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Weekly News from Lithuania, December 6

Dec 10 2019
 
 

December 6, 2019             

 
 
 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 

Our world is changing and NATO is changing with it. But our commitment to one another endures, giving us the strength to overcome our differences and rise to any challenge #WeAreNATO       |
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Lithuania will provide help to quake-stricken Albania
 

Lithuania will provide assistance to Albania which was struck by a strong earthquake last week.

According to Deputy Government Chancellor Deividas Matulionis, the government will allocate financial support of up to 50,000 euros and will send two construction experts to the Balkan state.

"We'll provide a certain amount of money and experts who, along with experts from other countries, will assess the condition of the destroyed or damaged buildings and look at what to do with them next," he told BNS.


 

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Important decisions on Lithuania’s security at the NATO Summit

 

 

At the NATO Leaders Meeting in London, President Gitanas Nausėda said that Russia’s aggressive actions were the greatest threat to NATO.

“We should have no illusions, Russia is the main and, in my view, the biggest threat to the security of the Baltic States and NATO. It is important to identify external threats to the unity and strength of the Alliance. I urged NATO leaders to strengthen defense of our region to deter Russia”, the President said after the NATO Summit in London.

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Lithuania’s GovTech Lab initiative acknowledged in the European Awards


The GovTech Lab initiative by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation and Create Lithuania was awarded at the Innovation In Politics Awards 2019.

‘GovTech seems to be just a word. It is clear that it consists of two parts, ‘gov’ and ‘tech’, which mean that we need to work together to create the value of technology for our society. Technology offers opportunities for a better public sector capable to serve the society,’ said Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Elijus Čivilis when colleting the award in Berlin.

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Anti-soviet partisan Kentra-Aušra awarded Freedom Prize in Lithuania
 

Albinas Kentra-Ausra, a partisan and chronicler of the Lithuanian Atgimimas (Revival) movement, has been awarded the annual Freedom Prize in Lithuania.

Kentra was born in 1929 and was detained and imprisoned by the Soviets 1946 for his active ties with the partisans, and was moved to the Spassk labour camp in Russia in 1949. He returned to Lithuania in 1954 and later studied English language and literature at the Vilnius University, later continuing his foreign language studies in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

 

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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 
 
 
 
Lithuanian Companies Are Offered 40000 € to Transfer CERN Technologies


Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LIC), together with Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park and Kaunas Science and Technology Park, invites companies to apply for the program of Lithuanian Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies (CERN Incubator), and develop innovative products using CERN technologies. The list of technological excellence of CERN includes particle accelerators, vacuum technology, data and digital sciences, sensors, detectors, superconducting magnets, mechanical, material, electrical engineering and a host of other innovative technologies that can be applied not only for scientific but also for commercial purposes.

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The President invited London’s financial companies to expand business in Lithuania


December 3, the President visited the London business center where he met with Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation, other corporate officials and members of the financial community. Gitanas Nausėda took part in a round table with management teams from large companies working in finance and financial technologies.

The President spoke about Brexit’s possible impact on the economy and the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. He underlined that Lithuania would support close UK-EU political, defense and economic ties even after Brexit.

 

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Italian company plans to build large distillery in Panevezys

 

Italy's Etea Group is planning to build a facility in Lithuania's northern city of Panevezys to produce ethyl alcohol from residual materials from wheat processing, the business daily Verslo Zinios reported on Tuesday.

The group plans to invest 24.5 million euros and create up to 25 jobs in the facility which is planned to be launched in 2021.

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Lithuania's Kaunas to test new waste-to-energy plant

 

A waste-to-energy combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kaunas, built by a joint enterprise of Lithuania's Ignitis Group and Finnish energy group Fortum Heat, underwent tests this week.

During the first weeks, equipment testing will involve the use of natural gas, and upon confirmation that all installations work as expected, the first shipment of waste will be brought to the production facility, probably in late January, Ignitis Group said.

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CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
 
 
 
90 cafes of the capital invite seniors for a free cup of coffee and tea on Sundays


In the eve of the most beautiful winter holidays, seniors are invited to enjoy a warm and friendly campaign “Let’s meet for a cup of coffee” held for the 19th year in the capital. A record-high number of businesses responded to the municipality’s invitation to join the beautiful initiative and serve seniors coffee or tea – as many as 90 cafes, restaurants, hotels and bakeries will welcome seniors from 24 November till 5 January, inviting them to spend Sunday afternoons chatting over a cup of coffee or tea.

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All-women theatre play strikes chords with Lithuanians and South Koreans alike


A play by a Lithuanian playwright has been produced by a theatre company in South Korea. The story about a group of women in a hospital seems to have struck a chord with Lithuanians and Koreans alike, says the author, Birutė Kapustinskaitė.

 

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Portugal’s documentary festival tribute to documentary maker Stonys


December 2, the 16th international animation festival Animateka starts in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For the first time ever, this year’s program is dedicated to the Baltic animation. Program „Focus on the Baltics“ was created in cooperation with national film centers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

 

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Two Lithuanian marathons amongst top ten best marathons in the world


A new global study by The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, analysed 81 global IAAF-certified marathon courses.

To make things simpler, The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, has standardised the latest data available for key categories - including the number of toilet and medical stations, average finish time, entry fees, air pollution levels and the quality of local accommodation - to rank marathons around the world from best to worst.


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From December 6
 
Ice skating in Lukiškės Square!
 

 

Ice skating is one of favourite winter pastimes, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

Outdoor CHRISTMAS ICE SKATING RINK of Vilnius – open from 6 December 2019 until 8 March 2020 at Lukiškės Square.

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December 7
 
Concert of Ola Gjeilo „Sunrise Mass“, Klasika Visiems
 

Annual project Klasika Visiems (Classical music for Everyone) invites the public to an unforgettable night with New Ideas Chamber Orchestra and a choir of apprx. 400 voices at the Vilnius University, St. Johns' Church.

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December 7
 
Student Company and Startup Christmas eXpo 2019
 

Entrepreneurial-minded students from across Lithuania will offer innovative and nowhere seen ideas, offer services and products they have created themselves in a largest annual student startup expo.

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Lithuanian choir conductor brings Baltic choral tradition to the Netherlands
 

November saw the powerful début of the Baltic Project Choir, founded and led by Lithuanian choir conductor Sigita Žurauskaitė, in the northern city of Groningen, the Netherlands. The two-night program is part of a long-anticipated cultural initiative to bring Baltic choral tradition to new audiences abroad, featuring a compilation of traditional folk song arrangements and modern classical compositions by Baltic composers.

 

 

 

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Highlight of the Week
 
 
 
Main Lithuanian Christmas tree, already beeing called the Queen of European Christmas trees according to "European Best Destinations"

Vilnius, Lithuania
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