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February 28, 2020            

L. Linkevičius meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova Aureliu Ciocoi in Geneva. The meeting focused on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Moldova and the European Union, Moldova's progress in
implementing reforms, cooperation within the United Nations system, and the latest developments in bilateral relations.

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Lithuania to join European Plastics Pact

Lithuania is set to join the European Plastics Pact in an effort to tackle plastic pollution and reduce the use of disposable plastics.

"The Environment Ministry welcomes this initiative and proposes joining it at the governmental level, because the implementation of the objectiveswill help Lithuania achieve the goals set in other EU circular economy legislation," Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika told the Cabinet.

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The President and the First Lady met with a Japanese delegation and the son of Chiune Sugihara

President Gitanas Nausėda and First Lady Diana Nausėdienė welcomed a Japanese delegation that came to Lithuania on the occasion of the year of Chiune Sugihara. Nobuki Sugihara, son of humanist Chiune Sugihara, also attended the meeting.

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Lithuania declares nationwide emergency due to coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government declared on Wednesday, February 26, a nationwide emergency in an effort to minimize the threat of the novel coronavirus spreading into the country. The government also decided to set up a State Emergency Operations Center, headed by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, to coordinate efforts against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Deputy Health Minister Algirdas Seselgis said the step was taken in light of the growing number of coronavirus cases in the world and the spread of the infection in Europe.

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Lithuanian Transport Giants Launched “Sandbox” Platform

The transport innovation environment (sandbox) is officially launched in Lithuania. Startups will get exclusive access to Road Maintenance, Lithuanian Railways and Lithuanian Post infrastructure, data and experts’ advices.

Julius Norkūnas, the director of the center, says that this initiative aims to stimulate the creation and development of innovations applicable in the transport sector in Lithuania, as well as their implementation in state-owned companies.

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Revolut will relocate to Lithuania and Ireland due to Brexit

London-based fintech company Revolut will relocate to Lithuania and Ireland because of Brexit, the company said earlier in February.

“Brexit is the initial cause but it’s also a reflection of the great customer appetite we’ve seen across Europe,” Revolut’s banking chief executive Richard Davies told the Telegraph daily on February 3.

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Lithuanian company Trafi will bring Mobility-as-a-Service platform to Munich’s transportation system

Trafi, a Lithuanian mobility services startup, will help the main public transport agency in Munich, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG), to create and release a city-owned Mobility-as-a-Service program that connects public, private, and shared transportation options.

“Sharing is part of our DNA as a public transport operator. The MVG’s current goal is to also cover the first and last mile by cooperating with new partners and offers. Our customers want to reach their destination from and to their front door, and not just from stop to
stop,” says Ingo Wortmann, chairman of the MVG management board.

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Lithuanian textile firm first Greenpeace-vetted producer in the world

Lithuania’s Utenos Trikotažas became the first producer in the world to fully comply with the Greenpeace environmental standards, according to the company’s press release.

“This [...] proves that truly clean, fair and completely transparent production is in fact possible. And not in boutique shops, but at an industrial level,” Viola Wohlgemuth from Greenpeace is quoted in the press release. Utenos Trikotažas is now producing tshirts for Greenpeace.

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Lithuanian author long-listed for prestigious UK literary award

Noir Press announced that Lithuanian author Grigory Kanovich has just been long-listed for the EBRD Literature Prize - a prestigious award celebrating literature in translation.

The Irish Times commented that Devilspel was ‘Powerful, demanding and at times transcendent, the novel asks the reader to not only engage with the concept and experience of suffering, but to embrace it, and the human spirit’s capacity to overcome it. ‘

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Interwar Architecture

Lithuanian Interwar Architecture project is an interactive educational platform that connects Lithuanian interwar architecture and the modern technologies. From an outsider‘s perspective interwar seems like a distant period of time that is not a current topic anymore. However, at the same time the architecture of the interwar period represents the beginning of modernism in Lithuania. The duality of what‘s old and new helps us tell the tale of the architecture of this period. Architectureis always close to the community and that helps us explore the contemporary lifestyle.

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Lithuanian model Ieva hits the London Fashion Week catwalk

A Lithuanian student from Kėdainiai swapped designing clothes for modelling them at one of the biggest fashion events in the world.

Ieva Dovidonytė, who is a second year Fashion student at the University of Northampton in the UK, strutted her stuff on the catwalk for three shows at February’s London Fashion Week.

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New catalogues presenting the latest works by Lithuanian filmmakers – online

Lithuanian film centre publishes new catalogues “Lithuanian Feature Films 2019–2020“, “Lithuanian Documentary Films 2019–2020“ and “Lithuanian Animation and VR Films 2016–2020“ presenting new and upcoming films of Lithuanian production companies. Here you will find all the information about 31 feature films, 39 documentaries, 29 animations and 9 interactive and virtual reality films.

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March 2
Digital Lithuania Academy Forum: Navigating the Data Space

Digital transformation is an integral part of both, private and public sectors today. Are we ready for the digital future? Let's discuss!

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The Month of La Francophonie in Kaunas’2020

Little Paris, the interwar nickname of Kaunas, isn’t the only thing in common between Lithuania and France. In fact, the friendship between the two countries is very close, and there are a lot of stories to tell, starting much, much earlier than 1930.

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