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The National Olympic Committee of Lithuania and Lithuania Post are inviting sport fans to spread the news about the first European Games to commence on June 12. To mark this occasion, the main post offices in the largest cities and the outlets established at shopping centres will distribute postcards featuring the symbols of the Baku European Games. Everyone can receive the postcard free of charge. To post the postcard, a postage stamp must be obtained and affixed.

„Nowadays we tend to communicate online; therefore, a postcard from a friend found in a mailbox is a nice surprize. Thank you Lithuania Post for giving support to our initiative. We are inviting everybody to spread the news about the forthcoming Games and make a surprize to a friend or relative,“ the president of the National Olympic Committee Daina Gudzinevičiūtė said and posted her regards from Lithuania to the Baku 2015 Organizing Committee.

10 thousand postcards are already being distributed at Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys main post offices and the postal outlets established in shopping centres.

The first European Games, upon the decision taken by the 41st EOC General Assembly held in Rome on 2012 December 8, will be arranged in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, on June 12-28.

More than 6 thousand athletes will compete in 20 sports and 31 disciplines. The team of Lithuania will consist of about 60 sportsmen. The best sportsmen will be awarded 253 sets of medals. Athletes of 12 sports will qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games. The winners in shooting, table tennis, and triathlon will be invited to the Rio de Janeiro Games. The European Games will be held every four years.

On the 11th of March 2015, Lithuania Post will celebrate its 25th anniversary of independence. To mark this occasion, Lithuania Post will release a new postage stamp on March 7, Saturday.

The postage stamp designed by the artist Domantas Vildžiūnas features an Act on the Restoration of an Independent State of Lithuania. The postage stamp has a nominal value of EUR 0.84. Edition – 200 thousand copies.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

On March 11, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania signed the Act on the Restoration of an Independent State of Lithuania saying that the execution of the sovereign powers of the State of Lithuania abolished by foreign forces in 1940 is re-established, and henceforth Lithuania is again an independent state. The Act gives a reference to the Act of Independence of 16 February 1918 which has never lost its legal effect. The Act was signed by Vytautas Landsbergis, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, and other Council members.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

With the start of the new year, Lithuania Post traditionally invited residents to offer topics for the stamps of 2016. Among hundreds of various topics, citizens wish to see such fantastic views as the Earth after 50 years, heroes from the comics books or movies.

“When choosing topics for the stamps of the year to come, we are always considering the public’s opinion. We are glad that the citizens get involved into the production of postage stamps and offer very original and interesting topics. We can notice that people react to running events. For example, a couple of years ago people wished to have a stamp with Rūta Meilutytė depicted on it, and this year we received suggestions to release a joint stamp with Ukraine or the views related with the Olympic Games of the next year,” Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post said.

The list of topics offered for the stamps of 2016 include both traditional topics such the Red Book of Lithuania, famous people, the nature and animals, technical achievements, coats of arms of Lithuanian cities, and the ones reflecting currently important issues such Lithuanian communities abroad, human rights, famous sportsmen, the Year of Libraries, and etc.

Also, the citizens wish to see stamps featuring postal issues such as the employees of Lithuania Post, postal vehicles, uniforms, and etc.

The topics for postage stamps are selected by the Stamp Release Commission consisting of the representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Lithuania Post, artists, historians, and other specialists. When the topics for the next year’s stamps are announced, the residents will be invited to make designs of the stamps on the themes selected.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Commemorating the 500th birth anniversary of Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis, the nobleman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Lithuania Post is going to release a new stamp on Saturday, February 7.

The stamp designed by the artist Domantas Vildžiūnas features the nobleman‘s portrait in the background of a historical map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The stamp with a value of EUR 0.45 will be released in the edition of 200 thousand copies.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday, letter-post items paid by the new stamp will be marked by a special first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis or Mikalojus Radvila the Black (born 1515, died 1565) is a noble of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and reformation activist. He was one of the most educated figures in Lithuania who protected the integrity of the Duchy and its political independence. Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis corresponded with John Calvin and established an Evangelical Reformed Church Unitas Lithuaniae. Also, he established a printing house to print protestant writings. Within the years 1551-1565, Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis served as a regional governor vaivada of Vilnius.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post is going to release two new stamps from the series The Red List of Lithuania. The stamps feature the European mink and the otter both inscribed into the Red List of Lithuania. The new stamps will be released on Saturday, January 17.

