To the people of the #US, our strategic ally & vital partner with whom we developed genuinely strong relations based on common values, human ties & shared beliefs, also to vibrant Lithuanian diaspora in the US: a very blissful #4thofJuly! God bless the United States of America!
On 1 July President Dalia Grybauskaitė and President Andrzej Duda of Poland issued a joint statement to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin.
The Presidents commended the foresightedness of the predecessors to create the Commonwealth of Two Nations based on equal partnership and joint responsibility which was an inspiration for the whole Europe to integrate and build closer cooperation between states as the best answer to respond to internal and external threats.
On 2 July in Canada, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The meeting took place on the margins of the third Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto.
L. Linkevičius and the President of Ukraine discussed the challenges Ukraine faced in implementing its reforms in the context of Russia's aggression, the illegal issuance of Russian passports to the residents of Donbas.
On 2 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. The Foreign Ministers discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties between Lithuania and Canada, and growing economic cooperation between the countries.
In Lithuania, a GovTech Lab will soon become operational seeking to help address problems of the public sector by means of innovative solutions. The initiative of the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation will offer a possibility for start-ups to test their technology with the public sector and also will facilitate the technology commercialisation.
Lithuania-based Trafi developed the Jelbi app for Berlin's public transportation agency. It helps Berlin to move towards a multimodal approach to transportation - a concept already successfully adopted in Lithuania.
This year’s Emerging Europe Leaders Awards have been fruitful for Lithuania. For the second year in a row, Invest Lithuania has been recognized as the best Investment Promotion Agency of the Year and Go Vilnius took the award for City FDI Promotion Strategy of the Year.
Precisely 5 years have passed since the time when on 1 July 2014, the merger of all the Lithuanian airports into one company – Lithuanian Airports – was announced. The results show that the unification of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga Airports has proven successful: from the merger up to now, Lithuanian Airports calculate a profit (EBITDA) which has increased by as many as 235 percent, continually rising return on property and million dividends to the state that have grown each year.
BBC Radio 3 episode Passing the music on explores the story of Lithuanian pianist and professor Sulamita Aronovsky. Sulamita was born in Kaunas and left to pursue her musical career to Moscow Conservatoire. Afterwards she came to teach in Royal Academy of Music in London and became the founder of the International London Piano competition.
Sulamita and Sara discuss the recent recovery of recordings the performer made for Lithuanian Radio 60 years ago and her plans to reinvigorate the London competition in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music.
As Canada celebrates its birthday on 1 July, namely, the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of confederation, the Town Hall of Vilnius was lit up in colours of the Canadian flag. Vilnius city municipality and the Embassy of Lithuania in Canada congratulated Canadians, who are staying in Lithuania or live here, in an original manner.