Posts published in Day: November 7, 2019

Compulsory vaccination makes way in Lithuanian parliament

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A bill on obligatory vaccination of children from polio, measles and rubella has passed the first vote in the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas. The bill, drafted by the Social Democratic group, cleared the first hurdle by one vote. To become a law, it will have to be endorsed by the government and voted on once more in the parliament. “With the measles spreading in Lithuania, over 5,000 children remain unvaccinated each…

Suspicions of four offences brought against former judge and MP Venckienė

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lithuanian prosecutors have brought formal suspicions of refusing to obey a court order and three other offences against Neringa Venckienė, but the former judge and member of parliament rejects all of them, her lawyer said on Thursday. “Suspicions were brought against her under four articles [of the Criminal Code]. She does not admit to any of the suspicions,” Sonata Žukauskienė told BNS. Venckienė, who returned to Lithuania late on Wednesday…

Lithuanians less satisfied with their lives than Latvians or Estonians

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lithuanians are less satisfied with their lives than Latvians or Estonians, according to the latest figures released by the EU statistical office Eurostat. On a scale from 0 to 10, the average life satisfaction of Lithuanian residents aged 16 and over was 6.4 in 2018, compared with 6.7 in Latvia and 7 in Estonia. In Lithuania, the level of satisfaction with personal relations was 7.8 and satisfaction with the financial…

New pavement by medieval church causes outrage

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Plans to pave a square by the medieval Saint John the Baptist church of Zapyškis caused a social media outrage. Politicians joined in to demand punishment for heritage protection authorities, though some architects have defended the controversial project. The sight of the Gothic church in a totally natural surrounding gives a sense of permanence, of it being a conserved piece of the past that has not changed for centuries. In…

Lithuanian parliament passes spy swap bill

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament has adopted an amendment to the Criminal Code that details the president’s right to pardon a convict involved in a spy swap deal. The amendment was passed on Thursday in a vote of 76 to two with eight abstentions and will take effect after it is signed into law by President Gitanas Nausėda. Nausėda, who is visiting Italy on Thursday and Friday, plans to sign the amendment…

Lithuanian ad campaign wins international award

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The sassy Vilnius tourism marketing campaign – which designated the Lithuanian capital as the G-spot of Europe – has been named the best ad at the International Travel & Tourism Awards. “International tourism marketing is a highly competitive field where few manage to stand out. In order to attract tourists, the world’s cities work for years and dedicate huge resources,” Inga Romanovskienė, the head of the municipal tourism and business…

Lithuanian PM rejects allegations of shady concessions to Orlen

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has rejected a report by the 15min.lt news website that the Lithuanian government granted controversial concessions to Poland’s oil group Orlen, saying the intimations are “deliberate lies”. According to 15min.lt, following Skvernelis’ unannounced meetings with Polish politicians, the Lithuanian subsidiary of Poland’s state-controlled Orlen received discounts on LG’s rail freight rates and successfully bid in state electricity reserve auctions in Lithuania. The Polish group, on its…

Elza Žiglevica to earn the Order of Lāčplēsis

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The next week marks one hundred years since the Bermondt battles, which concluded with the liberation of Riga on November 11, 1919. In honor of the Latvian army’s victory over Bermondt’s forces, this day has been proclaimed as a day to honor fallen heroes, or Lāčplēša Day, and the Order of Lāčplēsis was established. There are three women who are holders of the military decoration, and one of them is…

Romania expected to propose Siegfried Muresan for European Commissioner

Thursday, November 7, 2019

After weeks of stalemate, the President of Romania is expected to propose MEP Siegfried Muresan to become the country’s European Commissioner. Apart from the United Kingdom, whose member status is in flux, Romania was the only member state missing to file a name for the new EU executive. On Monday, the new National Liberal Party government took office and several sources explain that the executive will nominate Muresan to be…

Prosecutors take up case of former judge and MP Venckienė

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Neringa Venckienė, a former judge and member of parliament, was brought to Lithuania on Wednesday evening after her extradition from the United States. “Yes, we can confirm that the person is in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania,” Tomas Krušna of the Prosecutor General’s Office told reporters in Vilnius. The prosecutor added that Venckienė had arrived in Lithuania on Wednesday evening, but gave no further details. The former judge…