development of Europe
 

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending the Three Seas Initiative Summit. Speaking at the plenary session, the President stressed that the initiative launched four years ago to link the Adriatic Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea regions through transport, energy and other interconnections is a unique platform for cooperation that strengthens economic development, reduces development disparities, and increases cooperation and unity across Europe. The Three Seas Initiative envisages three priority areas: strengthening cross-border energy, transport, and digital connections.

 
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Prospects for Baltic Sea regional cooperation discussed in Jūrmala
 

On 3 June, in Jūrmala, Latvia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a high-level meeting marking the end of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Together with his counterparts from the Baltic and Nordic countries, Germany, Russia, and the European External Action Service, L. Linkevičius discussed prospects for the Baltic Sea regional cooperation.

According to the Foreign Minister, full-blown, trust based cooperation is only possible if all countries in the region base their policies on the principles of the rule of law, democracy, respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

 
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Foreign Ministry holds conference on security challenges in digital era
 

On 4-5 June, an international conference "Security Challenges in the Digital Era: the Role of Science Advice" was held at the Palace of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. The event, which was open to the broader public, focused on the role of science in building resilience to various threats we face in today's world.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Lithuania ranked most competitive country in emerging Europe
 

Twelve countries of the emerging Europe region have been ranked among the 63 most competitive economies in IMD’s 2019 World Competitiveness Ranking.

According to the Switzerland-based business school, Lithuania has become the region’s most competitive country and is now ranked 29th globally after climbing up three places.

 
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Nordzucker to establish a new Business Services Centre in Kaunas
 

Nordzucker, one of the leading sugar producers in Europe, is establishing a Business Service Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania, the country’s second largest city. The company already employs 230 people at its sugar production facility in Kėdainiai, and is now extending its operation in Lithuania.

“The new legal entity ‘Nordzucker Business Services’ will offer a portfolio of services across our group entities, and enables us to drive efficiency and consistency in our processes,” says Alexander Bott, Chief Financial Officer at Nordzucker.

 
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Kaunas and Palanga Airports join the international environmental protection programme – Vilnius enters the second stage
 

Kaunas and Palanga air gates join the international Airport Carbon Accreditation programme for the management of airport greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, whereas Vilnius Airport has been officially invited to enter already the second stage of this programme. By participating in this programme three airports of our country calculate the annual quantity of GHG emissions expressed in carbo dioxide equivalents (CO2e), the so-called carbon footprint, and look for measures how to reduce as much as possible the quantity of gas emitted into the environment and contribute to environmental protection on the international scale.

 
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A Record Year at Klaipeda FEZ: 1.2 billion EUR in Revenue, Record-breaking Purchases, and Paid Taxes
 

2018 was the best year in the Klaipeda FEZ, the total revenue of the 34 investors established in the zone was 1.239 billion EUR, a 20% increase over 2017. The last year also broke records in exports, purchases in Lithuania, as well as taxes paid.

The companies established at the Klaipeda FEZ are not only growing manufacturers but also big buyers of supplies from other Lithuanian companies. Throughout the last year, the Klaipeda FEZ investor community carried out purchases in Lithuania worth 321.1 million EUR, a 27.9% increase over 2017.

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
Review: Mirga’s first major recording is a magical debut
 

We have simply never heard a Weinberg symphony sound like this. DG offers a vibrant recorded sound. Grazinyte-Tyla has taken the city of Birmingham and its orchestra by storm, and the playing is gorgeous.

And she sings! The symphony ends with a soprano solo, which Grazinyte-Tyla, who was trained as singer, takes on in a strong, focused voice, with little vibrato. Her voice is somehow immediately recognizable as hers even if you have never heard her before. The impression is that of a symphony absorbed in a conductor’s DNA.

