Posts published in Day: December 11, 2019

Spanish documents tell story of Lithuania’s striving for recognition after WW1

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

An exhibition of diplomatic correspondences from Spanish archives documents Lithuania’s efforts to be recognised as an independent state after World War One. The exhibition, hosted by the Lithuanian Central State Archive, opens on Wednesday. The opening is attended by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, and the document will be handed to the archive’s director Dalius Žižys by Spanish Ambassador to Lithuania José María Robles Fraga. “The core of the exhibition…

Lithuanian PM’s brand application spurs controversy

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lithuania’s brand database has received an application to register the brand ‘Tėvynės labui’ (‘For the Fatherland’), a slogan linked to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The application was filed on December 2 in the name of the prime minister, the tv3.lt news website reports. The application was submitted by lawyer Dominykas Vanhara, and the goods and services associated with the registered brand are identified as “the organization of political gatherings”. Skirmantas…

Turkey could still block a NATO defense plan for the Baltic states and Poland

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Turkey said it could still block a NATO defense plan for the Baltic states and Poland unless allies develop a security arrangement for the alliance’s southern flank that would brand Kurdish YPG forces who fought alongside Americans as terrorists. Top Turkish diplomatic and defense officials say no compromises have been reached, contradicting an announcement by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg last week during NATO’s leaders meeting in London that plans for…

Latvia: Government backs easier hiring of third-country workers

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Latvian government on December 10 supported the removal of several bureaucratic obstacles to hiring employees from third countries, reported LETA. The Interior Ministry said that the amendments were drafted to eliminate certain bureaucratic procedures in hiring foreign labor, as provided for in the Action Plan for Improving Business Environment in 2019-2022. The amendments are meant to mitigate the negative impact of a local labor shortages rather than allow the import…

Vilnius Airport holds Ebola containment exercise

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Vilnius Airport held an exercise on Tuesday on how to contain the spread of a contagious disease. The five-hour drill simulated a plane carrying an infected person landing in Vilnius, and involved around 250 people and representatives from 14 institutions.If any plane is suspected of carrying an infected passenger it must land in Vilnius Airport, irrespective of its final destination in Lithuania. Feliksas Jankevicius, managing director of the Santara Clinics…

Belarus’ nuclear energy ban endorsed by Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A proposal by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on how to block electricity imports from the Belarus’ nuclear plant has been endorsed by the Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday. Under the amendments, companies will not get permits to import electricity from Belarus, and a government commission will be able to suspend licenses if an importer is deemed a threat to national security. In 2017, the Seimas recognised the Belarusian Astravyets nuclear plant…

Statistics: Service prices up 22 percent since euro introduction

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Prices of services in Lithuania have risen more than 22 percent since the euro introduction in 2015, the country’s statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, says. The service’s new head Jūratė Petrauksienė says the rise is significant, but services had been much cheaper in Lithuania than the rest of Europe before the euro and the discrepancy was the main factor. “The rise in the prices of services is significant, because 22 percent…