Panevėžys City (Lithuania)

The official signing of Cooperation Agreement between Maramureș County and two administrative units of Lithuania, Panevėžys City Municipality and Panevėžys District Municipality, took place on 12th of March 2015, in Panevėžys, in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador to Lithuania, who emphasised the importance of the cooperation development through concrete actions, to give substance to this partnership.
The fifth largest city in Lithuania, the capital of Aukštaitija Ethnographic Region, the seventh largest city in the Baltics and the greenest city of Lithuania. You can easily guess: that is Panevėžys.

Panevėžys is a municipality on itself (Panevėžys City Municipality) and is also the capital of Panevėžys District Municipality and Panevėžys County.

The city of Panevėžys occupies 50 square kilometres with 100.000 inhabitants and lies on the banks of the river Nevėžis, the sixth longest river in Lithuania. The river gave its name to the city itself: Panevėžys means "along the Nevėžis".

The Grand Duke of Lithuania and the King of Poland Alexander laid down the foundation stone in the history of Panevėžys that celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2003.

Panevėžys is situated in the middle of Lithuania, halfway between two Baltic capitals - Vilnius (130 km) and Riga (150 km). Panevėžys has a favourable geographic position and good communication potentials. VIA BALTICA highway connects the city to Scandinavia and Western European countries.

The city is member of the Union of the Baltic Cities. In addition, Panevėžys City Municipality is involved in international partnerships with 12 towns from abroad: Lünen (Germany), Goes (the Netherlands), Kalmar (Sweden), Lublin (Poland), Kolding (Denmark), Mytishi and Kaliningrad (Russia), Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Rakvere (Estonia), Daugavpils (Latvia), Vinnytsia (Ukraine) and Maramures County (Romania).
Panevėžys has a reputation for being a clean, cosy and green city. Since long time ago, Panevėžys has been well known for its industrial production: cables, linen, decorative glass products, as well as international award winning Kalanapilis Beer.

The city authorities have a favourable attitude towards investors and encourage the cooperation with private business structures that bring success in city development. An important initiative of Panevėžys City Municipality is the project PANEVĖŽYS FREE ECONOMIC ZONE, partially financed by EU.

Every year, in the beginning of September, the city and its residents celebrate the City Days. In this period, visitors can see different historical buildings, try old crafts, admire the views and become part of traditional festivals and art projects of the old streets of Panevėžys.

For more info, visit the website of Panevėžys City Municipality: https://www.panevezys.lt/en/welcome.html.

COOPERATION BETWEEN MARAMURES COUNTY AND TWO TWINNED ENTITIES FROM LITHUANIA - PANEVĖŽYS DISTRICT AND PANEVĖŽYS CITY

The official signing of Cooperation Agreement

The official signing of Cooperation Agreement between Maramureș County and two administrative units of Lithuania, Panevėžys City Municipality and Panevėžys District Municipality, took place on 12th of March 2015, in Panevėžys, in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador to Lithuania, who emphasised the importance of the cooperation development through concrete actions, to give substance to this partnership.

The twinning between Maramures County and Panevėžys City and Panevėžys District have been possible due to the efforts of the Romanian Embassy in Lithuania to support the conclusion of collaboration and twinning agreements between local authorities of the two countries. As a result, two preliminary visits for mutual acquaintance have been carried out, in April 2014 in Panevėžys and in September 2014 in Maramureș.
An important step towards the twinning was the first official visit in Maramureș County of Panevėžys District and Panevėžys City’s representatives, which took place on 17th of September 2014 and the signing of a declaration of intention for future cooperation. Eight representatives of the two Lithuanian municipalities attended at the working meeting organized in Baia Mare by Maramureș County Council, for preliminary discussions on the twinning. The visit of Lithuanian officials took place after the first visit in Lithuania of the Maramureș County Council’ delegation, in April 2014.

Common activities within the twinning relation

A delegation of Panevėžys City together with the “Siaustinis” youth group and a delegation of Panevėžys District together with the Folk Ensemble “Virsnia” attended at the Vth edition of “Maramures Days”, between 17th-19th of May 2019.
Representatives of the two twin entities from Lithuania took part at the IVth edition of "Maramures Days", on the 8th-15th May 2018.
A delegation from Maramureș County visited Panevėžys, in March 2018, for the centenary celebration of Lithuania's independence. On 16th of February 1918, the Independence Act of Lithuania was signed, restoring the independent state based on democratic principles. On 11th of March 1990, the independent state of Lithuania was restored after leaving the former USSR.
Representatives of Maramures County took part at Panevėžys City Days, in the period 7th-10th September 2017.
The Maramures County Council’s delegation visited Panevėžys district and city for the anniversary of municipality, on 8th-11th September 2016.
A delegation of Panevėžys District visited Maramureș, between 28th-30th October 2015, to identify opportunities of economic and cultural cooperation. The delegation also included representatives of the Panevezys Chamber of Commerce and Industry, that on this occasion met with the Maramureș Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and visited 2 private companies in the food and water treatment fields.
On 9th-14th March 2015, an official delegation from Maramureș County Council visited Panevėžys District and Panevėžys City, to sign the Cooperation Agreement between Maramures County and the two administrative entities from Lithuania. With this occasion, the representatives of Maramureş County visited the Waste Management System that serves both the district and the city of Panevezys and had a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Panevezys.
Representatives of Panevėžys District and Panevėžys City had visited Maramureș County between 16th-18th September 2014 for a preliminary discussion on the twinning between Maramureș County and the two administrative units in Lithuania. On this occasion, a meeting took place between the representatives of the Panevezys Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the Maramureș Chamber of Commerce and Industry, discussing possible collaboration in the future. The visit also had a cultural component, the guests visiting several museums in Baia Mare and Sighetu Marmației.
The first preliminary meeting for the twinning between Maramureș County and the two administrative units in Lithuania took place on 23th-26th April 2014, in Panevėžys. The Maramureș County Council delegation used this opportunity to present in a festive meeting, the main features, economic potential and development opportunities of Maramureș County , afterwards the delegation had visited several industrial and cultural objectives in the city and district of Panevezys.
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