Posts published in Day: November 18, 2019

State funded artificial insemination procedures in Lithuania give results

Monday, November 18, 2019

Over 780 children have been born in Lithuania since the state started funding artificial insemination procedures two and a half years ago, figures from the National Health Insurance Fund show. 544 families had one child, 151 had twins and eights families welcomed triplets. “Since the start of compensation, families with fertility problems have undergone almost 15,000 various state-funded artificial insemination services. They have been provided to slightly over 4,500 people,…

Group on Facebook invites to share Christmas spirit in new initiative

Monday, November 18, 2019

“Mes – lietuviai pasaulyje”, the group on Facebook that unites around 14 thousand Lithuanians, invites everyone to share Christmas joy by sending small gifts or letters to each other all around the world. Lithuanians or descents of Lithuanians can register in a form uploaded to the Facebook group “Mes – lietuviai pasaulyje” till 5th December. After that, every participant will get the name of a person he or she should…

Lithuania post’s one of largest drop in agricultural output in EU

Monday, November 18, 2019

The drop in agricultural output in Lithuania in 2018 was the largest among EU member states, according to the latest figures from the EU statistics service, Eurostat. Output went down by 7.4 percent to 2.9 billion euros, the figures showed on Thursday. More than in Lithuania, the value of agricultural output decreased in Denmark (8.9 percent) and Sweden (8.8 percent). And the largest drop was recorded in Slovenia (17.9 percent).…

Variety of alcohol in stores in Lithuania shock foreigners

Monday, November 18, 2019

Greek student Davis Giorgi is a researcher and interested in the behavior and actions of people. Coming to Vilnius for his Master’s, he has been observing and studying the inhabitants. He has been shocked by the different varieties of alcohol, and the strong spirits, that are sold in supermarkets. Also, the high skyscraper apartments in Vilnius’ suburbs – that almost all look the same, also surprise him. After classes, he…

Estonian President to meet with Stoltenberg

Monday, November 18, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a two-day working visit to Brussels and Paris, where she is scheduled to meet with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes, President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President-elect of the European Council Charles Michel as well as speak at the Fortune Global Forum 2019 about Estonia’s development into a digital society. Kaljulaid’s meeting with Stoltenberg on…

Belarus President maintained his hold on power

Monday, November 18, 2019

Official results announced on Monday show that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after not a single opposition candidate was elected to the Belarusian parliament. Two opposition candidates were elected in 2016 for the first time in 20 years, but this time around Lukashenko banned them from standing. The Belarusian leader insisted that votes in his country are fair and that voters could simply turf him out if…

Latvian Security Service detains three persons for illegally supplying arms

Monday, November 18, 2019

The State Security Service has detained three persons for illegally supplying large quantities of arms to African countries targeted by the United Nations and European Union’s sanctions, the Security Service informed LETA. On February 5 last year, the Security Service launched criminal proceedings over violations of sanctions imposed by international organizations or Latvia, and laundering the proceeds of crime. Earlier this week, the Security Service carried out five searches at…

Freed Norwegian in spy swap with Russia flies home

Monday, November 18, 2019

Norwegian citizen Frode Berg was flown to Norway from Lithuania on Saturday and is now at an undisclosed location with his family, according to local media reports. Freed during the recent Lithuanian-Norwegian spy swap, Berg flew to Norway from Vilnius on a private plane on Saturday night, according to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK and the VG news website, citing Berg’s lawyer Brynjulf Risnes. Berg and two Lithuanian citizens were freed…

Establishing state bank in Lithuania would be risky

Monday, November 18, 2019

Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka says establishing a state-owned bank in Lithuania would involve huge costs and risks, putting doubts into earlier proposals by the president. “There’ve been such banks in Lithuania and we all know very well how that ended,” Šapoka told reporters on Friday. “The risks are really high. A decision to create a new state bank would require huge amounts of money.” According to the minister, it is…

Is this the end of NATO-era?

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, November 18, 2019

Money is a very powerful tool, which can easily ruin relations. Different views on money spending can ruin even good relations between countries in such huge and powerful organization as NATO. It should be noted that European defence spending will surpass $300 billion a year by 2021, according to new research from Jane’s by IHS Markit. Defense expenditure is a highly sensitive topic in the region. U.S. President Donald Trump…