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September 27, 2019             

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President Gitanas Nausėda addresses Concordia Annual Summit
alongside the 74th UN General Assembly |    Credits @ Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentūra

The President says digitization is one of welfare state indicators

President Gitanas Nausėda delivered a speech on the Principles of Building a Welfare State based on Smart Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the Concordia Annual Summit – a forum of public and private sector opinion leaders and decision-makers – taking place alongside the 74th United Nations General Assembly.

The President presented Lithuania’s progress in exploiting the benefits of digitalization and robotization to an abundant audience. Since 2014, the added value for our digital economy has been growing two times faster than the total value added. Its turnover grew three times faster compared to Lithuania’s total economic turnover over the past four years. During this time, digital public services developed and expanded.

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Lithuania establishes diplomatic relations with Marshall Islands

Lithuania has established diplomatic relations with the Marshall Islands in the Pacific during the UN General Assembly in New York.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius and John M. Silk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Marshall Islands, signed a Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations during the summit.

"The foreign ministers discussed climate change and priorities to tackle climate change, as well as opportunities for bilateral political and economic cooperation," it said.

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Lithuanian president unveils global initiative for biomass heating at UN Climate Summit

In his speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, President Gitanas Nausėda unveiled Lithuania's global initiative to reduce the use of fossil fuel by switching to biomass, the president's office said on Tuesday.   

Lithuania decided to "substitute fossil fuels for biomass [before] eventually switching completely to biomass in [residential] heating," Nausėda is quoted in a press release.

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#eFP soldiers, together with their 🇱🇹 and 🇺🇸 colleagues, attended Comic Con Baltics event in Vilnius
|    Credits @ NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania


Lithuania has leapt a massive 13 places to become one of the highest climbers in an international ranking of the most attractive destinations for Global Business Services (GBS)
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EU’s most important research and innovation event presents Lithuanian initiatives in the area of innovation

Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Gintaras Vilda is taking part in the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels, where he presents Lithuania’s experience and key achievements in the field of R&D&I. The event brings together top level innovation policy makers as well as business and science professionals. Vice-Minister Vilda will share best practice in the innovation reform, carried out by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, and the GovTech initiative; also, he will talk about innovation in public procurement and the legal regulation needed to promote innovation.

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Building a tight-knit community

Lithuania’s strategic approach to RPA development.
Despite its proven value, one issue is holding back the implementation of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in GBS – the fact that centres are basically on their own when it comes to getting funding, creating strategies, finding talent, and training it up. Support from mother companies can be erratic. This is sometimes due to lack of awareness, or trust in, automated systems. But most often it results from the misplaced fear that RPA inevitably leads to employees being laid off. Meanwhile, assistance and support from governments and other partners remains minimal.

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Railsbank is expanding its Vilnius engineering team

Railsbank, a London-based leading global open banking and RegTech platform that has opened an office in Vilnius in 2018 announces that it has raised $10m in a Series A funding round, led by Moneta Capital and joined by CreditEase, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Singapore Life and existing investors including Firestartr. Railsbank is growing fast and currently expanding the Vilnius engineering team.

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The Shed
10:28 PM - Sep 24, 2019

A cinematic artwork by late, beloved filmmaker Jonas Mekas set to Verdi’s "Requiem" will be screened at The Shed November 1–10 as a meditative tribute to Verdi’s masterpiece and an homage to the filmmaker himself. Mekas, who passed away in January at the age of 96, drew inspiration from the words of Alessandro Manzoni, the poet and novelist to whom Verdi’s "Requiem" was originally dedicated. See two new interpretations of Verdi’s "Requiem," by conductor Teodor Currentzis and filmmaker Jonas Mekas, this fall. Get tickets: Photo of Jonas Mekas by Chuck Close

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How Emmy-award-winning Chernobyl series made Lithuania a prime destination for alternative tourism

A fresh look on an event that almost changed the course of human history. A masterpiece of on-screen storytelling. HBO’s Chernobyl, a massive hit with viewers and critics around the world, has just won 3 Emmy awards. The name Lithuania was mentioned several times at the ceremony, with the crew and actors praising the location, where 80% of the series were filmed. Nuclear tourism – centered around the decommissioned Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) – has been booming in Lithuania since the series premiere. In a span of just several months the series’ fame brought thousands of fans to the country.

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Finnish Discoveries in Kaunas: Nature, Food and Chernobyl Shooting Locations

What similarities does Kaunas have with Finland? Two travellers who‘ve visited Kaunas on the last days of sunny summer say there are many of them, and share their thoughts on discoveries in our city.

Finland is offering many nature jewels to its citizens: dense forests, lakes full of crystal clear water, the magic of winter wonderland Lapland. Still, two travel bloggers Heidi and Saana are burning with a desire to see other countries and continents. Kaunas became one of their destinations, and during four-day trip, the city surprised adventurers with its nature‘s beauty, colourful history and cultural similarities with Finland.

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Baltic states unite for World Music Expo in Finland

For the first time this year, the Baltic states will host a joint pavilion at the 25th World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Finland on October 23-27.  Previously, the Baltic states have presented their music separately at WOMEX. However, having witnessed the success of the joint Scandinavian area in previous years, representatives of the Baltic states have decided to make better use of the opportunities the fair affords and use these to strengthen ties between the three countries.

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September 27
Night of Scientists

For the 15th time the Night of Scientists will invite curious people of all ages to discussions, intriguing presentations on Soviet regime, literacy, illusions, multidisciplinary research, historical hypotheses, open laboratories, chemistry shows and more fascinating scientific events in six cities across Lithuania.

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September 26- October 13
“Sirens” International Theater Festival

A festival of temptations, invitations and irresistible spells. That’s “Sirens”. The festival annually introduces both new theater names and renowned creators. Every year, viewers are offered a program that does not necessarily have comfortable content, but always raises important issues and delights with its quality.

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September 27
Global Lithuania: Uruguay and Argentina

The Lithuanian Literature and Art Archive annually organises expeditions around the world, aiming to find and gather information on Lithuanian expats and its documentary heritage. The third expedition visited Lithuanian communities in Uruguay and Argentina to find Lithuanian history from twentieth century. Exhibition with the found stories can be found in Lukiškės square.

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Holocaust rememberance day

Vilnius, Lithuania
Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas / URM

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