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June 12, 2020            


Lithuanian Naval Force Flyvefisken class ship P14 "Aukštaitis" during BALTOPS 2020
|      Credits @ US Naval Forces Europe-Africa

Lithuanian and Canadian Foreign Ministers discuss preparations for Fourth Ukraine Reform Conference

On 10 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne and discussed the preparation of the Fourth Ukraine Reform Conference to be held in Vilnius in 2021.

“We believe in a Ukrainian success story. The country has consistently implemented complex reforms and deepened its Western integration in the face of the ongoing Russian aggression. Despite COVID-19 constraints, we must maintain the international community’s attention to and support for reforms in Ukraine," said L.Linkevičius.

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The Government Approves the Plan for the DNA of the Future Economy

The Government approved Lithuania’s Plan for the DNA of the Future Economy prepared by the Ministry of Finance which will create conditions for a qualitative transformation of Lithuania’s economy, balanced development and development of innovative, high value-added business. Following the public debate, the plan for long-term investment to stimulate the economy was supplemented by new measures, mainly with human capital as well as innovation and research projects.

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Business valley project near Neris finished

“Green Hall 3“ is the culmination of many years of work, starting with „Green Hall 1“ now more than 10 years ago.

Over time the „Green Hall“ projects have all researched a more fluid architecture, pursuing the idea of a different approach to design. „Green Hall 3“ naturally complements the existing composition and finalises a campus that stands out in the central business district of Vilnius. „Green Hall 3“ is the final piece and with its movement, almost like a signature, it will make heads turn for many years to come”, said Ulrik Raysse and Ricardo Paternina from “Arrow Architects”, who
designed the building.

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Hotel's on us. Lithuania may cover accommodation to attract foreign tourists

Lithuania's Economy Ministry has proposed that the government cover accommodation costs of every third night that foreign tourists spend in the country.

The measure would be “unique in Europe”, said the acting economy minister, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

“The new measure we are creating, which would in fact be rather unique in Europe, aims at promoting inbound tourism,” Vaičiūnas told reporters.

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The Selection of the Lithuanian Digital Innovations to the World Contest Has Started

The contest ‘New Enlightener 2020’ – a national selection to the world contest of digital content solutions World Summit Awards 2020 (WSA) – started on June 8. Both, Lithuanian start-ups and experienced business companies – creators of mobile applications, electronic services, digital platforms, and games – are invited to participate in the contest. The winners of the national contest will become the candidates of the global contest World Summit Awards 2020 and will compete with digital products from all over the world.

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The leading Regulatory and Supervisory AML Technology organisation to open an office in Vilnius

AML Analytics, the UK based Regulatory and Supervisory Technology (Regtech/Suptech) organisation is to open a dedicated IT development office in Vilnius, Lithuania. As part of its ongoing global expansion, the company expects to build a team in Vilnius of around 50 employees in the next few years.

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Jewish Culture Heritage Association presented an interactive jewsih heritage map of Lithuania
   |       Credits @ Jewish Heritage Lithuania

‘Holidays abroad’ in Vilnius. Lithuania’s capital turns Italian

While coronavirus restrictions limit travelling abroad, Lithuania’s capital brings foreign experiences directly to its residents.

Every second summer weekend, Vilnius will ‘turn’ into a different country by offering hundreds of events and concerts showcasing its culture, according to AFP.

Last weekend, people were invited to enjoy “Italian holidays in Vilnius”.

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Lithuania publishes map of quirky takes on pink soup šaltibarščiai

Lithuania Travel, the state tourism promotion agency, has published a map of the quirkiest takes on the timeless Lithuanian icon, Šaltibarščiai.

Spread across Lithuania, restaurants offer deviations from the cold beetroot norms that include ice cream, shellfish, or raspberry beer.

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Lithuanian Post issues stamp for Vilna Gaon's 300th birth anniversary

Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) has issued a special stamp to mark the 300th birth anniversary of the Vilna (Vilnius) Gaon.

Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, a world-famous Torah and Talmudic interpreter, also known as the Vilna Gaon, lived in the 18th century.

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Vilnius Shows How the Pandemic Is Already Remaking Cities

Vilnius isn’t the same city it was before the coronavirus. The Lithuanian capital has transformed into an open-air café, where hundreds of restaurants and bars can set up shop in its plazas, squares, and streets and serve customers from a safe distance. It also briefly operated a drive-in movie theater at the city’s idle airport, where people could gather in their cars to watch films projected against a giant screen. And next month, it will ban most cars from its Old Town to allocate more space to pedestrians.

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'Untold stories' - Final 100th Season's Concert of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet
in an empty concert hall in Vilnius    |       Credits @ LNOBT

June 6-14
Cirkuliacija'20: Virtual Circus Festival

On June 6-14th the Contemporary Circus Festival “Cirkuliacija” will return to Kaunas in a new format and invite the audience to virtual meetings. The theme of this year is called “Private Zone”. 

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Highlight of the Week
Untold Stories concert in an empty concert hall of National Theater of Opera and Ballet

Photo credits @ Martynas Aleksa/LTOBT

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