Posts published in Day: December 16, 2019

Lithuanian government backs budget bill, freezes Climate Change Programme

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lithuania’s government has on Monday endorsed the next year’s budget bill, with a vote in the parliament scheduled for Tuesday. To achieve fiscal discipline, the government has proposed freezing the Climate Change Programme. The latest bill version includes additional funds for child benefits, basic pensions, state-funded Bachelor’s studies and higher salaries for various public services and officials. “To implement the aforementioned changes and not to breach fiscal discipline and ensure…

Poland risks losing investment by rejecting EU’s Green Deal – Commissioner Sinkevičius

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lithuania’s EU commissioner for  environment  , Virginijus Sinkevičius, says Poland risks losing investments by rejecting EU’s green deal. Meanwhile, the bloc’s citizens will have to make lifestyle changes in order to fight climate emergency, according to the commissioner. Poland, which currently does not agree to commit to a climate-neutral economy, risks “losing great opportunities and major investments.” Sinkevičius told BNS in an interview in Brussels. Last Friday, EU leaders, except…

Venice Biennale winners among recipients of Lithuania’s culture prize

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lithuania’s Ministry of  Culture   on Monday announced the six winners of the Lithuanian National Prize for  Culture   and Arts. They include film director Algimantas Puipa, opera singer Asmik Grigorian, Rugile Barzdziukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, the authors of the Lithuanian pavilion at the Vienna Biennale, composer Zita Bruzaitė and actor Viktorija Kuodytė. The awards honour significant culture and achievements by Lithuanian creators and those representing the Lithuanian…

Euro benefits outweigh price increases, Lithuania’s central bank says

Monday, December 16, 2019

Prices have gone up since Lithuania adopted the euro five years ago, but overall the European Union’s common currency brought more benefits than costs, the Bank of Lithuania says. Faster economic and income growth are among the chief advantages, according to the central bank. On average, the euro has added 0.5 percentage point to Lithuania’s annual GDP growth, Vitas Vasiliauskas, the chairman of the Bank of Lithuania, said in a…

Lower election threshold give hope to more parties in Lithuania – survey

Monday, December 16, 2019

Although opinion polls stay unchanged, more of the less popular parties will have a chance to enter the parliament next year once the election threshold is lowered. The opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats remains the most popular party in Lithuania, with 16.9 percent of the respondents saying they would vote for it, unchanged from November, according to the survey by Vilmorus for the Lietuvos Rytas daily. The…

Lithuanian military to acquire communication systems from the U.S.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lithuania’s  Defence   Minister is set to acquire communication systems worth 8.7 million euros, as well as radios worth 1.6 million euros to be used in the M113 armoured personnel carriers. Another 1.6-million-euro radio deal signed with the US company, Harris Global Communications, will replace the ageing communication systems used in the M113 armoured personnel carriers. “The Harris radios that are being purchased will be integrated in the weaponry management…

Latvian central bank governor bows out with final press conference

Monday, December 16, 2019

Long-serving and controversial Latvian central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs gave a final presentation at the end of his 18-year tenure December 16. On 20 December 2001 Rimšēvičs was appointed governor of Latvijas Banka. He rattled through a few tweaks to the bank’s economic forecasts, reducing the economic growth prognosis for 2019 from 2.5% to 2.3%. Next year, growth of 2.6% is forecast. Similarly the inflation forecasts for both 2019 and 2020 were scaled…

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia oppose France’s EU enlargement reform

Monday, December 16, 2019

Nine EU countries have pushed back against France’s proposal to reform the EU enlargement process before taking in any new member state. According to Politico, nine EU member states (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland and Slovenia) have drafted a 3-page counter-resolution to discard France’s insistence on the need to overhaul the enlargement process before moving forward with Western Balkan states’ membership talks. France proposes to reform EU accession…

Lithuania opens its 4th Honorary Consulate in Australia

Monday, December 16, 2019

On 13 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis opened the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Darwin. Egle Garrick, an active member of the Lithuanian World Community, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in the Northern Territory. The solemn opening ceremony was attended by members of the Lithuanian community, academic institutions and consular corps. On his first visit to the Northern Territory, Ambassador G. Varvuolis met…

Race against time

Monday, December 16, 2019

Space engineers are racing against time to fix major faults in the robot probe they plan to send to Mars next year. The complex parachute system that should slow ExoMars – Europe’s largest ever planetary mission – as it plunges into the Martian atmosphere failed catastrophically during recent tests. As a result, the European Space Agency has called for emergency help from Nasa space engineers to help them save their stricken mission. New parachutes…