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November 6, 2020            

POLITICS
Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius: Lithuania remains a strong supporter of North Macedonia's European integration


On 30 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a virtual meeting with Bujar Osmani, who has recently taken office as North Macedonia's Foreign Minister.

The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, North Macedonia’s EU aspirations, the situation in the Western Balkans, as well as other relevant issues of regional security and cooperation.



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Lithuania rolls out coronavirus notification app


A mobile application notifying users if they've been in close proximity to someone with the coronavirus has been launched in Lithuania.

“It warns users that over the past 14 days they have been in very close contact with another app user for more than 15 minutes and that that person has voluntarily reported their infection with the coronavirus. Alongside the notification, the app also provides recommendations on what action could help stop further spread of the virus,” the app description reads.



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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
The largest startup accelerator in the Baltic states is now more than 1300 strong


Tesonet, which has now become the largest IT product accelerator in the Baltic states has now grown its ecosystem to more than 1300 people. Contrary to popular belief, developing world-renowned products requires more than developers and customer success managers.



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Here’s what happened when a country let people trade in old cars for electric bikes, scooters


Believe it or not, a cash-for-clunkers plan helped get old and polluting cars off the road, replacing them with efficient and traffic-reducing personal electric vehicles like e-bikes and e-scooters.

Perhaps it’s not so shocking for Lithuanians, who jumped at the opportunity to swap their old cars for new e-bikes.

The program was developed by Lithuania‘s Environmental Project Management Agency (APVA), part of the country’s Ministry of Environment.


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airBaltic sets up branch in Lithuania


Latvian airline Air Baltic Corporation (airBaltic) is establishing a branch in Lithuania. The company says it has to do with its plans to expand Lithuanian's global connectivity, informs LETA/BNS.

"This winter, the air company hopes to connect Vilnius with eight destinations through direct flights," the company told BNS.


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Rail Baltica – Connecting Europe


Up until now the railroad network of the three Baltic countries and Finland had a wider standard rail than the European Union. That is why our region in Europe remains a separate railroad transport infrastructure island.

By implementing the strategic project Rail Baltic together with our partner countries we strive to create a European railroad infrastructure and a logistical chain oriented towards higher-quality passenger travel and cargo delivery services between Baltic countries, Poland, and other European Union countries.



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CULTURE & HISTORY
Designed in Kaunas: Adaptive Capsules for Pandemic and Post-pandemic World


The design workshop was part of Kaunas Design Event and attracted twenty-three teams.

At the end of October, Kaunas witnessed its first Design Event initiated by the creative team of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022. One of the key happenings of the event was a workshop for a design object – an adaptive capsule. The workshop was organised together with the Kaunas branch of the Architects’ Association of Lithuania. 


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Lithuanian films in spotlight at the International Film Festival for Young Audiences – Filem‘On



Today for the 14th time begins the International Film Festival for Young Audiences Filem‘On, in Brussels, and this year it is particularly welcoming to Lithuanian filmmakers’ films. Lithuania is the featured guest at the festival and as many as seven Lithuanian films for younger viewers will be screened at the festival this year.



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Commemorative coin to promote a unique place in Lithuania – the Hill of Crosses


The Bank of Lithuania issues into circulation the €2 commemorative coin dedicated to the Hill of Crosses – a unique and world-famous Lithuanian sight. The mintage of the coin is 500,000 pcs and it is legal tender throughout the euro area.



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All Souls’ Day in Lithuania: Interesting Facts



All Souls’ Day or the Day of the Dead (Lith. vėlinės) on November 2nd is a day to honour all the departed people. Visiting graves, lighting candles and praying for the dead are the most common practices on this day. The feast has pagan roots, and earlier was known by the name Dziady.



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November 12-22
edTech_Hackathon


Can you #crackthecode? EdTech Hackathon is back!
Join the event and spend the weekend hacking and reshaping the way children, teens, and adults learn about the world around them!


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GLOBAL LITHUANIA

Lithuanian Embassy in China invites to a photo exhibition by Antanas Sutkus Planet Lithuania

Jump for freedom: The stranger-than-fiction tale of Lithuanian defector Simas Kudirka


November 23, 1970, was supposed to be a relatively ordinary day for the US coast guard cutter Vigilant, but the day's events would soon involve Richard Nixon, lost careers, and a daring escape. Emerging Europe, partners of LRT English, recall the events depicted in a new film The Jump.


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Elections in Lithuania: unprecedented diaspora engagement


The Central Electoral Commission of Lithuania announced the final results of the Parliament elections. The central-right party, Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats, will hold the new Parliament’s largest number of seats. Women will occupy one-third of the total number of parliamentary seats, and additionally, women lead all three parties forming the new ruling coalition. The unprecedented leadership of women goes hand in hand with the fact that for the first time, Lithuanians residing abroad had a chance to elect a dedicated Parliament member in the newly formed Lithuanian World Constituency, and this became a real sensation.

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Highlight of the Week
Nation-wide lockdown returned to Lithuania

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