 
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“Litewski Focus“ at the festival „Wschód Kultury – Inne Brzmienia“ in Lublin
 

The presentation of Lithuanian culture “Litewski Focus” is prepared by the Lithuanian Culture Institute and cultural attaché Rasa Rimickaitė in close collaboration with Polish and Lithuanian partners in the line-up of the festival „Wschód Kultury – Inne Brzmienia“ in Lublin in 27-30 Jun 2019.

The “Litewski Focus” programme reveals a good mixture of contemporary Lithuanian culture: vibrant, intellectually charged, preoccupied with memory as much as engaged in experiments.

The 450th anniversary of signing the Union of Lublin is a great opportunity to discover and to enjoy Lithuanian culture in Lublin!

 
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Culture Night brings art and street shows to nocturnal Vilnius
 

 

Culture Night festival kicks off on June 14, bringing nocturnal art shows across Vilnius for the thirteenth time and offering over 100 different events. Various museums, churches, as well as the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, will be open to visitors.

Culture Night festival opens up the capital’s squares, streets, parks, and the most unexpected spaces in Vilnius, filled with music, dance, theatre, cinema, photography and installations. Other spaces include Smoke factory and the former War museum in Vilnius, which will host an entire Cultural Town on its premises.

 
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Success of HBO’s Chernobyl Puts Vilnius in Spotlight as Prime Location for Filming in Region
 

Tax incentive, welcoming approach by the government, and big talent pool made Vilnius an attractive filming destination.

The last episode of HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl aired this week, ending the bone-chilling historical drama. As of today, the show stands as the highest-rated TV series on IMDB. Contrary to the public belief, Chernobyl was not filmed only in Ukraine – the bigger part of the show was shot in Lithuania. Extensive parts of the show were shot in Vilnius, and the Lithuanian capital established itself as one of the regional leaders for hosting film production.

 
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Jun 27 2019

Weekly News From Lithuania 24 May 2019

 
LT MFA StratCom
@LT_MFA_Stratcom
 

.@MarkGaleotti in the crowded room of the #Sakharov Conference, elaborating on non-state actors, such as hackers, extremists and militia, organised criminals as the real soldiers of the new political war of the Kremlin, aimed to divide, distract and dismay the West.

 
2:27 AM - 21 May 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

President 
@ZelenskyyUa
commenced his
term in office. We
wish him all the
strength in stepping
up on reforms path.
Today Ambassador 
@yatsenkivskyi 
& Chargé d'affaires 
@B_RichardsonFApresented invitation to @UkrReformConf in Toronto. #Lithuania to continue assisting #Ukraine

 
3:38 AM - 20 May 2019
 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

#Europe’s first #basketball venue marks its 80th birthday in #Lithuania – take a look at the historic footage. The Lithuanian team won EuroBasket tournaments in 1937, 1939 and - 2003.

 
12:55 AM - 23 May 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting pays special attention to emerging technologies
 

On 22-23 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is attending the Meeting of the OECD Council at the Ministerial Level, which focuses on topical issues of global policy and strategic goals of the organization. This year, special attention is given to the potential and challenges of digital transition.

"Emerging technologies like 5g, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockhain, and Big Data cross state boundaries. In addition, global space is constantly changing. Thus, we need to find multilateral solutions making better use of the opportunities promised by emerging technologies," said L. Linkevičius during a discussion with other ministers from OECD countries.

 
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Baltic and German Foreign Ministers meet in Hamburg
 

On 21 May, a traditional meeting of the Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, and German Foreign Ministers took place in Hamburg. The meeting discussed issues of security, the future of the European Union and its relations with eastern neighbors, as well as regional cooperation. In the meeting, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius presented security issues and thanked Germany for its military contribution to NATO's efforts to ensure Baltic security. L. Linkevičius also stressed the need to increase NATO's deterrence and defense capabilities, and to strengthen the EU-NATO security cooperation.

