Posts published in October 2019

Farmers fail in bid to sue German government over alleged climate change failures

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A lawsuit filed against the German government for its alleged failure to meet climate change targets has been dismissed, say authorities. Three families of organic farmers say they have been hit by changing weather patterns and blame the German state. But the case was thrown out as inadmissible by the Berlin Administrative Court, who said the 2020 targets were not legally binding. It comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced…

Lithuanian president under criticism for visiting daughter during Japan trip

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Lithuanian president has attracted criticism after making a personal stop during an official visit to Japan. Although the president’s team insist that Gitanas Nausėda and his wife paid for the detour to Seoul to visit their daughter with their personal funds, analysts say it reeks of a clash of interests. Lithuania’s first couple were invited to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito last week. The visit…

Doctor suicide bares deep-rooted problems in Lithuania’s top hospitals

Thursday, October 31, 2019

In October, the country was shocked by the news of a young promising doctor taking his own life. The incident provoked his colleagues and doctors from Lithuania’s most prestigious hospitals to talk about mobbing, unreasonable hours and the management’s inability to ensure proper working conditions. The doctor in his 30s was found dead at home following a weekend shift at Vilnius University Hospital in mid October. He has not been…

Israeli embassy shuts doors in Vilnius to protest cuts

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Israeli embassy in Vilnius announced on Thursday it will close the diplomatic mission in protest against fiscal policies that they say harm the state’s interests. Israeli embassies have shut doors across the world as Foreign Ministry workers went on strike over a dispute involving stipends to overseas workers, which had been tax-exempt for decades, according to CNN. “Due to the decision of the Israeli Ministry of Finance to breach understandings…

Kaunas police chief probe calls accusations against him ‘inadequate’

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Darius Zukauskas, Kaunas’ police chief who is being suspended from duties, has rejected the Lithuanian Police Department’s accusations against him as “inadequate”. The suspension of Kaunas’ police chief comes amid an investigation in which Donatas Karalukas, a high-ranking police officer in Lithuania’s second-biggest city, is suspected of taking more than 10,000 euros in bribes. Officers are now investigating a scheme of using forged documents to acquire various goods, including alcoholic beverages…

Why Lithuanians don’t celebrate Halloween? (Video)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lithuania Travel, the country’s tourism promotion agency, has released a quirky video explaining why Lithuanians supposedly don’t celebrate Halloween. In the short video below, the creators explain Lithuania’s connection with the “otherwordly” phenomena throughout the year, listing the usual traditional activities and customs, and saying that the country is still very “ghospitable”. Keep an eye out for the family ghosts gathering around the Christmas Eve table. Lithuania Travel has also…

Enterprise Estonia opens an office in New York City

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Enterprise Estonia, the state-run agency responsible for promoting Estonia abroad and attracting investment, on 28 October opened a representative office in New York City. The representative office was opened by the Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, while the opening speech was delivered by Penny Abeywardena, the New York City’s commissioner for international affairs. The office, tasked to promote Estonian exports and strengthen economic ties with the United States, is led…

Latvian Health Minister: Government should consider tax hike

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The government will have to consider a tax hike in order to increase budget revenues that can be distributed for the needs of different sectors, said Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development) in an interview with commercial LNT channel today. She said that the government should form such tax system and fight shadow economy so that revenue to the budget grows. Revenue from fighting shadow economy will not be sufficient…

Latvian PM: 2020 budget is just a small step in big picture

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Next year’s budget is just a step in the big picture that shows the direction towards the welfare level of the Nordic countries, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity), addressing the parliament lawmakers today. Karins said that he wants to speak about the context of the 2020 budget, reminding that one of Latvia’s  goals is to achieve the welfare level of the Nordic countries. He said that in order…

Latvijas Banka is issuing a collector coin dedicated to the Freedom Fights

Thursday, October 31, 2019

On Thursday, 7 November, Latvijas Banka is issuing a silver collector coin “Freedom Fights (1918–1920)” dedicated to the Latvian War of Independence and all those people who helped to win independence and hold freedom in high esteem. The Republic of Latvia was born on the ruins of empires that had collapsed as a result of World War I. It took more than one and a half years for the people…