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Despite the upcoming euro introduction in Lithuania, the postage stamps having the nominal value indicated in litas will be accepted when paying for postal services until 31 December 2016.

The same validity period has been set for the envelopes and postcards with the nominal value already printed. The nominal value will be converted into euros with the official fixed exchange rate 3.45280 litas per 1 euro.

“Following the law on the euro introduction, the stamps with the nominal value given in litas will no longer be available at post offices since the first of January. However, the stamps purchased earlier will be valid for a period of two years since the euro introduction,” Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

Mr Vaišnoras added that the news on the euro introduction prompted customers to purchase larger quantities of stamps with the current nominal values. Because of this, part of the stamps, especially the ones with small values, were actively purchased. Considering this fact, Lithuania Post has released new postage stamps with the nominal value of 5 cents.

Starting with July of the current year, Lithuania Post has been releasing postage stamps with the nominal value indicated both in the euros and litas. Validity of these postage stamps is unlimited. Starting with 2015, only one currency, the euro, will be indicated on the new stamps.

The next year, Lithuania Post is going to release stamps on the following themes: Coins with Vytis, the Symbol from the Emblem of the Lithuanian State; Euro Introduction in Lithuania; The Red Book of Lithuania. Mammals; The 500th Birth Anniversary of Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis; The 25th Anniversary of the Act on the Restoration of an Independent State of Lithuania; Technical Monuments: The Kaunas Fortress; Europa. Old Toys; The 200th Anniversary of Jonas Juška; Tourism in Lithuania; Lithuanian Bridges; 2015 – the Year of Ethnographic Regions; Contemporary Art of Lithuania: Fashion; Education and Knowledge Day; The 250th Birth Anniversary of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis; Information Technologies; Traditional Crafts in Lithuania; Holy Christmas and New Year.

 

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, one of the largest companies in the country, has joined the project “Kam to reikia?!” (What this is needed for?!) with an invitation to get better acquainted with postal activities. The schoolchildren of Rumšiškės Antanas Baranauskas Gymnasium were the first to test a non-traditional lesson.

The pupils of the gymnasium were told about Lithuania Post and were introduced to philately, one of the most interesting postal areas. The Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras told to the 5th and 7th graders how postal stamps are designed and printed, and why collecting of postage stamps is one of the most interesting and involving activities that can be taken up before becoming a philatelist.

“Philately does not mean just collecting stamps. When collecting stamps, envelopes, marks of cancellations and etc., children gain more knowledge about history, art, geography, foreign languages, and the like. Also, such traits as accuracy and responsibility are developed. I do hope that the lessons were interesting and useful to the children, and at least a couple of them will take up philately,” Mr Vaišnoras said after his first lesson.

The biology teacher Sandra Vimantienė expressed her joy that the children had an opportunity to get acquainted with a totally new and unfamiliar topic. “The term ‘philately’ is not very common, and children do not know much about it. That’s nice that such companies as Lithuania Post have joined the project. I have no doubts that such lessons will enrich both the pupils and the teachers,” Mrs Vimantienė said.

Deeper knowledge about labour market

The lesson about philately and postal activities was arranged under the professional volunteer project “Kam to reikia?!”. The project manager Živilė Drėvaitė says that companies have joined the project and communicate with schoolchildren at schools because they wish not only to tell the young generation about their profession but also to share their views and the companies‘ culture and perspectives for the future with regard to various professions.

“Our volunteers from a number of companies communicate with children as this is a way to get in contact with them and find out what young people care about – these young people can become the employees or the customers in the future. The children get more benefits from such meetings as they can see whether they may want to work in this sphere in the future,” Ms Drėgvaitė, manager of the project “Kam to reikia?!”, stressed.

About the project “Kam to reikia?!”

The professional volunteer project “Kam to reikia?!” mediates between business professionals wishing to share their experience and schools striving to give pupils the knowledge they need. These are lessons of live theory involving professional specialists from one side and schoolchildren who are being encouraged to create, learn, and believe in themselves, from another side.