 
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Representatives of the Atlantic Council, influential U.S. think-tank, on a visit in Lithuania
 

“Now that it is in a very dangerous threat environment, Lithuania should continue what it is doing which is increase defence spending from 2 to 2.5 in overtime. That is appropriate for a frontline state which unfortunate Lithuania and other Baltic states are,” former US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Walt Slocombe says. He is visiting Lithuania this week in a delegation of defence and security experts and shapers led by the Atlantic Council, an influential analytical centre of the U.S., in order to get first hand impressions about the Baltic security situation.

 
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Lithuania's Honorary Consulate resumes its activities in Sapporo
 

On 23 May, Lithuania opened its Honorary Consulate in Sapporo after a year-long pause. Masahiro Fujii was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Hokkaido, Japan‘s largest prefecture. The Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis presented him a consular patent.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
The world’s most powerful laser created by Lithuanians is already working
 

On May 15, SYLOS, one of the most powerful laser systems in the world produced by Lithuanians, started working at the Laser Research Center in Hungary, Verslo žinios reports.

“Although lasers represent a relatively small share in the overall Lithuanian export market, they make Lithuania famous around the world and push global science to improvement. The need for laser technology worldwide is constantly increasing, so the development of products that have no alternatives and participation in such large international projects give more opportunities and further strengthen the position of Lithuania in laser science and industry,” says Gintaras Vilda, Vice Minister of Economy and Innovation, who participated in the ceremony.

 
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EUR 130 mln to be invested into Vilnius Airport over 4 years
 

Around 130 mln euros will be invested into the expansion and reconstruction of Lithuania's largest Vilnius Airport over the next four years, until 2022, and annual revenue of Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports, LOU), the sate-run operator of three airports in Lithuania, is set to grow by around 43% to 63 mln euros, informed LETA/BNS.

The company's EBITDA margin is forecast to increase by 45-56% in 2019-2022, from 40 percent last year, according to Lietuvos Oro Uostai's 2018 report.

 
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The volume of construction work carried out in Lithuania increased by 14% in Q1 2019
 

In I quarter 2019, the volume of construction work carried out in the country amounted to EUR 535.1 mln at current prices, and against the previous period, seasonally and calendar adjusted, increased by 14% (unadjusted – decreased by 40.6%).

Over a quarter, the volume of building construction increased by 18.3%, civil engineering structures – 8.8% more (unadjusted – 23.7% and 59.8% less respectively).

In I quarter 2019, against the respective period of the previous year, the volume of construction work carried out, calendar adjusted and unadjusted, increased by 18.6%.

 
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Lithuanian Electric Buses to Hit the Roads by the End of Summer
 

At the end of summer, the first two Lithuanian electric buses Dancer should start operating in Klaipeda. Vejo projektai, the company that makes them, is almost done building them, while the Klaipeda Bus Park is waiting for the financing, which is planned to get alotted this month.

 

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
Your Guide to the Jewish Heritage of Vilnius
 

With bagels making a delicious comeback in Lithuania’s capital and a number of traditional Jewish celebrations becoming part of city life again, there’s a sense that Jewish culture is experiencing somewhat of a rebirth in Vilnius, which has many looking back at the city’s historic ties with its Jewish, or Litvak, community. 

And though the time machine has yet to be invented, it’s now possible to travel back in time to when Vilnius was known as the Jerusalem of the North. Unlocking the Jewish cultural heritage deeply embedded into the city’s streets, buildings, and history has just become a lot easier thanks to the new free guide entitled, Discover Jewish Heritage in Vilnius.

 
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European Capital of Culture Forum 2019
 

The European Capital of Culture Forum is an annual event initiated by the team of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, where leaders representing various creative fields from all around Europe come together for gaining and sharing knowledge, getting inspiration, networking and discussing the opportunities for cooperation. One of the main objectives of this initiative is to encourage the culture of collaboration with other sectors, such as business, science or politics.

 
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Lithuanian Story – Culture Festival
 

For the first time in Israel: chamber music, poetry night, performance art, contemporary indie and electronic music, contemporary dance and film from Lithuania.

 
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May 25 2019

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