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Weekly News from Lithuania, September 6 2019

 
Linas Linkevicius   Linas Linkevicius 
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Always good to be back in Warsaw & together w colleague J. #Czaputowicz discuss wide range of issues of bilateral &… https://t.co/GgnAjhgNJ2

 
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   President Gitanas Nausėda meets with President-elect of the European Commussion Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Council Charles Michel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg | Credits @ Robertas Dačkus

 
 
The President was paying his first visit to Brussels
 

During the first working visit to Brussels, President Gitanas Nausėda visited the European Parliament, NATO headquarters, the European Commission, the European Council and Lithuanian Permanent Representations to the EU and NATO.

The President met with the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker, President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President-elect of the European Council Charles Michel.

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Virginijus Sinkevičius at the Krynica Economic Forum: The digital economy is Europe’s chance to avoid recession


Minister of the Economy and Innovation Virginijus Sinkevičius, which is participating in the 29th Krynica Economic Forum, has said that Europe immediately needs a united and coherent digital policy in order to maintain its positions globally.

According to Minister Sinkevičius, the growth and business development of the European single market must be based on innovation, digitisation and artificial intelligence.

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Japan is Lithuania’s key partner in Asia


Deividas Matulionis, First Deputy Chancellor of the Government, has had a meeting with President of the Japan BioIndustry Association, Osamu Nagayama.
The First Deputy Chancellor of the Government has pointed out Japan’s importance as one of Lithuania’s key partners in Asia, with the 10-fold increase in trade volumes over the last decade (from 38.82 million eurosin 2010 to 355.2 million euros in 2018). He has also noted the shared approach to the values and global issues. 
Science partnership between Lithuania and Japan has earned a particular attention. According to Deividas Matulionis, Japan is among Lithuania’s key partners in science, technology and innovation.

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Virginijus Sinkevičius   Virginijus Sinkevičius
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European idea is to compete globally in #innovation#regulation and #knowledge, not in trade wars. I am glad we sh… https://t.co/KvKIjr3RYL

 
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Vilnius’s Top 10 GovTech Startups
 

Lithuania is following the lead of other European countries and actively taking steps to attract technology startups and foster local innovation, with Vilnius being the epicentre of this emerging ecosystem. Through government initiatives such as open data and intelligent city policies, Startup Visas for entrepreneurs, the 5th fastest internet speed in the EU, as well as the 3rd lowest corporate tax rate in the EU, Vilnius is quickly building a reputation for being the fast-growing innovation hub of the Baltic region.

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Fast-growing payments startup SumUp opens an office in Vilnius


With a global vision of empowering the small merchants to succeed in doing what they love and to grow their businesses, SumUp has been growing at an incredibly healthy rate of circa 100% every year. The company now operates in 31 markets across Europe, Brazil and the US. The new Lithuanian office will play an important role in SumUp’s future growth with Baltic states business development. The company plans to hire over 30 employees in Lithuania in the next three years.

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24 Businesses Doing Remote Work in Lithuania


More and more companies are catching on the benefits of remote work in Lithuania. Even though there may still be a bias on the topic whether work will actually get done if the team is not in the office.

There is plenty of data to prove the positives of remote work far outweigh the negatives. It affects people positively in many ways – productivity, happiness and your team is less likely to leave if you give them some freedom.  

Take a look at a list of companies that offer remote work in Lithuania.

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Dynamic, fast growing, forward thinking - that's what modern Lithuania is all about. Unleash your talent in a country as ambitious as you are! | Credits @ Work in Lithuania

 
 
 
 
CULTURE & HISTORY
 

 

Balticbest silver for an outstanding visual identity of the festival „Lithuanian Story“ in Tel Aviv organized by Lithuanian Culture Institute and cultural attache Elena Keidošiūtė!
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After a 17-year break, Lithuanian feature films came back to the Venice Film Festival


Lithuanian filmmakers return to Venice: after a long break, Lithuanian titles and names will be heard at the main program of the film festival.Two feature films celebrating authors and talents are featured at the festival’s program this week.