The new stamps have been created by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė. The nominal value of the stamp featuring the European mink is EUR 0.87, and the stamp featuring the otter has the nominal value of EUR 0.71. Each stamp has been issued in the edition of 300 thousand copies.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover will be put into circulation. On Saturday, at Vilnius Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation.

The European mink (Mustela lutreola) is a predatory mammal, member of the mustelid family. It is similar in size and appearance to the ferret or the otter. Fur of the European mink is dense, glossy, colour varies from brown to blackish-brown, and the lips and chin are pure white. The mink inhabits areas close to water bodiesand can swim and dive well. It feeds on fish, frogs, crayfish, and birds.

The otter (Lutra lutra) is a predatory mammal, member of the mustelid family. It likes torrential forest streams or lakes with nonfreezing breaks and overgrown grass. In the area where the otter inhabits, permanent burrows are found. The otter dives and swims well. It can swim underwater 400 metres without coming up for air; sometimes it can reach speed of 11–14 km/h.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

At the very beginning of 2015, Lithuania Post released the first pre-paid postcards of the current year. The postcard was released to commemorate one of the most important energy projects - theliquefied natural gas terminal (LNG) - launched during the period of independent Lithuania.

The pre-paid postcard features the main symbol of the terminal – the vessel Independence. The photograph for this pre-paid postcard has been prepared by the photographer Algirdas Kubaitis. The postcard with the terminal has the mark of a non-traditional cancellation featuring an anchor, marine symbol.

“Tomorrow, a historical day will come to Klaipėdos Nafta. I am glad that under cooperation with Lithuania Post the LNG terminal, as an energy symbol marking a new historical phase in Lithuania, can be recorded in a form of a postcard. The postcard issued to commemorate this historical event makes a record of our, the citizens of Lithuania, achievements and goals and proves that the most difficult projects can be implemented when working together,” Mantas Bartuška, director general of AB Klaipėdos Nafta, said.

The Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras expressed his hopes that the new postcard will help to spread news to the world about important projects implemented in Lithuania:

“Postage stamps, envelopes, postcards, and other philatelic products give many opportunities to tell about the country’s wins and achievements, outstanding personalities, culture and heritage. I hope this pre-paid postcard will reach many countries and will enable the people worldwide to have a closer look at Lithuania.”

The pre-paid postcards are special for pre-printed postage stamps, so the sender does not need to purchase a stamp.

The pre-paid postcard dedicated to the liquefied natural gas terminal has been designed by the Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post. The sale price of the postcard is EUR 1.51, and the nominal value of the pre-printed stamp is EUR 0.81. The postcard can be posted by priority mail to any European country and by non-priority mail to other countries.

The postcard will be put into circulation on January 10. It will be distributed at the main post offices in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda, and at the sub-post office of the 9th Vilnius Post Office.

The States owns 72.32% of Klapėda Nafta‘s shares.

With the first days of 2015, Lithuania Post has issued the first postage stamps of the current year. One stamp is dedicated to the euro introduction in Lithuania, and the 6 stamps making a set feature Vytis, the Lithuanian symbol that used to be depicted on Lithuanian coins.

The stamp Euro Introduction in Lithuania was created by the artist Tomas Dragūnas.The stamp with the nominal value of 75 euro cents features the euro coin and the State flag. The stamp was issued in the edition of 500 thousand copies.

The set of the 6 stamps from the series Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of the Lithuanian State, feature Vytis found on various coins starting from denarii issued in the Great Duchy of Lithuania by Jogaila in the years 1388-1390, and ending with the 5 litas coin of the Republic of Lithuania issued in 1925.

