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Weekly News From Lithuania 12 April 2019

Apr 15 2019
Lithuania MFA

In 2019 #Vilnius
will become a
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of the largest and
the most exciting
innovation events
in the #Baltic Sea
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9:23 AM - 8 Apr 2019
Linas Linkevičius

Debates on the #FutureOfEurope
continues in Kaunas & Vilnius today. Despite all the challenges, #EU is undoubtedly one of the greatest success stories in the modern history, so let’s continue to stand by the integrity of our European Project & defend fundamental European values.

5:44 AM - 12 Apr 2019
Lithuanian MOD

STARTEX #LockedShields 
2019: Lithuania's team of @cert_lt & 
@LTU_Army#cyber specialists start their tasks to keep critical IT systems running. This year team works closely & w/ support from our counterparts US & Sakartvelo.

2:02 AM - 10 Apr 2019
Ukraine’s NATO and European integration is the choice of this country which we support and will help in achieving, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says

“The stance of the whole state, its institutions, businesses and society is crucial for the implementation of Ukraine’s choice to integrate in NATO and the European Union. At the same time it is a common and long-term commitment to work towards it despite obstacles and difficulties. It is Ukraine’s choice and we support it and will help to reach this goal,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the Kyiv Security Forum on April 11.

At the meeting with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak Minister R. Karoblis reiterated Lithuania’s continued support to Ukraine’s defence reform. He also pointed out the importance of the command and control chain reform, development of the NCO corps, and officer training system reform in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “Lithuania is also ready to develop cooperation in cyber defence,” Minister R. Karoblis said at the meeting.

L. Linkevičius: We have to create the future of Europe together with our Eastern partners

On 8 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. The Council exchanged views on the Eastern Partnership. Ministers also discussed the future of the Eastern Partnership and reviewed the implementation of the Eastern Partnership's 20 deliverables for 2020.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister stressed the need for a long-term vision for the Eastern Partnership: “Each partner country must be provided a perspective in line with its ambitions. Thus, the Eastern Partnership can under no circumstances be based on the lowest common denominator. It must be the real motivation behind reforms and allow the potential of countries seeking closer relationship with the EU to blossom”.

Strengthening EU resilience to hybrid threats is Lithuania’s priority

On 10 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the Stratcom Summit in Prague, where he presented Lithuania’s contribution to the strengthening of the European Union’s resilience to hybrid threats and disinformation.

“We live in the age of fake news. Disinformation and other hybrid threats present a very serious challenge for Western unity and security. Hostile third countries, first and foremost Russia, systematically use propaganda to divide us, undermine mutual trust, influence democratic and decision-making processes. The country invests huge financial resources into propaganda,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister.

Last year, Lithuania allocated almost EUR 50 million to developing countries

On 10 April, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the “Official Development Assistance 2018 – Preliminary Data”.

Last year, Lithuania's official development assistance amounted to EUR 49.93 million or 0.11 percent of gross national income (GNI). Lithuania has allocated EUR 39.87 million for multilateral aid and EUR 10.06 million for bilateral aid.

In 2018, foreign aid from international donors fell 2.7% from 2017. However, the European Union together with the member states has allocated more than EUR 74.4 billion (almost 57% of global aid). Thus, the EU remains the world's largest donor.

Rail Baltica will ensure smooth military freight movement

The pan-Baltic European standard-gauge railway project Rail Baltica will help to ensure smooth military freight movement across the whole region, Lithuanian Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says LETA/BNS.

"Having strategic significance, the Rail Baltica project will contribute to smooth military freight movement in the whole region, and Lithuania is ready to provide comprehensive assistance to NATO troops and ensure a well-developed multimodal transport system and safe infrastructure," the minister, currently on a visit to the United States, was quoted as saying in a statement.


US pharmaceutical giant setting up service center in Vilnius
US-based pharmaceutical giant McKesson is setting up a service center in Vilnius.
According to information from the Center of Registers, McKesson Business Services Lithuania was registered on Wednesday with an authorized share capital of 5 million euros and Ildiko By as its CEO.
The new company is wholly owned by McKesson's European unit, Germany-registered McKesson Europe Holdings.
Lithuania floats a solar-powered future

A floating photovoltaic power plant at the Kruonis hydroelectric facility in Lithuania is the first of its kind in the Baltic region. The market is growing worldwide, and smaller countries like Lithuania can benefit.

The Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA) recently granted €235,000 ($270,000) to support construction of an experimental floating solar photovoltaic power plant at the 900-megawatt (MW) Kruonis hydroelectric plant.

Lithuanian company set to export electric boats to Scandinavia
Vm Production, a Kaunas based producer of entertainment and sports boats, says it is finishing the assembly of the world's first electric boat and garage with wind turbines and solar panels.
The company says it plans to test them shortly and then export to Scandinavia.

Having produced diesel- and petrol-fueled boats, Vm Production now says it plans to only produce boats and garages powered by wind and solar energy and it also be used to charge electric cars, boats and provide power to fish farms.

Dual citizenship as a key agenda at Seimas and Lithuanian World Community meeting

A joint commission of the Seimas and the Lithuanian World Community (LWC) is starting its meeting in Vilnius on Tuesday, with May's dual citizenship referendum being a key issue on the agenda, the parliament said.

In the May 12 referendum, voters will be asked to decide whether to allow dual citizenship to citizens of countries meeting "Euroatlantic integration criteria", with a list of such countries to be set by a law.
First Lithuanian Film Days kicks off in Kiev

The first Lithuanian Film Days kicked off Thursday night in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian cinema-going public will have the chance to explore 12 films, including contemporary production, classics and animation that will be screened for free in Lyra and Dnepro cinemas. The event takes place 11 to 14 of April.

The opening of the Lithuanian Film Week invited members of Ukraine’s cultural community, film lovers and representatives of foreign diplomatic missions residing in Ukraine to see Mantas Kvedaravicius’s celebrated documentary Mariupolis. The guests were greeted by Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Marius Janukonis, Representative of the Municipal Culture Department Diana Popova, cultural attaché of the Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine Ina Kniūrienė, national and internation project coordinator Lena Babij (Kiev Kino Film) and others. The opening film was presented by film producer Anna Palenchuk and camerman Viacheslav Tsvetkov.

Lithuanian Jewish Community Chairwoman Visits South African Litvak Community

Lithuanian Jewish Community chairwoman Faina Kukliansky is currently visiting the largest Litvak community in exile, the South African Jewish community, from April 8 to 13.

Although the Community and chairwoman Kukliansky have long maintained close ties with Litvaks in the Republic of South Africa, this is the first official visit by the LJC.

In meetings with South African Litvaks scheduled for the morning of April 10 at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Kukliansky planned to discuss issues surrounding historical justice, restoration of Lithuanian citizenship and possible joint projects to celebrate 2020 as the Year of the Vilna Gaon and Jewish History in Lithuania.

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