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Weekly News From Lithuania 17 May 2019

 
Biennale di VeneziaVerified account
@la_Biennale
 

Golden Lion for Best National Participation in the #BiennaleArte2019 goes to the #LithuanianPavilion for its experimental spirit and unexpected treatment of national representation. “Sun & Sea (Marina)” is a critique of leisure and of our times.… https://t.co/46hQcHTp4G

 
2:40 AM - 11 May 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Discussed #FutureOfEurope w Lithuanians working at & for #EU institutions. No certain answers but few things are certain: values are as important as tangible benefits, we shall not take pro-European optimism for granted, only when Europe gets understandable it becomes admirable.

 
12:29 PM - 12 May 2019
 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

We are proud to join
others across Europe
on #DuoDay2019 and
welcome today Mantas
Brazauskis in 
@LithuaniaMFA.
We are dedicated to
promote equal
working rights for
people with disabilities. 
#DisabilityEmploymentGap
#DiversityCharter

 
1:13 AM - 16 May 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Final results: almost 4 thousand votes separate Lithuanian presidential election frontrunners
 

The final results of the first round of Lithuania's presidential election put Ingrida Simonyte's lead over Gitanas Nauseda at 3,935 votes.

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) updated the results after finishing counting the votes of Lithuanian citizens who voted abroad on Monday.

The final results published by the election watchdog show MP Simonyte, the candidate of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, coming first with 31.21 percent of the vote and independent economist Nauseda second with 30.93 percent.

 
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FM Linkevičius calls to consider separate election constituencies for Lithuanians abroad
 

High voter turnout among Lithuanians living abroad in Sunday's presidential election is a basis for starting discussions on establishing one or two separate election constituencies abroad, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says.

 
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L. Linkevičius: We need to help Eastern Partners, who are experiencing economic pressure and military aggression due to their European choice
 

On 13 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brussels.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister named the Eastern Partnership as one of the most successful policies of the European Union and emphasized its huge practical benefits to ordinary people. 

L. Linkevičius reiterated also Lithuania's strong political commitment to an ambitious Eastern Partnership policy in the future.

 
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Lithuania to head EU programme for simplified military mobility procedures
 

Today, May 14, an agreement of fourteen members of the European Union on simplification of military mobility procedures was signed at a meeting in Brussels. 

The programme aimed at concerting and simplifying the procedures applied to cross-border movement of forces between EU members states will be headed by Lithuania.

Lithuania will chair the Managing Committee of the programme: its task is to supervise the implementation and provide guidelines to subordinate expert tasks forces which will be developing technical requirements.

 
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ECONOMY AND INVESTMENTS
 
 
Lithuania keeps increasing its production levels
 

Eurostat announces that industrial production fell down by 0.3% in euro area and 0.1% in EU28 In March 2019 compared with February 2019.

In February 2019, industrial production fell by 0.1% in the euro area and remained stable in the EU28. In March 2019 compared with March 2018, industrial production decreased by 0.6% in the euro area and increased by 0.4% in the EU28.

The highest increases were observed in Lithuania (+3.5%), Denmark (+1.8%) and Slovakia (+1.2%).

 
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Vilnius airport launches 'smart' gates
 

Vilnius Airport has launched automated border control gates to facilitate the flow of passengers through the airport, Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports) said on Friday.

No other airport in the Baltic countries and Poland currently has such a system, the airport's operator said.

"In addition to the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) counters, we now offer passengers the possibility of self-service border checks," Vilnius Airport CEO Dainius Ciuplys said in a press release.

 
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Lithuania: Smart Energy Fund together with Honda invested in the leading smart battery company Moixa
 

Smart Energy Fund powered by Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy), and managed by Contrarian Ventures along with Honda, Japanese automobile manufacturer, and other partners invested in Moixa, UK-based company developing smart energy storage devices and virtual power plants technologies, informed representative of the Lietuvos energija.

The UK smart battery specialist has received fresh funding of around 10 mln EUR. Smart Energy Fund managed by Contrarian Ventures has invested 500 thousand EUR. Other investors include ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese investment house and Fortune 500 company and UK-based venture capital investor First Imagine! Ventures.

 
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Construction launched on EUR 15 mln Moxy hotel in Kaunas
 

Construction is being launched on a 15-million-euro Moxy hotel, part of the Marriott Group, in Lithuania's second-biggest city of Kaunas, with the developers planning to build more Moxy and Marriott hotels in the Baltic countries, informe LETA/BNS.

