Posts published in Day: November 12, 2019

The path to abyss begins with nationalism – opinion

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

My grandfather and father served in the First and Second World Wars. Two generations, severely damaged psychologically and morally, writes German Ambassador to Lithuania Matthias Sonn. The European peace, freedom and prosperity in which I was allowed to grow up, in contrast, has now lasted more than seventy years. Do we appreciate our almost unbelievable fortune enough? Are we doing enough to preserve it? As Germans, as Europeans? Every year…

Lithuanian men’s basketball team picks a new coach

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Lithuanian Basketball Federation has appointed Darius Maskoliūnas, assistant coach of Žalgiris Kaunas, to lead the national men’s basketball team. One member of the federation’s executive committee voted for Antanas Sireika, coach of BC Šiauliai, and 13 for Maskoliūnas. For the past five years Maskoliūnas has served as assistant coach of Žalgiris’ Šaruūas Jasikevičius. In 2013-2016, he also served as an assistant to Jonas Kazlauskas in the national men’s basketball…

Conflict of interests behind push to expand Lithuania’s second city – LRT Investigation

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The plan by Kaunas’ leading party to add a number of regional territories to the city boundaries would be useful for the mayor’s business interests, reports LRT  Investigation   Team. The decisions taken by Kaunas municipality would have direct effects on businesses of the mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis and his sons, as well as the residential areas adjacent to Lithuania’s key motorways and the Free Economic Zone and Kaunas Airport. Viči…

Parliamentary diplomacy important for economy, Seimas speaker says

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Parliamentary diplomacy is important for economy, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis says after returning from Azerbaijan. “Parliamentary diplomacy is a very important instrument for developing relations among states,” Pranckietis says. His comments came in response to accusations by Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, that Pranckietis is allegedly going to foreign trips for pleasure. Pranckietis said Azerbaijan is interested in technology and medical…

Lithuanian farmers are in protest against rising fees

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lithuanian farmers are building crosses to protest tax hikes. According to farmers’ representatives, if their views are not taken into account, they will continue the protests in local municipalities and the capital. Ingrida Jundulaitė, a farmer, has placed two green crosses in Rietavas and Plungė regions in western Lithuania in an attempt to raise awareness in the society. “New taxes keep emerging. Milk, meat – the prices are not rising,…

Polish far-right groups march in Warsaw on independence anniversary

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tens of thousands of Poles took part in a far-right march in the capital Warsaw on Monday to mark Polish independence, an annual event that has become a focus of friction between nationalists and liberals. Some chanted “God, honour, homeland!” and “No to the European Union!” and waved red-and-white Polish flags. Others lit red flares, blanketing sections of the parade with smoke. “We have to return to our roots. Our…

Small enterprises in Lithuania spend 244 hours on bureaucracy

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Small enterprises in Lithuania spend on average 244 hours per year, or more than 30 working days, to comply with administrative formalities such as declarations, statistical reporting, and submission of other required documentation. The administrative burden has decreased by one working day or 8 hours compared to last year, shows the 2019 Bureaucracy Index published by the Institute of Economic and Social Studies in cooperation with the Lithuanian Free Market…

Lithuania expects Belarus to delay N-plant launch

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Belarus should delay the launch of its Astravyets nuclear power plant until all stress test recommendations have been fulfilled, an advisor to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Tuesday. “We are watching the public sphere and can see that decisions to bring in fuel, load and launch the power plant keep being put off,” Jaroslav Neverovic told the Ziniu Radijas radio station. “We believe that these decisions should be postponed…

Latvia invites Azerbaijan specialists to develop business ideas

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Azerbaijan specialists are invited to develop business ideas in Latvia in the field of start-up, Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Ralfs Nemiro said in an interview with Trend. He noted that Latvia is interested in expanding economic and trade interaction with Azerbaijan. “Latvian companies are already doing business in Azerbaijan in fields like transport and logistics, mechanical engineering, ICT, food production, architecture, design, construction, chemical, pharmaceutical industries, tourism,…

Detained Ukrainian ex-official who sought political asylum in Lithuania

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Petro Vovchuk, a former chairman of the management board at Ukraine’s State Food and Grains Corporation wanted in his home country on corruption suspicions, has asked for political asylum in Lithuania, his lawyer said on Tuesday. “He asked for political asylum in Lithuania and was detained,” she told reporters after the Vilnius Regional Court’s hearing of her client’s appeal against his arrest. At Ukrainian law-enforcement bodies’ request, Vovchuk was detained…