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Weekly News from Lithuania, August 30

Sep 03 2019
Linas Linkevicius   Linas Linkevicius  
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Full class is back to school! An informal meeting of foreign ministers #Gymnich in Helsinki today & lots of importa… https://t.co/0ceY3qzPuA

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Meeting between Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Linas Linkevičius and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó in Šiauliai Air Base |        #WeAreNato      |    Credits @ URM

Lithuanians living in Venezuela are welcome in their homeland

As the humanitarian crisis  in Venezuela develops, the Government, acting pursuant to the Law on the Relocation of Persons to the Republic of Lithuania which came into force on 1 June 2019, approved the start and financing of the process of relocation specified therein.  

'The Government takes care of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and families of Lithuanian descent which need Government's assistance to their return  to Lithuania. Our fellow countrymen who live in Venezuela threatened by political, economic and humanitarian crisis will have the possibility to settle in Lithuania. Law on the Relocation of Persons to the Republic of Lithuania adopted in June and initiated by the Government will enable the provision of a wide range of support, including financial support. Thus you are welcome in your homeland', said the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

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Hungary pledges to conduct NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission in Lithuania in 2022


On 26 August at Šiauliai Air Base, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, who is visiting Hungarian troops in Lithuania. The Foreign Ministers discussed regional security, items on the European agenda, the situation in Ukraine, the relationship with Russia, bilateral and other issues.

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Minister L. Linkevičius: Lithuania supports EU's credible enlargement policy based on case-by-case approach

On 29-30 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of EU member states (Gymnich) in Finland. The meeting focused on the situation in the Persian Gulf, the EU regional cooperation with the Western Balkans, and the EU policy for the Arctic.

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Virginijus Sinkevičius   Virginijus Sinkevičius 
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Innovation Week 2019 will rock #Lithuania on 16-22 September! Glad to see Panevėžys and Tauragė joining… https://t.co/aGPDYn117p

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Global Digital Quality of Life study revealed: Lithuania 23rd

Privacy company Surfshark introduced the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) study that highlights gaps between people's online experiences in various societies. The final DQL index compares countries by various digital factors such as the internet speed, country’s cybersecurity, the availability of e-government services and more. Country with the highest DQL index score in 2019 is Australia, followed by France and Singapore.

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Two electronic money institution licences issued

The Board of the Bank of Lithuania issued two electronic money institution licences to SumUp EU Payments UAB and Goopal Pay, UAB. The licensed companies will be able to offer electronic money issuance (redemption) and certain payment services. 

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Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia

Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called ‘presidential elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region by the de facto authorities in Sokhumi on August 25, 2019, and will not acknowledge their outcome. Similarly, we do not recognize the legitimacy or outcome of the so-called ‘parliamentary elections’ held in Georgia’s South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region on June 9, 2019.

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Cinema under the Stars at the palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania      |    Credits @ Go Vilnius


Lithuanian photographer Kamilė Kaveckaitė listed in the Adobe Photography TOP10 rising stars
Credits @ Kamilė Kaveckaitė

Vilnius Muslim community to build a mosque

The Sunni community of Vilnius plan to build a small mosque, the 15min.lt news website reports.

Lithuania's National Land Service has given the Vilnius Sunni religious community the right to use a 8,4000-square-metre land plot free of charge for a mosque in the Liepkalnis area of Vilnius.

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The Walls Remember, the People Tell

As part of the 20th annual European Day of Jewish Culture, the Lithuanian Jewish Community invites the public to visit the former Jewish Quarter of Vilnius. Recently several frescoes appeared on the walls there. The creators will lead a tour and talk about their surprising project The Walls Remember on September 1. 

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August 30 - September 1
Vilnius City Fiesta 2019

Celebrate together with Vilnius at the biggest festival filled with music, good food, culture and a great atmosphere. Greet the autumn season with live concerts, exceptional shows, and a fair in the heart of the city, on Gediminas Avenue. Get ready for some action, adventures, and creative ideas.

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September 2 - 8
New Circus Weekend'19

Escape everyday life and jump into a world of fantasies, illusions, and almost limitless possibilities. The circus can be completely different; see for yourself. The performances of troupes from all over the world will surprise and impress.

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September 6
Fluxus Festival 2019

Fluxus Festival invites to a variety of artistic experiences across Kaunas, with climbing Parodos Hill in Fluxus style at midnight, or opening of a new exhibition.

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Ancient Crafts Festival in Trakai
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Marius Janukonis   Marius Janukonis 
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Events on rooftops are rare for diplomats. Happy to inaugurate solar panels at @LTembassyUA w/participation of Žygi… https://t.co/nGzI42oQXC

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Saab Gripen aircraft at Šiauliai International Airport

Šiauliai, Lithuania, 2019 August 27
Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas

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