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Weekly News From Lithuania 14 June 2019

 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

Accroding to @HelsinkiTimes#Lithuania, is probably the most courageous and progressive of the #Balticstates at the moment. With a young workforce & vibrant startup atmosphere the country is railing towards a fast modernisation & economic development. https://bit.ly/2RceZqP

 
11:27 PM - 11 Jun 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Thousands are celebrating dignity and equality in #Vilnius today. I join everyone in sending my best wishes to @Baltic_Prideparticipants!

 
3:27 AM - 8 Jun 2019
 
Lithuania
@Lithuania
 

How far can an #electric bike go on one charge? Electric bike manufactured in #Lithuania set a new World record - more than 620 km.

 
2:20 AM - 13 Jun 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
State of the Nation Address by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania
 

President Dalia Grybauskaitė delivered her tenth and final state of the nation address to the Lithuanian parliament. Here is her speech in full.

 
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Foreign Minister meets with Secretary General of Oman’s Foreign Ministry
 

On 11 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al Busaidi.

The meeting discussed bilateral relations, the opportunity for the development of economic cooperation, the situation in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region.

 
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Conditions for military training for Lithuanian and Allied soldiers are being improved
 

On June 12 Government approved that part of Pabradė and Gaižiūnai training areas and military training territories’ forests would be converted into other land. This will help ensure the diversity of Lithuanian and Allied military exercises and improve training conditions in the above-mentioned training areas.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Helsinki Times: Lithuania will surprise you soon
 

Lithuania, is probably the most courageous and progressive of the Baltic states at the moment. With a young workforce and vibrant startup atmosphere the country is railing towards a fast modernisation and economic development.

 
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Lithuanian Artificial Intelligence Startup ‘Attention Insight’ Attracts EUR 200 000 in Investment
 

AI-based platform Attention Insight, which analyses the aesthetics and design of a product, has received a three-part co-investment – Lithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN) and venture capital fund Koinvesticinis Fondas each invested EUR 50k, while venture capital fund Open Circle Capital financed the project with a further EUR 100k.

Attention Insight allows marketing managers and media channels to see the design of their product from the viewpoint of consumers. It analyses the aesthetics of a product, and highlights any, striking or missing design elements, and helps make rational decisions based on the analysis of the product. The platform is based on deep learning technology and eye tracking data.

 
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Lithuania’s experience helps shape international fintech best practices
 

As emphasised during the joint high-level seminar held by the Bank of Lithuania and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), financial technologies (fintech) have a vast potential to benefit consumers and boost economic growth, yet fintech development needs to be properly managed to ensure resilience to potential risks.

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
Promising year for Lithuanian animation
 
In 2017-2019, the Lithuanian film industry has experienced remarkable growth. As a result, Lithuanian animation and VR gained plenty of international attention. Recent world premieres took place at the Venice Film Festival, DOK Leipzig Film Festival and other festivals with some of the titles successfully competing at the main programs, informs Lithuanian film centre.
 
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Vilna Gaon's manuscripts put on Memory of the World Register
 

The manuscripts of the Vilna Gaon, an eighteenth-century Jewish thinker, have been put on Lithuania's national Memory of the World Register.

Next year we will be celebrating the Year of the Vilna Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania.

 
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Nuclear Tourism Experience in Lithuania for Fans of the Chernobyl TV Series
 

Following the premiere of the HBO series Chernobyl and a reception from viewers that has been more rapturous than that experienced by the finale of Game of Thrones, Lithuania has a message for Chernobyl viewers.

Just one year following the catastrophe in Ukraine, a second reactor whose construction was similar to the one in Chernobyl, began operating in Lithuania’s nuclear power plant. This is why, when it came to finding a location for shooting some of the main scenes for Chernobyl, the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) was the natural choice. The film crew were able to enter the closed complex and even climb on top of the reactor, an experience which can also be enjoyed by tourists to the site.

 

 

 
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Exhibition of Lithuanian Jewish history presented in Cape Town
 

On 6 June the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania presented the exhibition - "One of Seven. Lithuania. Lite. Lita" at the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town.

The artistic installation, portraying the details of the Jewish nation's history from the times of Grand Duchy of Lithuania up to today's Republic Lithuania, arrived to the country’s second largest city from the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center, where it has been exhibited since the grand opening on 9 April.

 
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Jun 27 2019

Weekly News From Lithuania 7 June 2019

 
 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

Accordind to @EU_Eurostat Lithuania, Slovenia and Germany are among the eight top recyclers of plastics in the #EU. Stopping plastic pollution is our collective responsibility. #PlasticsStrategy

 
11:55 PM - 2 Jun 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Today Lithuanian Parliament passed resolution declaring mass deportation of #CrimeanTatars 75 years ago act of genocide committed by the totalitarian Stalinist regime. #Lithuania will continue standing up for the Crimean Tatars’ rights in #Russia’s occupied Crimea.

 
3:49 AM - 6 Jun 2019
 
Darius Skusevičius
@skusev
 

Proud that #Lithuania is moving to right direction in ensuring #LGBTI rights. @LithuaniaMFA is contributing its part in supporting @Baltic_PrideHuman rights conference 2019. Happy Pride to everybody! @ILGAEurope@LGLLithuania

 
11:37 PM - 5 Jun 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Lithuania opens its Embassy in Croatia
 

On 6 June, during his official visit to Croatia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Željko Reiner and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, officially opened the Embassy of Lithuania in Zagreb.

