Posts published in Day: December 3, 2019

Literacy in Lithuania improving, gap between boys and girls narrowing

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Reading skills of Lithuanian 15-year-olds have improved and the gap in literacy between boys and girls has narrowed, according to the latest international rankings released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD’s latest Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) report compares test results in reading, maths and science in 79 countries. In reading, Lithuania shares 29-36 positions with Russia, Italy, Slovakia, Israel and other countries, Rita…

Lithuanian workers attacked in Denmark by protesters

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Lithuanian Embassy said on Tuesday it is looking into an incident in Copenhagen where, based on local media reports, Danish workers attacked Lithuanians labourers at a building site. Danish newspapers Ekstrabladet’s website reported that several hundred Danish workers gathered in the Norrebro area of Copenhagen to protest over working conditions and eventually attacked the Lithuanians. The workers from Lithuania tried to hide in a car but protesters dropped scaffolding…

Price of spirits and fuel set to rise in Lithuania

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Retail prices for strong alcoholic beverages, gasoline and diesel fuel are set to rise in Lithuania after the parliament on Tuesday approved an increase in excise duties for 2020. However, the Seimas left in place a reduced excise tax rate for diesel fuel used for heating, and also also approved a significanly lower rate for diesel fuel used in agriculture than asked by the president and the government.The rate on…

Vilnius University to close in protest over low pay

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Vilnius University (VU) said on Tuesday it will shut down for two days later this week in protest over low salaries. “Since the government fails to deliver on its promises to allocate additional funds to increase the salaries for lecturers, researchers and non-academic staff, and fails to review the size of incentive scholarships for students from January 1, VU will temporarily suspend its activities,” he said. LRT.LT

Offending Lithuanian ultras may be banned from sports events internationally

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sports   fans could be barred from attending events abroad if they were also banned at home, according to an amendment tabled at the Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday. The Seimas intends to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events, and the accompanying legislation. If passed, the agreement to the Code of Administrative Offenses will allow a…

Turkey ‘will stand against’ NATO plans for Baltics over Syria

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday that Ankara will continue blocking updated NATO  defence   plans for the Baltic states and Poland until the Alliance designates the Kurdish groups in northern Syria as terrorist organisations Erdogan agreed to meet with the leaders of the Baltic states and Poland to discuss the issue, according to Reuters. “With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues [in London] as…

Lithuania to blame for Belarus’ stalled EU integration

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Belarusian roundtable discussion on the country’s future within EU’s Eastern Partnership did not shy away from criticising Lithuania – speakers claimed Vilnius remains the sole obstacle, and according to some, Lithuanian “far-right in power” wants to see “Belarus destroyed”. The roundtable discussion on November 22 in Minsk as part of ‘Eastern Partnership 2030’ project was opened by the Polish ambassador to Belarus, Artur Michalski, and featured regional experts and government…

Trump to host eight countries for exclusive lunch, as NATO summit kicks off in London

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda arrived in London on Monday evening for a NATO summit that may be overshadowed by Turkey’s row with Western allies. On Tuesday, Nausėda and his wife will attend a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to mark the 70th anniversary of the Alliance as well as an informal reception hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Rows between Turkey and Western countries and French President Emmanuel…

Balkans facing similar pressure from Russia as Baltics

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Balkan countries and Baltics are facing similar attempts by Russia to gain influence, according to German  Defence   Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “We know that the entire region is regarded with particular interest by China, but also by Russia,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said in Kosovo on Sunday. According to the minister, Russia sees the Baltic states’ ties with the West in the same light as Kosovo’s orientation towards the EU and NATO, and…

Lithuania’s EU commissioner picks lawyer-economist to head his office

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Marius Vaščega, a lawyer and economist, will head the office of Lithuania’s European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius who is responsible for environment and oceans. For the past two years, Vaščega has been deputy head of the European Commission Representation in Lithuania where he worked since 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the European Parliament and the EU Council, and had a legal practice before Lithuania joined the EU. Sinkevičius started…