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March 13, 2023

Vilnius, Lithuania – On March 9, a business delegation from the CCFL (French- Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce) arrived in Alytus for a series of meetings and factory tours. The delegation included executives and representatives from various French businesses as well as board members and team of CCFL interested in exploring trade and investment opportunities in Alytus.

The highlight of the visit was a meeting with the Mayor of Alytus, Nerijus Cesiulis, at the Alytus City Hall. During the meeting, the delegation discussed various topics related to business, investment, economic development and living in Alytus.

After the meeting, the delegation visited three local factories to gain a better understanding of the Lithuanian manufacturing sector. The first stop was Alita, a leading producer of alcoholic beverages in Lithuania part of MV Group. The delegation learned about the company’s production process, product portfolio, and export activities as well as investment plan for the coming years.

Next, the delegation visited GlassLT, a glass processing company that specializes in the production of tempered and laminated glass for various industries. The delegation received a guided tour of the factory and learned about the company’s advanced production technologies.

Finally, the delegation visited Kauno Grūdai, a leading Lithuanian producer of grain products. The delegation learned about the company’s visions and mission, product range, and export activities.

The delegation ended its mission with a visit to the Alytus vocational training centre. There, the delegation was able to meet and discuss with the students as well as explore the different facilities used in their training. The centre shared various international agreements with more than 10 French educational institutions.

Speaking about the visit, the President of the CCFL, Anthony Poullain, said, “I have lived in Lithuania for 16 years. For personal reasons, Alytus was the first Lithuanian city I visited. As President of the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, it is not my intention to focus solely on Vilnius. When I visit France and meet potential investors, I do not want to present business opportunities only in the capital, I want to present all business opportunities in Lithuania to business representatives. Today we have come to find out how we can present Alytus to potential French investors.”


The visit of the business delegation from CCFL to Alytus is a testament of the willingness to grow economic ties between France and Lithuania. The visit is expected to contribute to the further development of trade and investment relations between the two countries.

Thanks to the municipality of Alytus for its welcome and to the representatives of Alita, GlassLT, Kauno Grūdai and Alytus vocational center for their availability in sharing their projects and opening their companies to our delegation.

Contact: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the French- Lithuanian (CCFL)



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Chamber News | Cooperation Agreement signed between CCFL and NATO ENSEC COE

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March 8, 2023

French Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce (CCFL) and NATO ENSEC COE agreed to develop cooperation

On 7 March, at the NATO Centre of Excellence for Energy Security (ENSEC COE), representatives of ENSEC COE and the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce (CCFL) formally signed a letter of intent on cooperation. The institutions agreed to develop cooperation in the field of energy security.


Both parties intend to share best practices, exchange experts and researchers, implement joint projects, plan and coordinate joint projects, organise joint seminars, workshops and training, exchange information, etc.


“The cooperation between CCFL and ENSEC COE is a testament to the importance of collaboration in addressing the challenges facing the energy sector today. Together, we will work to promote, share information and practices, and organize joint events related to the energy supply chain. With close to 10% of our members in the energy sector, we are thrilled to facilitate the promotion of their knowledge and expertise.” says Guillaume Douville, Director of the CCFL.


The letter of intent was signed by Colonel Darius Užkuraitis, Director of ENSEC COE, Guillaume Douville, Executive Director of the CCFL, and Anthony Poullain, President of the CCFL.

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Chamber News | The CCFL President’s greetings

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January 10, 2023

Dear Patrons Members, Dear Members,  Dear Friends, 



“Je vous souhaite des rêves à n’en plus finir et l’envie furieuse d’en réaliser quelques-uns” – J. Brel can be translated to I wish you endless dreams and the furious desire to make a few of them come true. 



Together with the board of directors of the French Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, I’m wishing you all a Happy New Year, my best wishes and overall Health and Peace to you, your relatives, and your teams.

May 2023 be also a year of Success, New Ventures, Development for your Company and Peace in the world. 


Make sure to have a Great January, a Superb February, a Sensational March, and Joy from May till December. 



Su Naujais & iki greito ! 




President of the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber News | Charafa Chebani, directrice business development, présente CCI France international

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November 23, 2022

Charafa Chebani détaille les avantages du soutien de CCI France international auprès des entreprises françaises désirant s’implanter à l’étranger.

Charafa Chebani, directrice business development chez CCI France international, rappelle dans diverses interviews, le rôle primordial de CCI France international auprès des entreprises françaises désirant se tourner vers l’export, s’implanter à l’international ou créer une filiale dans un pays étranger.


Les missions des Chambres de commerce et d’industrie françaises à travers le monde sont multiples, indispensables et parfois méconnues. Cet important réseau de 125 Chambres dans 95 pays accompagne les entreprises françaises à l’international grâce à une panoplie de dispositifs : conseils, études de marchés, soutien sur la recherche de clients, de partenaires, etc.