The teachers who are registered on the website “Kam to reikia?!” can offer lessons or other educational projects that involve business professionals having certain knowledge and practical experience. On the other side, business professionals can present their ideas and suggestions on how they can enrich daily activities of teachers and pupils.

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.

Since now on, the customers buying goods from Beta.lt and Grupinis.lt can collect their items at the self-service parcel terminals LP EXPRESS 24 that are operational 24/7.

Domas Sabaitis, director of the company Baltic Post that runs the densest network of the self-service parcel terminals in Lithuania, expressed his hopes that the new pick up option would encourage residents to purchase online more often:

“A wider choice of delivery options gives the customers more freedom and convenience; therefore, we are striving to take the leading position in this area by offering the widest range of pick up options. Presently, receivers can pick their items up themselves at any self-service parcel terminal LP EXPRESS 24.”

“In the course of a month, the company Cherry Media LT distributes to its customers about 45 thousand goods. Thus we are in constant search of convenient, fast, and simple pick up options.

We are glad that the visitors and customers of Beta.lt and Grupinis.lt can receive a new and very convenient pick up service for their goods using the LP EXPRESS 24 self-service parcel terminals. This is really an attractive way for buyers to save time and collect their items at the most convenient place at the most acceptable time,” Vilius Juraitis, Director General of the company UAB Cherry Media LT running the websites Beta.lt and Grupinis.lt, said.

The buyers of Beta.lt and Grupinis.lt have an opportunity to find out the advantages of the self-service parcel terminals LP EXPRESS 24 by ordering delivery to any terminal free of charge until October 29, 2014.

When the ordered good is delivered to the self-service parcel terminal, the receiver will get an e-mail message or SMS. From the moment of the message receipt, the goods should be picked up from the terminal within 72 hours.

LP EXPRESS is the only one in Lithuania offering such a wide range of delivery options. Items can be sent from any post office out of 700, via LP EXPRESS couriers or self-service parcel terminals operational 24/7. At present, 71 self-service parcel terminals LP EXPRESS 24 are located at 40 cities and towns making the widest network of terminals in Lithuania.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first open heart surgery that was performed on the 15th of October in 1964 at Vilnius University Hospital Santariškės Clinic. To commemorate this event, Lithuania Post will release a postage stamp on October 11, Saturday.

The new stamp was designed by the artist Tomas Dragūnas. The nominal value of the stamp is LTL 2.80 or EUR 0.81. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 160 thousand.

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.

During the first open heart surgery performed in Lithuania on the 15th of October in 1964, the artificial blood circulation system was used. This event marks the emergence of modern cardiac surgery in Lithuania.

The operation was performed at the Heat Surgery Centre under the Vilnius University Hospital's Santariškės Clinic. At present, the centre carries out about 1500 operations for adults, children, and even neonates. In terms of numbers, this is the leading centre in the Baltic States.

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.

For the first time ever, this year Lithuania launched into the space 2 satellites. To mark this historical event, Lithuania Post is going to release a new postage stamp that will appear in circulation this Saturday, September 20.

The stamps designed by the artist Evelina Paukštytė feature the both Lithuanian satellites launched into the space: LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1. The new stamp will be released in the edition of 132ths with a nominal value of LTL 2.90 (EUR 0.84).

Along with the stamp, a booklet in the edition of 3000 copies and two first day covers will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius and Kaunas Main Post Offices.

By launching into the space the first 2 Lithuanian satellites LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1, on 9 January 2014, Lithuania joined the group of countries that have entered the space. The Lithuanian satellites flew around the orbit for six months.

The satellites collected information about communications systems, took the photos of the Earth, Sun, and Moon, tested FM transmitters the signal of which was received by radio fans in more than 20 countries.

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation AMSAT has assigned the satellite LituanicaSAT-1 an international number LO-78. Such numbers are assigned to the satellites that meet the requirements set for communications satellite.

The launch of the satellites is a big step made by Lithuania towards design and development of more complex projects.

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.

