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Weekly News From Lithuania 18 January 2019

Jan 21 2019
 
LT PermRep EU
@LithuaniaInEU
 

Around 130 #runners from #Belgium , #France , #Italy#Poland , #Portugal#UKjoined #Lithuanians living in #Brussels for a tribute #run in memoria of 14 armless Lithuanians killed by Soviet tanks on January 13, 1991. The youngest #runner was 5 years old.

 
6:17 AM - 12 Jan 2019
 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

#NATO has enhanced its presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, with four multinational battle groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Their presence makes clear that an attack on one Ally will be considered an attack on the whole Alliance.

 
1:52 AM - 16 Jan 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

Warmest congratulations to our drivers and teams who have successfully conquered @dakar

for yet another year! Bravo!
 
8:22 AM - 17 Jan 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Minister Linas Linkevičius visited Ukraine with his Baltic counterparts
 

On 15 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who is visiting Ukraine together with his Estonian, Latvian and Polish counterparts, stressed that the Western community could not just passively observe Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

“We must demand that Russia should respect the freedom of navigation under international maritime law. The aggressive Russian action in the Kerch Strait and illegal actions in the Azov Sea are having significant negative effects on Ukraine and Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov,” said L. Linkevičius.

 
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Progress of the joint EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams development discussed in Amsterdam
 

Amsterdam, January 17-18 – Progress and future developments of Lithuanian-led EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRT) and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security project to be discussed at the annual conference in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

“We have achieved significant progress on the path of developing the EU cyber response force along with other participating countries and strategic partners of the project over the past year. Actions taken prove that we can develop and combine forces in practice to fight threats in cyberspace and to strengthen collective defence in this realm,” Lithuanian Deputy Defence Minister Edvinas Kerza says ahead of the conference.

 
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L. Linkevičius presents A. Kubilius’ candidacy for the Secretary General of the Council of Europe
 

On 16 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius presented Andrius Kubilius' candidacy for the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to ambassadors of the Council of Europe member states residing in Lithuania.

"Andrius Kubilius has served as the Prime Minister of Lithuania twice during hard times for our country. He has accumulated not only experience in the field of politics, but also has very good strategic thinking that would benefit the Council of Europe today," said Linkevičius.

 
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ECONOMY AND SCIENCE
 
 
Lithuania attracts record number of investment projects in 2018 as ecosystem diversifies and matures
 

2018 was another record-breaking year for Invest Lithuania, with a record 45 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects attracted. Combined, these newly attracted projects are set to create 4,600 new specialist positions. And the country is gaining real momentum as a high added value investment location, with every new project helping to further raise its profile and reputation.

In 2015, 28 FDI projects were announced, a number which jumped to 36 in 2016, and then reached 39 in 2017, before last year’s new record. And a diverse range of factors is driving this impressive growth: the rapid expansion of specialist sectors such as Fintech, the continued diversification of the country’s Global Business Services (GBS) sector, and Lithuania’s emergence as an attractive R&D location.

 
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Welcome to Vilnius workshops to support foreign talent relocating to Lithuania’s capital
 
This Tuesday Vilnius’ business development and tourism agency Go Vilnius at the Workland Business Centre announced a series of dedicated workshops slated to begin taking place later this month.
The Welcome to Vilnius workshops are designed to facilitate the transition of foreigners coming to the city to pursue professional opportunities. In just a few hours, workshop participants will receive invaluable information to help them navigate bureaucracy, settle into day-to-day life, and ultimately, become a local.
The workshops will also give participants an opportunity to ask a team of experts specific questions, take part in a tour of Vilnius and meet other foreigners, a press release from Go Vilnius states.
 
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A Fintech Bonanza Is Luring Foreign Cash to This Tiny EU State
 

Courting fintech companies is paying off for Lithuania. For two years Lithuania has promoted itself as a launchpad for hi-tech upstarts eyeing the European Union and the euro region, offering English-language services and three-month approval for licenses. Big-name companies to obtain banking and e-money permits include London-based Revolut Ltd. and Google Payment Ltd.

The initiative has led to the issuance of 45 e-money licenses, according to Invest Lithuania, the country’s investment agency. That’s second only to the U.K., which has doled out 146.

 
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CULTURE AND EVENTS
 
 
Traces: Traversing the Past won New Media Writing Prize
 

"TRACES: Traversing the Past" - created by a Lithuanian team Nanook has won the New Media Writing Prize.

„TRACES: Traversing the Past” is an interactive documentary story. It combines the painful history of deportations with the expedition “In the Footsteps of the Laptevians”. The four men who travelled to Siberia trekked and paddled their inflatable canoes more than 500 kilometers, documenting what they experienced.

 
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2018 was marked as the best year for Lithuanian cinema market after the restoration of independence
 
The Lithuanian film centre have summarized the local box office results - in 2018 distribution reached a remarkable increase and hit all the records, a press release from the Lithuanian Film Centre states.
National cinema grew and hit market share by 28%. It's a significant rise from 22% last year that was fixed as a record in 2017. Total number of admissions grew to 4.26m with two domestic titles topping the overall box office. Revenue from tickets in Lithuanian film theaters grew more than €2m in 2018.
 
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