Members News | International Jury Names Best Baltic Restaurants


November 28, 2023

Riga, November 28, 2023


International Jury Names Best Baltic Restaurants


As part of the Baltic Wine & Drinks Awards, an international Jury joined by ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2023 Raimonds Tomsons has named the best restaurants for wine lovers in the Baltic states. In association with Liebherr, the competition is held for the fourth year by a team of professionals known throughout the Baltics and worldwide in order to discover and spotlight Baltic restaurants, bars, hotels with good, great and extraordinary wine lists and to foster the growth of the Baltic wine culture. The competition’s organisers hope that the results will offer support and recognition in order to drive wine tourism towards Baltic countries.


The competition judged the wine lists of forty-nine leading Baltic restaurants, wine bars and hotel restaurants as well as wine retailers and cocktail bars. During the Awards ceremony, which took place during Riga Wine & Champagne festival on November 25, eleven Baltic venues were awarded three stars, the highest rating, of which six of the wine lovers’ favourite restaurants and bars were in Riga, with two in Vilnius, and three in Tallinn.


The judges rated each restaurant’s wine selection on a 100-point scale, analysing the contents of the wine list (wines represented, vintages, suitability for the restaurant’s cuisine and characteristics, focus on specific country or wine region), pricing policy, presentation and clarity, as well as the element of surprise. Restaurants were awarded either a one-, two- or three-star Baltic Wine & Drinks Awards rating, as well as a Recommended status.


The biggest stars of the international jury were Billy Wagner (Nobelhart & Schmutzig, World’s Top 50 restaurant owner and sommelier, Berlin) and Peter Liem (one of the world’s leading Champagne experts and book authors), while the Baltic panel was represented by ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2023 Raimonds Tomsons, Kristjan Peäske (Estonia), Arūnas Starkus (Lithuania), Jānis Volkinšteins (Latvia), Lauris Grass (Latvia) and Head of Jury Aigars Nords (founder of Riga Wine & Champagne).


Top 11 Best Restaurants, Wine Bars and Retailers, 3-star winners in 2023 (by country):


  • Barents (Riga), Best Fine-Dining Restaurant for Wine Lovers in the Baltics in 2023
  • Noble Wine Shop and Bar (Riga), Best Wine Bar & Shop in the Baltics
  • Riviera (Riga), Best Casual Restaurant for Wine Lovers in the Baltics
  • Max Cekot Kitchen (Riga), Special Award for the Highest New Restaurant Entry in 2023
  • Tauro (Riga), Best ultra-premium wine list in the Baltics
  • Barents Wine Collectors (Riga), Best Premium Wine Retailer in the Baltics



  • Time To Wine Rotermanni (Tallinn), Best Wine Bar & Shop in Estonia
  • Time to Wine Bar & Shop (Tallinn), Best Value-for-Money in the Baltics
  • Lee Restaurant (Tallinn), Best Value-for-Money Casual Restaurant for wine lovers in the Baltics



  • Nineteen18 (Vilnius), Best Fine-Dining Restaurant for Wine Lovers in Lithuania in 2023
  • Vyno klubas (Vilnius) Best Universal all-purpose wine retailer in the Baltics


All competition results and ratings for restaurants and wine bars in the Baltics are available:

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Partner News | In the Face of War -European Dialogue “Culture and Imaginary Facing the War”


November 28, 2023

Laba diena,


Prancūzų institutas Lietuvoje ir Prancūzijos ambasada  kartu su Vilniaus universitetu maloniai kviečia jus į konferenciją „Kultūra ir įsivaizdavimas karo akivaizdoje“. Per šią konferenciją kultūros, mokslo ir medijų ekspertai kalbės apie tai, kokį poveikį daro karas kultūrai bei visuomenei, ir ką kultūra ir mokslas gali daryti karo akivaizdoje. Kokia mūsų bendra sąmonė ir suvokimas ir kaip skirtingos Europos tautos ir regionai tai vertina? Atsakymų į šiuos ir daugelį kitų klausimų ieškosime per konferenciją.


Konferencija vyks lapkričio 30 – gruodžio 1 d. Vilniaus universiteto Centrinių rÅ«mų istoriniame ansamblyje, Teatro salėje.


Konferencija anglų kalba. 








L’Institut français de Lituanie, en collaboration avec l’Ambassade de France en Lituanie et l’Université de Vilnius, vous invite à la conférence “Culture et imaginaire face à la guerre”. Pendant deux jours, près de trente participants représentant de nombreux pays européens discuteront de l’impact de la guerre à travers le champ des idées et de la culture.


La conférence aura lieu du 30 novembre au 1er décembre dans la salle de théâtre de l’Université de Vilnius.


Conférence en anglais

Programme :

Inscription :

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News | “Make it iconic. Choose France.” new campaign


November 16, 2023

Promoting the French outlook through the #MakeItIconic campaign


The French government has launched an international communications campaign called “France Brand”. The campaign highlights France’s strengths in terms of industrial and economic dynamism, innovation potential, and cultural and artistic vitality, with the aim of boosting the country’s appeal. 


