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Weekly News from Lithuania, August 23

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering the Baltic Way

 

The Baltic Way catapulted the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian cause into  the world headlines. On August 23rd, 1989, up to two million people joined hands in a north-south human chain to mark the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – the deal between Hitler and Stalin which had carved up Eastern and Central Europe, and consigned the Baltic states to decades of ruinous and brutal foreign occupation. It united three countries that under Soviet occupation shared a common fate, but little else. It remains an inspiration to this day – pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan their own linked-hands demonstration on the anniversary, this Friday. But it had another effect too.

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Joint press briefing by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and President of Lithuania
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Lithuania can be important technology partner for India: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

 

Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India as he underlined the immense potential for growth in bilateral trade between the two countries. Addressing the Indian community at the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Naidu also called upon the diaspora to serve as a bridge in strengthening economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

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Linas Linkevicius

 

Linas Linkevicius 
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#Lithuania is grateful to the Vice-President of #India H.E. @MVenkaiahNaidu for his historic visit which opened new… https://t.co/Mi4IlJXZg9

 

11:59 AM - Aug 19, 2019

 

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At the meeting of the Lithuanian and Estonian Presidents − focus on energy security in the Baltic region


On 20 August, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas during the visit to Estonia. The two Presidents discussed bilateral political and economic relations, strengthening of the Baltic trilateral cooperation, security situation in the Baltic region, NATO and EU agenda, including negotiations on the new EU financial framework.
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Lithuanian expatriates can now have their own single-member constituency


On 21 August, The Seimas adopted amendments to the Law on Elections to the Seimas providing for the establishment of a single-member constituency for Lithuanian expatriates. The new provisions of the Law were adopted by 88 votes in favour, with 4 votes against and 14 abstentions.

The authors of this amendment claim that the new practice will encourage a greater civic participation and political involvement among Lithuanian expatriates...

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Revolution in Klaipeda: electric buses, new pedestrian streets and bicycle garages
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Revolution in Klaipeda: electric buses, new pedestrian streets and bicycle garages


More people walking on foot, riding bicycles or choosing public transport, these are the goals Klaipeda sets for itself while defining its sustainable mobility goals for the next decade. The biggest plans in the short term are utilizing the Green wave, setting up modern bicycle garages, making the cobbled old town streets more comfortable and closing some streets to car traffic. Sustainable mobility is one of the tools to make living in the port city more comfortable, state experts, who are working hard to improve the health of the city and the people who live there by looking at examples from other European cities.

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A Unique Entrepreneurship Programme is Kick-starting in Kaunas


Kaunas is the rising star among startup ecosystems. It is the only municipality in Lithuania offering pre-acceleration programme and a series of networking events to startups free of charge. Kaunas INhas officially launched the 2019 Kaunas Startups programme today, which aims to help startups and entrepreneurial individuals develop new businesses. This year the programme focuses on early-stage ventures.

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Over 10,000 residents in #Lithuania ?? will produce #SolarEnergy by the end of next year, according to state-contro… https://t.co/hKunnmvAZl

 

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Project: Between Two Shores
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Aug 23 2019

Weekly News from Lithuania 12 July 2019

 
Lithuania MFA
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On 23 July 1940, the #USissued the Welles Declaration that condemned the #Sovietoccupation of the Baltic States. The Welles Declaration established a five-decade non-recognition of LT LV EE occupation. In a week we will celebrate the victory of true partnership in #Vilnius.

 
6:41 AM - 11 Jul 2019
 
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First 2 of 88 IFV Vilkas #Boxer oficially handed over to @LTU_Army. “This is one of most ambitious projects of upgrading the Lithuanian Armed Forces in recent years to ensure security of Lithuania for several decades to come,” DefMin R. Karoblis says.https://bit.ly/2YKyDNI

 
5:18 AM - 9 Jul 2019
 
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During Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, @LithuaniaMFAjoined Intl Partnership for Information & Democracy: we are committed to strengthen intl standards of #FOE #SOFJO and combat impunity both online and offline. #DefendMediaFreedom

 

 
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Diplomacy is the cornerstone of the state’s success
 

On 10 July President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Lithuanian ambassadors and heads of the diplomatic missions to the international organizations. Over ninety extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of Lithuania, heads of consular missions and Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered for a traditional annual meeting.

The President thanked the diplomats for a decade of joint work in defending the interests of Lithuania and its people abroad, developing bilateral relations with other countries, bringing together allies and international support for our country’s goals, gaining ground in the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and other organizations, becoming a fully-fledged member of the influential Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

 
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Vice-Minister N. Germanas stresses importance of multilateralism in addressing today's security challenges facing OSCE region
 

On 9 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas attended the OSCE Informal Ministerial Gathering in Slovakia's High Tatras. N. Germanas emphasized the need to ensure the effective activity of multilateral organizations, to clearly identify root causes of conflicts, and not to disregard violations of countries' international commitments in order to address today's grave security situation facing the OSCE region.

