Presenting Vilnius Smart Park – The Newest Addition to the Lithuanian Capital’s Innovation Ecosystem

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Set in a lush forest area not far from the Vilnius University’s east-end campus, the Vilnius Smart Park – one of the largest technology park projects in Lithuania – opened with a presentation of the first several buildings, and plans for future development. Scheduled for completion by 2022, the Vilnius Smart Park will be the newest addition to the city’s Read more

European Investment Bank to support Vilnius’ urban investment programme

EIB Vice President, Jan Vapaavuori (left), and Vilnius Mayor, Remigijus Šimašius (right), sign the agreement

On September 15, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Municipality of Vilnius signed the first part of a EUR 50 million loan facility to support the city’s investment programme for the coming years. The first part of the agreed loan is worth EUR 25 millon, and will be used for investing in the renewal of urban infrastructure, and the Read more

EIB to support Vilnius’ urban investment programme

EIB Vice President, Jan Vapaavuori (left), and Vilnius Mayor, Remigijus Šimašius (right), sign the agreement

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Municipality of Vilnius have signed the first EUR 25 million tranche of a EUR 50 million loan facility in support of the city’s investment programme for the coming years. In particular the financing will be used for investments in urban infrastructure renewaland the construction of the Western bypass. The investment programme of the Read more

Invitation to participate in concession tender for Multifunction Centre

The future site for the multipurpose sports complex in in Šeškinė

Vilnius City Municipality and Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic Of Lithuania invite investors to participate in concession tender for Multifunction Centre. The tender documents (including unofficial English version of the documents) could be found here. Participants are invited to submit participation request through the CVP IS (https://pirkimai.eviesiejipirkimai.lt/) until 7 October, 2016 at  13:00 Read more

Vilnius Celebrates Over 600 Years of Tatar History Through Decorative Street Sign

The street art unveiled on Tatar Street

On September 15, the City of Vilnius celebrated over 600 years of friendship with its ethnic Tatar community by unveiling a piece of Tatar language street art on Tatar Street (“Totorių g.”) in the centre of the Lithuanian capital. Also known as Lipka or Lithuanian Tatars, the Tatars are a Sunni Muslim community who have resided in Lithuania since the Read more

Reach for Change to connect social enterprises with IT entrepreneurs by joining Vilnius Tech Park

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Reach for Change, an independent global nonprofit organization that originated in Sweden, is furthering its work to unite the business and social sectors by joining Vilnius Tech Park, the biggest startup hub in the region. When business and the social sector meet Reach for Change was originally founded as a partnership between the Swedish social entrepreneur Sara Damber and entrepreneurial Read more

Vilnius Outscores Stockholm and Copenhagen to be Named Happiest City in European Union

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According to a 2015 Eurostat report by the European Commission, Vilnius is happiest capital city in the European Union with 98 percent of residents declaring themselves satisfied with life in the Lithuanian capital. Vilnius narrowly pipped Stockholm and Copenhagen who scored 97 percent each. “We are currently the happiest city in Europe, and in the future, my wish is for Read more

“Master Class Lithuania” bring their executive search services to the Sapiegos community

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“Master Class Lithuania”, one of the leading executive search firms in Lithuania, is to join Vilnius Tech Park’s business development network. “Master Class Lithuania” experts will assist members of the Sapiegos tech park community in finding and recruiting co-founders and C-level managers. Promising conditions for attracting top talent Founded 7 years ago, “Master Class Lithuania” has a wealth of experience, Read more

Vilnius Municipality Invites Foreign Private Investors to Participate in Public Tender for Sports Complex

The future site for the multipurpose sports complex in in Šeškinė

September 6 saw Vilnius Municipality take an important step in the development of a multipurpose sports complex in Šeškinė by announcing a public tender open to Lithuanian and foreign private investors. With the assistance of the Lithuanian State Department of Sports and Physical Education, the Municipality will co-fund the project through a public-private tender, based on the ‘Design-Build-Finance-Operate’ model. The Read more

Vilnius Tech Park to house innovative programming school CodeAcademy

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The programming school CodeAcademy has announced that it will be joining Sapiegos Vilnius Tech Park, the biggest startup hub in the region. From this autumn, the academy will be giving a wide range of programming classes from its new premises at Vilnius Tech Park. Classes will be given both to members of the Tech Park community and to members of Read more

Ethnic Hostility Will Not Be Tolerated, Says Mayor Following Cleanup of Defaced Russian-Language Sign

The defaced sign on “Rusų g.”/”Русская Ул.”

