Posts published in Day: August 2, 2019

Lithuanian Finance minister claims country already spends significant sums to alleviate poverty

Friday, August 2, 2019

Amid calls by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda to increase public spending on social needs, Finance Minister Vilius Sapoka says the government has already allocated significant funding for poverty reduction in recent years. “Budgeting is special in that it requires prioritizing needs. Very significant amounts of money have been allocated for poverty alleviation in recent years,” Sapoka told LRT Radio on Friday. “We shouldn’t get ourselves lulled into over-optimism, but we…

State Audit Office acquires the right to recover losses

Friday, August 2, 2019

Amendments to the Law on the State Audit Office, which give the office the right to recover losses from persons who are found guilty of irregularities ascertained during audits, enter into force today. The amendments add a new section to the law, which describes the procedure of the recovery of losses, according to LETA, August 1. The amendments stipulate that if an audit ascertains unlawful activities that have caused damage…

Kennedy’s 22-year-old granddaughter Saoirse is found dead

Friday, August 2, 2019

Saoirse Roisin Kennedy-Hill has been identified as the young woman who died of a possible drug overdose at the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod. She was 22 years old. ‘Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,’ the Kennedy family said in a statement. ‘Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.’ The statement quoted Saoirse’s grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, as saying: ‘The world is a little…

After INF treaty’s demise, U.S. seeks funds for missile tests

Friday, August 2, 2019

The United States will no longer be prohibited from having ground-launched intermediate-range missiles once it pulls out of an arms control treaty with Russia on Friday, but funds to test and develop the missiles may soon run out, officials say. Washington said last year it would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), accusing Russia of failing to comply with it. Moscow denies it has violated the treaty…

Riga listed among world’s best student cities

Friday, August 2, 2019

Riga for the first time has been included in the annual list of the world’s best student cities drawn by British Quacquarelli Symonds company. The rating QS Best Student Cities, published on the organization’s internet website, lists Riga the 110th among 120 cities. Lithuania’s capital Vilnius was listed the 95th, but no Estonian city has been included in the list. The three best student cities are London, Tokyo and Melbourne.…

19th Century Lithuanian Manor Hosts Biggest Flower Festival of Its Kind in Europe

Friday, August 2, 2019

The largest historical estate in Lithuania, Pakruojis Manor, is turning into a fairy-tale location with the first-ever flower sculpture festival in the country, featuring half a million blossom plants and lasting for 3 months. The largest restored historical estate in Lithuania, the 19th century Pakruojis Manor, is known for hosting many interactive historical events, where guests become participants of living history happening right in front of their eyes. This summer, the…

New EU’s perspectives: effects for Baltic States

By Eugene Eteris on Friday, August 2, 2019

In mid-July the new EU Commission President announced new priorities for the whole EU with a consequence that all the states including those in the Baltics have to turn these priorities into the national political-economic order. The Union’s strategic planning is clear and the EU member states’ leaders agreed on the agenda, though some 3-4 – mostly eastern European states – did not see these priorities as “nationally acceptable”. But…

Russia holds major military drill in Baltic Sea

Friday, August 2, 2019

Russia started a major military exercise in the Baltic Sea on Thursday, according to the country’s Defense Ministry. A total of 49 warships, 20 fast attack crafts and service boats, and 58 aircraft, as well as almost 11,000 soldiers and sailors, are taking part in the Ocean Shield-2019 drill, the ministry said in a statement. The exercises are scheduled to last through Aug. 9 under the command of Russian Navy…

Lithuanian foreign policy: a self-censorship problem

Friday, August 2, 2019

After almost twenty years of the voluntary political elite (with small exceptions), and sadly a considerable part of the journalists, being confined and avoiding discussions about Lithuanian foreign policy, some have started to suggest reconsidering these thoughts, Mečys Laurinkus wrote in lrytas.lt In one of the discussions about Lithuanian foreign policy, I heard a statement that, in recent years, talks about the state’s external and sometimes even internal problems were followed by agitation and fear.…

Lithuania’s State Border Guard Service has acquired two drones to fight cigarette smuggling

Friday, August 2, 2019

Lithuania’s State Border Guard Service has acquired two drones to fight cigarette smuggling. The service said on Thursday the drone acquisition process has been finished, aimed at bolstering its capabilities to fight cigarette smuggling in border areas between checkpoints, especially on the EU’s external border with Russia and Belarus. The acquired two electricity-powered drones have visual surveillance equipment for patrol, air surveillance and escort of objects. The service has also…