Media Note – On Joint U.S. – Lithuania Air Forces Exercise

This week U.S. Air Force aircraft and personnel from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota are scheduled to participate in a bilateral military exercise in Lithuania to improve interoperability between U.S. and Lithuanian forces. Joint training with allied nations such as Lithuania contributes to the enduring and strategic relationships ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. U.S. citizens who have signed up to receive updates via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov) will automatically receive the U.S. Embassy Vilnius Travel Advisory and Alerts via email ...
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Invitation to Apply for Student Startup Competition “Rice Business Plan Competition 2018”

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. This is the 18th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash ...
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U.S. Ambassador Invites to Apply for Lithuanian-American Innovation Award

U.S. Ambassador in Lithuania Anne Hall announces the new round of applications for the annual Lithuanian-American Innovation Award worth of €10.000. Launched in 2016 by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC), and the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, the Award highlights and promotes innovative cooperation between the United States and Lithuania.
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BAFF Summer Leadership Academy – Application Period Opened

Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Leadership Academy invites all 11th graders from the Baltic countries  to take part in the competition for the BAFF Leadership Academy summer program. Application deadline is March 4, 2018. For application forms and competition requirements, please visit BAFF website.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Vilnius reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Opening Remarks at #ThatsHarassment Panel Discussion

Dear students, faculty, and experts, thank you for joining us this afternoon to discuss such an important topic. Every year at this time, the United States, Lithuania, and the rest of the world commemorate 16 Days of Activism to address the issue of violence against women. For too long, this subject was rarely discussed in ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at Press Conference for the Samuel Bak Museum Opening

It is a great privilege for me to be here today. The opening of the Samuel Bak Museum in Lithuania is a historic milestone for U.S.-Lithuanian friendship. We are enormously grateful to the Vilna Gaon Jewish Museum and the Pucker Gallery in the United States for their phenomenal efforts.
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Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders for Year 2018

U.S. Embassy is pleased to invite candidates for the two summer  Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders in the topics of Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.  The deadline for candidate applications to be received is January 19, 2018. More information, requirements and application form can be found...
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Application Period for Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2018 Is Open

Application period for Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2018 is open and the deadline is February 1, 2018. The U.S. Embassy Vilnius is pleased to invite 16-18 year candidates from all secondary schools and gymnasia for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.  The program will take place in July 2018.
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Employment Opportunity – Security Guard

Human Resources Office of the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius is accepting applications for two vacant temporary Security Guard FSN-3 positions. All information about the position and requirements can be found here . These are two temporary appointments for approximately 12 months. Applicant hired for the temporary position should not expect to be hired into a permanent ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Opening Remarks at International Conference “#RemembranceResponsibilityFuture in Lithuania”

The United States strives to support a Europe committed to democracy, pluralism, human rights, and tolerance.  As Secretary Tillerson has said: “No one should have to live in fear, worship in secret, or face discrimination because of his or her beliefs.”  And so that is why we have come here, to remember and through remembering, ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Groundbreaking for Hollister Inc. Plant in Kaunas

I’m honored to be celebrating the groundbreaking ceremony of Hollister Incorporated in Lithuania – and the arrival of another U.S. company to Lithuania.  Hollister’s arrival demonstrates the strong and growing ties between our countries’ economies.  Known worldwide for its advanced medical products sold in 80 countries, Hollister will serve the European market with this manufacturing ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at a Concert of “Lumenaria Chorale” from Washington D.C.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the "Lumenaria Chorale" from Washington D.C. to Vilnius to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. I have no doubt that your performance will be both beautiful and uplifting. While Lithuania prides itself on being a “singing country,” Washington, D.C. prides itself on being the Choral Capital of ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks for the U.S. Logistics Battalion Award Ceremony in Marijampolė

The United States and its NATO allies have one of the closest military relationships in the world.  Lithuanian and American soldiers have been working together since 1993, in hundreds of exchanges between our two countries, and on important deployments to international missions.
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks for the U.S. and German Flags Raising Ceremony at NATO ESCOE

I thank you for this opportunity to address you as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence. As Vice President Pence said in Tallinn on July 31, a strong and united NATO is needed more today than at any point since the collapse of Communism a quarter-century ago.
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Ambassador Hall’s Opening Remarks at the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance Professional Board Member Education Program

I am pleased to join you today as you take an important step toward becoming a professional board member.  The Baltic Institute for Corporate Governance’s Professional Board Member Education program will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to make this region a true global leader in corporate governance.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