This year “Parthenon” (lit. Partenonas) by Mantas Kvedaravičius will be competing at the Film Critics’ Week. The film belongs to a hybrid genre of fiction and documentary and is a co-production between Lithuania (Studio Uljana Kim, Extimacy Films), Ukraine (Esse Production House) and France (Rouge International).

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Pick Up a Book and Learn to Read Better in 7 Days


The New York Times 
shares the tips how to pick up a book and learn to read better, making everything much more clear with the amazing illustrations of Egle Zvirblyte!

"Want to sleep better, be smarter and more empathetic? Try picking up a book. There’s a lot more between those pages than just stories. Were you once a voracious reader, but life got in the way? Do you long for the escape that comes with reading a good book? Or do you just feel that reading is a chore, not something you’d do for fun?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions — and you’d like to get back to books — now is the perfect time to do it."

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September 5 - 8
 
Vilnius Gallery Weekend
 

Vilnius Gallery Weekend has been taking place since 2016 and symbolically marks the beginning of the exhibition season. The goal of this yearly event is to provide an opportunity to discover the city’s art spaces, visit exhibitions, meet creators and form a lasting habit of going to galleries.
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Visitor Centre of the Seimas will open to the public
 

In September, beginning with the autumn parliamentary session the Visitor Centre opens its doors. The guided tours organised in the Seimas to this day will be complemented by various educational activities, lectures and discussions, which will provide the public with a deeper insight into the history of parliamentary development, activities of modern parliaments, and legislative procedures. The Centre will also host meetings with members of the Seimas.
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October 6 and 11
 
George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus
 

The film ‘George’ on Fluxus founder George Maciunas by NYC based Jeffrey Perkins is selected for the BFI London Film Festival and will be shown twice as part of the Experimenta program.

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TOURISM
 
 

Holidays in Lithuania | Active leisure
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5 Reasons Lithuania Should Be Your Next Adventure Destination
 

"If you love getting active, no matter the season, look no further than Lithuania" - Mpora says.
Lithuania might just be the best kept secret in the Baltic and one of the best all-round adventure destinations in Europe. Whether it’s spring, summer, autumn, or winter, there’s always something fun going on there.

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Future Trend: Conference Tourism in Kaunas


Tourism experts have long noted that conference tourism is one of the most beneficial and promising types of tourism: tourists arriving at conferences not only reduce the seasonality of this activity, but also spend several times more than ordinary tourists.
Kaunas is a strategically convenient place for conferences, and it also has prominent universities, the active academic community, exciting architecture and culture: these are the main motives to choose the city.

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Inbound tourism growth to Lithuania in H1 2019 highest in 5 years


A total of 831,000 foreign arrivals – a spike of 9.25% – was recorded in H1 2019, the highest in the past five years. The number of domestic and foreign tourists who travelled in Lithuania with at least one overnight totalled 1,750,000 or 11.30% more than in the same period in 2018.

German tourists remain in the lead among foreign tourists visiting Lithuania. Record number of tourists from France and continuing growth in inbound tourism from Ukraine, United Kingdom and Finland.

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Vilnius, Lithuania, 2019 September 2
Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas

 
Sep 06 2019

Weekly News from Lithuania, August 30

 
Linas Linkevicius   Linas Linkevicius  
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Full class is back to school! An informal meeting of foreign ministers #Gymnich in Helsinki today & lots of importa… https://t.co/0ceY3qzPuA

 
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Meeting between Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Linas Linkevičius and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó in Šiauliai Air Base |        #WeAreNato      |    Credits @ URM

 
 
 
Lithuanians living in Venezuela are welcome in their homeland
 

As the humanitarian crisis  in Venezuela develops, the Government, acting pursuant to the Law on the Relocation of Persons to the Republic of Lithuania which came into force on 1 June 2019, approved the start and financing of the process of relocation specified therein.  

