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July 3, 2020            

POLITICS
Lithuania commences the next Presidency of the Baltic Sea States Council


On July 1 Lithuania commences the next presidency for the Baltic Sea States Council taking it over from Denmark. During its presidency, Lithuania will focus on sustainable development, particularly in the areas of green economy, ecological and maritime tourism, civil protection, fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation, as well as prevention of violence against children.


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Opening the green corridor for large investment projects


The Seimas has adopted a package of investment and corporate tax laws, which offers a new instrument aimed at attracting large investments of local and foreign capital. The package of laws, also known as the ‘green corridor for investment’, provides for much faster and simpler  establishment procedures for investors as well as incentives for municipalities hosting investors. It is a regional development-oriented initiative aimed at promoting investment across Lithuania.


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Lithuania provides humanitarian assistance to Syria and Sudan


On 30 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which was co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations.  L. Linkevičius voiced his consistent support for Syria, activities of the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as well as stressed the need to support young people in the country and to ensure accountability for crimes committed in Syria.


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On 25 June, the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairsof Lithuania Raimonda Murmokaitė took part in the virtual high-level Sudan Partnership Conference that was organized by Germany, the EuropeanUnion, and the United Nations. During the event, R. Murmokaitė announced Lithuania’s decision to allocate EUR 25, 000 in humanitarian aid to Sudan. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations World Food Programme.


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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
Expert teams create solutions for solving the water pollution problem in the Baltics and the world


The winners of the international pan-Baltic Clean Water Hackathon are two startups – Latvian startup PurOcean and a Lithuanian startup Ekodrena.

“Clean Water Hackathon” lasted for a record-long 12 days in which time the teams participated in 85 meetings with experts and partners. The event attracted a great number of international organisations from all three Baltic countries, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and the UK.


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‘Aviation is climbing out of a deep hole.’ 70 routes to resume from Lithuanian airports


With air travel gradually resuming in Europe, Lithuanian airports are planning to launch flights to some 70 destinations in July, including to Dubrovnik in Croatia and London Gatwick.

“A number of the airlines and flight destinations that we had before the quarantine are returning to our airports,” Tadas Vasiliauskas, a spokesman for Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), said.


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Winners of Lithuanian Fintech Awards announced at Fintech Week Lithuania


The awards recognise the success stories of the past year across numerous areas in fintech, including payments, lending & investing, KYC and analytics. The awards were selected by a jury composed of Lithuanian and international experts in financial services.


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The Lithuanian Maritime Cluster Has Been Founded


The business and educational organizations in Klaipeda are joining forces to develop the Lithuanian system of maritime innovation in the country. With this goal, the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster has been founded on June 30. The cluster has been founded with the goal of becoming a platform for the production of high added-value services and products, innovation, cooperation between the education and business sectors.


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CULTURE & HISTORY

Discover colours you never knew existed         |       Credits @ Lithuania. Real is beautiful

Lithuania thinks pink to attract tourists – šaltibarščiai at the centre of new campaign


Lithuania is seeking to lure tourists with its iconic cold beetroot soup, šaltibarščiai. In a new campaign, the country's tourism promotion agency aims to make ‘cold pink’ the colour of this summer.

Travelers landing at Vilnius Airport, for example, will find themselves following a trail of pink-coloured spots on the floor, culminating with an instagrammable 3-metre replica of the dish.



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Misty mornings and mystic forests. Photographing undiscovered Lithuania


Photos by the 17-year-old photographer, Darvydas Kilmanas, reveal the nature of Lithuania in its mysterious, hazy beauty. Feeling completely at home when meandering the nearby woods, Kilmanas believes we are all just visitors here.

Based in a rural location near Vilnius, Kilmanas has always been curious about and loved nature. Having trekked every little path in the area, the teenager knows it like the back of his hand. And yet nature reveals something new to him every day.


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July 3-23
World Press Photo 2020 Expo Vilnius


Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania, showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 63rd annual World Press Photo contest.

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July 6 - August 27
XVII International Festival of Chaim Frenkel Villa


International orchestra and classical music festival invites to enjoy performances on an open-air stage in front of the local historical villa in Å iauliai.

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Highlight of the Week
Hidden places on Lithuanian Seaside to explore

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