The postage stamps commemorating the most famous historical events will be supplemented by a new stamp featuring the Battle of Orsha that is considered to be one of the greatest battles of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. This year marks the 500th anniversary of this battle. To commemorate this occasion, Lithuania Post will release a new stamp that will be put into circulation on September 6, Saturday.

The stamp features a scene from the battle of Orsha and Konstanty Ostrogski (Konstantinas Ostrogiškis), the grand hetman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The stamp has been created by the artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. The nominal value of the new stamp is LTL 2.60 (EUR 0.75). The stamp will be issued in the edition of 160 thousand copies.

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

The Battle of Orsha raged on the 8th of September in 1514, at Orsha, between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the hired soldiers were led by Konstanty Ostrogski. The forces of Moscow were led by Ivan Chelyadnin.

The Battle of Orsha continued the war of 1512 between Lithuania and Russia. Before Orsha, the Muscovites had occupied Smolensk, the most important outposts of Lithuania in the East. Therefore, it was necessary to stop the Russian army marching deep into Lithuania.

The first clashes of the forces led by Ostrogski and Chelyadnin occurred in August of 1514. The re-grouped armies met in the decisive battle in the morning of September 8. The Muscovites made several attempts to make the break through the Lithuanians‘ defence, but were stopped.

Some facts show that the Lithuanian chevalier used false movements to trap part of the Russian forces and exposed them to Lithuanian artillery. The Polish took an opportunity to attack the rest part of the Russian forces, and the Lithuanian forces, on their way back, surrounded the flanks of the Muscovites. The rest forces led by Chelyadnin got into panic and retreated.

Shortly, the forces of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania captured Chelyadnin and other high-level commanders. Supposedly, there were several thousand prisoners of war, and the Grand Duke of Moscow Vasilij III refused to redeem the captives.

In the world history, the Battle of Orsha is treated to be one of the first classical artillery ambushes.

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.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Chain, the three countries – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – are going to release a joint souvenir sheet. The souvenir sheet 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Chain will be put into circulation this Saturday, August 23.

The souvenir sheet consisting of three stamps has been designed by the Estonian painter Indrek Ilves. The nominal value of each stamp is LTL 7 or EUR 2.03. The nominal value of the souvenir sheet is LTL 21 or EUR 6.09. The souvenir sheet has been released in the edition of 30 thousand copies.

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

The Baltic Chain means a chain of 650km made of people standing arm-in-arm to join Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, the capitals of the Baltic states. The people linked into the Baltic Chain on 23 August 1989 when commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on the basis of which the Baltic states were occupied.

At 7 p.m., following radio signals, hundreds of thousands of Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians made a chain from Gediminas Castle in Vilnius to Hermann Tower in Tallinn. The chain went via Ukmergė, Panevėžys, Pasvalys, Bauska, and the Independence Monument in Riga.

The citizens of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, standing arm-in-arm, made alive chain joining the Baltic states. The chain symbolized a wish to be independent from the Soviet Union. According to estimations, approximately 2-2.5 million people, including about 1 million Lithuanians, made the Baltic Chain.

In 2009, the chain was included into the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

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.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Chain of Freedom, the Main Post Office of Vilnius will host an exhibition dedicated to the Baltic Chain. The exhibition author Antanas Rimantas Šakalys, the graphic artist and painter, presents various philatelic exhibits related to the Baltic Chain.

“The Baltic Chain gave an impulse to know and feel the cultural spirit of Estonians and Latvians better, fall in love their capitals and the people. It was a sign of a strong wish to liberate from occupation and cherish historical and spiritual heritage. I had a wish to demonstrate what we have in common in culture, and this is best revealed by the capitals,” the author of the exhibition Mr Šakalys said.

The visitors of the exhibition will see more than 100 exhibits: envelopes featuring the capitals of the Baltic states and the Baltic Chain as well as sketches of envelopes and other philatelic products.

One of the most valuable exhibits is a map of Lithuania with heraldic postage stamps affixed that depict the coats of arms of Lithuanian towns and cities. Each stamp is marked with the first date cancellation. It took almost 20 years to collect elements of this exhibit.

