Posts published in Day: December 19, 2019

Jewish organisations greenlight reconstruction of Vilnius congress hall built on cemetery

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A state-owned company and Jewish organisations have reached an agreement on reconstructing a congress venue built on a former Jewish cemetery. Turto Bankas, the manager of state property, the Lithuanian Jewish Community and the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe (CPJCE) signed a protocol on the redevelopment project for the Palace of Concerts and Sports in central Vilnius. The project will ensure respectful treatment of the cemetery…

Lithuanian troops to go on 11 international missions, Syria deployment on hold

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament allowed the military to send troops to 11 international missions abroad over the next two years. Lithuanian soldiers can also be sent to Syria, if need be. The Seimas passed the resolution on Thursday with 115 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions. The parliament’s mandate, effective between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, allows Lithuanian military and civilian personnel to participate in the NATO-led…

Lithuania to suspend import licenses for traders of Belarus’ nuclear energy

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Lithuania is tightening requirements for power importers in an effort to bar market access for electricity from Belarus’ nuclear plant. The Astravyets NPP, some 50 kilometres from Vilnius, is due to become operational in 2020, Companies will not be given licenses to import electricity from the Astravyets plant once it’s launched, and a governmental commission was given power to suspend licenses if an importer is deemed a threat to national…

Lithuania had the right to expel Russian TV crew

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Lithuania did no violate the rights of Russian sate TV crew when they were expelled from the country over threats to national security, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday. “There is nothing in the case file to suggest that the domestic courts erred in their assessment of the relevant facts or applied domestic law in an arbitrary or manifestly unreasonable manner,” the court ruled. A reporter from…

Lithuania tightens rules to bar electricity from Belarus NPP

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Lithuania is tightening requirements for power importers in an effort to bar market access for electricity from Belarus’ near-complete Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Companies will not be given licenses to import electricity from the Astravyets plant once it is launched. Moreover, if a governmental commission vetting deals by strategic enterprises decides that an importer poses a national security threat, its license will be suspended. The Seimas passed the respective…

Lithuanian president vetoes changes to election rules

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has refused to sign into law a bill lowering the parliamentary election threshold. “The president has vetoed the Law on Seimas Elections and is sending it back for deliberation,” Antanas Manstavičius, a presidential adviser, told BNS on Thursday. The parliament recently passed an amendment, lowering electoral threshold from 5 to 3 percent for parties and from 7 to 5 percent for party coalitions. “Lowering election thresholds…

Lithuanian ministry withdraws information bill criticised by media

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Lithuanian Defence Ministry has withdrawn its proposal to allow the authorities to label some information “for official use” and bar its release to the public. The draft amendments, registered by the Lithuanian Defence Ministry earlier this week, came under media criticism and were withdrawn on Thursday. Under the proposal, the ‘official use’ label would apply to information surrounding issues on which the authorities are yet to make a final…

Lithuania threatened by stale economic thinking

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A survey by a Vilnius-based think tank revealed that experts foresee economic uncertainty as the third biggest threat for the  Baltic states  , ahead of dangers posed by Russia and a regional or a great-power conflict. Speaking at a conference hosted by the the Baltic Risk Landscape study initiators, Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, economist Vaidas Navickas said “our problem is that […] we are begging for investments, but they’re…

Constructions works inspire Lithuanian church for sandy nativity scene

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Twenty tons of sand were used to build a nativity scene in northern Lithuania, after a priest was inspired by the construction material lying around the church. St. Matthew church of Rokiškis is currently closed for renovation, but its priest, Eimantas Novikas, decided that his parishioners still deserve a treat for Christmas. Seeing all the construction materials stored in the building, he got the idea to build a nativity scene…

Lower election threshold in Lithuania – more democracy or more chaos?

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament recently lowered electoral threshold and while supporters loud it as a vehicle for more democracy, opponents have called it a Trojan horse designed to help fringe parties enter parliament. The bill reducing the threshold for parties from 5 to 3 percent and for coalitions from 7 to 5 percent was passed with the votes of the ruling coalition, despite the opposition’s boycott. At the moment, parties in…