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Covid-19 membership rescue package

A few weeks ago, the SCCL Board held a virtual membership workshop and discussed additional member value as well as a sustainable annual membership fee strategy for the SCCL Members hit by the Coronavirus crisis. The workshop resulted in a COVID-19 membership rescue package targeting the most vulnerable Members, included in the list of the State Tax Inspectorate.

Employee health-related suggestions by SCCL Advocacy group

During the second meeting of the SCCL Advocacy group, consisting of KG Knutsson, SLT Industrial Components, Baltic Amadeus, SynoInt, Volvo Trucks Lietuva, Nordgain, Ansell Protective Solutions Lithuania and led by the Managing Partner at WALLESS Dovile Burgiene, the group members agreed on the two main health-related measures in order to overcome the challenges caused by the coronavirus: an increased #Covid-19 testing as a commercial service for businesses as well as clear guidelines for better employee protection. The suggestions have been submitted to the Minister of Health, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and to the Chairperson of the Committee on Health Affairs at the Seimas. The full document can be found here (in English) and here (in Lithuanian).

State Labour Inspectorate information in English

A number of our Member companies, representing foreign investors, have expressed a need for collected information in English regarding state guidelines for ensuring a safe working environment for the employees. The State Labour Inspectorate has published recommendations for enterprises in English on how to ensure the safety and health of workers during the lockdown. The document can be found here. In a reply to the request by the SCCL Advocacy group, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour also informed about the obligation for companies with more than 50 employees to elect at least one employee representative with responsibility for health and safety and to establish a health and safety committee, according to the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Flashbacks from the Swedish Business Fika webinars
Tourism opportunities & challenges

44 participants joined the first SCCL webinar, powered by Sorainen. According to the forecast by Swedbank Lietuvoje, the global economy will shrink more than in 2008. Although the tourism industry is not expected to get back to normal until 2021, Member companies Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, Estravel & SAS - Scandinavian Airlines do not let the downfall crush their enthusiasm and feel ready to adapt to the new business conditions brought by #COVID-19. Watch the full webinar here.

INVEGA measures for business during #Covid-19

Experts of our Member law firm WALLESS, Ausra Brazauskiene & Enrika Tamasauskaite, informed the webinar participants about the requirements for businesses seeking to apply for support in order to deal with liquidity & financial problems caused by the Covid-19 crisis. More than EUR 1.1 billion is to be distributed through Invega to Lithuanian businesses from the government’s financial package. Find the full webinar presentation (in Lithuanian) here or download a 1-pager in English here.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Swedish Business Fika webinar
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Fondia Legal Aid Clinic

Our community member Fondia Lithuania has opened a Legal Aid Clinic with the purpose to help businesses to get relevant information in a smooth way during the challenging times of #Covid-19. This is a pro bono initiative based on Fondia values and ethics – to offer easier access to legal assistance when it is needed the most. Businesses are free to use the Lithuanian or the Swedish version of the clinic and reach out to more 110 Fondia lawyers in Lithuania, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact lithuania@fondia.com.

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TGS Baltic invites to a webinar

TGS Baltic law firm invites to the webinar Doing business in Lithuania during and after the coronavirus outbreak. The main aim of this webinar is to provide an overview of key legal and strategical matters that foreign companies doing business in Lithuania should be aware of in the light of COVID-19. The webinar is free of charge, registration is required.

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sweden in focus
"Economic vaccination" for the restart of globalisation

It is crucial for Sweden, being a small and open country, to quickly restart and upgrade globalisation in a new and responsible way.  A group of experts including Eva Björling, Sweden’s former Minister for Trade, and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, among others, suggest a four-part strategy in a debate article in the Swedish daily economic newspaper Dagens Industri:

1. Sweden should push for the EU to remove the border and trade barriers that have been erected due to pandemics.

2. Sweden and the EU should take the initiative for new free trade agreements that eliminate countries' tariffs and other barriers to trade and investment in medicines.

3. Clearer sanctions are needed against countries that do not sufficiently minimize the risk of pandemic

4. Sweden should push within the EU for the introduction of new mechanisms and instruments that secure the EU's internal borders from the spread of infection.

Source

A Restart Commission appointed in Sweden

According to the debate article published in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter on April 27th. The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has decided to appoint a Restart Commission for presenting concrete policy proposals to the political decision-makers on how Sweden should regain its strength after the corona crisis. The members of the Commission will
each write an analysis of the necessary measures in their respective fields of expertise - labor market, fiscal policy, taxes, housing, EU-cooperation, etc. The analysis and conclusions will be submitted to the Swedish Government and Parliament in August, in connection to the start of the budget work. Source 

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LPS Webinar: Situation in China from within

The Lithuanian Professionals in Stockholm Club invites you to a lunch webinar on April 30 at 12:00 – 13:30 CEST with Ina Marčiulionytė, the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the People's Republic of China. Mindaugas Reinikis, Chairman of the Lithuania-China Forum will moderate the webinar. The webinar will touch upon the following questions: How has the pandemic affected society and businesses in China? What does it mean to be in a country where the pandemic has originated? Will the pandemic change something in China? Will China lose the position of the main supplier in the World?

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FOR SCCL MEMBERS ONLY
Home delivery of premium ice-cream

Surprise your Mother and your loved ones with a healthier, luxurious Minioti ice-cream! Tasty, premium no added sugar ice cream packed with Jersey milk and cream with 10 billion live probiotic cultures - perfect for everyone! Order online here.

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The Chamber has five membership categories for legal entities and two types of membership for individuals.

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