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April 30, 2020            

Although the Second World War ended in 1945, the terror in some states continued, claiming millions more victims. "In a way, WWII didn’t end for the Baltic states until 1991 and the restoration of the independence that they had lost in 1940"      |        Credits @ MFA

Coronavirus response: Lithuania assists Italy and Spain in response to global pandemic

On 27 April 2020, a plane from the Spanish Air Force took off from the Lithuanian Air Force Base near Šiauliai (Lithuania) to deliver critical medical supplies to Spain, as part of ongoing Allied efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The delivery consisted of Lithuanian-made facial protection shields, medical gloves and disinfectant fluid and was provided through a bilateral arrangements between Lithuania and Spain.

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Baltic states could reopen borders in mid-May, says Lithuanian foreign minister

The borders between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania could reopen in mid-May, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS on Wednesday, following the conversation with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts.

"Preliminary, we could imagine that happening as of May 18, but nothing has definitely been decided yet," Linkevicius said.

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NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania
9:33 AM - Apr 26, 2020

Sometimes we can help the local community with our knowledge and our means. This time they asked us to remove some trees and widen the road. Of course we will help, was our answer to the local entrepreneur, it is an easy task for the Heavy Engineering Vehicle of the Norwegian army. Glad to have helped, it was fun to do, see you next time. #TOGETHER #STRONG #WeAreNATO #eFP #TogetherWeServe #WEARENATO NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Forsvaret Hæren

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Credits @ Invest Lithuania

Lithuanian-made app connects communities for emotional support amid global crisis

Everyone’s mental health is being severely challenged during the global pandemic, and access to emotional support is scarce compared to pre-quarantine times. The new Lithuanian-made AOC (Act On Crisis) mobile app aims to fill this gap by providing a package of emotional support tools that includes breathing techniques, anonymous support communities and free therapy sessions with certified professionals.

“In the face of this crisis, the need for community,  especially on an emotional level, is growing,” says Ieva Vaitkeviciute, author of the app idea. According to her, with a fifth of the world’s population currently under lockdown and facing the same challenges at the same time, the situation is unprecedented.

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Lithuania to allow renewable energy communities, more opportunities for businesses to use green electricity

Yet another step is being taken towards the development of renewable energy – the Seimas has approved draft laws prepared by the Ministry of Energy which will allow residents to cooperate and establish renewable energy communities. Producers of electricity from renewable energy sources (RES) will also be allowed to directly conclude contracts and sell energy to end users. This should make green energy even more attractive among companies. 

“<...>Today, energy communities are still a novelty not only in Lithuania, but in other European countries as well, but in the future they will become a fairly common phenomenon, just as renewable energy has already become in many households today,” says Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

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Pandemic brought new opportunities for plastics companies

Plastics companies operating at Klaipeda Free economic zone (FEZ) have experienced minimal impact by the COVID-19 outbreak so far. On the contrary, plastics companies are facing increasing demand, opening the new product and sales segments and gaining new arguments within the society. However, their turnover already was and can be further impacted by falling raw material and oil prices.

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Klaipėda is building the most ambitious IT ecosystem in the country

A few years ago Klaipėda was the first city in Lithuania to confirm and start developing an ambitious economic development strategy for the city, which has a special focus on strengthening the ecosystem of information technologies. The first results are already evident today. According to the city development agency Klaipėda ID, local businesses are going through rapid digitalization processes, a new generation of IT talent is growing, startups coming from Klaipėda are gaining world-wide recognition.

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Flemish journalist, culture specialist and author of the book "Lithuania: a travel to unknown" Kurt van Eeghem shares some of the moments of his quarantine life while writing a new book about Lithuanian composer and artist M. K. Čiurlionis       |
Credit @ Lithuanian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg

What artists are doing now. Aidas Bareikis in New York

Every morning I throw a few cards up into the air and slowly watch them fall. Scattering is an essential part of any art making with different degrees of tolerance. Installation art has a high degree of tolerance for scattering. This city (NY) has been propelled upwards by an enormous energy for so long, now it’s in a free-fall… It so happens that last month, I had been working on these small installations with the birds. They stand in my studio unfinished - yet another essential part of an installation - abandoned, still...

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During quarantine, residents of Vilnius order from libraries more than 300 books per day

Delivery of library books directly to your home in Vilnius has become a very popular quarantine entertainment – residents of Vilnius liked the new service so much that they ordered more than 300 books to be sent to their homes in the first five hours of the opening of the service. Librarians have to move quickly and to deliver orders to readers in the specifically created routes. Those, who long for library books, can order them once a week. The service is especially popular among seniors.

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Drive-in concerts bring outdoor music back to Lithuania

Drive-in concerts in Lithuania kicked off last weekend, offering people a unique experience and a chance to hear live music amid the nationwide quarantine.

“It's something unreal. You can’t imagine how it all looks from the stage,” called out Giedrė Kilčiauskienė during the inaugural show.

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3D project revives Great Synagogue of Vilna

The destroyed Great Synagogue of Vilna has been revived for new life in a series of videos showing one of the treasures of Litvak heritage, according to a press release by Go Vilnius, the city's development agency.

Once the heart of Judaism in Lithuania, the Great Synagogue of Vilna was founded at the end of the 16th century, but heavily damaged during World War Two and completely razed to the ground under the Soviet rule.

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Unfolding empty streets of Vilnius within its architecture,
stagnated sculptures in parallel with the town itself        |        Credits @ Gintas Kvedaras

May 28
Save the Date: Business Cases from Across the Globe

Global Lithuanian Leaders continues the series of ONLINE SWAPS - fast exchanges of ideas, insights and first hand information among Lithuanian business leaders working in various countries across the globe.

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Highlight of the Week
Vilnius Film Festival and Vilnius Airport have created the world's first drive-in cinema set up on an airport apron

Photo credits @ GoVilnius

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