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Weekly News From Lithuania 15 March 2019

Dalia Grybauskaitė

#NATO at 70 remains strong & resolved. #Bucharest9 is united to strengthen further collective defence #WeAreNATO

4:46 AM - 28 Feb 2019
Lithuania MFA

According to 
passport now ranks
6th as one of the
strongest passports
in the world. You can
check the Global Passport
Power Rank 2019 here 

12:21 AM - 1 Mar 2019
Lithuania MFA

Greenest Countries in the #EU , according to NimbleFins. Data from @EU_Eurostat , the @EUEnvironment and the @WHO determine which EU countries are the greenest—both in terms of natural environment and human impact. https://bit.ly/2GKZ6Fp

11:37 PM - 27 Feb 2019
Minister L. Linkevičius: European and Arab countries must respond to challenges together

On 24-25 February, the first summit of the European Union and the League of Arab States (LAS) took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. During the event, high-level representatives discussed opportunities for cooperation between both organizations and a possible response to common challenges: security, armed conflict, illegal migration, humanitarian crises, and climate change.

L. Linkevičius highlighted the importance of constructive dialogue and the need for European and Arab countries to take a more active role in resolving the crises in the region, a growing threat from cyber-attacks, and Lithuania's readiness to share its experience in the field of cyber security.

Lithuania’s Ambassador to Spain presents letters of credence to the Argentinian President

On 26 February, Lithuania’s Ambassador to Spain Skaistė Aniulienė presented her letters of credence to the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires.

Following the ceremony, the Lithuanian Ambassador and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Marcelo Faurie discussed prospects for the development of bilateral relations, the enhancement of cooperation, and the strengthening of business ties. In Buenos Aires, the Lithuanian Ambassador also met with the delegation led by the Deputy Secretary of the Argentinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship Pablo Bentramin and discussed bilateral agreements that were being prepared for signature, economic cooperation issues, and the situation in Venezuela.

NATO security starts at the eastern border

February 28, (Košice) – President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended the summit of nine Baltic and Central Europe states, also known as Bucharest 9, focusing on the further strengthening of regional security, defense and deterrence. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, and the presidents of Latvia, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria also arrived to the summit.

The President stressed the need to enhance response to cyber threats. According to the President, we are closely interconnected in the cyber space, the number of attacks targeting strategic sectors increase by 10 percent annually, therefore protection of the cyber space becomes as important as border protection. Lithuania demonstrates leadership in this particular area: it has launched an initiative to establish the EU cyber rapid response team and set up a regional cyber defense center in Kaunas in cooperation with the US.

Lithuania’s life sciences sector is the fastest growing in EU

Lithuania's lifesciences production is exported to over 100 countries, 16 research centers cooperate with both domestic and foreign biotechnology companies and universities. Current spotlight of research pointed to bioinformatics.

Lithuania’s Trafi announces a seamless multimodal mobility app in partnership with BVG in Berlin

Vilnius-founded mobility platform Trafi has announced the launch of a new multimodal mobility app called Jelbi in partnership with BVG, the main public transport company in Berlin. The app is expected to launch in early summer this year.

Jelbi will allow urban travellers to switch between different modes of transportation — such as public transport, shared e-scooters and bikes, taxis, and car-sharing solutions — without having to jump between different apps. Available for iOS and Android, Jelbi is a white-label solution powered by Trafi’s technology and branded under the BVG flag.

Lithuania is among the Greenest Countries of EU

Lithuania ranks #5 in the Greenest Countries of EU index. 

Data was focused on general environmental factors, such as air quality, freshwater abundance, greenhouse gas emissions per capita, energy consumption per capita, share of energy from renewable sources, waste generation per capita, recycling rates and share of natural forests. Data was gathered from several reputable sources including Eurostat, the European Environmental Agency, the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

Kaziukas Fair - this weekend!

During the three-day event, the central squares of the major cities of Lithuania are painted with the beautiful colours of verba (Easter palms), adorned with pottery and wood carvings, and filled with the delicious scent of riestainiai (bubliks).

Taking over the streets of the Old Town, the fair cherishes some of Vilnius’ ancient traditions while also embracing modern ones, making for an adventure that is both dynamic and unique. From culinary heritage and innovative food experiments, traditional performances and modern entertainment, to archaic crafts and contemporary design pieces – there’s so much to explore.


23 New walking routes in Vilnius

Since Vilnius’ most beautiful places can be discovered on foot, Go Vilnius, the city’s official development agency, has compiled a list of 23 new walking routes for travellers to explore on their own. Filled with commentaries, approximate walking times and even step counts, the Walkable Vilnius website is available for everyone planning their trip.

Discover Jewish heritage in Vilnius

Lithuania’s capital was once known throughout the world as the Jerusalem of the North. During the interwar period, almost a third of its population was made up of Jewish families. It was a real golden age for Yiddish culture: Jewish scholars and rabbis lived in the city, and it was home to over 100 synagogues.

