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June 5, 2020            


The RAF’s contribution to Baltic Air Policing, Operation Azotize, involves working and training alongside a host of other NATO partners      |      Credits @ Royal Air Force

Lithuania helps to solve humanitarian crisis in Yemen

On 2 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in a video conference of international donors of Yemen, which was organized by the United Nations and Saudi Arabia. N. Germanas announced Lithuania’s decision to allocate EUR 100, 000 in humanitarian aid to Yemen. The funds will be transferred to the UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Fund.

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Resumption of flights to the airports of France, Denmark and Finland allowed

On 3 June, the Government approved the proposal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resume scheduled flights to Paris, Copenhagen, Billund, Nice, and Turku.

SAS, Wizz Air, and airBaltic had requested resumption of flights: airBaltic will fly from Vilnius to Paris and back, SAS will operate return flights from Vilnius and Palanga to Copenhagen, while Wizz Air will fly from Vilnius to Billund, Paris, Nice and back, and from Kaunas to Turku and back.

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Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Baltic states and Poland held in Tallinn

On 2 June in Tallinn, Estonia, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic states and Poland discussed responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and steps taken by the countries to ease their coronavirus lockdown.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister welcomed the close and smooth cooperation among Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in creating a so-called “travel bubble” or corridor among the Baltic countries. The Foreign Minister voiced hope that our neighbours – Poland and Finland – would join in the near future.

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L. Linkevičius attends Foreign Ministers’ meeting of NB8 and Visegrád Group

On 3 June, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) and the Visegrád Group held a video conference to discuss key political issues, including the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and attempts to tackle its negative effects in the European Union.

“The EU must maintain its strategic interest in and attention on Eastern partners. Otherwise, we risk creating a vacuum that will quickly be filled by other players," the Minister L. Linkevičius warned, talking about the Eastern Partnership policy.

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Interview with Arūnė Matelytė, Manager of GovTech Lab Lithuania

GovTech Lab Lithuania was founded last year and aims to bring together public sector challenges and tech solutions. In this interview from NordicBaltic. Tech, a partnership between PUBLIC Denmark and the Nordic Council of Ministers, we spoke to Arūnė Matelytė, Manager of GovTech Lab Lithuania, to hear how the Covid-19 crisis has prompted an influx of GovTech startups that are innovating to solve public sector challenges.

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Water shield designed by students to reduce indoor air pollution

Air pollution remains one of the most serious issues facing the world today, even though air quality has improved a lot due to recent pandemic restrictions. It is common for us to think about outdoor air pollution, but indoor air quality – office, home, or education institution – is equally important. Students, who came from Georgia to study at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), tried to solve this problem by designing a multifunctional device that resembles a waterfall to purify air within large public premises.

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Kaunas Startup Ecosystem acknowledged in international Rankings

For quite some time Kaunas has been in the spotlight for various analysts ranking startup ecosystems. This year Kaunas reached its so far highest position — 112th globally amongst 1000 other cities and destinations. In the latest rankings published by an international research centre StartupBlink Global Kaunas stands out as a city with favorable business environment for new businesses.

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Lithuanian company invests €6m to make biofuel from used cooking oil

A company operating in the Klaipėda Free Economic Zone in western Lithuania will start producing biofuel out of used cooking oil collected in the country. 

“The European Commission strongly encourages the repurposing of this waste,” Arūnas Zubas, CEO of Mestilla, is quoted in the press release.

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Unity: A Decade of Success in Lithuania    |       Credits @ Invest Lithuania


1 June a nationwide campaign ‘Thank You, Lithuania!’ will take place to show gratitude to the Lithuanian people for the successful efforts in overcoming the first wave of Covid-19
   |       Credits @ Lithuanian Government

Musicians provide 'medicine for the soul' across Lithuania

Hundreds of bands took their music to the streets of Lithuania on Monday to lift people's spirits as the Baltic EU member allowed public gatherings again after months of coronavirus lockdown.

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Around Lithuania on Two Wheels

Challenge yourself – explore Lithuania by bike! Lithuania is the geographical center of Europe, so it is very easy to reach. But once you are here, you’ll discover that the country is one of Northern Europe’s undiscovered gems.

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Vilnius offers memorial benches, decorating the first one with a memorial plaque to people suffering from multiple sclerosis

Vilnius has offered a possibility to buy special memorial benches in the city, which can be a great graduation gift from a class, a surprise for a married couple, a gratitude or a commemoration of a noble mission, which the Lithuanian Multiple Sclerosis Union (LMSU) did today.

Fania Lewando – The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook author

In 2015, the world was introduced to The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook in English. This book survived by a miracle. Published in 1938 in Yiddish by Fania Lewando, a Jew from Vilnius,* it disappeared after the Second World War. By chance, a copy of the book was found in a London antiquarian book fair, purchased, and donated as an item of historic value to the YIVO* in New York.

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Sąjūdis, Lithuania’s movement for independence from the Soviet Union,
was founded 32 years ago on June 3, 2020     |       Credits @ LRT

June 15-18
Fintech Week Lithuania

Fintech Week Lithuania is a global virtual fintech conference that will be broadcasted in a virtual studio format, featuring a unique virtual expo, as well as a virtual B2B area for online business meetings.

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Lithuania opens Honorary Consulate in Spain

On 1 June, Lithuania opened its fifth Honorary Consulate in Santander, the capital of the region of Cantabria on the north coast of Spain. Ana Belén Gutiérrez Lavín will head the consulate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs.

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, viewers could watch live streaming of the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania. The Ambassador of Lithuania to Spain Skaistė Aniulienė opened the Honorary Consulate and noted that Lithuania was interested in developing relations with the region that was important for tourism and industry in Spain.

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Highlight of the Week
Thank you, Lithuania! performance of Diplomatic Choir at the Lukiskiu sq, Vilnius

Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas / MFA

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