Posts published in Day: December 10, 2019

Contemporary art show in Paris celebrates centenary of Franco-Lithuanian ties – photos

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

An exhibition of contemporary Lithuanian artists opened in Paris on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of Lithuanian-French diplomatic relations. The exhibition at the Espace Commines exhibition space includes works by 17 Lithuanian painters, sculptors and photographers. Edvidas Žukas, the exhibition’s curator, says famous French art critic Christian Noorbergen helped him select the pieces for the show. “Christian said he picked pieces that would be interesting for the French audience,…

Police officers and firefighters stage protest in Vilnius, warning more is to come

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Police officers, firefighters and border guards rallied outside the Lithuanian parliament in Vilnius, demanding that politicians deliver on their promises to raise officers’ salaries. The rally included three salvos from toy artillery which the protesters say were a warning of more serious protests to come. Protesters who gathered on Tuesday say that, back in 2016, the current government promised to raise officers’ salaries by 2020 so that the lowest-paid among…

Lithuania rebuilds railway track to Latvia

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The rebuilding of a 19-kilometre railway section between Lithuania’s northern town of Mažeikiai and Reņģe, in Latvia, is nearing completion, says the CEO of its major contractor Vitras-S. The railway section was dismantled a decade ago, but the European Commission slammed a fine on Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos Geležinkeliai, or LG) for stifling competition. Mikhail Lipkin, the CEO of Vitras–S, a railway construction and repairs company owned by Estonia’s group Skinest…

Normandy Four summit ‘first step in positive direction’

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monday’s Normandy Four summit on peace in Ukraine was a first step in a positive direction, despite persistent disagreements between Moscow and Kyiv, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says. The Ukrainian, Russian, French and German leaders “failed to reach consensus on many issues” in Paris, but the talks were “the first step in a positive direction”, he told reporters in Utena, eastern Lithuania. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky…

U.S. Army major taught Lithuanian Officers to distribute child pornography?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

U.S. Army major with Cyber Command has been charged with distribution of child pornography. Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia says. Musgrove, 39, was serving as an integrated threat operations officer at the Army Cyber Joint Headquarters at the time of the incident,…

Cuban dissident urges Lithuania to block EU-Cuba deal

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Guillermo Farinas, a Cuban dissident who is on a visit to Vilnius, has called on Lithuania to block the European Union’s cooperation agreement with Havana, arguing the current regime must first changes its attitude towards human rights. Lithuania is the last EU member state that has yet to ratify the document signed in 2017. “We see Lithuania as our last hope and we are here to stimulate, congratulate the Lithuanian…

Lithuanian parliament lowers electoral threshold in second attempt

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Lithuanian Seimas voted on Tuesday to lower the parliamentary election threshold to 3 percent for parties and 5 percent for party coalitions. Sixty MPs voted in favour of the change, one opposed and eight lawmakers abstained. In the  previous attempt   to pass the bill last week, opposition MPs walked out of the vote, depriving it of the necessary 71-member quorum. The amendment was backed by members of the…

Rally in Kaunas protests sale of 1930s central post building

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Over a hundred people in Kaunas protested the planned sale of the city’s central post office building on Monday. The iconic 1930s building should remain in public ownership, the protesters insisted, while the state-owned Post of Lithuania says it has no use for it nor resources to maintain the listed structure. “Our goal is to keep the Kaunas Central Post Office as a public space accessible to everyone,” said one…

Lithuanian parliament starts second debate on government spending bill

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament started debating a revised 2020 government budget bill that increases public spending by 55 million euros compared with the initial draft. Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka says next year’s budget reflects anticipations of slower economic growth in 2020. “Given that the global and Lithuanian economy is facing a slowdown in growth, the budget is focused on poverty reduction,” the minster told the parliament when presenting the…

Trakai library installation causes outrage

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Trakai, a town some 23 kilometres from Vilnius, is preparing to take over as Lithuania’s capital of culture of 2020. It got off to a rough start, however, raising some eyebrows with an installation made of old books. The Public Library of Trakai decided to use written-off books, that would have otherwise gone to pulp, to build a sculpture in one of the town’s squares. The books were arranged in…