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October 23, 2020            

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius: We need an international format to be equipped to work together, so the UN is still relevant and necessary

On 22 October, to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held a virtual conference “The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need. Lithuania’s Contribution to Multilateralism”, aimed at encouraging the Lithuanian society, especially young people, to take an interest in the organisation's activities and efforts to maintain international peace and security, to tackle social exclusion, and to improve human rights situations.

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The President discussed cooperation possibilities between Lithuania and Switzerland

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Isabelle Moret, President of the National Council of Switzerland, to discuss security situation in the region, deteriorating situation in Belarus, the Ostravets nuclear power plant as well as strengthening of bilateral cooperation, fight against the climate change and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Vilnius TV Tower could house EU cyber security center

Lithuania's National Defense Ministry is suggesting using the TV Tower in Vilnius to house a EU cyber security center.

Member states are expected to decide on the establishment of the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center in November and the center could start operating next year.

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GovTech I: Lithuania’s tech savvy governance

With the launch of the GovTech Lab, the Baltic nation of Lithuania has taken some early steps towards creating an innovative public sector environment.

“Lithuania is a relatively young democratic country and that gives us ambition to innovate and employ a challenge-solving attitude to make changes faster, both in the public sector and in society,” said Virginijus Sinkevičius, the current EU environment commissioner.

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How can startups be empowered, in Lithuania, to collaborate with the government and investors? This panel discussion will reveal some great insights about the possibilities for startups and corporates' approach towards startups engagement     |
Credits @ Startup Fair

Financial Times recognises Klaipeda FEZ for sustainability

The annual Free Zones of the Year ranking, conducted by fDi Intelligence, a foreign direct investment service by the Financial Times group, recognised Klaipeda FEZ for sustainability solutions offered by its management as well as other companies operating within the Zone. It is the first award of this kind in Lithuania.

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Vilnius Airport joins Copenhagen Airport in EU project for carbon-neutral aviation

In close collaboration with Danish Technological Institute, a consortium led by Copenhagen Airport (CPH) in collaboration with 14 other European partners has won an EU tender to create the sustainable airport of the future. A grant of close to EUR 12 million will be spent to develop and demonstrate specific solutions, exemplifying how an airport can be designed to operate completely without carbon emissions and deliver infrastructure to carbon-neutral aircraft. The results of the project are to inspire the entire continent of Europe.

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Forbes: Prof Šikšnys deserves to share the glory of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry still evokes resonance not only in Lithuanian but also in the most respective foreign publications. Various world science magazines write that Prof Virginijus Šikšnys from Vilnius University (VU) should share this Nobel Prize and fame with scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and Jennifer Doudna from the University of California for discovering and developing the gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.

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Pandemic teaches creative thinking: a company celebration on hotel balconies

How do you maintain a sense of community in your team when your staff are working remotely and you cannot organise group celebrations or trips? The personnel department at iToGroup faced a difficult challenge – finding a format to replace typical events.

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Lithuanian immigrant song from post-war New York. White Shroud by Antanas Škėma

When given the chance to write some pieces on Lithuanian works of fiction available in English translation, I never had any doubts about where to start. Start with the best, obviously. With the book that you genuinely want more people to hear about and experience, the book that you care about the most, and if you only ever get one chance to do this sort of thing, then at least you’ve used it well.

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A Historical Accent was Unveiled in Kaunas – a Monument Commemorating Chiune Sugihara

To commemorate the year of Sugihara in Lithuania, Sugihara Week returned to Kaunas. The festival invited visitors to learn more about Japanese culture and the history that unites Lithuania with Japan by participating in film screenings, concerts, lectures, fairs and other activities. The main accent of Sugihara Week – unveiled bronze sculpture next to Laisvės avenue, which commemorated the brave consul.

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Lithuania’s VDU university grants honorary doctorate to Belarus’ Alexievich

Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, has granted Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich an honorary doctorate degree.

"Our university is glad and proud that respected honorary writer Svetlana Alexievich accepts doctorate regalia from the VDU and plans to come to Lithuania to meet with the community, once circumstances allow," VDU Rector Juozas Augutis said in a statement.

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Nida invites to recharge at special forest

From the end of August 2020, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts is showing The Spectral Forest – an international group exhibition of eight contemporary artists working across a range of media and themes, exploring a spectrum of histories, ecologies, and mythologies intertwined with both local and planetary woodlands.

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October 22-25
Vilnius Gallery Weekend

This year, the 5th edition of the Vilnius Gallery Weekend brings together over 30 different art spaces. The participants include not only private galleries, but also project spaces run by artists and independent curators, galleries of well-established organizations with deep traditions, as well as museums, art centres and private collectors.

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November 6

Harnessing Investment and Innovation: Getting on the Fast Track

On 6 November, the Bank of Lithuania will host a virtual economics conference “Harnessing Investment and Innovation: Getting on the Fast Track” with Mantas Katinas from Invest Lithuania, Ilja Laurs from Nextury Ventures and Algimantas Markauskas from Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics.

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Highlight of the Week
New exhibition for the spooky season at the Pakruojis Manor

Photo credits @ Pakruojis Manor

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