Posts published in Day: November 27, 2019

Lithuanian president calls for compromise after Turkey stalls NATO defence plans

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Following media reports that Turkey is holding up a NATO  defence   plan for the Baltic countries and Poland, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he believes that the alliance will find solutions acceptable to all sides. “I understand that different NATO members differ in their approach to these or other problems. But that’s what the NATO organisation is for – to help us all find a common denominator or a…

Drivers stage counter-protest against haulage firms to demand living wages

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

While haulage firms protested a rise in taxes on per diem allowances in Vilnius on Wednesday, drivers and trade unions staged a counter-protest. The drivers and their representatives wore white bandages to show they can’t take days off work, because they don’t receive adequate medical insurance, and say the companies’ push to block a rise in wages is cynical.  Under the resolution passed in October, per diem allowances will not…

Ukrainian President in Vilnius: investments, war and solidarity – key takeaways

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitananas Nausėda met with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Vilnius on Wednesday. LRT English brings you the key takeaways from the bilateral meeting.  Belarus’ nuclear issue:  Lithuanian president said he didn’t have “a goal to talk [Ukraine] into buying or not buying” energy from Belarus’ nuclear plant, but Zelensky said he heard Nausėda’s “signal” and promised to “sit down with the energy minister and discuss the question”.…

Investigators decry Lithuania’s Supreme Court ruling that may ‘negatively affect fight against corruption’

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Lithuanian Supreme Court’s recent ruling shielding judges from searches by law enforcement will impede corruption investigations, an official says. The rule may also be extended to members of parliament suspected of crimes. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a search “in fact means the restriction of the person’s freedom”. The Constitution bans restricting judges’ freedom without the consent of the Seimas or, if it is in between sessions,…

Next year’s budget will not be amended – Karins

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Even though medics’ organizations and Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development) continue to call for increase of health care funding, including on the account of budget deficit, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has resolved not to amend next year’s budget. “The 2020 budget has been adopted, we put it aside and work further,” Karins said in an interview with commercial LNT television today. “We will not amend the adopted…

Zelensky, Nauseda to discuss Ukraine’s relations with EU, NATO peace talks in Vilnius

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lithuanian and Ukrainian President Gitanas Nauseda and Volodymyr Zelensky are set to discuss Ukraine’s relations with the European NATP and NATO and the upcoming talks on peace in the east of the country in Vilnius on Wednesday. The two leaders will also touch upon bilateral relations, security matters and the ongoing reforms in Ukraine. “Our goal is to hear from President Zelensky what his further course will be,” Asta Skaisgiryte,…

Ignitis Group’s CEO promise in the stock exchange in New York: we will back here soon

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Development of green energy and new technologies, as well as decarbonisation will remain a priority for the international energy company Ignitis Group. This was promised on Monday by Darius Maikštėnas, company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, during Nasdaq Stock Market closing bell ceremony in New York. The head of Ignitis Group rung the closing bell which signals the end of the stock exchange trading day. Representatives of the company…

Politicians postpone discussion of decriminalization of medical errors

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On Tuesday, 26 November, members of Saeima’s Social and Labour Affairs Committee made no decisions in regards to the proposal from Latvian Doctors Association (LAB) to decriminalize medical errors. Instead the committee decided to return to this matter next year, «because there is no reason to rush this topic», said the committee’s chairman Andris Skride after the meeting. At the beginning of October, LAB turned to Healthcare Ministry and Social…

Revealed: how UK technology fuelled Turkey’s rise to global drone power

By Dan Sabbagh and Bethan McKernan on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

UK-based manufacturer supplied crucial missile component to Turkish drone-maker during development stage Turkey was able to circumvent a US export ban on killer drones with the help of a missile component first developed in the UK, allowing Ankara to become an emerging power in the lethal technology, which experts warn is dangerously proliferating. The vital assistance from a factory in Brighton has helped Turkey on its way to become the…