Le 14 décembre prochain, la CCI Hauts-de-France à Lille, propose aux entrepreneurs intéressés de rencontrer les experts pays des Chambres de Commerce et d’Industrie françaises à l’international venus du monde entier.


Les entrepreneurs français pourront lors de cet évènement :

  • Présenter leur leurs projets d’implantation ;
  • Valider leur stratégie d’internationalisation ;
  • Se renseigner sur les spécificités culturelles, l’accès au marché & la pratique des affaires.
  • Identifiez les opportunités de croissance sur leurs secteurs d’activité ;
  • Etc.


Plus d’informations sur le Séminaire implantation CCI FI du 14 décembre, ici

Lire l’interview de Charafa Chebani sur le site Team France export, ici

Regarder l’interview de Charafa Chebani, réalisé à l’occasion de BIG, l’évènement phare de Bpifrance (Bpifrance Inno Génération)

| French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce

CCFL is a non-profit organisation founded in 1999. Its aim is to develop bilateral economic relations between Lithuania and France and to create a business community in Lithuania. It is an independent, membership-based, transparent and financially self-sustaining association.

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APPLY NOW | CCFL Business Awards 2022

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October 28, 2022

The French Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to launch its annual Business Awards 2022! 

The CCFL Business Awards 2022 aim to promote the French-Lithuanian business environment by honouring companies whose performance illustrates dynamism, resilience, sustainability and creativity.

Through its choices, the jury of the Business Awards underlines the economic performance of these companies, but also the will of integration, risk-taking and innovation of the men and women behind these successes.

The CCFL Business Awards 2022 ceremony will take place during the Charity Dinner on November 26, 2022, in front of guests, gathering members, companies, partners and representatives of French and local authorities.


The CCFL Business Awards are composed of 3 categories :

  • Innovation
  • Sustainability & CSR
  • Bilateral Success

The deadline for applications is November 18, 2022.

More info on the awards and the application rules:

The applications for the CCFL 2022 Business Awards must be submitted to the address or before November 18th, 2022, by using the application form below to download (google sheet).

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Chamber News | CCFL visited Utenos Trikotažas

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October 21, 2022

Industry expert that takes pride in having over 55 years of professional experience

On October 11th, the CCFL has the opportunity to visit and learn more about Utenos Trikotažas, the renowned textile manufacturer in Utena, Lithuania.


Established in 1967, Utenos Trikotažas is an industry expert that  boasts over 55 years of professional experience.


We caught up Nomeda Kaučikienė, CEO of Utenos Trikotažas and Jolanta Streižienė, sales director of Utenos Trikotažas.


One of the most modern knitwear in central and eastern Europe, which employs nearly 700 people and works with the leading and emerging European fashion brands.


The company offers high value-added, sustainable and innovative production.


We took a special tour of the factory and discovered the different stages of textile manufacturing: from design concept and yarn to the final ready-made garment.


Utenos trikotažas is committed to sustainable production: no toxic substances, zero waste attitude, 100% green energy, sustainable textile innovations and resource saving: made to order only.


Utenos Trikotažas hold various certifications such as ISO 9001, ISO14001, SA8000, OE100 etc. and also joined the Detox campaign of Greenpeace in 2017.


Thank you Nomeda Kaučikienė, and Jolanta Streižienė, for sharing Lithuanian Textile Manufacturing know-how with us!

| French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce

CCFL is a non-profit organisation founded in 1999. Its aim is to develop bilateral economic relations between Lithuania and France and to create a business community in Lithuania. It is an independent, membership-based, transparent and financially self-sustaining association.

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Chamber News | EFE International, a solution for French companies abroad

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October 17, 2022

EFE International Supporting French Entrepreneurs Abroad

The CCFL participated to French webinar “EFE INTERNATIONAL” organized by in partnership with EFE International on the topic: Supporting French entrepreneurs abroad on October 13th.


EFE International is a structure co-founded by the National Committee of French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCEF) and the CCIFI in order to support as effectively as possible the French Entrepreneurs Abroad (EFE), in particular by ensuring the portage of International Volunteers (VIE) in companies or by providing financing solutions.


The main topic discussed was recruiting young French talent.

Thanks to EFE International, you can now strengthen your team by recruiting qualified human resources through the V.I.E. formula.


Are you a French company abroad?
This offer is intended for companies meeting the following criteria:

  • You are a French company abroad ?
  • You have created and/or run a company in your country of residence.
  • Your activity contributes to the French economy.
  • You contribute to the development of France’s foreign trade.
  • You represent, import or distribute French products or services.
  • You promote France and French know-how in your country of residence.
  • You recommend the use of French products or know-how in your professional activity.

