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EU Commission approves EUR 110 mln Lithuania’s business support scheme

VILNIUS – The European Commission has approved Lithuania’s 110 million euros worth aid scheme to support business in the context of the coronavirus crisis.

The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission last month, the Commission said in a press release on Wednesday.

“This … scheme ... will enable public guarantees on loans to support Lithuania's economy during the coronavirus outbreak. It will help businesses cover immediate working capital needs and continue their activities during and after the pandemic,” the press release quoted Margrethe Vestager, the Commission’s Executive Vice-President in charge of competition policy, as saying.

The support under the Lithuanian scheme will be open to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies facing difficulties as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The aim of the scheme is to help businesses to cover their immediate working capital or investment needs, thus ensuring the continuation of their activities.

In total, the Lithuanian government plans to offer over 800 million euros in guarantees for bank loans to struggling businesses.

  • 2020-04-09

Message of greetings from President Gitanas Nausėda for the celebration of March 11


Dear All,

I extend my greetings to you on three decades of independence!

On thirty years of celebrating our national and individual revival!

The voice of a proud and unbroken nation, which created a miracle for Lithuania and marked a historical milestone in the 20th century, speaks out to us every year on this day.



It fills us all with strong emotions and resonates with promise, inspiration and commitment to consistently strengthen freedom in our hearts and homeland.

With acute awareness that this is the only way to deliver the great vision of Lithuania – an independent tomorrow.

So, let us pass it on to future generations with pride and responsibility!

I wish you all a strong nation-building spirit today and always!

Happy and meaningful March 11!

Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Societies, having not overcome their traumas, pass them on to future generations: policy, history, arts and medical experts say

Having gathered in Vilnius on 5–6 March, experts in various fields appealed to the international community and urged it to provide traumatised societies with means to heal their wounds.

Consequences of historical trauma experienced by individuals and societies: mental health problems, loss of identity, fear, alcohol addiction, and suicide, violence in families and communities, and social isolation were discussed at the Conference “Dealing with the Trauma of an Undigested Past” held in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Much attention was paid to the impact of trauma on international relations and means of dealing with it.

The Declaration adopted by Conference participants emphasises that historical traumas influence how societies view themselves and what their domestic and international policies are. The recognition of traumas, acknowledgement of their impact and work on dealing with them leads societies towards recovery and reconciliation.

The Declaration encourages governments and international organisations to fully research and publicly recognise what happened exactly, who was involved and in what way; to assure that justice is done as restoration of justice facilitates post-trauma healing and those affected can be refilled with a sense of well-being; to promote artistic reflection of traumatic experiences as an effective tool of expressing and symbolising pain and facilitating truth seeking and healing processes; to use every means to counter attempts to distort historical facts and whitewash crimes by the totalitarian regimes.

At the same time, mental health professionals are encouraged to be more active in developing strategies for preventing trauma transmission to future generations. The Declaration runs, “Descendants of victims, survivors and perpetrators grieving together, and giving each other permission to grieve, is an essential part of healing historical wounds.”

The Conference where politicians, historians, artists, and mental health professionals from America, Asia and Europe meet is the first event of the kind in Lithuania.

The Conference was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Andrei Sakharov Research Centre for Democratic Development of Vytautas Magnus University, the Institute of Psychology of Vilnius University, and other partners.

Vilnius Declaration On Dealing with Consequences of Collective Trauma

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