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On 20 December 2022 the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania amended the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Good Will Compensation for the Immovable Property of Jewish Religious Communities No. XI-1470 (hereinafter: “law“). Under the amended Law the compensation for the immovable property illegally expropriated by the totalitarian regimes during the occupations shall be paid not only for the existing immovable property of the Jewish religious communities of Lithuania, with the exception of land, but as well for the immovable property of persons of Jewish descent who lived in Lithuania before or during the Second World War, with the exception of land, to which they or their heirs did not have a legal possibility to restore the rights of ownership in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Restoration of the Rights of Ownership of Citizens to the Existing Immovable Property, as well as the heirless immovable property taken over into the ownership of the State because it was left without owners or heirs as a result of the Holocaust.
On 15 February 2023 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania by its Decree No. 93 designated the Public establishment “The Foundation for Disposal of Good Will Compensation for the Immovable Property of Jewish Religious Communities” (hereinafter: “Good Will Foundation”) to administer good will compensation as it was set under the amended Law.
The Good Will Foundation invites the eligible Holocaust survivors and their heirs to submit an application for one-time payment of compensation for the private real property expropriated in Lithuania during the occupation of totalitarian regimes.
All information and application documents can be found in the link below:
January 13, 1991 Lithuanian citizens stood up to the Soviet military to defend the independence that Lithuania had declared on March 11, 1990. Thus they have defended their freedom, their future to live in democracy and the return of Lithuania to the democratic community of nations.
So, let this forget-me-not flower embody the meaning of our everlasting remembrance and gratitude to all the victims on January 13, for their sacrifice.
Our Ambassador’s Asta Radikaitė favourite saying in Lithuanian for this year European Day of Language:
„Our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, to the British people and to the people of the Commonwealth on the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Lithuanian people warmly remember Her Majesty’s visit to Lithuania in 2006, glowing with love to people, talking to them. HM Queen Elizabeth II will always remain deeply respected, extraordinary leader who left significant mark on global history.“
On May 15 Denmark was delighted by the impressive BBT: Baltic Ballet Theater's performance "Vaivos Juosta". The event was initiated by the Danish Lithuanian Association in Copenhagen on the occasion of their 25th anniversary.
On the occasion of the significant anniversary, H.E. Ambassador Ms. Asta Radikaitė thanked the community members for their long-term efforts to promote Lithuania's name in Denmark and their meaningful contribution to maintaining close ties with Lithuania.
Ambassador also conveyed the greetings and wishes from H.E. Mr. Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
On 10 May Baltic Ambassadors H.E. Alda Vanaga, H.E. Mart Laanemäe and H.E. Asta Radikaite at the working lunch with their colleague Ambassador of Ukraine H.E. Mykhailo Vydoinyk expressed full solidarity and discussed possibilities for further support for Ukraine and brave Ukrainians.
On 6 May 2022 Giedrius Surplys, Ieva Pakarklytė and Kristijonas Bartoševičius, members of the Seimas Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the Nordic Countries (Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Iceland, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Finland, Kingdom of Sweden) visited Copenhagen.
Parliamentarians met with the Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Bertel Haarder, in the Danish Parliament (Folketinget).
Most relevant issues were discussed at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at the International Cooperation and Migration Unit, with Henrik Ankerstjerne, Permanent Deputy Secretary, and the team of the Interministerial Working Group on Migration.
The issues on climate change were discussed in the State of Green, which unites green Danish solutions and companies.
After meetings with their Danish counterparts, parliamentarians, officials and experts, members of the Lithuanian Seimas met with Lithuanians and Lithuanian friends living in Copenhagen to exchange the news and views.
On May 1 we are celebrating the 18th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership of the European Union. Over these years, we have become a politically and economically strong, modern state. Our voice is increasingly making itself heard not only in the region, but also in the great arenas of world politics. Today we are more confident than ever before that accession to the European Union was an important historical step in the right direction, a values-based choice for the people of Lithuania.
Ukraine made its European choice irrevocable already in 2013. The people of this country are now heroically defending not only their cities, Ukraine’s sovereignty and freedom, but also Europe’s core values.
The war in Ukraine is a deadly struggle for the future of a democratic Europe. It is also a painful reminder to Europeans that the peace and freedom that we take for granted is not a given. This is the daily work and the responsibility of all of us. It is therefore extremely important that Ukraine should not bel left alone in the fight for its survival today. Ukraine needs not only our concrete and comprehensive support, but also a clear commitment of the European Union to grant it a candidate status. This would send a clear and encouraging message to Ukrainians, who are dying for their freedom, that the place of Ukraine is in the European family.
Lithuanians have no doubts about this. We all sincerely and consistently support Ukraine and the people of Belarus, Moldova and Georgia in their fight for freedom and democracy. Our actions speak for us as citizens of a state, which has already reached maturity and become a full member of the European Union.
Congratulations on the upcoming Europe Day!
On 21 April 2022 Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomėnas paid a working visit to Copenhagen, Denmark. During the visit, meetings were held with Flemming Møller Mortensen, Danish Minister for Development and Nordic Cooperation, Carsten Grønbech-Jensen, Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ida Hannibal, Head of the Danish Prime Minister's Office for European Affairs. Mantas Adomėnas also visited the Alliance for Democracies, a Danish non-governmental organization founded by former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, where he met with Executive Director Jonas Parello-Plesner.
During the meetings, the importance of building partnerships between like-minded countries was emphasized, and discussions were held on the need to grant Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country. "Lithuania and Denmark cherish the same values, so we must spread them together in other countries," said Mantas Adomėnas.
During the meeting with the Minister of Development and Nordic Cooperation Flemming Møller Mortensen, the possibilities of Lithuanian-Danish co-operation on development, joint activities not only in the Eastern Partnership countries but also in other regions, and actualities of the bilateral relations were also discussed.
During the conversation with the Danish Secretary of State Carsten Grønbech-Jensen, specific plans for co-operation between Lithuania and Denmark as well as energy security issues were discussed.
During all the meetings, Lithuania's position and specific actions regarding Russia's aggression, the war in Ukraine and its consequences for the whole of Europe were discussed and presented.