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The name of Lithuania was successfully promoted in the world exhibition EXPO 2010

2010-12-08

The Minister of Environment has sent thank you letters to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, state institutions, business enterprises, artistic teams, creators of professional and folk art that significantly contributed to the organisation of Lithuania’s participation in the world exhibition EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. The final event in connection with this exhibition took place in the National Art Gallery. It was attended by Mr. Mingtao Tong, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, politicians, representatives of the business community, people of culture, journalists.

According to Mr. Romas Jankauskas, the Commissioner General of the Lithuanian exposition, the Head of the Public Information and Education Division of the Ministry of Environment, this world exhibition in China was the tenth for our country, and the Ministry of Environment organised the presentation of Lithuania in world exhibitions for the fourth time already. “EXPO 2010 has been the largest of the world exhibitions ever, and this period of economic downturn limited our possibilities considerably”, Romas Jankauskas said.

Though financial hardships made preparations for the exhibition more complicated, Lithuania managed to perform successfully. As noted by the Chancellor of the Ministry of Environment Robertas Klovas, with a low budget, particularly when compared to those of other states, Lithuania managed to create a cosy and attractive pavilion that was visited by almost six million people during six months. The pavilion of our country was among the most popular ones. It was visited by about 30,000 people daily. The number of its visitors was larger than the number of people visiting the pavilions of even such countries as Great Britain or Turkey.

When presenting our country in Shanghai, it was emphasized that forests cover about one third of the Lithuanian territory, whereas the common characteristic of all the cities is that they have a lot of greenery which can be best seen from a bird’s-eye view. A balloon was chosen as the symbol of the Lithuanian pavilion. The guests of EXPO 2010 were invited to take a memorable flight across our land where modern buildings reflecting the progress of our cities perfectly joint the ensemble of old architecture. The attention in the world exhibition (the main topic of which was “Better City, Better Life”) this time was focused on the harmonious development of modern cities.

According to the management of the Ministry of Environment, Lithuania will continue participating in world exhibitions and will invite everyone willing and able to joint efforts to promote the name of Lithuania. The next world exhibition EXPO 2012 will take place from 12 May to 12 August 2012 in the city of Yeosu, South Korea. Its main topic “The Living Ocean and Coast” is very important for all the countries having a sea coast. Participation in this exhibition would give Lithuania another opportunity to strengthen its status of a maritime country, to promote its resorts in the Curonian Spit, as well as other seaside resorts, the Klaipėda seaport, to draw attention to the necessity to ensure safe operation of the oil field D-6, to introduce the unique nature of our seaside and the peculiar culture of the seacoast land to the world.

Information Service of the Ministry of Environment, tel.: 266 3660

08 December 2010

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas