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Weekly News from Lithuania, May 8

May 09 2020
Lithuania allocates funds for humanitarian aid to Palestine refugees


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 50, 000 in humanitarian aid to Palestine refugees, in order to help reduce the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to demonstrate solidarity with the international community.

This act is the country’s contribution to the implementation of the 2020 funding appeal launched by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), totaling USD 453.27 million.



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Lithuania will contribute to the global efforts to develop a vaccine against COVID-19


The Government has approved of the allocation of at least EUR 100 000 for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and ensuring universal access to it. Alongside the previously donated EUR 100 000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Lithuania is thereby contributing to the fundraising initiative by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and several global organizations in response to COVID-19, donating funds to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).


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EU Ministers of telecommunications discuss possibilities of digital solutions to overcome COVID-19 crisis


The ministers of the European Union, responsible for telecommunications,discuss possibilities of digital solutions to overcome crisis caused by COVID-19. It is planned to discuss use of mobile applications and impersonalized data to overcome the crisis, importance of digital solutions for restoration of the EU economics, and investments into a new digital infrastructure – introduction of broadband communication networks of especially high permeability.


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Twenty lung ventilators flown to Lithuania after Turkey lifts export ban



Twenty lung ventilators were flown from Turkey to Lithuania on Friday after Ankara lifted export restrictions on medical supplies.

“We understand Turkey's position in the wake of the coronavirus, as many countries in the world, including Lithuania, have introduced restrictions on exporting medical supplies," Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for the Lithuanian foreign minister, previously told BNS.


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Aerocinema at the Vilnius airport      |      Credits @ Go Vilnius

Lithuania 'more entrepreneurial' and will rebound faster than Europe – finance minister


Lithuania's economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis will be more rapid than in other EU countries, since its businesses are “more entrepreneurial,” according to Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka.

“Given that our business is definitely more entrepreneurial than that in older EU member states, Lithuania’s recovery will surely be more rapid and substantial, even though the economic decline will be broadly similar [in all EU countries],” he told the Žinių Radijas radio.

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Lithuanian app helped connect world leaders in the global response conference

Lithuanian-based remote interpretation platfrom Interactio has partnered with European Commission to connect political leaders and philanthropists in the international pledging conference "Coronavirus Global Response." In the midst of the global crisis, Interactio assisted European initiative in the joint effort to raise 7.5 billion EUR in donations to Gali, the vaccine alliance fighting the COVID-19.


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#ZalgirisVirgin named most effective sales encouragement campaign

The Year’s Marketing Awards, Zalgiris’ popular #ZalgirisVirgin campaign was named the most effective sales encouragement campaign. The award winners were announced during the Password 2020 conference.

In the 17th edition of the Year’s Marketing Awards, Zalgiris’ popular #ZalgirisVirgin campaign was named the most effective sales encouragement campaign. The award winners were announced during the Password 2020 conference among 49 campaigns participating in the Password 2020 competition.


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The Seimas approves liberalisation of the electricity market, presenting new opportunities for electricity consumers


The Seimas unanimously approved the amendments to the Law on Electricity prepared by the Ministry of Energy – the regulation of retail electricity prices for household consumers will be abandoned in stages by 2023. This means that there will be a transition from a regulated retail electricity market to one that is based on competition.



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  Invest Lithuania
10:25 AM - May 4, 2020

Congratulations to Lithuanian Fintech Bankera, who won first place in the digital finance category of the pan-European hackathon #EUvsVirus, hosted by the European Commission! Bankera’s winning entry, chosen from a total of 117, was an innovative solution to provide SMEs with short-term financing to cover their liquidity needs during times of crisis. Take a look at the full report: https://bit.ly/3aXr7V3 #ChallengeLithuania

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6:38 AM - May 7, 2020

Today Lithuania celebrates the day of Press Recovery, Language and Book. #OTD in 1904 tsarist Russia lifted the ban on publications in Lithuanian language (the ban was imposed since 1860s, after the insurrection against tsarist occupation). Dozens of thousands of LT books were smuggled annually, many of them printed in USA. Underground schools were set up that used the smuggled books to teach in Lithuanian language, often after-school-activity, organized by teachers, in churches, at home. Book smugglers became a symbol of Lithuanians’ resistance to russification. Photo credits: rarehistoricalphotos.com

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Quarantine library boom: Vilnius residents order over 300 books per day


During quarantine, residents of Vilnius have been ordering more than 300 books from the city’s libraries per day, according to a press release by the municipality.

“We are very happy to see that we can brighten the daily lives of our readers and encourage them to stay at home during this unusual period,” Rima Gražienė, director of Vilnius Central Library, is quoted in the press release.

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A new season of the heritage management program is starting: special attention is being paid to the icons of Kaunas architecture

The old building facades left in Kaunas will acquire fresh colors with the help of the city. The unique heritage management program, which has been in place for 5 years, has made a significant contribution to the refurbishment of over a hundred buildings and continues this mission. Kaunas City Municipality plans to partially finance a record amount of façade renovation works – almost half a hundred. It is planned to allocate the largest amount so far – 855 thousand euros – for the arrangement of architectural objects in the Old Town, the central part and in more remote places.

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Virtual doubles of culture - stunning peformance by Vilnius city chorus Jauna muzika,
Vaclovas Augustinas "Da Pacem, Domine"       |        Credits @ Choras Jauna Muzika

Creativity Cannot Be Masked: Vilnius Presents Mask Fashion Week


The streets of Vilnius streets are currently dotted with giant photos of people wearing protective masks made in creative way. The images are part of a new project called Mask Fashion Week, which drew its inspiration from members of a Facebook group known as Mask Your Fashion.

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Waiting (by LK) For (by PP) What There Is Of Poetry (by GK)


A conversation between Lithuanian poets Laima Kreivytė, Paulina Pukytė and Giedrė Kazlauskaitė on "poetry in the time of quarantine and banality": is this an opportunity to develop new ways of thinking?


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Mask Fashion Week kicks-off in Vilnius

Photo credits @ We Love Lithuania

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