 
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Three Seas Initiative for the successful development of Europe
 

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending the Three Seas Initiative Summit. Speaking at the plenary session, the President stressed that the initiative launched four years ago to link the Adriatic Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea regions through transport, energy and other interconnections is a unique platform for cooperation that strengthens economic development, reduces development disparities, and increases cooperation and unity across Europe. The Three Seas Initiative envisages three priority areas: strengthening cross-border energy, transport, and digital connections.

 
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Prospects for Baltic Sea regional cooperation discussed in Jūrmala
 

On 3 June, in Jūrmala, Latvia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a high-level meeting marking the end of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Together with his counterparts from the Baltic and Nordic countries, Germany, Russia, and the European External Action Service, L. Linkevičius discussed prospects for the Baltic Sea regional cooperation.

According to the Foreign Minister, full-blown, trust based cooperation is only possible if all countries in the region base their policies on the principles of the rule of law, democracy, respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

 
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Foreign Ministry holds conference on security challenges in digital era
 

On 4-5 June, an international conference "Security Challenges in the Digital Era: the Role of Science Advice" was held at the Palace of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. The event, which was open to the broader public, focused on the role of science in building resilience to various threats we face in today's world.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Lithuania ranked most competitive country in emerging Europe
 

Twelve countries of the emerging Europe region have been ranked among the 63 most competitive economies in IMD’s 2019 World Competitiveness Ranking.

According to the Switzerland-based business school, Lithuania has become the region’s most competitive country and is now ranked 29th globally after climbing up three places.

 
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Nordzucker to establish a new Business Services Centre in Kaunas
 

Nordzucker, one of the leading sugar producers in Europe, is establishing a Business Service Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania, the country’s second largest city. The company already employs 230 people at its sugar production facility in Kėdainiai, and is now extending its operation in Lithuania.

“The new legal entity ‘Nordzucker Business Services’ will offer a portfolio of services across our group entities, and enables us to drive efficiency and consistency in our processes,” says Alexander Bott, Chief Financial Officer at Nordzucker.

 
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Kaunas and Palanga Airports join the international environmental protection programme – Vilnius enters the second stage
 

Kaunas and Palanga air gates join the international Airport Carbon Accreditation programme for the management of airport greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, whereas Vilnius Airport has been officially invited to enter already the second stage of this programme. By participating in this programme three airports of our country calculate the annual quantity of GHG emissions expressed in carbo dioxide equivalents (CO2e), the so-called carbon footprint, and look for measures how to reduce as much as possible the quantity of gas emitted into the environment and contribute to environmental protection on the international scale.

 
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A Record Year at Klaipeda FEZ: 1.2 billion EUR in Revenue, Record-breaking Purchases, and Paid Taxes
 

2018 was the best year in the Klaipeda FEZ, the total revenue of the 34 investors established in the zone was 1.239 billion EUR, a 20% increase over 2017. The last year also broke records in exports, purchases in Lithuania, as well as taxes paid.

The companies established at the Klaipeda FEZ are not only growing manufacturers but also big buyers of supplies from other Lithuanian companies. Throughout the last year, the Klaipeda FEZ investor community carried out purchases in Lithuania worth 321.1 million EUR, a 27.9% increase over 2017.

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
Review: Mirga’s first major recording is a magical debut
 

We have simply never heard a Weinberg symphony sound like this. DG offers a vibrant recorded sound. Grazinyte-Tyla has taken the city of Birmingham and its orchestra by storm, and the playing is gorgeous.

And she sings! The symphony ends with a soprano solo, which Grazinyte-Tyla, who was trained as singer, takes on in a strong, focused voice, with little vibrato. Her voice is somehow immediately recognizable as hers even if you have never heard her before. The impression is that of a symphony absorbed in a conductor’s DNA.

 
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“Litewski Focus“ at the festival „Wschód Kultury – Inne Brzmienia“ in Lublin
 

The presentation of Lithuanian culture “Litewski Focus” is prepared by the Lithuanian Culture Institute and cultural attaché Rasa Rimickaitė in close collaboration with Polish and Lithuanian partners in the line-up of the festival „Wschód Kultury – Inne Brzmienia“ in Lublin in 27-30 Jun 2019.

The “Litewski Focus” programme reveals a good mixture of contemporary Lithuanian culture: vibrant, intellectually charged, preoccupied with memory as much as engaged in experiments.

The 450th anniversary of signing the Union of Lublin is a great opportunity to discover and to enjoy Lithuanian culture in Lublin!

 
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Culture Night brings art and street shows to nocturnal Vilnius
 

 

Culture Night festival kicks off on June 14, bringing nocturnal art shows across Vilnius for the thirteenth time and offering over 100 different events. Various museums, churches, as well as the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, will be open to visitors.

Culture Night festival opens up the capital’s squares, streets, parks, and the most unexpected spaces in Vilnius, filled with music, dance, theatre, cinema, photography and installations. Other spaces include Smoke factory and the former War museum in Vilnius, which will host an entire Cultural Town on its premises.

 
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Success of HBO’s Chernobyl Puts Vilnius in Spotlight as Prime Location for Filming in Region
 

Tax incentive, welcoming approach by the government, and big talent pool made Vilnius an attractive filming destination.

The last episode of HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl aired this week, ending the bone-chilling historical drama. As of today, the show stands as the highest-rated TV series on IMDB. Contrary to the public belief, Chernobyl was not filmed only in Ukraine – the bigger part of the show was shot in Lithuania. Extensive parts of the show were shot in Vilnius, and the Lithuanian capital established itself as one of the regional leaders for hosting film production.

 
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Jun 27 2019

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