The new hotel in Kaunas will target primarily young professionals.

Janusz Mitulski, head for development in Central and Eastern Europe at Marriott International, says Kaunas was chosen because of its geographical location and potential.

 

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
Lithuanian pavilion at Venice Biennale gets top reward
 
Lithuania's pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale features an artificial beach where "vacationers" participate in a contemporary opera performance about climate change won "Golden Lion".

Officially opened on Friday, the pavilion is the stage of the Sun & Sea (Marina) opera performance by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte.

The audience can view more than 20 performers lying down on 35 tons of sand and singing for eight hours from above. Visitors are also welcome to join the performers on the artificial beach. They are required to pre-register and bring their bathing suits and towels and lounge on the beach for at least three hours.

 
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The European Night of Museums in Kaunas: what to wait
 
Since 2011, the International Council of Museums has been sponsoring The European Night of Museums. By welcoming the public at night, museums provide visitors with a new perspective on their collections, applying a more creative and sensory approach, writes visit.kaunas.lt.

Since 2011, the International Council of Museums has been sponsoring The European Night of Museums, which is celebrated every year on the third Saturday of May.

By welcoming the public at night and offering free events including concerts, performances, plays, exhibitions, excursions, educational sessions, film reviews, amusements, etc., museums provide visitors with a new perspective on their collections, applying a more creative and sensory approach.

 
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Exhibition of world-recognised Litvak artist will be opened in his hometown
 

In 1932, Arbit Blatas opened the first private gallery in the Baltics in Kaunas. On May 11, the exhibition of the world-recognised Litvak artist will be opened in his hometown.

On May 11, during Gallery Weekend Kaunas, the exhibition “Arbit Blatas (1908–1999): from Kaunas to New York” will be opened at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery.

Born in Kaunas, Neemija Arbitblatas was a world-recognised Litvak artist of outstanding talent who used to call himself by the creative name Arbit Blatas.

 
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May 24 2019

Weekly News From Lithuania 26 April 2019

 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

#Vilnius comes
second in the
Financial Times 
@FT#fDi 
Intellingence Strategy
category and
is considered
one of smartest cities in #Europe
https://bit.ly/2IOrJSh

#InvestLithuania

 
3:44 AM - 24 Apr 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Candid meeting with President @poroshenkoto discuss current political, economic and security situation in #Ukraine. Thanked President for excellent cooperation during his tenure in office.

 
8:31 AM - 25 Apr 2019
 
Lithuania
@Lithuania
 

Did you know that Vilnius University professor Virginijus Šikšnys is one of the co-founders of #CRISPR gene editing technology? On #DNADay19 – we want to celebrate him and all other researchers who contribute to major breakthrough in this exciting field. http://bit.ly/Biotech-facts

 
7:32 AM - 25 Apr 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Minister Linkevičius congratulated Ukrainian president-elect Zelenski in Kiev
 

On 25 April, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulated Volodymyr Zelenski, who has been elected President of Ukraine, in Kiev.

“Big support of the nation in all regions of Ukraine offers you a unique opportunity to consolidate the country for ensuring Ukraine’s territorial integrity and independence, for continuing reforms, combating corruption, and implementing the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine,” said Mr Minister and wished the new Ukrainian head of state attainment of aspired goals. 

Mr Minister handed over a periscope, a gift from Lithuanian volunteers, to the president-elect. Acquired on the funds donated by Lithuanian people, such periscopes have saved dozens of lives of the Ukrainian military on the frontline with Russia.

 
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D. Grybauskaitė: more decisive action against social exclusion must be taken
 
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for social affairs.The development of the European Semester, employment and social affairs, as well as Lithuania‘s priorities for the multiannual financial framework were discussed at the meeting.

According to the President, the latest assessment of Lithuania‘s progress showed that the economy grew by 3.6 percent, investments increased and employment went down over the past year. Income inequality and social exclusion however remains problematic and among the highest in the EU, therefore more decisive reforms are needed in those areas.

 
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A special celebration on the occasion of 15th EU membership anniversary
 

On Wednesday, May 1, at 12 a.m. an official commemoration and a public celebration will be held in Daukantas square next to the Presidential Palace to mark the 15th anniversary of Lithuania‘s membership of the European Union.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, members of the Government and the Parliament, foreign ambassadors and defense attachés, youth and pupils’ organizations as well as city residents and guests will attend the celebration.

