Message from Ambassador McCarthy
I would like to welcome U.S. and Lithuanian businesses to this site to learn about trade and investment opportunities in both countries. As we prepare to begin discussions to deepen U.S.-EU integration significantly through the Trade and Investment Partnership, it is important to reaffirm the key role that trade and investment play in promoting economic growth.
The United States Embassy in Vilnius helps American companies export to Lithuania, helps Lithuanian companies invest in the United States, and encourages policies that support and protect U.S. investment. In this effort, we provide advice and counsel to companies and press for policies and regulations that establish a level and fair playing field. We work with key partners here in Lithuania, regionally, at the EU level and across the Atlantic to encourage business growth and opportunity.
The upcoming Lithuanian Presidency of the European Council (from July 1-December 30, 2013) presents an opportunity to advance U.S. policy objectives and those of our business community in the European Union. We look forward to these discussions and visits by companies and associations in that context.
Our team of professionals at the embassy, including the political-economic, consular and public affairs sections, focus on this broad commercial engagement agenda. We work closely with Lithuanian authorities so that U.S. companies can compete, collaborate to enhance the investment climate, and promote trade to boost U.S. exports to the country and the region, in line with the objectives of our National Export Initiative. We seek opportunities to enhance contacts between Lithuanian and American entrepreneurs, as they seek to foster innovation and growth in both of our economies.
We look forward to collaborating with business and welcome suggestions for improving our services.
On April 23-25th, Commercial Service Minister Counselor Beryl Blecher and Market Access Attaché Michael Rogers of the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the EU visited Vilnius in preparation for Lithuania’s EU Council Presidency.
On March 26th, Ambassador McCarthy spoke at the second in a regular series of discussions hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, on topics of importance to their membership. This discussion also featured the Ministers of Finance and Energy, giving their take on this new government’s priorities, particularly in light of Lithuania’s upcoming EU Presidency.
On December 7th, Chargé d'Affaires Anne Hall hosted a reception introducing URS to more than 50 people from government ministries and senior management staff from local infrastructure companies.
On December 7th, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Political/Economic Chief A. Hamilton spoke to about 30 students at ISM University during International Week on “International language in Politics”.
During Global Entrepreneurship Week November 12-16th, U.S. Embassy Vilnius hosted U.S. Patent and Trademark Attorney Ellen Hollcroft for a week of events highlighting the importance of patents and intellectual property rights to small business formation, growth, and development of a knowledge and innovation driven economy.
On October 25-26th, U.S. Embassy Vilnius hosted an exhibition booth at the Baltic Investors’ Forum, which brought together over 500 business and political leaders from around the world to discuss future opportunities in the Lithuanian economy.
On October 5th, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Political/Economic Chief Joseph A. Hamilton hosted a reception to support the 2012 TEDx Vilnius conference.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service Completes Initial Audit as Part of Lithuanian Equivalency Application
On September 26th, a team of inspectors led by Office of International Affairs Veterinary Medical Officer Faiz Agarib completed a 16 day evaluation of five meat processing plants and the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service oversight mechanisms.
On September 14th, Deputy Chief of Mission Anne Hall hosted a reception at her residence to support Life Sciences Baltics 2012 and US companies interested in the Lithuanian medical sciences market.
On June 14th, Embassy Vilnius marked GESD with a series of events and activities. Ambassador Derse hosted a roundtable discussion with journalists, Embassy Economic/Commercial staff, staff from the local American Chamber of Commerce, Invest Lithuania, Investor’s Forum and focussed on areas of mutual interest and how to move the economic relationship forward over the next year.
On May 25th, DCM Anne Hall gave opening remarks at the Vyno Dienos (Wine Days), the largest annual wine degustation event in the Baltic States. The Embassy’s booth served as a unique opportunity to experience a wide selection of excellent wines from California. Photo Gallery »
On May 22nd, Dr. Bolla, a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Bradley University gave lectures at Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Vytautas Magnus University, and Vilnius University as a part an Embassy outreach program that seeks to explain the advantages of science driven agriculture to young scientists and students.
On May 10th, Warsaw Foreign Agricultural Service Attaché Michael Henney and Specialist Piotr Rucinski visited Kaunas to attend largest Pan-Baltic Agricultural fair "AgroBalt 2012". During his visit, Mr. Henney also met with government officials to discuss Lithuania’s effort to receive permits to export meat products to the U.S.
United States Embassy Vilnius
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Tel: +370 5 266 5500
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