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Weekly News From Lithuania 28 June 2019

Jun 28 2019
Lithuania MFA

450 years ago the Union of #Lublin established a unique system of statehood and democratic union of equals - the Kingdom of #Poland and the Grand Duchy of #Lithuania@PolandMFA@Poland


6:38 AM - 25 Jun 2019
Linas Linkevičius

Today, I bid farewell to my friend Ambassador of the #UnitedStates to #Lithuania Anne Hall. I thanked Ambassador for her outstanding job and energy, bringing our two nations even closer and building strategic partnership between our two countries more stronger. Ačiū, Anne.

1:50 AM - 28 Jun 2019
LT MFA StratCom

Between 16 May – 26 June 1954, thousands of political prisoners in Kengir labour prison camp stood up against brutalities. Although this civilized political uprising was suppressed with tanks, it accelerated the collapse of the Gulag. #LTFreedomFightershttp://bit.ly/2WTfJT3

5:54 AM - 26 Jun 2019
Political Roadmap Securing Implementation of the Synchronisation Project Signed in Brussels

On 20th of June, the political Roadmap implementing the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks with the Continental European Network was signed. The specific action plan and necessary main projects up to 2025, when the Baltic States will join the safe and reliable energy system of Europe, were established.

At the European Council, President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker signed the political Roadmap together with Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia, and Mateuszas Morawieckis, Prime Minister of Poland.


Lithuanian representative elected as Chair of Meeting of States Parties to Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

On 25 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė was elected as Chair of the fifth Meeting of States parties to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. A. Plepytė is the first representative of the Eastern European Group to chair the meeting of the States Parties to the Convention after its entry into force in 2010.

The President met with EU member state ambassadors

On 26 June President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with EU member state ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. Taking part in the traditional annual meeting were also Norwegian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Georgian, and Moldovan ambassadors.

The President thanked them for dedicated ambassadorial work as well as for the consistent and continuous support extended by their countries to Lithuania’s interests at the international level, its national objectives within the European Union, and joint responses delivered to external hybrid threats. Dalia Grybauskaitė expressed special gratitude for their active participation in the nation-wide social campaign For A Safe Lithuania that she had initiated.

L. Linkevičius: Lithuania is ready to continue to support Moldova's European path

On 27 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the highest-ranking officials and opposition representatives of Moldova. During his visit to Chișinău, L. Linkevičius discussed Moldova's political issues, the European reform agenda, and bilateral relations.

Record-breaking forces of Lithuanian laser professionals at the world's largest laser photonics exhibition


On June 24-27 Lithuanian laser manufacturers presented their latest technologies in the most important laser industry event “Laser World of Photonics 2019“ in Munich. The Lithuanian National stand covered an area of 313 square meters, and housed 18 Lithuanian laser companies.


The new VIP terminal with a conference centre at Vilnius Airport will be opened in 2020

At the beginning of June, the builder of the VIP terminal with a conference centre at Vilnius Airport became known – the state enterprise Lithuanian Airports signed a works contract with Eikos Statyba company which submitted the best offer. During the nearest 9 months, in the northern part of the airport, a modern, A+ energy class, two-floor building with an underground space designed by architects Vilniaus Architektūros Studija will rise up.

The design of the new VIP terminal with a conference centre involves rearrangement not only of the building, but also of parking lots, access roads and outdoor engineering networks, the perimeter fences, as well as installation of the new ones. The contract value is EUR 3.6 million.

A Guide to Lithuanian Innovations

Vilnius is thriving on innovative ideas. Find the most interesting ones in the Guide to Lithuanian innovations, a new publication by Agency for Science, Innovations and Technology (MITA).

"Innovations have been developed at different speeds and, at the moment, they have gained the fastest momentum. Various reasons led to this result. One of them is the increasing focus of the state on the Lithuanian innovators. It is expected that the ongoing Innovation Reform will encourage Lithuanians to create and develop innovation projects."


The bank of Lithuania starts adding fintech companies' innovations on the blockchain

LBChain is the world’s first blockchain-based sandbox developed by a financial market regulator, the Bank of Lithuania. The platform was developed through a pre-commercial procurement and is now opening up to international start-ups as well as financial and FinTech companies to test their solutions on the LBChain. The project combines the creation of innovative blockchain-based solutions with supporting their application in the financial sector as well as improving the quality of regulatory requirements and attracting foreign direct investment.

Global Music Awards: Gold Medal Winner Žibuoklė Martinaitytė - Starkland

Sincere congratulations to Zibuokle Martinaityte-Starkland, the winner of the Global Music Awards.

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė is a New York-based Lithuanian composer whose works explore the tensions and longings of identity and place. In her chamber and orchestral compositions, she creates sonic environments where musical gestures emerge and disappear within transparencies and densities of sound layers.

Travel + Leisure magazine: Why Every Food-lover Should Plan a Trip to Lithuania

In the years since the Cold War, Lithuania has been looking outward. Now, a group of chefs and food producers in the capital of Vilnius are turning their attention back home — with delicious results.

Baltics and Finland in the spotlight at Les Arcs Film Festival

For the first time in the history of the popular Les Arcs Film Festival, a valued meeting place for professionals of independent European cinema, four countries will be in the spotlight as part of the festival’s traditional Focus, usually reserved to just one territory.

Dedicated to The Baltic states (Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia) & Finland, this 11th edition (taking place from December 14 to 21) will thus showcase, in the sports resort of the Savoie, features and short films from this region of Europe that has grown more and more active in terms of production.

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