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Your Weekly News from Lithuania | June 4

Jun 04 2021
 
Joint Statement on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Denmark and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – a vision for the future cooperation
 

This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, determined to further consolidate the strong relationship and close friendship that our countries have enjoyed to date. While we are connected by geography, we are also bound together by common values, mutual interests as well as extensive economic and cultural relations and people-to-people contacts.

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
Lithuania marks 20th anniversary of its accession to the Wold Trade Organization
 

20 years ago, on 31 May 2001, Lithuania joined the World Trade Organization. The country's membership of the organization contributed to the significant expansion of its foreign trade. Between 2000 and 2020, exports of goods increased 7 times, from 4,1 billion EUR to 28,6 billion EUR, and imports of goods - 5 times, from 6 billion EUR to 28.9 billion EUR. 

 

 

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TRAVEL
 
Lithuania to start issuing EU digital Covid certificate on June 7
 

The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate system intended to facilitate travel within the bloc should become operational in Lithuania on June 7.

The certificate will be issued by national authorities and cover all 27 EU member states.

 

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CULTURE
 
Vilnius born French author Romain Gary: reading his works you switch from tears to laughter in the same sentence
 

Romain Gary is a famous French author born in Vilnius in 1914 under the name Roman Kacew. French pupils study his works at high school. In Lithuania, he has been gaining popularity for the last 10 years, mainly through the construction of a monument and archival discoveries.


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POLITICS
 
Lithuania stands in solidarity with its EU partners in managing migration challenges
 

Lithuania stands in solidarity with Italy, which is under migratory pressure, so it has decided to voluntarily relocate 10 more persons in need of international assistance to Lithuania.


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ART
 
Lithuania virtually sends people to outer space at Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion
 

Research studio Lithuanian Space Agency has imagined a fictional world in outer space that would be created from people 3D-scanned at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Titled Planet of People, the Lithuanian pavilion is located in the renaissance Santa Maria dei Derelitti church and centred around a 3D scanner that scans visitors to send them into space as digital simulations.

 

 

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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
 
Lithuania has launched a funded GovTech sandbox programme
 

In Lithuania, startups, entrepreneurs and academia are being encouraged not only to use digital services but also to contribute to the development of innovative solutions. Over the last year and a half, Lithuania’s award-winning GovTech Lab has focused its efforts to help the public sector identify challenges that can be addressed by emerging technologies and engage startups and SMEs in the co-creation of innovative solutions.

 

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