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Your Weekly News from Lithuania | May 28

 
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: The Belarusian regime's terrorism cannot go unpunished
 

“Last Sunday's attack by an official Minsk should not be seen just as an isolated incident. It is part of the escalation that has continued since last August. Yet another attempt by the Lukashenko regime to stay in power by any means, posing an increasingly serious security issue for the EU as a whole. The Belarusian regime's acts of terrorism cannot go unpunished. Let us immediately discuss and agree on economic sectoral sanctions. Let us consider the oil, finance, energy and tobacco sectors," said the Foreign Minister, who also stressed that the international community's strong response would send a clear message to other authoritarian regimes. "The EU must send a strong signal to Russia that Europe will not close its eyes to the ongoing annexation of Belarus".

 

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Lithuania is a consistent supporter of Ukraine. In 2020, Lithuania allocated 100 thousand euros in humanitarian aid for Ukraine. In addition, Lithuania provided medical supplies and personal protective equipment to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic    |    Lithuanian MFA

 
 
 
 
SCIENCE
 
Vilnius Fuses Science and Art in Sculpture Dedicated to DNA and Gene Editing Technology
 

Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, is fusing science and art with a sculpture dedicated to life sciences. The piece of art has been created to celebrate the scientific discoveries that took place in the city. It serves to artistically depict the “gene scissors” that enabled precise DNA editing—a Nobel Prize-awarded technology and a field of study of Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys, a scientist based in Vilnius.

 

 

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POLITICS
 
Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Adomėnas meets with the Head of Reporters Without Borders, discusses illegal detentions of journalists in Belarus
 

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas met with Christophe Deloire, Secretary-General and Executive Director of Reporters Without Borders, and discussed possibilities for strengthening the world press freedom and security of journalists, as well as future international initiatives on the protection of journalists.

 

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SAVE THE DATE
 
12th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR
September 27 - October 1, 2021
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STARTUP
 
Vinted Launches in Canada! Europe's Foremost Online C2C Platform for Second-Hand Clothes Puts Pre-Loved Fashion at Your Fingertips
 

The fashion resale revolution is starting today in Canada with the arrival of Vinted, Europe's leading online C2C marketplace dedicated to second-hand fashion. After great success in Europe and with the purpose of empowering more people to shift their habits towards circular fashion, Vinted takes a step outside its home continent and launches its second-hand fashion platform in Canada. Consumers from Vancouver to Montreal will now be able to conveniently and easily trade their pre-loved clothes and accessories with each other.

 

 

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GLOBAL LITHUANIA
 
I could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but I am glad I chose Vilnius
 

Ever since I moved to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, the same question has been repeated over and over again. In almost six years since moving from my hometown, Carlow on the banks of the River Barrow, where I was the youngest of nine children, I’m pretty sure that I’ve been asked this same question over 100 times. It’s been framed in as many different ways as the locations in which it was asked; bars, restaurants, workspaces, meetings, and even by strangers in parks. Although the wording may vary, the essence remains the same. “You’re a travel writer, you could have chosen anywhere in the world to live, but you picked Vilnius, why?”


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SOCIETY
 
Maisto Bankas begins jubilee celebrations with a “thank you” in apples at Vilnius Town Hall Square
 

The charity and support fund Maisto Bankas is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and to celebrate this occasion, the Lithuanian word ‘thank you’ (‘Ačiū’) has been emblazoned in apples by the Maisto Bankas team in Vilnius’ Town Hall Square.


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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
 
A Lithuanian success story - from a garage to a modern factory
 

The success story of the Lithuania-based company ‘Bagfactory’ may be reminiscent of the path of such famous companies as ‘Apple’, ‘Amazon’ or ‘Google’. In the beginning, the founders of all these companies invested all their savings in the implementation of the idea and started the business from a small garage.

 

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Your Weekly News from Lithuania | May 21

 
Lithuanians send yellow wave across social media and the streets ahead of the Eurovision finale on Saturday, May 22, with the Roop - #LithuaniaGoesYellow
 
 
 
 
 
 
CULTURE
 
‘Extra-terrestrial planet of human bodies’ – Lithuania opens pavilion at Venice biennale
 

On May 20 Lithuania opened its pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The pavilion features Planet of People, a project by artist Julijonas Urbonas, the founder of the Lithuanian Space Agency (LSA), a fictional organization that researches “space architecture and gravitational aesthetics”.

 

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POLITICS
 
Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Pranckevičius: The EU and the US have to reform the global trading system together
 

On 20 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade), which focused on strengthening the world trade system, the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) reform, and the need for the EU and the US to take a leadership role in these processes.

 

 

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STARTUP
 
Lithuanian Startup Getfix Raises 100,000 EUR Investment That Will Help Them to Expand Further
 

Launched more than a year ago, platform, which connects service providers with clients, Getfix has attracted an investment of 100,000 EUR. Its founders Benas Dobrikas and Emilis Markulis are operating business from co-working space „Spiečius“ in Šiauliai.

 

 

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GLOBAL LITHUANIA
 
Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher receives Lithuanian citizenship
 

The British actor and director Dexter Fletcher has become a citizen of Lithuania.

President Gitanas Nausėda granted him the Lithuanian citizenship on a recommendation from the Citizenship Commission and in recognition of his merits for the country, the president's office said in a press release.


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INVESTMENT
 
(Un)familiar Kaunas FEZ: myths about the free economic zone
 

When it comes to economic news of the Kaunas region, one of the most frequently mentioned names is Kaunas Free Economic Zone (FEZ), a rapidly growing territory with world-famous brand names and successful stories of Lithuanian business. And although it seems that we know almost everything about Kaunas FEZ, often that “knowledge” is accompanied not only by facts but also by myths. What are they and how did they come about?

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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
 
SBA Robotex head: robots are an opportunity for employees to earn more
 

There is often a concern that process robotics will replace their human employee counterparts, because the equipment will carry out their processes. But without humans no robot would be able to function, no matter how clever it may be.

 

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May 21 2021

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