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Espo šalių susitikimas 2020

8th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and 4th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment

Vilnius, Lithuania, 8–11 December 2020

Meeting documentation available on the UNECE website:


IMPORTANT: due to the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and related constraints including restrictions set in Lithuania, the Meeting will only be conducted by the means of remote communication


All delegates participating at the sessions are kindly requested to register on-line no later than by 31 October 2020, through the following link:

You will need to first create and activate a personal Indico account before you can register. Please refer to the guidance on Indico available on the website (select tab “preparatory, practical”). In case of difficulty, please contact the secretariat by email ([email protected] and [email protected] ).

Only participants registered in a timely manner can receive the link to join the meeting online.

The logo of Espoo MOP8 2020 is composed of the howling wolf and a red brick castle underneath. It is a fusion of the two symbols of Vilnius: the Castle of the Grand Duke Gediminas and the Iron Wolf. The logo represents the location of the Meeting and signifies the role of Lithuania. The Iron Wolf is a mythical character from a medieval legend of the founding of Vilnius, the capital city of the old Grand Duchy of Lithuania and modern Republic of Lithuania. First found in the Lithuanian Chronicles (16th century), the legend shares certain similarities with the Capitoline Wolf.

According to the legend, Grand Duke Gediminas (ca. 1275 – 1341) was hunting in the sacred forest near the Valley of Šventaragis, near where Vilnia River flows into the Neris River. Tired after the successful hunt of an aurochs, the Grand Duke settled in for the night. He fell soundly asleep and dreamed of a huge Iron Wolf standing on top a hill and howling as strong and loud as a hundred wolves. Upon awakening, the Duke asked the krivis (pagan priest) Lizdeika to interpret the dream. And the priest told him: "What is destined for the ruler and the State of Lithuania, is thus: the Iron Wolf represents a castle and a city which will be established by you on this site. This city will be the capital of the Lithuanian lands and the dwelling of their rulers, and the glory of their deeds shall echo throughout the world." Therefore, Gediminas, obeying the will of gods, built the city, and gave it the name Vilnius – from the stream of the Vilnia River.

The Government has decided to introduce a three-week nationwide lockdown from 7 November, 2020.

There will be no indoor or outdoor commercial or non-commercial cultural, entertainment or sporting events, except high-performance sporting events without spectators, funerals attended by maximum 10 persons, except family members.

Detailed official information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here:

Official information on accreditation for foreign media journalists is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania:

The venue of the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention and the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (MOP 8, 2020) is Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva conference centre.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva stands on the bank of the River Neris. The hotel is in the heart of Lithuania's capital, near rich historic sites such as the Old Town, the Cathedral, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Gediminas Castle, as well as Pilies and Vokieciu streets so popular among the city guests and local inhabitants.

Well-equipped and stylish rooms in the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva will satisfy even the most demanding guests. The hotel offers 456 comfortable and convenient rooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites.

The hotel's Riverside Restaurant serves a Super Breakfast Buffet, business lunch and international-style dinners. The top-floor Skybar not only serves contemporary cocktails and delicious appetizers or desserts, but also lets to enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

More information about the hotel can be found here:


Exhaustive information about Lithuania can be found on the website of Lithuania Travel - national tourism development agency responsible for Lithuania's tourism marketing and promotion, acting under the Ministry of Economy and Innovation:


Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city, with a population of over 500,000. Vilnius is located in the southeastern part of Lithuania and known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The Jewish influence has led to it being described as the "Jerusalem of Lithuania" and Napoleon named it "the Jerusalem of the North" as he was passing through in 1812. The city was first mentioned in written sources in 1323 as the capital of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.

More information about Vilnius and ongoing events can be found on the website of the Development Agency of the City of Vilnius:

Please address your queries (in English or Russian) to the host country secretariat by e-mails ([email protected]; [email protected]) or by telephone: +370 645 89487 (Ms. Beata Vilimaitė Šilobritienė, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania).

Paskutinė atnaujinimo data: 2022-10-28