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Three Success Stories of Lithuanians

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2010 01 26

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Vilnius, January 26. 24 the most innovative projects of the European Union Structural Funds will be presented during the RegioStars 2010 Awards tomorrow in Brussels. Lithuania is represented by three success stories: Computer literacy training by Association Langas į ateitį, social integration in the restaurant Mano Guru and website www.esparama.lt.

The RegioStars awards are given for the most successful EU-funded projects which are being implemented by applying the best ideas, progressive and innovative methods. These awards are made by the European Commission. 87 projects from 27 EU Member States will be nominated for RegioStars 2010 Awards. The RegioStars Jury has chosen 24 finalists out of all the projects presented. The 24 project promoters will present their projects tomorrow.

Among the selected projects – three projects financed by the European Social Fund in Lithuania, namely, the project “Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian E-citizen” implemented by Association Langas į ateitį, the work rehabilitation project initiated by Public Institution Social Assistance Projects implemented along with a popular salad bar Mano Guru in Vilnius and EU structural assistance website www.esparama.lt functioning as of the year 2004. These three projects implemented in Lithuania during 2004–2006 financing period have not only reached their goals and perfectly met the criteria established by the RegioStars Jury, but also are unique due to their wide scope, continuity, popularisation of partnership ideas and created value added.

The project designed for modern social rehabilitation being implemented in salad restaurant Mano Guru in Vilnius has been nominated for RegioStars 2010 Award category “City Star: the integration of migrants or marginalised groups in urban areas”. The oasis of healthy food opened in Vilnius five years ago distinguishes not only for absence of alcoholic beverages and only healthy food offered, but also for its staff. Young people of restaurant Mano Guru, who successfully overcame dependence on psychoactive substances during the implementation of the EU project, here undergo work rehabilitation – the integrated rehabilitation method highly popular abroad, but for the first time introduced in Lithuania. In 2009 Mano Guru was recognised to be the most hospitable café in Vilnius.

In Information and Communication category the project implemented by Association Langas į ateitį has been chosen among other finalists. In the name of one goal to provide fundamentals of computer literacy to economically active residents of Lithuania – it developed the partnership between the government and the leaders of Lithuanian telecommunications, banking and internet business. During the project implementation computer literacy fundamentals were provided to 50, 400 adults.

In RegioStars 2010 Information and Communication category “Websites offering quality information and showing the European added-value”the EU structural assistance website www.esparama.lt has been nominated, which is administered by the Ministry of Finance and other 14 EU assistance administering institutions. This website is the basic source of information on EU structural assistance to Lithuania updated on daily basis.

One more project which will participate in the presentation by the finalists is INTERREG project “Establishment of Multi-centres in Marijampolė and Olshteen” being implemented by Lithuania together with Poland, which aims at installment of computer rooms and e-libraries in public libraries of the aforementioned towns. The basic operator of this project is the public library of Olshteen in Poland and the partner of the project is public library of Petras Kriaučiūnas in Marijampolė.

The finalists are listed here: RegioStars 2010. Tomorrow, 6 winners will be selected out of 24 finalists and the ceremony of their awards will take place in May 2010 in Brussels.

 

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RegioStars 2010 finalists