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November 15, 2019             


Climate Rally in Vilnius       |       Credits @ LRT

Lithuania’s ambitions to combat climate change

The Government has largely supported the integrated draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for the period 2021-2030, laying down Lithuania’s ambitions to combat climate change.

‘The European Union has set itself ambitious targets for a shift towards a climate-neutral economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, therefore, the fight against climate change has been and will continue to be one of the most important goals of the Community for many years ahead. The plan approved by the Cabinet of Ministers speaks about our commitment to the planet, to the flora and fauna, to ourselves and to our children and grandchildren’, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

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Minister of Defence R. Karoblis visiting soldiers in Pabrade       |       Credits @ MOD

Lithuania’s Linkevičius echoes Macron’s call to defend international order

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius echoed French president’s calls not to repeat the tragic pages of history during a three-day Paris Peace Forum, held in in the presence of 30 heads of state.

During the Inauguration of the Forum on Information and Democracy, Linkevičius voiced his concern for the safety of journalists and indicated that Lithuania already has different means to address various forms of disinformation via projects ‘’ or the EU cyber rapid response teams.

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Lithuanian MoD wants NATO in on EU defence projects

Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said EU defence initiatives should be open to all NATO allies and partners, according to the ministry's press release.

”We have to make sure that flexible rules are provided for third states, especially NATO allies, to take part in PESCO projects,” Karoblis said during a meeting of defence ministers in Brussels.

“Only the participation of NATO allies can ensure the quality of implementation in prioritised PESCO projects, such as military mobility or cybersecurity, and ensure the proper level of cooperation and transparency.”

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‘There’s no shooting here’ – Ukrainian children find respite in Lithuanian schools

Over 500 Ukrainian students, many of them from Donbass war zone, are currently studying in Lithuanian schools. Yet, it’s not only the children that need support to integrate and bridge Lithuanian and Ukrainian cultures.

“One child told his teacher that he really likes it here. After being asked why, he said, because there’s no shooting here,” says director of Vilniaus lietuvių namų school in the Lithuanian capital, Gintautas Rudzinskas. The school now hosts 52 children from Ukraine.

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Lithuania. Real is beautiful
2:03 PM - Nov 13, 2019

We love pizzas and burritos, but we can't resist our true nature. For Lithuanians, potato dishes are the perfect kind of comfort food! We love them in all shapes and sizes. From puddings and pancakes to delicious stuffed dumplings – you'll be amazed at how many dishes we can create from a single ingredient! For more info, visit: Photo credit: Beatos virtuvė.

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How US giant Shift4 Payments discovered talents in Lithuania

Three years ago, Shift4 Payments (then – Harbortouch), the US leader in secure processing solutions, decided to expand their business significantly by moving from providing services to developing technologies. Although the entrepreneurs from Pennsylvania focused on four cities in four different European countries, Vilnius became the first and so far the only company’s tech center in Europe.

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SAI Global to open Centre of Excellence in Vilnius

A multinational leading provider of integrated risk management solutions, assurance and property services SAI Global has decided to embark on a new journey and open a Centre of Excellence in Lithuania. The new center in Vilnius will be responsible for the software development and associated back-end services, it is going to play a central role in the company’s future growth. Initially, the company plans to hire up to 50 professionals for its Center of Excellence during the next year.

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First time in the Baltics: CAS-CERN Accelerator School will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, together with Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania is inviting to CAS-CERN Accelerator School next spring. Held in different countries, only 4 schools are being organised by CERN yearly. This will be the first time for the CAS-CERN Accelerator School to be organised in one of the Baltic States.

One school course lasts for two weeks and attracts students from all over the world. Hermann Schmickler, the main CAS-CERN organiser emphasises that the tudents should have certain knowledge before starting the School.

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Project "Dance plus City", in which the contemporary dancers of AURA Dance Theatre awaken the impressive architecture of Kaunas         |       Credits @ Kaunas2022

Kindness Takes Over the City: Start of the “Kaunas Full of Kindness” Campaign

The coming Christmas season and the special “Cake Day” celebrated in Lithuania are inspiring for generous actions. Business representatives in Kaunas unite for a new initiative, inviting people to show kindness by donating. In the coming month, efforts will be made to raise funds for a special van with access for the disabled, which is badly needed by volunteers of the Order of Malta who are taking care of the elderly in Kaunas.

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Film "Wonderful Loosers. A Different World" by A. Matelis will be available in 51 countries world wide

„iTunes“, „Amazon“, „Google Play“, „Kanopy“ – only a few online platforms, that will be streaming widely awarded in international festivals Lithuanian film by Arūnas Matelis "Wonderful Loosers. A Different World", telling the story of the backstage of the professional cycle race "Giro d'Italia".

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Ceremony of the State Funeral of the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising to be held on 22 November

Gediminas Hill reinforcement works, which began on 3 January 2017,  accidentally unearthed burials. Following the identification of the remains of the participants of the 1863-1864 uprising, executed in Lukiškės Square in Vilnius, the continued search led to the unearthing of the remains of 21 men. It was decided to hold a State Funeral ceremony for the commanders and fighters of the 1863-1864 uprising in cooperation with Poland, in exactly one month, i.e. 22 November. The reburial will take place at the Rasos Cemetery in Vilnius.

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Partisan Kentra-Ausra nominated for Freedom Prize

Albinas Kentra-Ausra, a partisan, chronicler of the Lithuanian Atgimimas (Revival) movement and a chevalier of the Order of the Cross of Vytis, has been nominated for the annual Freedom Prize in Lithuania.

The decision was on Thursday made by the Lithuanian Seimas' Freedom Prize Commission.

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World Sabbath Celebration

The Vilnius Jewish Religious Community invites the public to take part in the Shabbat Project’s 2019 global sabbath celebration on November 15 at the Choral Synagogue in Vilnius. Come celebrate the sabbath together with millions of Jews around the world. Sabbath favourites will be served following the service.

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Video game culture convention GameOn is the biggest video gaming event in the Baltic region.
For the 5th time, the GameOn returns to Vilnius         |       Credits @ KTU

November 17
TEDxKaunas 2019 | Message in a Bottle

Coming across a Message in a Bottle is a great privilege since the receiver decides the fate of what can be found inside. The finder may be surprised, alarmed, awed, curious or cautious, but never indifferent. What would YOU do with the bottle once you’ve read the message? 

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November 26-29
Lithuanian Climate Week

Even the slightest changes in annual average temperature affects our daily lives directly and indirectly. More frequent heat waves, droughts, floods and other extremes, causing extinction of various species, damage to properties, are only few out of numerous proves of climate change. It serves as a prove to take responsibility.

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November 26
Data driven nation: lost in data space?

Data-driven decisions, formed data culture, automated processes in the public sector - wishful thinking or mission possible? 8th Digital Lithuania meeting will be all about Big Data and how we are prepared for what is coming next.

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Highlight of the Week
Minister Linas Linkevičius participated in Paris Peace Forum

Vilnius, Lithuania
Photo credits @ LR Embassy to France

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