  After a new Russian-language sign marking Russian Street (“Rusų g.”/”Русская Ул.”) was defaced by vandals on September 4, the Municipality was quick to demonstrate its commitment to an open and friendly city by removing the markings within 24 hours and re-emphasizing that vandalism and ethnic hostility will not be tolerated. On September 4, signs in Russian and Polish were Read more

Russian and Polish heritage celebrated by open and friendly Vilnius

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On Sunday September 4, Vilnius Municipality unveiled street signs in Russian and Polish on Russian Street (Русская Улица) and Warsaw Street (ulica Warszawska) respectively. The two signs are the latest in a series of foreign language street signs in the Lithuanian capital. The first to be revealed was Iceland Street earlier in 2016, to celebrate Iceland being the first country Read more

Boutique hotel chain Design Hotels comes to Vilnius Old Town

Architect's impression of how the hotel will look

On August 29, 2016, boutique hotel chain, Design Hotels, confirmed it will open one of its hotels in Vilnius Old Town in early 2018. Housed in the former Pac Palace (Didžioji Street. 7) next to the Town Hall, the five-star hotel will have 105 rooms with 13 suites, and five apartments. Other facilities will include four conference rooms, a restaurant, Read more

Vilnius Municipality to temporarily halt roadworks from September 1st

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Vilnius Municipality has confirmed that all roadworks in the city will be suspended from September 1st–16th, 2016. The decision was taken to reduce congestion and disruptions to the journeys of residents returning to work, school, and university after the summer. Between June–August 2016, the municipality repaired around 40 kilometres of streets and pavements in Vilnius. Repairs were made to improve Read more

Vilnius has decided: the multifunctional complex will serve the needs of sport and culture

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Planning the construction of the Multifunctional Complex the Council of the City of Vilnius decided – the Complex will serve the needs of sport, education and culture, while the idea of the development of the commercial immovable property part was abandoned. The adjusted project now will be even more beneficial for the society, with the targeted social purpose of the Read more

Vilnius celebrates 25 years of Ukrainian independence

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On August 24, 2016, Vilnius celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ukraine independence. To celebrate the occasion, the Lithuanian capital lit the Town Hall and the Hill of Three Crosses monument in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. Both locations were kept lit throughout the night. “Lithuania and Ukraine have always been united through their shared histories,” said Read more

Jewish gravestones used by Soviets to build generator returned to cemetery

Recovered Jewish gravestones from the generator on Olandu gatve

August 23, 2016, saw Vilnius Municipality return the gravestones used to construct an electricity and heating generator during the Soviet-era, to the hill of the old Jewish cemetery on Olandų Street. The generator was built between 1965-1968 when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union. The stones used to build the generator were plundered by the local Soviet authorities from the Read more

Bike-friendly buses introduced in Vilnius

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August 18, 2016, saw Vilnius Municipality introduce a new pilot project, which sees buses fitted with bicycle racks to accommodate the city’s cyclists. The buses will run 16 times  each per-day on the 3G and 43 route, which climbs the hill on the way to the Šeškinė district. Vilnius Mayor, Remigijus Šimašius, said that the project has been introduced to evaluate Read more

DoubleTree by Hilton to open first hotel in Vilnius

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Hilton and Vičiūnai Group partner to bring Vilnius a new leading upscale hotel VILNIUS, Lithuania & MCLEAN, VA – 11 August 2016 – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and Vičiūnai Group today announced the signing of a franchise agreement to bring the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Lithuania for the first time. Construction of DoubleTree by Hilton Vilnius City Center Read more

5G network makes debut in fast and open Vilnius

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Lithuanian mobile market leader Tele2 together with leading global telecommunications equipment company Nokia brought 5G-ready technology to the Baltics for the first time. 4.3 Gigabit per second mobile internet speed were reached in this pre-standard 5G demonstration, using commercially available Nokia equipment. This first ever demonstration of a 5G-ready network running on commercial platforms in the Baltics underlines the momentum Read more