'The Government takes care of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and families of Lithuanian descent which need Government's assistance to their return  to Lithuania. Our fellow countrymen who live in Venezuela threatened by political, economic and humanitarian crisis will have the possibility to settle in Lithuania. Law on the Relocation of Persons to the Republic of Lithuania adopted in June and initiated by the Government will enable the provision of a wide range of support, including financial support. Thus you are welcome in your homeland', said the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.


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Hungary pledges to conduct NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission in Lithuania in 2022

 

On 26 August at Šiauliai Air Base, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, who is visiting Hungarian troops in Lithuania. The Foreign Ministers discussed regional security, items on the European agenda, the situation in Ukraine, the relationship with Russia, bilateral and other issues.

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Minister L. Linkevičius: Lithuania supports EU's credible enlargement policy based on case-by-case approach


On 29-30 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of EU member states (Gymnich) in Finland. The meeting focused on the situation in the Persian Gulf, the EU regional cooperation with the Western Balkans, and the EU policy for the Arctic.

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Virginijus Sinkevičius   Virginijus Sinkevičius 
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Innovation Week 2019 will rock #Lithuania on 16-22 September! Glad to see Panevėžys and Tauragė joining… https://t.co/aGPDYn117p

 
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Global Digital Quality of Life study revealed: Lithuania 23rd
 

Privacy company Surfshark introduced the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) study that highlights gaps between people's online experiences in various societies. The final DQL index compares countries by various digital factors such as the internet speed, country’s cybersecurity, the availability of e-government services and more. Country with the highest DQL index score in 2019 is Australia, followed by France and Singapore.

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Two electronic money institution licences issued


The Board of the Bank of Lithuania issued two electronic money institution licences to SumUp EU Payments UAB and Goopal Pay, UAB. The licensed companies will be able to offer electronic money issuance (redemption) and certain payment services. 

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Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia


Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called ‘presidential elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region by the de facto authorities in Sokhumi on August 25, 2019, and will not acknowledge their outcome. Similarly, we do not recognize the legitimacy or outcome of the so-called ‘parliamentary elections’ held in Georgia’s South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region on June 9, 2019.

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Cinema under the Stars at the palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania      |    Credits @ Go Vilnius

 
 
 
 
CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 

Lithuanian photographer Kamilė Kaveckaitė listed in the Adobe Photography TOP10 rising stars
Credits @ Kamilė Kaveckaitė

 
 
Vilnius Muslim community to build a mosque


The Sunni community of Vilnius plan to build a small mosque, the 15min.lt news website reports.

Lithuania's National Land Service has given the Vilnius Sunni religious community the right to use a 8,4000-square-metre land plot free of charge for a mosque in the Liepkalnis area of Vilnius.

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The Walls Remember, the People Tell

As part of the 20th annual European Day of Jewish Culture, the Lithuanian Jewish Community invites the public to visit the former Jewish Quarter of Vilnius. Recently several frescoes appeared on the walls there. The creators will lead a tour and talk about their surprising project The Walls Remember on September 1. 

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August 30 - September 1
 
Vilnius City Fiesta 2019
 

Celebrate together with Vilnius at the biggest festival filled with music, good food, culture and a great atmosphere. Greet the autumn season with live concerts, exceptional shows, and a fair in the heart of the city, on Gediminas Avenue. Get ready for some action, adventures, and creative ideas.

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September 2 - 8
 
New Circus Weekend'19
 

Escape everyday life and jump into a world of fantasies, illusions, and almost limitless possibilities. The circus can be completely different; see for yourself. The performances of troupes from all over the world will surprise and impress.

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September 6
 
Fluxus Festival 2019
 

Fluxus Festival invites to a variety of artistic experiences across Kaunas, with climbing Parodos Hill in Fluxus style at midnight, or opening of a new exhibition.

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Ancient Crafts Festival in Trakai
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Marius Janukonis   Marius Janukonis 
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Events on rooftops are rare for diplomats. Happy to inaugurate solar panels at @LTembassyUA w/participation of Žygi… https://t.co/nGzI42oQXC

 
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Saab Gripen aircraft at Šiauliai International Airport

Šiauliai, Lithuania, 2019 August 27
Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas

 
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