Mar 01 2019

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Dainius Kamaitis

Kingly message from
the King of the Opera
@PlacidoDomingo to 
#Lithuania : "May your
freedom last forever-you
deserve it!" Magnificent
performance in 
gracias para todos vosotros 

12:55 PM - 17 Feb 2019
Linas Linkevicius

Friendly & constructive
mtng with Chief 
@MichelBarnier: stressed full solidarity with #EU over #Ireland, deal on the table & political declaration could pave the way to close relations w #UK in the future. We must be prepared for all options, including No-Deal.

4:21 AM - 18 Feb 2019
Lithuania MFA

President Valdas Adamkus is now part of the @illinoistech Hall of Fame. He had a 27y career with the #US@EPA, after which he returned to to his homeland to serve as the President of #Lithuania. He is a recipient of many honours including the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom.

1:56 AM - 20 Feb 2019
President's visit to Poland: consolidation of achieved results

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Polish President Andrzej Duda. The President of Lithuania is in Poland on a two day state visit to consolidate the results achieved over the past ten years, take stock of the work done and set the guidelines for future cooperation. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin – which places a symbolic emphasis on the timing of the visit.

According to the President, even in those distant times, the Lithuanian and Polish nations knew very well that their survival was possible only through unity in the face of geopolitical challenges. Today, Lithuania and Poland are close neighbors, committed EU partners and NATO allies working together to ensure the security and well-being of their people.

February 16: messages of congratulations from all over the world

President Dalia Grybauskaitė received messages of congratulations from world leaders on February 16, Independence Day, wishing the people of Lithuania concord, peace and prosperity.

Congratulations on Lithuania’s Independence Day were extended by Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Akihito, French President Emmanuel Macron and many other leaders.

NATO forces conduct cold weather training in Lithuania

Dutch and Czech forces from one of NATO’s battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance are taking part in cold weather training in Lithuania. This month, soldiers are learning how to survive in extreme weather conditions.

Brexit negotiations and Lithuania’s key interests discussed in Brussels

On 18 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed the course of the negotiations and Lithuania’s key interests in the meeting with the EU chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier in Brussels.

The Foreign Minister expressed his support for efforts to find a creative solution to the Irish border, which would help to maintain the United Kingdom's withdrawal deal and, at the same time, would receive the necessary support in the UK’s Parliament.

Lithuania already meets its 2020 renewable energy target

Lithuania is one of the 11 EU member states that have already hit 2020 renewable energy targets, World Economic Forum reports.

Almost half of EU 28 member states have already hit, or are close to hitting, their 2020 renewable energy targets. Lithuania, along with Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Romania and Sweden, is at the top of the class. Austria, Greece and Latvia also look certain to hit their targets.

FinTech companies showed avid interest in Bank of Lithuania LBChain project

The LBChain project - the world’s first blockchain-based sandbox developed by a financial market regulator (the Bank of Lithuania) - has garnered significant attention among European FinTech companies. From 21 applicants from countries such as Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Finland, Serbia and Sweden, no more than 6 will be deemed eligible to move forward.

“The initiative of the Bank of Lithuania to develop blockchain-based products and solutions has been well received. This is also evidenced by the rather considerable amount of applications that were sent in,” said Andrius Adamonis, Project Manager at the Bank of Lithuania.

World’s most popular crypto platform opens a new office in Vilnius

Blockchain, the world’s most popular and trusted crypto platform, announced the opening of a new office in Vilnius, Lithuania. The office, which is Blockchain’s fifth location, will be home to dozens of designers and customer success agents as well as engineers who will work alongside colleagues in London, New York and San Francisco engineering offices on strategic customer facing projects.

“For our next expansion project, we looked at several options in Europe. Vilnius quickly rose to the top of the list because of its mature talent pool and commitment to innovation,” said Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain.

Architects from all over the world invited to design new National Concert Hall in Vilnius

An international architectural idea competition for the National Concert Hall, to be built on the Tauras Hill in central Vilnius, was launched on Monday. Architects from all over the world are invited to design one of the most important future spaces in the capital city of Lithuania and to submit their proposals to Vilnius City Municipality.

The contest expires in June, and it is estimated that the construction of the building should start in 2021. According to initial plans, Vilnius city dwellers and city guests would be invited to the new hall in 2023 on the occasion of celebration of the 700th anniversary of Vilnius city.

Kaziuko mugė: 416 years of history alive in the streets of Vilnius

It’s not with the first flowers, the returning of birds, or the warmer temperatures that spring starts in Vilnius – Kaziukas Fair (Kaziuko mugė) marks its beginning on 1-3 March. Filled with songs, crafts, and scrumptious food, the city’s oldest and largest fair is an experience to remember.

Taking over the streets of the Old Town, the fair cherishes some of Vilnius’ ancient traditions while also embracing modern ones, making for an adventure that is both dynamic and unique. From culinary heritage and innovative food experiments, traditional performances and modern entertainment, to archaic crafts and contemporary design pieces – there’s so much to explore.


20th Vilnius Book Fair kicks off

The 20th Vilnius Book Fair kicked off in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday.

The four-day book fair, the largest of its kind on the Baltic countries, will offer a broad cultural program including almost 550 events and more than 200 meetings with authors, and will welcome over 50 foreign guests.

Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, a literary critic and poet now serving as Lithuania's culture minister, opened the fair by quoting Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, who said "the book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved".

Feb 25 2019

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