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Weekly News from Lithuania 05 July 2019

Aug 23 2019
 
Lithuania MFA
@LithuaniaMFA
 

Great news delivered by @LCI_Lithuania ➡️@thetimes announced its book of the month: “In the Shadow of Wolves” by #Lithuanian writer Alvydas Slepikas, translated by Romas Kinka.

#CulturalDiplomacy

 

 

 
10:55 PM - 1 Jul 2019
 
Linas Linkevičius
@LinkeviciusL
 

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!

 
10:19 PM - 3 Jul 2019
 
LT MFA StratCom
@LT_MFA_StratCom
 

We really need to defend values which are not just for somebody. It‘s not just theoretical and sounding good, but it‘s also something we have to defend‘: #Lithuania’s FM @LinkeviciusL announces that the following #UkraineReformConferencewill be hosted in Lithuania. #URC2019

 
10:56 PM - 2 Jul 2019
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
Joint statement by the Lithuanian and Polish Presidents on the anniversary of the Lublin Union
 

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.

 
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Foreign Minister L. Linkevičius visits Canada, meets with President of Ukraine
 

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.

 

 
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L. Linkevičius meets with Canadian Foreign Minister
 

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.

 
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BUSINESS AND SCIENCE
 
 
Start-ups will address public sector challenges: launch of GovTech Lab
 

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.

 
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Forbes: Watch Out, Uber. Berlin Is The New Amazon For Transportation (With Lower Fares)
 

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.

 
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Invest Lithuania once again named region’s leading IPA
 

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. 

 

 
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5 years since the merger of the airports: record-breaking profits and millions in dividends to the state
 

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.

 
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CULTURE, HISTORY AND EVENTS
 
 
 
Life story and recordings of Lithuanian piano legend Sulamita Aronovsky
 

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.

 
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Vilnius Congratulated Canada in a Special Way – the Town Hall Lit Up in Colours of the Canadian Flag
 

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.

 
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