Posts published in Day: November 23, 2019

Magnitsky a symbol of sanctions – and not just in Russia

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Ten years ago, after uncovering a corruption scandal, financial auditor Sergei Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison. The case set a wave of sanctions in motion, but so far, Lithuania is one of only five nations to pass the Magnitsky laws. In the West, Sergei Magnitsky is often mentioned in one breath with Anna Politkovskaya and Boris Nemtsov as being among the prominent Kremlin critics who have been murdered. But…

President proposes cutting number of judges on Lithuania’s Supreme Court

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has proposed reducing the number of judges sitting on Lithuania’s Supreme Court. A presidential decree proposes cutting the number from 35 to 33 as of December 15 and to 32 as of June 1. “It would be difficult to ensure public confidence in courts without ensuring its efficient work. It means that the number of judges in courts should be optimal and match the workloads of…

Lithuania edges up in Employment Flexibility Index

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Lithuania has gone up a notch to the 14th position in the Employment Flexibility Index which looks at 41 countries’ labour regulation laws. Lithuania came in 15th last year and was 27th a year before, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LLRI), a free market think tank, said on Friday. The big leap last year was due to the 2017 amendments to the Labour Code, LLRI expert Karolina Mickutė noted, but…

Climate change may make white Christmas in Lithuania a thing of the past

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Unusually warm autumn this year is a sign of things to come – climate change is likely to make cold white winters a thing of the past in Lithuania, scientists say. While exotic fruit growers may enjoy better yields, warmer weather may also introduce new pests and multiply the existing ones, like mites. Kristina Alešiūnienė is happy that her peach and apricot orchard produced abundant fruit last summer. If the…