The commemoration will start with a solemn ceremony of hoisting Lithuanian and EU flags. During the official ceremony at the square, President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Speaker of the Parliament Viktoras Pranckietis and Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius will congratulate all the people of Lithuania.

 
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Public committees to vie for Lithuanian MEP seats for 1st time
 

Public election committees will run in the European Parliament elections in Lithuania for the first time this year, reported LETA/BNS.

Laura Matjosaityte, head of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), noted this during Tuesday's ceremony of drawing lots for the ballot order for the May 26 elections.

In the previous European Parliament elections in 2014, an election committee was issued with sheets for collecting voter signatures, but failed to collect the minimum 10,000 signatures, she said.
 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Lithuanian can boast having narrowest gender employment gap
 

In 2018, the employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in the European Union (EU) stood at 73.2%, up compared with 2017 (72.2%). The Europe 2020 strategy target is to reach a total employment rate for people aged 20 to 64 of at least 75% in the EU by 2020, releases Eurostat.


This objective has been translated into different national targets in order to reflect the situation and possibilities of each Member State to contribute to the common goal.

The upward trend in the employment rate is visible both for men and women. The employment rate for men hit 79.0% in 2018, and has increased steadily since 2013.
 
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Transport sector to be presented in China
 
Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Ricardas Degutis is visiting China this week to present Lithuania's transport sector to the Asian country.

"In China, Degutis will present the Lithuanian transport sector, its possibilities and available infrastructure, and development plans in order to expand cooperation in the transport sector and attract more cargo from China," the ministry told BNS.

The vice-minister is scheduled to take part in a presentation in Henan on Wednesday and attend the second Belt and Road forum in Beijing on Thursday and Friday.
 
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European Commission approves €385 million support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Lithuania
 

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources in Lithuania. The measure, open to all types of renewable generation, will contribute to the EU environmental objectives without unduly distorting competition.

 
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CULTURE AND EVENTS
 
 
Performances by Lina Lapelytė continued “Lithuanian Story“ in Tel Aviv
 

A ballet dancer of the “state pension age“ pirouetting for ten minutes and a famous jazz musician whose virtuosity is limited to a single note. Female musicians from the “Lithuania“ ensemble playing kanklės, a Lithuanian plucked string instrument, and hypnotising hand choreography. The rap hit “Candy shop“ turned into a lullaby. 

The evening of three performances by the performance artist and creator of contemporary opera, composer, sound artist, violinist and vocalist Lina Lapelytė at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art told the story about beauty, status, facade and the behind the scenes, body reality and its cultural images, power play, tradition, classics, pop and many other. All these stories are part of the Lithuanian culture festival taking place in Tel Aviv from March until the end of May under the title “Lithuanian Story“.

 
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Introducing Gramophone's May 2019 issue
 

Featuring Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harry Christophers, and – in the Gramophone Collection – Nielsen’s Violin Concerto.

In the May issue of Gramophone, on sale now, we bring you a fascinating cover feature on Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the conductor whose exclusive signing to DG will allow the world to witness her unique relationship with the CBSO.

 
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Lithuanian Film Centre launches a project to prevent sexual harassment in the film industry
 

The Lithuanian Film Center, together with the Center for Equality Advancement and the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights, is launching a project which aims at ensuring that the film industry is a safe environment for all those involved.

The Film Center has received demands to ensure women’s equality in the film industry. During the 2017 #metoo movement, certain cases in the Lithuanian film industry and responses to them demonstrated that it is necessary to take specific measures to assess the extent of sexual harassment in the film industry, to increase its recognition, to take effective preventive measures and to make agreements that would secure the principles for a safe creative and working environment.

 
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Arunas Matelis's film WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD has been voted Honorable Mention by the audience of the 22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
 

This year, CEUFF presented films by the leading European filmmakers, many of which were nominated and/or already recognized by the Oscars, Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals. CONGRATULATIONS to film director Arūnas Matelis, film producer Algimantė Matelienė and the Team for winning a prestigious Honorable Mention title. It was a true honor to present this unique film, a “bible of cycling”, here in Chicago. Thank you to the Chicago Lithuanians and all cinefiles of Chicago for coming out to see the film and for your votes! We look forward to new exciting films next year!

 
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Apr 29 2019

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