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Weekly News from Lithuania 05 July 2019

 
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Great news delivered by @LCI_Lithuania ➡️@thetimes announced its book of the month: “In the Shadow of Wolves” by #Lithuanian writer Alvydas Slepikas, translated by Romas Kinka.

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10:55 PM - 1 Jul 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
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To the people of the #US, our strategic ally & vital partner with whom we developed genuinely strong relations based on common values, human ties & shared beliefs, also to vibrant Lithuanian diaspora in the US: a very blissful #4thofJuly! God bless the United States of America!

 
10:19 PM - 3 Jul 2019
 
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We really need to defend values which are not just for somebody. It‘s not just theoretical and sounding good, but it‘s also something we have to defend‘: #Lithuania’s FM @LinkeviciusL announces that the following #UkraineReformConferencewill be hosted in Lithuania. #URC2019

 
10:56 PM - 2 Jul 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Joint statement by the Lithuanian and Polish Presidents on the anniversary of the Lublin Union
 

On 1 July President Dalia Grybauskaitė and President Andrzej Duda of Poland issued a joint statement to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin.

The Presidents commended the foresightedness of the predecessors to create the Commonwealth of Two Nations based on equal partnership and joint responsibility which was an inspiration for the whole Europe to integrate and build closer cooperation between states as the best answer to respond to internal and external threats.

 
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Foreign Minister L. Linkevičius visits Canada, meets with President of Ukraine
 

On 2 July in Canada, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The meeting took place on the margins of the third Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto.

L. Linkevičius and the President of Ukraine discussed the challenges Ukraine faced in implementing its reforms in the context of Russia's aggression, the illegal issuance of Russian passports to the residents of Donbas.

 

 
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L. Linkevičius meets with Canadian Foreign Minister
 

On 2 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. The Foreign Ministers discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties between Lithuania and Canada, and growing economic cooperation between the countries.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Start-ups will address public sector challenges: launch of GovTech Lab
 

In Lithuania, a GovTech Lab will soon become operational seeking to help address problems of the public sector by means of innovative solutions. The initiative of the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation will offer a possibility for start-ups to test their technology with the public sector and also will facilitate the technology commercialisation.

 
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Forbes: Watch Out, Uber. Berlin Is The New Amazon For Transportation (With Lower Fares)
 

Lithuania-based Trafi developed the Jelbi app for Berlin's public transportation agency. It helps Berlin to move towards a multimodal approach to transportation - a concept already successfully adopted in Lithuania.

 
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Invest Lithuania once again named region’s leading IPA
 

This year’s Emerging Europe Leaders Awards have been fruitful for Lithuania. For the second year in a row, Invest Lithuania has been recognized as the best Investment Promotion Agency of the Year and Go Vilnius took the award for City FDI Promotion Strategy of the Year. 

 

 
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5 years since the merger of the airports: record-breaking profits and millions in dividends to the state
 

Precisely 5 years have passed since the time when on 1 July 2014, the merger of all the Lithuanian airports into one company – Lithuanian Airports – was announced. The results show that the unification of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga Airports has proven successful: from the merger up to now, Lithuanian Airports calculate a profit (EBITDA) which has increased by as many as 235 percent, continually rising return on property and million dividends to the state that have grown each year.

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
 
Life story and recordings of Lithuanian piano legend Sulamita Aronovsky
 

BBC Radio 3 episode Passing the music on explores the story of Lithuanian pianist and professor Sulamita Aronovsky. Sulamita was born in Kaunas and left to pursue her musical career to Moscow Conservatoire. Afterwards she came to teach in Royal Academy of Music in London and became the founder of the International London Piano competition.

Sulamita and Sara discuss the recent recovery of recordings the performer made for Lithuanian Radio 60 years ago and her plans to reinvigorate the London competition in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music.

 
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Vilnius Congratulated Canada in a Special Way – the Town Hall Lit Up in Colours of the Canadian Flag
 

As Canada celebrates its birthday on 1 July, namely, the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of confederation, the Town Hall of Vilnius was lit up in colours of the Canadian flag. Vilnius city municipality and the Embassy of Lithuania in Canada congratulated Canadians, who are staying in Lithuania or live here, in an original manner.

 
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Aug 23 2019

Weekly News From Lithuania 28 June 2019

 
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450 years ago the Union of #Lublin established a unique system of statehood and democratic union of equals - the Kingdom of #Poland and the Grand Duchy of #Lithuania@PolandMFA@Poland

 

 
6:38 AM - 25 Jun 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
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Today, I bid farewell to my friend Ambassador of the #UnitedStates to #Lithuania Anne Hall. I thanked Ambassador for her outstanding job and energy, bringing our two nations even closer and building strategic partnership between our two countries more stronger. Ačiū, Anne.