Invitation for the Public Consultation regarding the Multifunctional Hub (Stadium) PPP project

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Vilnius City Municipality and Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic Of Lithuania invite you to participate in public consultation regarding the Multifunctional Hub (Stadium) PPP project. The purpose of this public consultation is to present changes made after the public consultation that was held on 18 February, 2016; to discuss main requirements for the Read more

Vilnius Municipality to improve roundabout safety and efficiency with clearer road markings

Vilnius Municipality will introduce clearer road markings on the Žirmūnų and Olandų ring roads

Clearer road markings will be introduced on the Žirmūnų and Olandų roundabouts from August 6 [Photo by – Saulius Žiūra] From August 6, 2016, Vilnius Municipality will introduce clearer road markings on the Žirmūnų and Olandų roundabouts. The municipality expects the markings will improve the roads‘ traffic flow by 20 percent, and reduce congestion during peak times. The markings are also Read more

First Hilton hotel in Vilnius to open its doors in 2018

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On July 21, Hilton confirmed it will open one of its Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Vilnius in 2018. The project will be managed by real estate development company, EIKA. The hotel will be part of an 18,000-metre multifunctional business complex, which will also house high-end apartments, a shopping arcade and an open public gallery. In a joint press conference Read more

10 new parks and infrastructure upgrades planned for Vilnius’ most populated districts

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During an event in Vilnius Municipality on July 18, 10 architects presented their plans for 10 new parks and infrastructure upgrades, which are scheduled to be built in the city’s 10 most populated districts. The districts planned for refurbishment are: Antakalnis, Naujioji Vilnia, Naujamiestis, Pilaitė, Naujininkai, Fabijoniškės, Pašilaičiai, Karolinškės, Šeškine, and Lazdynai. The work will include improving the appearance of Soviet-era Read more

Mayor of Vilnius: ‘We support and stand together with France’

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The mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius extends his deepest condolences to His Excellency Ambassador Philippe Jeantaud and strongly condemns the act of barbarism which struck Europe, France and the French holiday resort Nice as it celebrated the Bastille Day yesterday evening. It is reported that at least 84 people have died and more than 100 have been injured. “Today, we Read more

Renovation works promise to turn Lukiškės Square into democratic space

Remigijus Šimašius speaking about reconstruction of Lukiskes Aikste

Vilnius Municipality has promised that regeneration of Vilnius’ Lukiškės Square will see it become a “democratic space” for the city. Since its construction in the 19th century, Lukiškės has acted as the main square in Vilnius and been a key part of the city’s evolution from Tsarist times to the present day. Over the years it has always been a Read more

Vilnius Municipality signs resolution against Old Town reconstruction work

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Vilnius Old Town [Photo by: Saulius Žiūra] On July 5 2016, Vilnius Municipality signed a resolution, which disallows the reconstruction of a number of old buildings in the city’s Old Town. Some of the Old Town’s residents feared the construction work would spill over into a number of public spaces and squares, thus putting them at risk. Following the July 5 council Read more

Vilnius Aims To Attract Companies Scared Of Brexit

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London has always been considered as a centre of finance, not only for the banks but for fintech startups as-well. In 2014, fintech investment grew 136%. A total of $554 million raised in 2015 so far by UK fintech companies. But due to the Brexit – this might change. The question “what’s next?” does not sound strange anymore. Up to now, Read more

Lithuanian and Israeli startups sign tech park cooperation deal

(Photo by: Vilnius Tech Park/left-to-right): Len Judes, founder of the Israel-Lithuania Technology Hub, Darius Zakaitis, managing director at Vilnius Tech Park and Idan Meir founder, director at Hubanana) Startup entrepreneurs from Lithuania and Israel will get new opportunities for growth and development thanks to an agreement signed this week between leading tech parks in the two countries. The deal, made Read more

Vilnius Municipality improves conditions for cyclists in city centre and Old Town

The widened cycle lane on Gediminas Avenue

Between Monday June 13-14, Vilnius Municipality repainted the cycle lanes on Gediminas Avenue, the city’s main street, in order to improve cycling conditions. The newly repainted cycle lanes have been extended by 0.5 metres. The expansion project will also spread to Universiteto street in Vilnius’ Old Town in the future. However, the date and by how much the street will Read more