 
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Faina Kukliansky receives Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star
 

On 5 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the Foreign Ministry’s award of honor – Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star – on Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania.

F. Kukliansky has been awarded for her active role in preparing important international agreements, cooperation between the Lithuanian Jewish Community and the Foreign Ministry, her personal contribution to the drafting, implementation of the Law on the Good Will Compensation, and the Community’s active participation in projects of Lithuanian diplomatic representations.

 

 
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Seimas authorised registration of European political parties in Lithuania
 

On 9 July Seimas legalized the registration of European political parties in Lithuania.

The amendments on the registration of European political parties with the Register of Legal Persons were backed by 86 Lithuanian lawmakers, with no objections and four abstentions.

According to the Ministry of Justice, conditions will be created for the newly-established European political parities to have its headquarters in Lithuania, for example.

 
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Finfeed: Europe's startup hub - it's not where you think
 

With startup friendly local institutions, one of the most educated workforces in Europe and many worldwide success stories, Vilnius is Europe’s latest startup hub.

"In recent years, Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, has become a European startup hub thanks to some of the lowest tax rates in the European Union, a startup-friendly local government, and a lack of bureaucracy which means startup founders can register their business in just three days."

 
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Electric car sharing service Spark to launch in Romania next week
 

SPARK, a car sharing service which uses only electric cars was launched in Romania on July 10, adding to the growing number of alternative transport services in Bucharest. 

The company was founded in Lithuania in 2017 with Lithuanian and Bulgarian shareholding and has raised over EUR 1 million in investments.

 
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Denmark’s leading cloud solution company, Cloudeon, establishes Cloud Center of Excellence in Lithuania
 

As part of the plan to expand their operations and become an European front runner in cloud technology and methodology, Cloudeon has opened a Center of Excellence in Vilnius. The company plans to hire up to 20 people this year and double the size of the team next year.

Founded in Copenhagen, Cloudeon is the leading Danish cloud company that provides innovative technologies for businesses to accelerate and fully digitalise their potential. The client base consists of businesses from both the private and public sector including the Danish State Railways, Danish telecommunications company TDC Group as well as both international and Danish enterprise businesses. Cloudeon is a quadruple Microsoft Gold Partner and has recently also become a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, thereby, expanding the company’s capacities to the education field with their Cloudeon Cloud Academy.

 

 
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Is Lithuania the place to forge mobility?
 

Innovative thinking and world-class infrastructure are two of the factors that put Lithuania at the forefront of new technologies such as ‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS).

Invest Lithuania's expert Arnoldas Dapkus explains what this innovation means for the future of transport.

"In Lithuania you’ll find the kind of people who are primed for change. There’s a young population who are used to shuffling through a whole range of mobility solutions to get to their destination. Add to that a political and business community that is future focused and committed to giving innovative and disruptive business what it needs to create tomorrow. With all these ingredients in place, the country is definitely on the road to becoming a hub for the development of MaaS solutions."

 

 
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Let's meet on July 18 from 4 p.m. at Washington Square in Vilnius and celebrate Freedom together!

The event commemorates the anniversary of Sumner Welles Declaration by which in 1940 the USA have never acknowledged the occupation of the Baltic States by the USSR and believed that Lithuania must be free.

 
 
 
New Display of Lithuanian Art at The National Art Gallery
 

The National Art Gallery in Vilnius has marked the ten-year anniversary of its activity. On this important occasion that calls to review the past accomplishments and envision the future perspectives, NGA invites its visitors to an exclusive exhibition program with the slogan “Back to the Future 10”. It consists of two major projects: the renewed display of the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary Lithuanian art and the satellite exhibition “Sweet Sweat of the Future”. Both projects offer a new look at the history of art and inspire visions of the future.

 
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Kaunas Interwar Architecture and Defence Heritage Now in Your Phone
 

Kaunas, together with other cities across Lithuania, has recently launched two interactive projects aimed at solo travellers. So, if you’re a fan of interwar modernist and art deco architecture, or an enthusiast of historical defence objects and military structures, both of the projects are exactly what you’ve been looking for. It’s the travel season, after all!

Lithuanian Interwar architecture project  is an interactive educational platform that connects Lithuanian interwar architecture and modern technologies.

584 km - the guide of defence and natural heritage allows one to explore historical objects and artefacts of World War II in their natural surroundings instead of seeing them behind the glass in museums.

 
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