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

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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

Vilnius Mayor condemns Orlando shooting

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Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has condemned the Orlando shooting, which has seen at least 50 killed and 53 wounded in the biggest mass-shooting in U.S. history. The shooting took place at the gay ‘Pulse’ nightclub in the city of Orlando, Florida, in the early morning of June 12, 2016. The gunman was named as Omar Mateen – a U.S. citizen Read more

Global wireless technology developer LigoWave establishing office and R&D workshop in Sapiegos

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Global wireless technology developer LigoWave establishing office and R&D workshop in Sapiegos LigoWave, a designer and manufacturer of wireless networking devices, has officially announced that it will be joining Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius. LigoWave will be the first hardware development company to set up in the park, establishing both an office for its team of 63 staff and a Read more

Loftas’ Europavox collaboration aims to export Vilnius’ music culture to international audiences

The Loftas venue in Vilnius

Following its recently announced collaboration with six other European Union music venues and showcase festivals, Vilnius’ Loftas music venue hopes this opportunity will internationally promote the Lithuanian capital’s musical and cultural talents. The partnership is called the Europavox project because it is headed by the French Europavox music showcase festival. In addition to Loftas and Europavox, the other festivals and Read more

World’s biggest 3D model marketplace setting up in Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius

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CGTrader, the world’s largest 3D model marketplace for computer graphics, 3D printing and virtual reality, has officially announced that it is joining Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius. The largest ICT hub in the region, Sapiegos will open its doors this summer, with CGTrader’s new office occupying one of its main buildings. 3D artists, design studios and businesses use CGTrader as Read more

Vilnius praised by Uber for fast and open business set-up help

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On May 25, 2016 the Uber operations base and engineering centre were brought together under one roof in Vilnius. Their office is located in Vilnius’ Central Business District. It overlooks the Neris river and is a 10 minute walk from the Lithuanian capital’s UNESCO-award winning old town. Uber has employed 20 highly skilled site reliability engineers in Vilnius. They are Read more

Finnish Stainless Steel Giant Outokumpu to Open Business Services Center in Vilnius

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Outokumpu, the global leader in stainless steel, is set to open a multifunctional business services center in Vilnius. Outokumpu has its headquarters in Finland and its products are used in demanding applications around the world, for example in the construction of 3 World Trade Centre in New York and in the reconstruction of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona. The Read more

Restored Old Jewish Cemetery in Olandų street is becoming a widely-visited place

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Užupis Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius has changed dramatically in recent years:  new alleys and paths have been laid out and information boards have been put up in the territory of 11 ha. Vilnius municipality in cooperation with the Jewish Community began restoration works at the cemetery in September last year:  trees, shrubs and bushes, which covered the area and thus Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius – in front of graffiti showing D. Trump and V. Putin locking lips together

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The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius has made a photo in front of graffiti showing USA presidential candidate Donald Trump locking lips with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Mayor told today that graffiti is not be removed from the wall of the restaurant “Kiaule Ruke” (“Smoking pig”) in Vilnius Old Town. “There is no censorship in our city. That’s Read more

5 core partners to occupy almost half of Vilnius Tech Park and supply key startup services

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Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius has officially signed agreements with its five core partners. These are  the startup accelerator Startup Highway, the venture capital fund IMI.VC, Teo and Omnitel, the biggest telecommunications services provider in the region, DNB bank and the game development studio Game Insight. Combined, these core members will occupy almost half of the 9,000+ square meter tech Read more

The first medal presenting the capital will promote the legend about Vilnius

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The ceremony held today in the Vincas Kudirka square solemnly presented the first souvenir medal representing Vilnius. The medal shows the iron wolf, the symbol of the city, and its main objects – the Gediminas Castle, the Hill of Three Crosses, the Cathedral of Vilnius, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Saint Jones and Saint Anne’s church, the Read more

LOGIN 2016 Has Been Opened – the Mayor of the Capital Greeted the Two-Day Innovation Festival

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Today, the 10th, Jubilee Technology and Innovation Festival LOGIN 2016 has been opened in Vilnius. During a two-day fiesta everyone is invited to get acquainted with more than 150 Lithuanian and foreign visionaries that have progressive ideas. The festival that has brought together more than 5,500 participants was opened by the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius. At the conference he Read more

Practica Capital and Startup.lt join Vilnius Tech Park

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One of the biggest VC funds in Lithuania, Practica Capital, has officially announced that it is joining Sapiegos Tech Park in Vilnius together with their startup accelerator Startup.lt. The fund and accelerator, with 38 successful investments since 2011, will move its headquarters to one of the main buildings in the park. Taking talent attraction to a new level According to Read more

Mayor of Vilnius accepted head of China’ s largest tourism company of China

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Today, Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius accepted the Regional Director Roger Qiu of China’s largest tourism company Ctrip and familiarised the guest with the potential of Vilnius tourism and investment, told him about a new tourism and business promotion agency “GO Vilnius” being developed in the capital. China is a distant important country in the capital’s marketing strategy in which Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius visited Uber’s office in Amsterdam

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The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius visited Uber’s office in Amsterdam, where he met the company’s Head of Operations Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and discussed the possibilities for realizing Vilnius’ potential. The Mayor encouraged the company to try out new services in Vilnius and suggested the possibility of transferring other departments to Vilnius, emphasizing the great potential for economics, law, and creativity Read more

The City of Vilnius takes up leadership in promotion of tourism and business: new agency ‘GO Vilnius’

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Vilnius is about to create an urban economy brains centre: an international tourism and business promotion agency ‘GO Vilnius’. As soon as in May the operations profile of the current public institution Vilnius Convention Centre will be expanded, by adding to its structure a ‘GO Vilnius’ team – solely responsible for international tourism, city marketing and promotion of investment. The Read more

VILNIUS: LET’S GO CYCLING

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Mid-April 2016, Netherlands Embassies all over Europe are taking part in organising the European Cycling Day Festival. The festival underlines the importance of cycling promotion during the Netherlands EU Presidency in the first half of 2016. Also in Vilnius, the Netherlands Embassy, in co-operation with Vilnius Municipality, the Ministry of Transport, the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and JCDecaux, organises festival activities: Read more

Vilnius Tech Park show office to give entrepreneurs enticing preview of the facilities in store at new tech hub

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A show office has been opened at Vilnius Tech Park this week, providing budding entrepreneurs with a glimpse of the top facilities the tech hub will have to offer when it opens its doors later this year. The park, which will be the biggest ICT Hub in the region, is currently being developed in the Lithuanian capital. And according to Read more

International Public Tender for Private Carrier(s) to be Announced by Vilnius Public Transport

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Improved public transportation is the goal of an open international tender which the City of Vilnius is planning to shortly announce. The soon to be issued public tender will enable the selection of a  private carrier(s) that will by next year, be operating in Vilnius up to 100 new buses, including 43 large tri-axial buses and 52 medium-sized buses (with Read more

Barclays’ Rise startup space set to open in Vilnius

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UK’s Barclays bank is set to launch Rise Vilnius – a 550 sq. m size startup partnering space in the downtown of Lithuanian capital in July. “Rise is a community of fintech companies that grow and create together with Barclays. We see it as an opportunity to embrace and to discover innovation that disrupts our business models. It is also Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius Collects a Prestigious FDI Award in Cannes

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The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius today arrived in Cannes (France) to attend the annual international real estate show MIPIM. At the top of his agenda is the promotion of Vilnius as a rising hub for foreign investment, and he will be meeting with a number of important investors and participating in discussions to further this aim. On the first Read more