The second part of the exhibition dedicated to and closely related to the Baltic Chain consists of the stamps featuring roses that had been well seen in the Baltic Chain when thrown down from planes. This collection presented by the collector Jonas Načiūnas will remind stories and legends about roses as well as their distribution worldwide. The exhibition presents groups of roses, rose gardens, exhibitions of roses, usage of roses in everyday life.

The philatelic exhibition under the title 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Chain will be open from August 13 until September 6 in Vilnius Main Post Office.

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.

In 2015, Lithuania Post is going to release 24 new stamps and a souvenir sheet which will be designed by participants of the stamp design contest announced by the company recently. Lithuania Post is waiting for the first works until October 20.

Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said:

“The stamp design is a long and complicated process demanding knowledge from the spheres of art, history, geography, and technology. Nevertheless, we expect that both artists and all residents will take active participation in the contest and will submit their designs revealing the ideas for the stamps of the next year.”

The next year Lithuania Post is going to release the postage stamps on the themes: Coins with Vytis, the Symbol from the Emblem of the Lithuanian State, Euro Introduction in Lithuania, The Red Book of Lithuania. Mammals, The 500th Birth Anniversary of Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis, The 25th Anniversary of the Act on the Restoration of an Independent State of Lithuania, Technical Monuments: The Kaunas Fortress, Old Toys, The 200th Anniversary of Jonas Juška, Tourism in Lithuania, Lithuanian Bridges, 2015 – the Year of Ethnographic Regions, Contemporary Art of Lithuania: Fashion. The draft designs must be presented to the contest organizers until October 20.

Until December 1, the contest participants are invited to submit the designs of postage stamps on the themes Education and Knowledge Day, The 250th Birth Anniversary of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis, Information Technologies, Traditional Crafts in Lithuania, and Holy Christmas and New Year.

The address to submit the designs is:

Philatelic Department of AB Lietuvos paštas
J. Jasinskio g. 16
03500 Vilnius
For the contest (the theme and the author’s pseudonym to be indicated)

The winner of the first place having created one postage stamp will receive LTL 1 000; respectively, the winners of the second and third places will receive LTL 750 and LTL 450. The winning author of two postage stamps will receive LTL 1 500. Respectively, the second place winner will receive LTL 1 000, and LTL 750 will be handed in to the third place winner.

The three authors having designed the best sets of six stamps from a standard series will be awarded the monetary prizes of LTL 3000, LTL 2500, and LTL 2000.

The author of the best souvenir sheet with five perforated stamps from a standard series will receive LTL 2900, and the winners of the second and third places will receive respectively LTL 2200 and LTL 1500.

The themes of the stamps and souvenir sheets of 2015 and the contest’s terms and conditions are published on the website of Lithuania Post at www.post.lt.

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.

In the years 2014 and 2015, Lithuania Post was elected as a non-permanent member, one of 10, of the United Nations Security Council. To commemorate this historical event, Lithuania Post is going to release a postage stamp on Saturday, July 12.

The stamp ‘Lithuania – a Member of the United Nations Security Council’ has been designed by the artist Evelina Paukštytė. This is the first stamp that will be issued with two nominals. The nominal value of the stamp will be marked both in litas (LTL 1.35) and euros (EUR 0.39). The new stamp will be issued in the edition of 160 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.

The United Nations Security Council is one of six permanent bodies carrying out its activities under the United Nations. The Security Council is responsible for maintaining international peace and security.

The first meeting of the Security Council was held on 17 January 1946 at the Church House in London. The Security Council consists of 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members, 15 in total. The permanent members are China, the USA, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

The five of ten non-permanent members each year are elected by the General Assembly for a two-year term according to a geographical-regional distribution: five states are elected by African and Asian countries, two and two states are elected by Latin America and Western Europe countries, and one country is elected by Eastern Europe countries. Lithuania as well as Chile, Jordan, Chad, and Nigeria have been elected as non-permanent countries for the term of 2014-2015.

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

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