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Weekly News from Lithuania, September 11

Sep 14 2020
 
 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
L. Linkevičius: I hope that the relationship between Lithuania and the United Kingdom will become even stronger in the future


On 10 September in London, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom.

In the meeting, the Foreign Minister Linkevičius and the UK's Secretary of State Raab discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and the UK, situations in Belarus and Russia, the security situation in the region, as well as further cooperation between the European Union and the UK, and other relevant issues of international policy.


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French President Macron to visit Lithuania this month

 

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to visit Lithuania on September 28–29, well-informed sources told BNS. 

France has deployed several hundred troops to the German-led multinational NATO battalion in Lithuania, and has also taken part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission.

Meanwhile, Lithuania has sent additional troops to Mali in response to France's request.

 


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Lithuanian, EU diplomats arrive to protect Belarus’ Nobel laureate Alexievich from detention


Diplomats from Lithuania and other EU member states have on Wednesday arrived at the apartment of Belarusian Nobel Literature Prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich.

"We have received [information] that unknown people are ringing the bell of her apartment [who are] probably the security or police representatives,” Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus Andrius Pulokas told BNS

 

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The President and Norway’s Prime Minister: NATO must focus on collective defense


President Gitanas Nausėda met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who arrived for a working visit to Lithuania, to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation, the Nordic-Baltic agenda, border management, regional security, and transatlantic links.

The President thanked Norway for its active commitment to security in the Baltic States through the deployment of troops to NATO’s enhanced forward presence and assistance for Lithuania’s military modernization projects. The two leaders agreed that NATO had to continue its ambitious agenda and focus on the essential tasks of collective defense.

 

 


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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 

Embracing Digital Democracy - GovTech Week             |          Credits @ GovTechLab Lithuania

 
 
 
Yara chooses Vilnius as a Busines Intelligence hub

 

Internal demand for business intelligence (BI) to analyze the data we collect is increasing at such a pace that Yara is fast-tracking the growth of its global BI team – in Vilnius. 

People all over Yara are waking up to the value of data analytics provided by self-service BI platforms and tools such as Power BI, Alteryx, etc. The aim is to give Yara’s BI users more responsibility for their data and the freedom to gather insight faster. With the help of self-service BI tools, business users are able to develop reports and dashboards without having in-depth technical BI knowledge.


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Largest Baltic private equity investment fund invests in leading medical mobility manufacturer


Baltic region, has completed the acquisition of a stake in MBL Group (“MBL” or “the Company”), a leading European manufacturer of medical mobility devices, headquartered in Denmark.

Prior to the completion of this transaction, MBL was 70% owned by the Lauritsen family, who founded the company in 1988, with the remaining 30% ownership held by Accession Mezzanine Capital III, a fund advised by Mezzanine Management. As a result of this deal, the Fund has indirectly acquired 48% of MBL while the remaining 52% will continue to be owned by the Lauritsen family.


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Lithuanian Laser Industry Leaders Participate in CIOE

 

The laser industry, or optoelectronics, in Lithuania is a curious and inspiring case of success. While we rarely get up close with lasers in our everyday life (or don’t realize we do), they are still an essential part of medicine and technological innovation.

Light Conversion is one of the well-established players in the field, founded in 1994. The company focuses on femtosecond lasers, their systems, and optical parametric amplifiers. Light Conversion exports products to over 40 countries in the world.


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Lithuania, attracting giants in the automotive industry, is open to the development of EV production

 

Nikola Motors – not only demonstrate the great belief in global markets in the power of innovation, but also testify to fundamental changes in the automotive industry, driven by increasing environmental protection requirements. Thus, there is no doubt that this decade will bring not only challenges, but it will also be a period of opportunities for new businesses serving the automotive and related industries, which are  already successfully developing and growing in Lithuania.

 


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The €2 commemorative coin dedicated to Aukštaitija, or the so-called Highlands – Lithuania’s largest ethnographic region and cradle of its statehood.
|          Credits @ Lietuvos bankas

 
 
 
 
CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Tsemakh Shabad: A Symbol of the Vilnius Jewish Community

 

In the Old Town of Vilnius, on the corner of Rūdininkai Square, stands a gentleman in a straw hat with pleasant-looking eyes. This is Dr Tsemakh Shabad, a kind-hearted physician, who cared for even the poorest patients and their pets. He was a famous early 20th-century public figure, and the person who introduced hygiene to Vilnius.

There was already a modern Jewish hospital in Vilnius in the late 19th and early 20th century when Dr Shabad began his work. It had pediatric and gynaecological departments, a maternity ward, an operating theatre, and departments for infectious diseases, gastroenterology, diseases of the eye, and psychiatry.



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In Kaunas this Autumn: Take part in an Ongoing Photography Marathon

 

The works of all finalists of the Kaunas Photo festival’s competition are displayed at four outdoor venues and six indoor venues.

For the past few years, every September, the guests and residents of Kaunas are surrounded by photography – the annual festival Kaunas Photo invites everyone to experience this form of art in both indoor and outdoor venues, many of which are located outside the cultural bubble of Kaunas downtown. You can plan as much as a full day of exhibitions – there are ten of them for you to visit!



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Interactive audio exhibition of photographs in the open Grand Courtyard of the Seimas narrates the history of the Constituent Seimas

 

‘All hail the Governor of the State’, the press saluted the Constituent Seimas, which convened to its first solemn sitting on 15 May 1920. This salutation serves as the title of the exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the Constituent Seimas, which can be viewed in Vilnius and Kaunas. The exhibition, arranged by the Historical Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania and the Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, features major achievements by the Constituent Seimas, the forerunner of the modern Lithuanian Parliament, in restoring the State of Lithuania.

 

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Follow the Footsteps of Netflix’s Young Wallander in Vilnius

 

If you’re a fan of detective novels, get ready to binge watch Young Wallander, Netflix’s prequel to the best-selling novels by Henning Mankell. The six-episode series is set in contemporary Sweden, but … did you know that it was filmed entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania.

That’s right - the most crucial scenes were located and shot in the residential neighbourhood of Šeškinė, built in the late 1970s by the Soviet regime. So get ready to follow the beloved Swedish detective through the streets of Vilnius.


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September 12
 
Fluxux festival
 


Will we climb to the Parodos Hill during the Fluxus Festival or will we cloak the costumes against each other virtually? Weare in a positive mood and we believe that the riotious and colorful phenomenon that marked the beginning of last autumn – climbing to the Parodos Hill in the evening with "fluxus" suits that cause surprise, laughter and smiles WILL BE!

 

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Moment from commemoration event for the Battle of Orsha 1514

Vilnius
Photo credits @ Lithuanian Military

 
 
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