EFE International’s mission
EFE International advises and accompanies you through all the steps involved in setting up a V.I.E. contract:

  • Management, support and administrative follow-up of your V.I.E in accordance with Business France.
  • Assistance in the selection of your future V.I.E.
  • Management of financial compensation.
  • Follow-up of your V.I.E’s mission and activity report.

To evaluate your eligibility for the V.I.E. program:

  • Contact your local French Chamber of Commerce or the local committee of French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCE).
  • Put together your eligibility file and submit your application to your local committee, which will analyze your application.
  • If your application is accepted, you will obtain the “EFE Label” which will give you access to the V.I.E. program.

Condition of access

Once the “EFE Label” has been obtained, a strategic committee will study your profile and authorize you to enter the capital of EFE International SAS.
This mechanism creates a legal link between EFE and France and allows you to access new services that were previously inaccessible.
Once you have joined EFE International, you will be able to submit your V.I.E. application through EFE International in Paris.

It is therefore a real facilitation tool to support the businesses of French people abroad.

More info about E.F.E. 

| French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce

CCFL is a non-profit organisation founded in 1999. Its aim is to develop bilateral economic relations between Lithuania and France and to create a business community in Lithuania. It is an independent, membership-based, transparent and financially self-sustaining association.

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Chamber News | Our business community supported the Lithuanian team at the world championship for women’s and men’s amateur golf in France

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September 7, 2022

Our business community supported the Lithuanian team at the world championship for women's and men's amateur golf in France

Last Saturday was the las day of The Espirito Santo Trophy, the world championship for women’s and men’s amateur golf teams, that took place from 22 August to 3 September in France. The tournaments took place in the famous Le Golf National and Golf-de-Saint-Nom-la-Breteche courses.  It is worth mentioning that Le Golf National will be hosting the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
We are proud that this year the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce has contributed to the team’s preparations.
Lithuanian teams were represented by:
Women’s team players:
 Gilė Bitė Starkutė
Saulė Jarašūnaitė
Miglė Rusteikaitė
Captain Arūnas Starkus
Men’s team players:
Giedrius Mackelis
Deivydas Ražinskas
Paulius Malcius
Captain Gediminas Mackelis
Both teams are coached by Finnish coach Ari Salvolainen
This is not the first time that Lithuanians have participated in a championship of this level, however this time we had complete teams and Lithuania was represented maximum. Lithuanian golf is still a young sport, barely more than a decade old. However, we are already seeing great young players training hard and able and willing to represent our country in the world. It is true that for golf to be able to develop its own athletes, there is still a lot of work to be done, not only by the athletes themselves, but also by the organizations that could  contribute to the development of the sport. And that requires the trust in the idea that golf is the sport that can send representatives of its country to the Olympic Games, because golf is an Olympic sport.
The Lithuanian Golf Federation is grateful to all the sponsors who helped these teams to go to the World Championships and gain experience in team competitions and individual events. This year,
the French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, stylist Kęstas Rimdžius, Cargo Stream, Sip Sap, Wine Club, Golfcity took an active initiative.
2022 World Championship achievements:
Women’s team: 56 teams participated, 168 women in the individual competition.
Team Lithuania finished 51st. The best team promise was Gilė Bitė Starkutė in 39th place. She is currently ranked 263rd in the WAGR World Ranking.
Men’s team : 71 teams participated, 213 men in the individual competition
The Lithuanian men’s team was ranked 48th, with Giedrius Mackelis, the team’s top scorer, in 119th place.
We thank the athletes and those who supported them and wish them success and new achievements in the future.

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Chamber News | International Day of Charity

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September 5, 2022

Volunteering day on the International Day of Charity at Maisto Bankas

On such an occasion, we are happy to take part in it.


Maisto Bankas gladly took us in where we volunteered at their warehouse. Besides doing the work, we got an opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people who help positively impact lives on a daily basis.


Some keys figures about today:

1976 kg, almost two tons, of food was brought to Vilnius warehouse today from retailers (IKI, Rimi, Vikis, Maxima, Mon Ami) and logistic centers. The food was distributed to social organizations in the afternoon.

This means:

  • 5730,4 kg of CO2 emission were saved;
  • 380 000 liters of fresh water were used to produce all this food. It would have gone in vain if all this food went to landfill.
  • this amount of food will turn into 3952 meals for people.

In 2021 “Maisto bankas“ saved 6045 tons of food from getting wasted:

  • 17530 tons of CO2 emission saved;
  • 1149 mln liters of fresh water saved;
  • 12 mln meals.

Every second month Maisto bankas“ distributes 70 000 – 80 000 food packages.


Here from information about the International Day of Charity

Want to know more about Maisto Bankas ?

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Maisto bankas” started its operations in Lithuania in 2001.

In 2007, “Maisto bankas” became an independent charity and support fund, the purpose of which is to fight against food waste, to promote social solidarity and citizenship, and to help the needy with food.

The organization is established in Vilnius, Panevėžys, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai. 

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