RSS Lithuanian Food & Beverage Manufacturers thrive in London
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London, March 23, 2015. 19 companies from Lithuania have started their participatation at the UK’s International Food & Drink Exhibition – IFE.
Lithuanian trio Canorum Trio will perform in London
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Canorum Trio, a Lithuanian chamber music ensemble (Antanas Makštutis – clarinet, Ugnė Tiškutė – Viola, and Jelena Makarova – piano), would like to welcome all music lovers to join them on the 6th of March at 7.30pm at the Brunel Museum in London for an evening of wonderful chamber music performed in the beautiful surroundings of this historically significant venue. The musicians will present works by Mozart, Germanavičius, and Uhl. The well-crafted eclectic programme will allow listeners to fully appreciate and enjoy the unique sound and versatility of this exciting combination of instruments.
Ambassador visits Liverpool
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The Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė has started her visit to Liverpool. On March 12, 2015 the diplomat met with the representatives of Merseyside Sheds - the Northwest’s leading manufacturer and supplier of garden sheds and log cabins. The Liverpool-based company has been successfully cooperating with its Lithuanians partners for a number of years and was encouraged to further facilitate its links with the Baltic country.
Photographer Ieva Austinskaitė - shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2015
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The photographer Ieva Austinskaitė is among the artists shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2015 in the Photography category. This one-of-a-kind UK-based international contest aims to promote the work of artists who are in the very early stages of their careers. It only accepts submissions from creators who have either graduated within the last three years or are still studying. The prize champions their unique perspective and signature themes.
The violinist Agata Daraškaitė was awarded by Charles, Prince of Wales
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We are pleased to announce that on the 12th of March a Lithuanian violinist Agata Daraškaitė has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl, an annual prize for outstanding studentship at the Royal College of Music. The prestigious ceremony took place in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall and the award was handed to her by Charles, Prince of Wales himself. A. Daraškaitė completed her Masters Degree at the RCM in July 2014 and has also received the Jacqueline Ward Memorial Prize for Strings.
Documentary on freedom fighters launches celebrations of the 25 anniversary of re-establishment of independence of Lithuania in the UK
Lithuanians in UK » Cultural diplomacy »
On 9th March, 2015 the Lithuanian Embassy in London invited to a screening of the documentary The Invisable Front. The film that depicts the story behind the 1944-1953 Lithuanian partisan movement launched the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of re-establishment of independence of Lithuania. The guests gathered at the Cinema Hall of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London were also presented with a unique opportunity to meet the film's co-director Jonas Ohman. The Sweden-born producer joined the Q/A session which followed the screening.
Lithuanian Manufactorers Showcase at Ecobuild
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On 5th March, 2015 the Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė visited Ecobuild construction exhibition at Excel, London. The annual showcase attracts participants from all over the world and has become one of the biggest events globally for the built environment. This year 6 Lithuanian manufacturers are showcasing their products at Ecobuild. Most of them are specially tailored to meet the demands of the UK market and include PV cells, timber constructions and building kits.
RSS Foreign Minister on the anniversary of Lithuania's accession to NATO
NATO and International Security »
Today Lithuanian nation marks the anniversary of accession to NATO – the strongest security alliance. Eleven years ago, on 29 March 2004, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, together with the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia presented the ratification instruments of the Washington Treaty to the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. On this historic day, Lithuania became a full-fledged member of NATO and entered a common European security structure, more profoundly than ever before in it‘s history of thousand years.
At the UN Security Council, Lithuania voices concerns over the situation of Christians in the Middle East
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On 27 March, the United Nations Security Council discussed the situation of ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East in the context of radical extremism and terrorist attacks.
Linkevičius discusses development of ties with Australian politicians and business representatives
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On 25 March in Canberra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia Bronwyn Kathleen Bishop discussed Lithuania’s goal and preparation to join the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) among other bilateral political and economic topics. “Lithuania aims at becoming a member of the OECD and we are grateful for Australia’s support,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.
Lithuanian Foreign Ministry expresses condolences over plane crash in southern France
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We are all shocked at the news of the Germanwings plane crash in the area of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in Southern France. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims. We hope this disaster will be thoroughly investigated.
Lithuanian and Australian Foreign Ministers discuss bilateral relations and key international policy issues
Bilateral Relations »
At the meeting in Canberra on 23 March with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius informed her about Lithuania’s preparations and implementation of the Action Plan for joining the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “Membership in OECD is the most important goal for Lithuania now. I am glad to receive good evaluation from the Australian colleagues of Lithuania’s efforts to start accession procedures to OECD,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.
At the United Nations – first-hand testimonies on violations of human rights in Crimea and eastern Ukraine
UN Security Council »
On 19 March, the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations held an informal meeting of members of the Security Council on the situation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. According to Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė, we see a rapidly deteriorating situation and grave violations of human rights a year after the illegal annexation of Crimea.
MFA Statement on decision to decline permission to hold exhibition, dedicated to the anniversary of occupation of Crimea
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses its disappointment that the representations of Lithuania and Ukraine to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were not allowed to organise a photo exhibition, dedicated to the anniversary of the illegal occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol at the Conference Centre of the OSCE in Vienna on 19 March.
On the announced signature of a "Treaty on Alliance and Integration" between the Russian Federation and South Ossetia region of Georgia
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In the view of announced signature of so-called “treaty” High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini stated that it “clearly violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, principles of international law and the international commitments taken by the Russian Federation, including the 12 August 2008 Agreement and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008 and has no legal standing”. High Representative stressed that “the signature of this document on the very day of the 31st round of Geneva International Discussions creates circumstances that do not foster a constructive climate for efforts to improve the security and humanitarian situation on the ground”.
Linkevičius calls for extension of the EU sanctions on Russia
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At the General Affairs Council meeting on 17 March in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, emphasised the importance of a unified and strong EU policy stance towards Russia. “Russia has openly admitted it has annexed Crimea. Russia fails to comply substantially with the Minsk agreements. For these reasons, the EU should keep up the pressure on Russia. We have to extend the existing sanctions and consider new sanctions if the situation keeps deteriorating,” stressed the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.
Linkevičius: EU must maintain an ambitious Eastern Partnership agenda
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At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 16 March in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, speaking about the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit on 21-22 May 2015, noted that it was important to determine a strategic direction for Eastern Partnership and take a further step forward from the Warsaw and Vilnius Summits. “We need to send a clear and strategic political signal to our Eastern neighbours that the EU remains ambitious and committed to fulfilling its obligations. The Eastern Partnership countries have to choose their own path towards development and it has to be defended. We cannot allow Russia to influence our policies,” said the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.