An international communication campaign will be launched at the end of 2023, in 5 countries (Germany, Canada, the UAE, India and the USA) as well as in France, and amplified worldwide by France’s diplomatic network and government agencies.

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Member News | Devoteam was awarded a Platinum rating by EcoVadis


November 7, 2023

Devoteam has received a Platinum rating from EcoVadis for its exemplary dedication to responsible and sustainable business practices. This recognition is a testament to Devoteam’s overall performance as a responsible and sustainable company, achieving an impressive global score of 78/100. This places Devoteam among the top 1% of companies within its industry assessed by EcoVadis.


EcoVadis, having evolved into the world’s largest and most reputable provider of business sustainability ratings, has established a vast global network comprising over 100,000 rated companies spanning across more than 170 countries and 200 different industries. EcoVadis’ platform meticulously evaluates companies based on 21 specific sustainability criteria, encompassing four crucial dimensions: environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

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Back to | Carbon Free Future (what does it mean for IT?)


October 30, 2023

On October 25th, the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Devoteam, hosted an event with a primary focus on advancing a carbon-neutral future within the realm of the IT sector. The event was crafted to drive discussion and engagement for our members about the urgent environmental concerns within the IT industry. It underscored the crucial actions that companies need to undertake in order to build a sustainable infrastructure for a greener future.


Key Takeaways:

  1. Digital Environmental Impact: The IT industry currently contributes a substantial 4% of global carbon emissions, surpassing even the emissions of the aviation sector. It faces challenge of annual electricity. consumption increases ranging from 6% to 8%.
  2. Material Demands: Between 1980 and 2008, the global demand for materials crucial to new technologies skyrocketed by a staggering 87%, primarily driven by industrialization and economic growth in emerging nations. This surge has led to a sixfold increase in the utilization of various metals.
  3. Embracing Cloud Transformation: The migration of business operations to cloud-based infrastructure represents an unprecedented opportunity for the IT sector. This transition has the potential to achieve an impressive 90% reduction in carbon emissions, alongside a substantial 77% reduction in operating costs (case study presented during the meeting).


The French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce and Devoteam stand firmly committed to providing valuable resources and information to support the sustainable and environmentally responsible growth of your business. We are encouraged by the increasing interest and active involvement of our members in this crucial journey toward a carbon-neutral IT industry. Together, we can shape a more eco-friendly and prosperous future.

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Back to | Breaking down Ransomware: How to protect your business?


October 27, 2023

The French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce and Nord Security co-hosted a remarkable event on October 24th, where our members had the privilege of delving into the pressing issue of ransomware threats and exploring strategies to safeguard their businesses. This informative panel discussion was graciously provided by Nord Security, held at the sprawling CyberCity. During the event, our members were also treated to an exclusive tour of the premises, offering a glimpse into the remarkable work culture and atmosphere at Nord Security.


Understanding the Ransomware Threat

The heart of the event was a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring esteemed experts from Nord Security, including Marija Gecaitė, Aivaras Vencevičius, and Sigita Jurkynaitė. These experts shed light on the perilous landscape of ransomware, elucidating why businesses are targeted and what actionable steps can be taken to mitigate these threats.


Key Insights:

  1. Rising Ransomware Cases: Nord Security highlighted that there were over 2,000 recorded cases of ransomware attacks between January 2022 and January 2023 worldwide, underscoring the alarming increase in this cyber threat. However the number would be much larger as all companies do not always report it.
  2. Indiscriminate Targets: Ransomware attackers do not discriminate based on the size of a company. However, research indicates that small and medium-sized companies with 11 to 50 employees, as well as those with 51 to 200 employees, are the most vulnerable.
  3. Top-Targeted Industries: While ransomware attacks affect every industry, the top three industries that face the brunt of these attacks are Construction, Finance, and Manufacturing.
  4. Global Impact: The top three countries most affected by ransomware attacks are the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, emphasizing the global nature of this threat.

Interactive Networking Session

Beyond the enriching panel discussion, our event also featured a vibrant networking session. During this segment, our members had the opportunity to engage extensively with Nord Security experts, allowing them to gain deeper insights into ransomware protection strategies. The enthusiastic participation of our members and the experts’ willingness to answer their questions was a testament to the event’s success.


In conclusion, the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce and Nord Security is committed to providing valuable information and resources to safeguard their businesses against the ever-increasing threat of ransomware. We extend our sincere gratitude to Nord Security for their invaluable contribution to this event, and we look forward to further collaborative initiatives that will empower our members to protect their businesses in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

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Member News | Invitation to the presentation of the 15 th edition of the CEE top 500 companies


October 24, 2023

Coface is glad to invite our business  community to the online event where their experts will present the 15th edition of the annual ranking of Top 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe region.


It is a great opportunity to be one of the firsts to explore the list, review competition, discover new partnership opportunities.


