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1 Vilnius is the First City in the Region to Formally Team-Up with Amsterdam as Start-up Hub

“Startups grow City to City into the World, therefore this City collaboration in-the-making is important - It will strengthen the startup scene in both Amsterdam and Vilnius” as said by Ruben Nieuwenhuis at the Grand Opening of Vilnius Tech Park, marking the start of further intensified cooperation between the cities of Amsterdam and Vilnius. Nieuwenhuis is Private Lead for StartupAmsterdam. He was invited as one of the panellist for the opening discussion by the Netherlands Embassy in Vilnius. Key point in the development of closer ties is the fact that Lithuania’s capital will be the first city in Central and Eastern Europe to start actively with collaborating with Amsterdam via startup bootcamps, soft landing activities and sharing their StartupCity knowledge and initiatives.

2 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

3 HighTechXL Impact Day 2016 Vilnius

September 13, the Netherlands Embassy in Lithuania looks back on a successful HighTechXL Impact Day, which was held in Vilnius. The Impact Day is a follow-up of the successful Dutch participation in LOGIN 2016, the largest annual tech and innovations festival in the Baltics.

4 Visit of Lithuanian Minister of Energy to the Netherlands

June 27-28, the Lithuanian Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis paid a visit to the Netherlands to explore possible bilateral cooperation in the field of liquefied gas (LNG) and biomass between Lithuania the Netherlands.

5 Regional innovation ecosystems main focus at WIRE 2016

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 will open on 8 June in Eindhoven. This year the conference, organised annually by the European Commission, will focus on setting up regional ecosystems to promote open innovation and close cooperation.

6 LOGIN Startup Fair 2016 Vilnius

The Netherlands Embassy in Lithuania looks back on a successful LOGIN Tech Conference 2016, which was held in Vilnius on May 5th and 6th. Part of this Conference, the largest tech event in the Baltics, was the LOGIN Startup Fair, to which the Embassy of the Netherlands to Lithuania contributed by bringing a substantial Dutch delegation of relevant stakeholders to Vilnius.

7 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear victory for the people who voted against.

8 Follow-Up Sessions on Dutch-Lithuanian seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

On March 22 and 23 the Embassy hosted two successful events on sustainable urban mobility planning, respectively in Vilnius and Alytus. We believe we have succeeded in very concretely transferring Dutch expertise on urban mobility planning into Lithuanian municipalities.

10 Minister Hennis: ‘Europe has to grow up’

Defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert believes the European Union needs to have a new Global Strategy by June. It must clearly describe how Europe is going to deal with the increasingly complex and connected world. The minister said this on Friday in Paris at the ‘Europe’s security and defence; what next?’ seminar, organised by the Dutch embassy in the context of the EU Presidency. ‘A new attitude towards the EU’s responsibility as a security provider is needed,’ said Ms Hennis. ‘We will have to show that the EU can be a credible, effective and efficient security actor in its immediate region and beyond. Europe has to grow up.’