On September 1, 2017, The Department of State issued European travel alert for U.S. citizens because of the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017.
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Latest Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index on Lithuania: 2016

USAID’s Civil Society Organization (CSO) Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe & Eurasia reports on the strength and overall viability of the NGO sector in these regions’ countries. The Index measures the sustainability of each country’s CSO sector based on the CSOSI’s seven dimensions: legal environment, organizational capacity, financial viability, advocacy, ...
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Latest Religious Freedom Report on Lithuania: 2016

The International Religious Freedom Report describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. You can find the ...
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Latest Trafficking in Persons Report on Lithuania: 2017

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, ...
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“Marshall Plan” 70th Anniversary Commemoration Event at Seimas

On June 5, Ambassador Hall gave remarks at the "Marshall Plan" 70th Anniversary Commemoration Event at Seimas. This day marks the 70th anniversary of United States Secretary of State George C. Marshall’s address at Harvard University, unveiling the European Aid Program, a program that has become known to all as the “Marshall Plan.”
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25th Anniversary of the US-LT Educational Exchanges

On May 16, Ambassador Hall gave remarks at the Reception Marking the 25th Anniversary of the US-LT Educational Exchanges. For 25 years the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius has been proud to sponsor the academic and professional development of Lithuanians through our exchange programs, which include the Fulbright program, the International Visitor Leadership Program – more ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.
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US & Lithuania Sign Fulbright Memorandum of Understanding

On March 30th, Ambassador Hall and Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science Jurgita Petrauskienė signed a memorandum of understanding of the Fulbright Exchange Program. The memorandum will provide a stronger framework for the program that has existed in Lithuania for 25 years.
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Vice President’s Meeting with the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

On February 18, Vice President Mike Pence met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The Vice President reaffirmed the enduring U.S. commitment to the security of the Baltic states and to the collective defense of NATO Allies under Article 5.  The leaders agreed that NATO must continue ...
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President Trump’s Greeting on the Occasion of the 99th Anniversary of Lithuania’s Independence

Dear Madam President: The American people join me in sending congratulations to you and all Lithuanians on the 99th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence February 16. Lithuania is a leader in promoting democracy and strengthening the transatlantic community.  Your support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as your efforts to increase energy ...
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The Inaugural Address of President Donald J. Trump

REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J.  TRUMP INAUGURAL ADDRESS JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all ...
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United States and Lithuania signed Defense Cooperation Agreement

On January 17, the United States and Lithuania signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), which establishes a framework for enhanced partnership and defense and security cooperation between our two countries. This new bilateral agreement will supplement existing agreements between the United States and Lithuania concluded bilaterally and through the NATO alliance, further supporting a broad range ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Defense Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony

January 17, 2017 Minister Karoblis, thank you for hosting this event today, which marks an important milestone in our bilateral defense partnership. The defense cooperation agreement we are signing is more than just a document that governs the presence of U.S. troops in Lithuania. It reaffirms our two countries’ mutual commitment to work side by ...
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Congressional Delegation Visits Lithuania

On December 29th, 2016, U.S. Senators John McCain (R), Lindsey Graham (R), and Amy Klobuchar (D) demonstrated bipartisan Congressional support for Lithuania and the Baltics during a full day of meetings and engagements in Vilnius. The delegation met with high-level government officials to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the region and to underscore our common ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Video Statement at the Conference on Lithuanian Foreign Policy for Regional Media

December 16, 2016 Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts on Lithuanian-American relations with the distinguished journalists and participants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Conference on Lithuanian Foreign Policy for Regional Media. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to return to Lithuania as the U.S. Ambassador.  It has ...
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U.S. Ambassador Announces Lithuanian-American Innovation Award

Press Release December 5, 2016 U.S. Ambassador in Lithuania Anne Hall today announced the launch of a new €10,000 award aimed at highlighting and promoting innovative cooperation between the United States and Lithuania.  The Lithuanian-American Innovation Award will be granted to a Lithuanian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed an innovation in collaboration ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Reception for the “Sixteen days against domestic violence”

November 28, 2016 Ladies and gentlemen, honored guests, good evening. I am happy to have this opportunity to commemorate “Sixteen days against domestic violence” campaign together with you all. Every year, this campaign aims to draw public attention to the problem of violence against women and to encourage people to not remain indifferent towards the ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Statement to the Press Following the U.S. Presidential Election

November 9, 2016 Good morning. After a long presidential election campaign season, the American people have chosen the 45th president of the United States. The results are in, Secretary Clinton has conceded, and the media outlets have announced Donald Trump as the winner. Now that the American people have made their choice, we will see ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Opening of the Baltic Institute for Corporate Governance Executive Education Program

