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August 16, 2019             

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In Berlin after almost 30y since #BalticWay30 & fall of Berlin Wall- Iron Curtain. These remains are vivid reminder…

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30th Anniversary of the Baltic Way      |    Credits @ URM

FM Linkevičius briefs US congressman on Lithuania's concerns about Belarus nuclear plant

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has underlined Lithuania's concerns over the security at the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant during Tuesday's meeting with US Congressman Mike Quigley who visited Vilnius before heading to Belarus.

Linkevičius and Quigley discussed “important issues of the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the US, security in the region, and energy policy,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

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The President and the Federal Chancellor discussed plans to strengthen European defense

During his official visit to Germany, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss security and defense policies, plans to counter information attacks, Lithuania’s energy independence, and economic cooperation priorities, including financial services.

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Lithuania’s Ambassador presents his letters of credence to President of Nepal

On 12 August, the Ambassador of Lithuania Julius Pranevičius presented his letters of credence to the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari. Following the ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the Ambassador and the Nepalese President discussed opportunities for intensifying economic, political, and cultural ties between the countries.

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Lithuania boosts solar power funding to 18 million euro

Lithuania is taking a big step towards becoming climate neutral. The country’s government announced a massive increase to the budget aimed at developing its solar power generation. 6 million euros was the amount of funding allocated for this purpose in 2019 – however the planned threefold boost will increase the solar power budget to around 18 million euros. The government envisions the construction of solar power plants near the following Lithuanian cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys and Alytus. Citizens in the surrounding regions will be able to substantially benefit from the new environmentally friendly government initiative.

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Record-breaking summer at Kaunas Airport

Kaunas Airport served a record 114,000 passengers in July, according to a press release. “In July, we served 114,284 passengers [...] handled 934 flights, and carried 276 tons of cargo," said Kaunas AIrport director, Karolis Matulaitis.

“In July, two new destinations were offered to travellers - the cities of Cologne and Nurnberg [that] will be conducted also during the winter season."

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The Baltic Innovation Fund to bring €300m to the region, illustrates ‘Baltic states acting together’

The Baltic Innovation Fund signed an agreement with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the three Baltic states on August 6, according to a press release, bringing an estimated €300m to regional SMEs.

Over the next five years, the €156m Baltic Innovation Fund 2 will be used to invest in private equity and venture capital funds that focus on the Baltic states.

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Inspired by NASA: a first unmanned aerial vehicle based on a bird’s flight constructed. Based on theoretical calculations of NASA’s scientists, a new model of UAV has been constructed at the Laboratory of Aeronautics at Antanas Gustaitis Aviation Institute at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU AGAI). It is a prototype of Solarwing2 – a first and the only one solar-powered fixed-wing UAV in Lithuania with a design based on a bird’s flight.

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Lithuanian collectors gather ensemble of 500 historic radios
Credits @ Justinas Stacevičius / LRT

Special playlist for celebration of #BalticWay30

On August 23, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Baltic Way. In preparations, the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, together with the Office of the Government of Lithuania and Lithuanian Neighbouring Rights Association AGATA curated a special publicly open playlist of 35 various songs celebrating freedom.


Bright Nomad: Fun Things To Do in Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is a pretty city, well worth visiting, with a charming Old Town, plenty of green spaces, nice bars and cafes and a friendly atmosphere.

There are a lot of things to do in Vilnius. After a wonderful weekend in the spa town of Birštonas and a great visit to Kaunas, the second city in Lithuania, I took a short bus ride to the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

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From August 15
Renewed exhibition at the Ancient Beekeeping Museum

The State Service for Protected Areas announced that eight different education programmes were renewed for visitors of the Ancient Beekeeping Museum at the Aukstaitija National Park. Visitors of any age will find what will spark their interest - propolis relaxation in hammocks, baking of honey cakes, making candles in traditional ways, and other activities.

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Get Ready Open-Air Concerts in Vilnius

Go Vilnius: The streets, parks, and courtyards of Vilnius often double as multiple open-air concert halls. With exquisite backdrops of the historic Old Town, dozens of musical genres, and the stars above your head - a perfect evening is guaranteed.

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August 21 -23
Baltic Cinema Days

Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian cinema theaters are inviting to enjoy the best of the Baltic Cinema for free on the occasion of 30th Anniversary of the Baltic Way in Vilnius and Kaunas.