 
1:50 AM - 28 Jun 2019
 
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Between 16 May – 26 June 1954, thousands of political prisoners in Kengir labour prison camp stood up against brutalities. Although this civilized political uprising was suppressed with tanks, it accelerated the collapse of the Gulag. #LTFreedomFightershttp://bit.ly/2WTfJT3

 
5:54 AM - 26 Jun 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Political Roadmap Securing Implementation of the Synchronisation Project Signed in Brussels
 

On 20th of June, the political Roadmap implementing the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks with the Continental European Network was signed. The specific action plan and necessary main projects up to 2025, when the Baltic States will join the safe and reliable energy system of Europe, were established.

At the European Council, President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker signed the political Roadmap together with Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia, and Mateuszas Morawieckis, Prime Minister of Poland.

 

 
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Lithuanian representative elected as Chair of Meeting of States Parties to Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
 

On 25 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė was elected as Chair of the fifth Meeting of States parties to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. A. Plepytė is the first representative of the Eastern European Group to chair the meeting of the States Parties to the Convention after its entry into force in 2010.

 
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The President met with EU member state ambassadors
 

On 26 June President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with EU member state ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. Taking part in the traditional annual meeting were also Norwegian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Georgian, and Moldovan ambassadors.

The President thanked them for dedicated ambassadorial work as well as for the consistent and continuous support extended by their countries to Lithuania’s interests at the international level, its national objectives within the European Union, and joint responses delivered to external hybrid threats. Dalia Grybauskaitė expressed special gratitude for their active participation in the nation-wide social campaign For A Safe Lithuania that she had initiated.

 
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L. Linkevičius: Lithuania is ready to continue to support Moldova's European path
 

On 27 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the highest-ranking officials and opposition representatives of Moldova. During his visit to Chișinău, L. Linkevičius discussed Moldova's political issues, the European reform agenda, and bilateral relations.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Record-breaking forces of Lithuanian laser professionals at the world's largest laser photonics exhibition
 

 

On June 24-27 Lithuanian laser manufacturers presented their latest technologies in the most important laser industry event “Laser World of Photonics 2019“ in Munich. The Lithuanian National stand covered an area of 313 square meters, and housed 18 Lithuanian laser companies.

 

 
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The new VIP terminal with a conference centre at Vilnius Airport will be opened in 2020
 

At the beginning of June, the builder of the VIP terminal with a conference centre at Vilnius Airport became known – the state enterprise Lithuanian Airports signed a works contract with Eikos Statyba company which submitted the best offer. During the nearest 9 months, in the northern part of the airport, a modern, A+ energy class, two-floor building with an underground space designed by architects Vilniaus Architektūros Studija will rise up.

The design of the new VIP terminal with a conference centre involves rearrangement not only of the building, but also of parking lots, access roads and outdoor engineering networks, the perimeter fences, as well as installation of the new ones. The contract value is EUR 3.6 million.

 
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A Guide to Lithuanian Innovations
 

Vilnius is thriving on innovative ideas. Find the most interesting ones in the Guide to Lithuanian innovations, a new publication by Agency for Science, Innovations and Technology (MITA).

"Innovations have been developed at different speeds and, at the moment, they have gained the fastest momentum. Various reasons led to this result. One of them is the increasing focus of the state on the Lithuanian innovators. It is expected that the ongoing Innovation Reform will encourage Lithuanians to create and develop innovation projects."

 

 
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The bank of Lithuania starts adding fintech companies' innovations on the blockchain
 

LBChain is the world’s first blockchain-based sandbox developed by a financial market regulator, the Bank of Lithuania. The platform was developed through a pre-commercial procurement and is now opening up to international start-ups as well as financial and FinTech companies to test their solutions on the LBChain. The project combines the creation of innovative blockchain-based solutions with supporting their application in the financial sector as well as improving the quality of regulatory requirements and attracting foreign direct investment.

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
Global Music Awards: Gold Medal Winner Žibuoklė Martinaitytė - Starkland
 

Sincere congratulations to Zibuokle Martinaityte-Starkland, the winner of the Global Music Awards.

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė is a New York-based Lithuanian composer whose works explore the tensions and longings of identity and place. In her chamber and orchestral compositions, she creates sonic environments where musical gestures emerge and disappear within transparencies and densities of sound layers.

 
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Travel + Leisure magazine: Why Every Food-lover Should Plan a Trip to Lithuania
 

In the years since the Cold War, Lithuania has been looking outward. Now, a group of chefs and food producers in the capital of Vilnius are turning their attention back home — with delicious results.

 
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Baltics and Finland in the spotlight at Les Arcs Film Festival
 

For the first time in the history of the popular Les Arcs Film Festival, a valued meeting place for professionals of independent European cinema, four countries will be in the spotlight as part of the festival’s traditional Focus, usually reserved to just one territory.

Dedicated to The Baltic states (Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia) & Finland, this 11th edition (taking place from December 14 to 21) will thus showcase, in the sports resort of the Savoie, features and short films from this region of Europe that has grown more and more active in terms of production.

 
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Jun 28 2019

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