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Collaborative and Networked Government

The geographic position of Lithuania has allowed the country to become prime transport center of the region. 2 strategic international transport routes that run through Lithuania: the North-South highway and the rail route connecting Scandinavia with Central Europe as well as the East-West route linking the East of Europe to the European Union. The country of 3 million people has 4 modern international airports; the northernmost and only ice-free seaport on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea is located in the western part of Lithuania. Klaipėda State Seaport is a regional transport hub connecting sea, land and railway routes from East to West. Railway transport in Lithuania provides efficient long-distance passenger and cargo services. Direct rail routes link Lithuania with Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Poland, and Germany. Also, the country is an integral part of the continental TRASECA railway network enabling easy transportation of cargo from Lithuania to Asian countries.

However the same geographic position of Lithuania has also determined the fate of the country to be totally dependent on energy resources coming from the east. Taking into account centuries long troubled political relations with it’s eastern neighbor, it is not surprising that Lithuania still has to pay the price for Siberian gas in that is the highest among the EU Member States. However Lithuania manages to take global technological advances as a route for building solutions in many spheres, energetic independence being one of them. The newly built LNG terminal is foreseen to turn Lithuania into one of the most energetically independent countries in the whole of Europe, actually even providing a level of energetic independence to other Member States of the EU.

Technological advancement has manifested itself in the communication sector in Lithuania also. Lithuania has become a country with the second fastest Internet download and the fastest upload speed in the world, the country has the highest FTTH (Fiber to the home) penetration rate in Europe, Lithuania is the first country to introduce Local Breakout (LBO) technology.

However technological advance not only brings good. It also poses major risks. Lithuania is a green country. More than 30% of Lithuanian territory is covered with woods; Vilnius is probably the only European capital where woods come to the heart of the old city. However preservation of nature is lacking. During the last quarter of the century Lithuania has lost more than 10 percent of its forests, rapidly growing number of vehicles (especially used ones) is creating ecological risks, coupled with inefficient city traffic control systems. A worn out central water supply networks, insufficient quality of the drinking water and dug well water are also among challenges of eco- nature that are being faced by Lithuania. Lithuania has sufficient solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal resources. However the lack of strategical approach on the ways to increase the energy consumption effectively leave the resources idled. Therefore research in these issues is of a high importance and it is to be supported.









Digital Government

Green Growth

Green Urbanization in China

Social Media and eHealth

Networked Society

Railway Efficiency

Corporate Mobile Applications

Electric Vehicles

Internet of Things

Privacy by Design

Anonymisation Techniques

Right to Health Protection, Healthcare and Healthy Environment

Children’s Privacy Protection

Evaluation of Transport Infrastructure Investments

Public Transport Systems

Regulation of New Technologies