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Bring Together Lithuania / Jungtis Lietuvai
1:45 PM - Aug 14, 2019

🇺🇸 | #BringTogetherLTstories | Matas Buivydas Throughout the six weeks in the summer of 2019, myself and other American-Lithuanian students and graduates participated in the program Bring Together Lithuania / Jungtis Lietuvai. This program is designed to have the young participants rediscover modern Lithuania, as well as obtain professional experience within their field of interest. Bring Together Lithuania provided me with an opportunity to work at Bankera (SpectroCoin), ‘a digital bank for the blockchain era’. My knowledge regarding the crypto currency sector expanded due to the copious amount of research and work. I was able to work in a very friendly environment with people of multiple backgrounds, which illuminated different perspectives when it came to work ethics and habits. I was able to develop my Lithuanian literacy skills, as I myself wished to enhance this attribute. The progression of my ability in the Lithuanian language increased, allowing me to contribute in projects as well as communication. The program offered many opportunities for professional networking by meeting with experts of multiple fields. We were able to explore the NASDAQ location of Lithuania, meet the head of representation for the European Commission Arnoldas Pranckevičius, and meet other professional figures. We also had the humbling opportunity to met Dalia Grybauskaitė a month before her departure from office. Additionally, we witnessed the inauguration of the new president, Gitanas Nausėda. Our adventures to Trakai, Kaunas and Klaipeda created many new memories and emotional connections with one another in the program, and by the end, we became family. I chose this program because I wanted to witness how much Lithuania changed and to see my family once again. The vast change in Lithuania from my previous time spent here had put me in awe. It felt different being surrounded by Lithuanians and hearing our language on the street or at work. The program gave me professional experience that is hard to come by, as I was able to work in a completely different cultural environment amidst those who also call this country our Tėvyne. 🇱🇹 | "Jungtis Lietuvai" programos dalyvių istorijos | Matas Buivydas Kartu su kitais Amerikos lietuvių studentais ir absolventais 2019 metų vasarą dalyvavau 6 savaičių programoje Bring Together Lithuania. Ši programa yra išskirtinai sukurta lietuvių diasporos jaunimui ir suteikia galimybę iš naujo atrasti šiuolaikinę Lietuvą bei įgyti vertingos profesinės patirties stažuočių metu. Bring Together Lithuania suteikė man galimybę dirbti technologijų centre “Bankera” (SpectroCoin). Pagrindinė centro paskirtis – naujų skaitmeninių atsiskaitymo paslaugų bei produktų kūrimas. Dėka šios stažuotės metu atliktų daugybės užduočių ir tyrimų, turėjau galimybę praplėsti savo žinias apie kriptovaliutų rinką. Džiaugiuosi, kad galėjau dirbti labai draugiškoje komandoje, bendrauti su įvairaus išsilavinimo žmonėmis, kurie atskleidė svarbius darbo kultūros ir etikos aspektus. Taip pat vienas iš mano tikslų buvo patobulinti lietuvių kalbos įgūdžius, ypač džiaugiuosi, kad turėjau galimybę pagerinti savo lietuvių kalbos gramatiką. Stiprėjant lietuvių kalbos įgūdžiams, prasipletė ir mano galimybės prisidėti prie svarbių projektų stažuotės metu bei bendrauti su komanda. Vasaros programa dalyviams suteikė daug galimybių užmegzti vertingus ryšius susitikimų su įvairių krypčių ekspertais metu. Mes turėjome galimybę aplankyti Nasdaq Vilnius biurą Lietuvoje, susitikti su Europos Komisijos atstovybė Lietuvoje vadovu Arnoldu Pranckevičiumi ir susipažinti su kitais lyderiais bei ekspertais. Viena iš jų - Prezidente Dalia Grybauskaite, su kuria susitikome likus vos mėnesiui iki jos 10 metų kadencijos pabaigos. O taip pat, mes tapome istorinio momento, naujai išrinkto Prezidento Gitano Nausėdos inauguracijos, liudytojais. Tuo tarpu, kelionių į Kauną, Trakus ir Klaipėdą metu kartu su kitais programos bendruomene turėjome puikių nuotykių, sukūrėme daug atsiminimų ir sustiprinome tarpusavio ryšius, o galiausiai - tapome ŠEIMA. Kodėl aš pasirinkau šią programą? Norėjau tapti augančios ir modernėjančios Lietuvos liudininku bei dar kartą aplankyti savo šeimą Lietuvoje. Didžiuliai pokyčiai nuo mano praėjusio apsilankymo Lietuvoje mane sužavėjo. Tikrai geras jausmas būti apsuptam kitų lietuvių, kasdien girdėti lietuvių kalbą gatvėse ir darbe. Programa suteikė profesinės patirties, kurios būtų sunku įgyti kur nors kitur. O svarbiausia - aš galėjau dirbti tarp žmonių, kurie taip pat šią valstybę vadina Tėvyne. #BringTogetherLT #JungtisLietuvai #AmerikosLietuviai #PasaulioLietuviai #Bankera #GlobaliLietuva

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