October 27, 2016 Ladies and gentlemen, honored guests, I am pleased to join you today to as you begin your course work for the Baltic Institute for Corporate Governance Executive Education Program. The U.S. Embassy in Lithuania enjoys a strong relationship with the BICG, and it is a pleasure for me to witness the Institute’s ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce “Taste of America” event

October 27, 2016 Dublis Restaurant This is my first American Chamber of Commerce event since returning to Lithuania a month ago as the American Ambassador. I am so pleased that our first meeting centers around American food! American cuisine is as diverse as America itself. Throughout the country’s history, as people arrived in America from ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Meeting of the Security Policy Directors in the “Bucharest 9” Format

October 24, 2016 Last July, at NATO’s summit in Warsaw, our leaders reaffirmed our enduring Article 5 obligations to our common security and committed to the most significant reinforcement of our collective defense since the Cold War. Building on the Readiness Action Plan and the U.S. European Reassurance Initiative — our Alliance is enhancing our ...
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Congressional Staff Delegation visits Lithuania

On October 19th, a congressional staff delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee traveled to Latvia and Lithuania. While in Lithuania, the delegation toured the airbase at Siauliai and the military base at Rukla. They also met with the Ministry of Defense, the NATO Force Integration Unit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ...
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U.S. Embassy Vilnius welcomes new Ambassador

Press Release September 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Anne Hall, the fourteenth U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania since diplomatic relations were established on July 28, 1922.  Ambassador Hall arrives as the U.S. Embassy marks the 25th anniversary of its opening in Vilnius on October 2, 1991.  She previously ...
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Check Out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Joint Declaration on Increased Security and Defense Cooperation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 On the occasion of Vice President Biden’s visit to Latvia, we, the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, reaffirm our strategic alliance.  Faced with an unpredictable security environment, we commit to deepening our cooperation and our efforts to ensure ...
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FACT SHEET: The United States and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – NATO Allies and Global Partners

As NATO allies, the United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania remain unwavering in their commitment to mutual defense, including building national resilience in line with the pledge made by all allies at the Warsaw Summit.
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U.S. Embassy’s Participation at Bukime Kartu

U.S. Embassy representatives participated in “Bukime Kartu,” an event hosted by the Irish Embassy.  The 15th annual event supported several foster homes for children ages 6 to 14 from across Lithuania.  At the all-day event, children were able to play whiffle ball and basketball with U.S. military personnel and diplomats, operate firefighting equipment, complete an obstacle course ...
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Presenting the U.S. National Parks at Lentvaris Gymnasium

On April 18th, 2016 an outreach visit was conducted by the U.S. Embassy staff to Lentvaris Gymnasium. Jillian Schmitt, Gina Fonseca and Giedra Gureviciute-Demereckiene had the pleasure of meeting a group of 30 students. The English-language students gathered to talk about a range of topics from diplomacy to U.S. National parks. Jillian Schmitt (Political Officer) ...
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School Song Competition

On 8 April 2016, U.S. Embassy representatives Derek Weeden and Nathan Stophel traveled to Tytuvenai Gymnasium to serve on a panel of judges for the ninth annual music contest. The contest showcased  the students talents and highlighted the enthusiasm with which they are learning about U.S. culture and language. Altogether, 16 groups of children participated ...
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Spelling Bee Contest in Telsiai

Frances Rauland represented the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius at a first-of-its –kind Spelling Bee in Telsiai district on April 5.  The school district, located about 280 kilometers northwest of Vilnius in Samogitia region, currently has two volunteers from the Erasmus Plus Program, which places volunteers and teachers around Europe; in this case one from Georgia ...
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ESU Public Speaking Competition

On March 18, 2016, the residents of Klaipeda awoke from their beds and rushed to check the day’s forecast.  The City celebrated in unison as they collectively learned that the impending snowstorm would not affect the 19th National Public Speaking Competition. Thirty-six of the brightest minds in Lithuania gathered in LCC International University’s Neufeld Auditorium ...
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U.S. Embassy Judges a Public Speaking Competition for High School Students

On February 23, 2016, Political/Economic Deputy Chief Diane M. Kohn joined the judges’ panel for “Let’s Debate 2016,” a public speaking competition for high school students at the Senieji Trakai  A. Stelmachovskio Basic School.  She was invited to help to determine the winners among 11 participants representing various Trakai Region schools.The competition participants discussed nuclear ...
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