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Week in Lithuania. Convention of Lithuanian Honorary Consuls in U.S.

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The Embassy of Lithuania in Washington, D.C., held a convention of Honorary Consuls of Lithuania in the United States of America and Mexico on Tuesday, February 23. It was attended by 20 Honorary Consuls.

The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantvydas Bekešius, the Vice-Minister of Economy Rasa Noreikienė, and the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States of America Rolandas Kriščiūnas welcomed the participants.

Kriščiūnas underlined the Honorary Consuls’ significant role in representing Lithuania in the United States. Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Bekešius, Ambassador Kriščiūnas, Lithuanian Consuls General in the USA Julius Pranevičius, Marijus Gudynas and Darius Gaidys along with representatives of the United States Department of State and the Honorary Consuls discussed trends in bilateral relations between Lithuanian and the United States, current issues, legal guidelines for activities of the Honorary Consuls.

Foreign Minister and French Minister of State for European Affairs meet

The French Minister of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir visited Vilnius. In the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius stressed that Lithuania highly appreciated its good bilateral relationship with the strategic partner – France – and was interested in further strengthening cooperation, particularly in the fields of security and defence, economy, energy, education and science.

The French fighters have fulfilled NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States already five times. France is invited to continue to further actively contribute to ensuring the implementation of security measures in our region.In the meeting, the Ministers discussed the achievement of objectives of the Action Plan to implement the Lithuania-France Strategic Partnership to further strengthen bilateral cooperation.

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Supermarkets take Mars products off shelves

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Teachers refuse to end strikes

Government negotiators have failed to convince teachers’ unions to call off a strike on Wednesday, February 24, as talks about higher pay continues. PM Algirdas Butkevičius has offered a new plan to meet teachers’ demands. Lithuania’s ruling parties have agreed on a three-year plan for incrementally raising teachers’ wages as unions continue to strike.

Teachers’ unions and the government should find an agreement by means of a dialogue, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says.

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Lithuania’s Hanner Real Estate is to invest 30 million euro building a new 20,000 sq metre business centre in Vilnius’ financial district. Hanner Real Estate is one of the biggest Lithuanian developers.

Vilnius to pave way for crematorium in centre

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