The set of the stamps dedicated to the Vytis was created by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė. The stamps have the nominal values of EUR 0.01, 0.03, 0.10, 0.29, 0.39, and 0.62. Each stamp issued in the edition of 1m copies.

Along with the stamps, the first day covers were issued.

To ensure quality provision of services during Christmas season, Lithuania Post has set longer business hours for post offices. Within the periods December 27-28 and January 2-4, post offices will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, and the main post offices will have longer business hours in January.

“In December, we receive for posting much more items than usually. Moreover, we wish citizens, companies, and organizations to have a smooth and simple transition to the new currency. Therefore, part of post offices will have longer business hours to ensure that everyone  has a possibility to have his litas exchanged into the euro at the most convenient time,” Directress of Postal Network Division of Lithuania Post Inga Dundulienė said.

Ms Dundulienė says it is recommended to post items before the 20th of December and to collect items before the 28th of December. The 28th of December should be the date when payments are made, money orders are sent and collected, and other services of Lithuania Post are used.

Lithuania Post recommends citizens and companies not to postpone their visits to post offices until the last days of the year as business hours will be amended due to the euro introduction and the currency exchange operations. On December 29, post offices will have shorter business hours, and no services will be provided on December 30-January 1. Despite the fact that post offices will be closed on December 30, letters will be collected from public letter boxes, and postmen will deliver periodicals and ordinary items.

“In relation with the euro introduction and currency exchange service, we are going to update IT systems of Lithuania Post and other necessary works will be undertaken to ensure smooth transition to the new currency; as a result, customers will not receive services. Post offices will be open and customers will be served starting with January 2. We are sorry for the inconveniences our customers may face with and we are inviting citizens and businesses to send correspondence items in advance,” Ms Dundulienė said.

More information can be found on the website of the company at www.lietuvospaštas.lt or +370 700 55 400.

The Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas runs the widest network of postal access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post provides postal, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

As data for the 3rd quarter of the current year show, 51% of incoming international items originate from China. All in all, Lithuania Post has received and dispatched 12m items during the period in question.

“The number of items sent from China is rapidly growing. Last year, 27% of international items had Chinese origin, and this year (3rd quarter) the result is 51%. The main reason for this is e-commerce with China’s e-trade market taking one of the leading positions in the world,” Directress of Postal Operations Division of Lithuania Post Rasa Radzevičienė said.

The most popular countries in terms of incoming international items are Poland, Germany, the USA, and Latvia.

19% of outgoing international items were destined to Russia within the 3rd quarter of the current year.

According to Ms Radzevičienė, the increase in the number of items destined to Russian was mainly determined by cooperation between Lithuania Post and its partners in China. Lithuania is a transit country, and Lithuania Post ensures delivery of Chinese items to the EU member states as well as Russia, Belarus, and other countries.

Apart from Russia, other popular destination countries are Great Britain, Germany, the USA, and Latvia.

The Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas runs the widest network of postal access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post provides postal, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post is already inviting to think of Christmas presents and greetings. On Saturday, November 8, two new stamps dedicated to Christmas and the New Year will be released. Also, a pre-paid Christmas postcard will be put into circulation.

“During Christmas season, citizens send many greetings in a form of postcards, letters, and small packages with presents. To make the greetings as festive as possible, every year we release special stamps before Christmas. As always, we are going to release two postage stamps: one for addressees in Lithuania, and another one will be used for international items,” Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

The new postage stamps have been created by Augustina Gruzdytė, an 18-year-old schoolgirl from Vilnius. The nominal value of the stamp intended for domestic items is LTL 1.35 (EUR 0.39), and the one for foreign countries – LTL 2.80 (EUR 0.81). Each stamp will be issued in the edition of 750 thousand copies.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

Along with the stamps, the postcards designed specially for Christmas and the New Year will be released. The author of the postcard is Evelina Paukštytė. The pre-paid postcards will be issued in two nominal values – for domestic and international items.

According to Mr Vaišnoras, the pre-paid postcards are special for postage stamps printed directly on the postcard; hence, there is no need to by an ordinary postage stamp.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

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