In this webinar regional Chief Economist Grzegorz Sielewicz presents you the main findings of this year´s CEE Top 500 rankings.

  • Who are the big players in the CEE region and which sectors dominate the ranking of the largest 500 companies in CEE?
  • What economic trends can be derived from the regional study?
  • Are there any notable companies or sectors that perform exceptionally well in the face of economic challenges in CEE?

These questions and a lot more will be covered in this webinar.


We are looking forward to your participation.

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Member News | 100 Elinta Charge EV charging stations in Corsica


October 10, 2023

By 2030, experts predict that 40% of all #tourism vehicles sold will be #electricvehicles. Leading hotel booking platforms 💻 have already taken notice, offering a specialized filter that allows users to exclusively search for hotels equipped with #chargingstations. What’s become clear is that not many hotels can stay competitive without this feature.


The availability of charging stations presents a variety of payment solutions that are user-friendly and easy to set up!

As the trend of adopting charging stations in hotels 🏩 continues to gain momentum, having one on-site has quickly become a competitive advantage. This appeals to well-off and forward-thinking travelers who might choose a particular hotel simply because it offers electric vehicle charging options 🚗.


In the realm of hospitality 🛍, Elinta Charge has developed a seamless charging experience. Their public charging stations can be equipped with point-of-sale (POS) credit card terminals #POS. Visitors don’t need to hassle with additional software installations, like mobile apps 🤳, to begin charging their electric vehicles. To initiate the charging process, users only need to plug in their cable and swipe their credit card 💳 on the card reader. A predetermined amount is reserved on their credit card account. To end the charging session, they swipe the same card again, and the cable is released. The actual charge amount is then deducted from the reserved amount on their credit card account 💸.]


The flagship model, CityCharge V2, is chosen for its modern design 😍, durability 💪, and diverse payment options 💳, making it an attractive choice for many in the industry.


Here is an example project that combines EV chargers ⚡and POS systems:

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Member News | Mykole exhibition at ArtVilnius’23


October 10, 2023

LDS gallery Arka will be present at the international contemporary art fair ARTVILNIUS’23 from October 13th to 15th. The gallery will showcase the latest work of young Lithuanian painter Mykolė Ganusauskaitė. The gallery’s stand number is 3.10.
Mykolė Ganusauskaitė, artist name Mykolé (b. 1987) studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. From 2015 till 2017 she lived and worked in Copenhagen and in 2017 moved to Vilnius. She has organized over 20 solo exhibitions and participated in dozens of group projects in Lithuania, France, Denmark, USA and elsewhere. One of the winners of the Baltic Art Competition Young Painter’s Prize 2013 and a member of Lithuanian Artists’ Association since 2016. In 2017 Mykolé resided at The Saari Residence in Mynämäki, Finland. Works owned by MO Museum, Vilnius and the Samogitian Art Museum, Plungė.


Spalio 13–15 d. LDS galerija Arka dalyvauja tarptautinėje Å¡iuolaikinio meno mugėje ARTVILNIUS’23. Joje bus pristatoma jaunosios kartos lietuvių tapytoja Mykolė Ganusauskaitė ir jos naujausia kÅ«ryba. Galerijos stendo numeris – 3.10.
Mykolė Ganusauskaitė, menininkės vardas Mykolé (g. 1987), studijavo Nacionalinėje dailės mokykloje Paryžiuje (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris), kurioje įgijo bakalauro ir magistro laipsnius. 2015– 2017 m. gyveno ir kūrė Kopenhagoje, nuo 2017 m. – Vilniuje. Surengė virš 20 personalinių parodų bei dalyvavo dešimtyse grupinių projektų Lietuvoje, Prancūzijoje, Danijoje, JAV ir kitur. Konkurso „Jaunojo tapytojo prizas 2013” laureatė. Nuo 2016 m. Lietuvos dailininkų sąjungos narė. 2017 rezidavo Saari rezidencijoje, Mynämäki, Suomijoje. Kūrinių turi MO muziejus Vilniuje ir Žemaičių dailės muziejus Plungėje.
Praktinė informacija apie ARTVILNIUS’23 mugę:

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Back to | Guided visit exhibition Litvak artists in Paris


September 29, 2023

On the 28th of September, the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce (CCFL) hosted a captivating guided tour of the exhibition titled “Litvak Artists in Paris.” at the Vytautas Kasiulis Museum of Art in Vilnius. Organized for members of the CCFL, the event provided a remarkable journey through various art movements.

The tour immersed participants in the world of renowned Litvak artists who found inspiration in Paris. The exhibition showcased a diverse range of artworks, but the highlights undoubtedly revolved around the mesmerizing pieces by Marc Chagall.

As participants strolled through the exhibition, they were able to trace the evolution of artistic styles and the influence of Paris on the works of these Litvak artists. The tour not only celebrated the rich cultural heritage of Lithuanian artists but also fostered cross-cultural appreciation and dialogue among the attendees.

Thanks to our members to have participated in this journey!

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