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October 16, 2020            

POLITICS
The President: Lithuania is prepared to work for EU Green Deal goals


On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda arrived in Brussels for a two-day session of the European Council convened to discuss the fight against climate change, the Brexit negotiations, and EU-Africa relations. The EU leaders also assessed the overall response to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the epidemiological situation and progress in vaccine development.



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Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius met with Canada’s Foreign Minister in Vilnius


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with his Canadian counterpart François-Philippe Champagne in Vilnius. The Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral relations, the situation in Belarus and Ukraine, the relationship with Russia, and the current security environment in the region.

Canada’s Foreign Minister will visit Lithuania for the first time in 24 years. The Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy visited Vilnius in 1996.

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The Lithuanian transport sector is planning an essential transformation in order to implement the EU Green Deal


Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Jaroslav Narkevič introduced the objective to the managers of the enterprises within the regulatory area of the ministry to prepare a wide programme for the transport sector,  aiming to transform the transport sector according to the European Green  Deal, to help to restore the sector after COVID-19 crisis and to use  the opportunities provided by the new EU facility for that purpose.



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Lithuania looks to expand participation in WHO's coronavirus treatment trial


Clinical trials of Covid-19 treatments are taking place in Lithuania and the number of participants could soon be increased to 200, the country's Health Ministry says.

Solidarity is an international clinical trial to help find an effective treatment for Covid-19, launched by the World Health Organization and partners. In Lithuania, the trial is being carried out by Vilnius University's Santara Clinic in Vilnius and the Kaunas Clinic of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.


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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
Lithuania: riding the wave of KYC/AML growth


As money laundering schemes become increasingly more complex and sophisticated and the volume of such schemes continues to amplify, financial institutions find themselves faced with a number of issues. Firstly, they need to accurately evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with money laundering. Alongside which, they need to implement processes to ensure they become compliant with the anti-money laundering (AML) regulations imposed by regulatory bodies and governments across the globe.


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Lithuania to build one of the largest battery parks in the world


Lithuania will build one of the largest battery storage systems in the world by the end of 2021, its energy minister told Reuters, to ensure smooth supply of power as it disconnects from the Russian-controlled grid.

The country plans to invest 100 million euros (90.8 million pounds) to install four 50 Megawatt(MW) batteries with at least 200 Megawatt hours (MWh) of storage capacity, said Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas.


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Lithuania's GDP dip to be smallest in Europe, IMF expects


Lithuania's economic contraction this year will be the smallest one in Europe, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Overall, the world economy will have weathered the Covid-19 pandemic better than initially feared, the IMF estimates, mostly thanks to extensive stimulus packages passed by governments and monetary easing.

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Klaipėda harnesses foreign experts for the development of blue economy


Scientists and practitioners of international renown will share their knowledge of shipping, ports, biotechnologies and other prospective areas at Klaipėda University (KU). By making use of the unique Blue Growth Leaders Academy programme, the port city looks to accelerate the growth of its blue economy.



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CULTURE & HISTORY

The CityTelling Festival, one of the biggest events of the "Kaunas 2022" programme "Memory Office", announced its start yesterday and will last until this Sunday, October 11! During the first day of the festival, two exhibitions opened their doors, four history-enriched lunches took place, a work of street art and other artistic events were presented. And in the evening, the sound and lights installation "Piece, piece..." that honored the composer Vidmantas Bartulis of the cantata that unites history, memory, different denominations, generations, artists and communities closed the first day of the festival     |       
Credits @ Kaunas2022

Berlin to build memorial for Nazis' victims in Baltics, Eastern Europe


A tribute to the victims of Nazis in the Baltic states, Poland and Eastern Europe is heralded as a “milestone” in Germany's remembrance culture.

The German Parliament agreed Friday that a new memorial should be constructed in the capital city to commemorate all victims of Nazi Germany's war of extermination, including those in Eastern European nations affected by the Nazi occupation.


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Vokiečių (German) Street in Vilnius is an historical open-air shopping centre


A defensive wall engirdled Vilnius, and at the same time gates around the city were installed. Because of them, some old street names still survived: Aušros (Dawn), formerly known as Medininkų (Woodmen) and Aštriųjų (Sharp) streets; as well as Trakai, Castle, Bernardine, Vilnius and Tatar, which became well-known capital streets.




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October 23-31
Kaunas Design Event


Week of events to explore and discuss questions on city and its design, architecture, as well as to get familiar with best practices from neighboring countries


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Highlight of the Week
Ministerial meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Canada and Lithuania - after 24 years

Vilnius
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