Posts published in Day: December 23, 2019

No progress on name-spelling issue in this parliament, Lithuanian MP says

Monday, December 23, 2019

The current parliament is too divided to make any headway in setting new rules for spelling non-Lithuanian names in passports, says the chair of the Legal Affairs Committee. According to Agne Širinskienė, the issue is politically sensitive and the Seimas is unlikely to achieve consensus before the end of its term. Lithuania’s existing legislation does not allow using characters not in the Lithuanian alphabet in identification documents of Lithuanian citizens.…

Lithuania’s shopping centres to close on Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2019

Major shopping centers will not work on Christmas Day, and some have also decided not to work on January 1. Iki, Rimi, Maxima, Lidl and Norfa have decided to cut their opening time on Christmas Eve, and all shops, excluding Norfas, will be open for a shorter time on the second day of Christmas. All shops will close several hours earlier on Dec 31. All Norfa, Lidl,and some Rimi and…

Russia rewrites history

Monday, December 23, 2019

Russian leaders have been trying to “rewrite”  history  , the Lithuanian president insists, pointing to Vladimir Putin’s recent statements playing down the impact of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. “Lately, Russia has been putting every effort into trying to rewrite history. One of the examples is denying the impact of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact’s secret protocols on Europe’s painful history,” Nausėda posted on his Facebook profile on Monday. The 1939 Non-Aggression Treaty…

Klaipėda to rebuild pre-war church

Monday, December 23, 2019

Rebuilding the towered church of St John in Klaipėda may be given a status of national significance. Politicians argue that a Lutheran church, rebuilt after designs by a Prussian architect, will serve as a sign of good relations between Lithuania and Germany. The Lithuanian parliament is expected to fast-track a resolution in mid-January. The spired Lutheran church used to be a landmark of Klaipėda, or Memel, a formerly predominantly German-speaking…

Lithuania drops nine spots in WEF’s gender equality index

Monday, December 23, 2019

Lithuania has fallen nine places and ranks 33rd in the World Economic Forum’s gender inequality index for 2020. The country’s result was 0.005 points worse than in 2018 when the previous rating was released. In terms of equal economic opportunities, Lithuania came in 11th, and was 50th in terms of equal education opportunities and 65th in terms of political empowerment. Latvia came 11th in the rating, Estonia is 26th and…

Germany condemns US ‘meddling’

Monday, December 23, 2019

Berlin and Brussels have criticised White House sanctions against companies involved in building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany. They accused President Trump of interfering in national and EU sovereignty. US sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany became law on Friday evening after President Donald Trump signed off on a massive defence bill. The sanctions target companies involved in constructing the 11-billion-US-dollar (€9.93…

Listeria bacteria again detected in Estonia

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Veterinary and Food Board (VTA) says it has detected Listeria bacteria at three more food producers in Estonia, in addition to repeated finds involving M.V.Wool fish packing plant. The other findings, according to ERR’s online news in Estonian, have so far mostly been “one-off” traces rather than repeated instances as in the case of M.V.Wool, which concluded a month-long sterilization process at its two plants at the end of…

Who would defend Lithuania?

Monday, December 23, 2019

The citizens’ desire and capacity to defend Lithuania is significant, however, the state often is unaware of what the citizens can offer and how to organise active resistance during armed conflict. According to experts, this could be the same sort of fatal mistake as was made by Ukraine, not having active and trained reserves, Jūratė Važgauskaitė writes in TV3.lt. Speaking at the conference Piliečio Galimybės Gintis ir Ginti Valstybę [A…

Santa Claus can ride trains for free during Christmas season in Estonia

Monday, December 23, 2019

All Santa Claus’ can travel for free on Elron trains from December 23 to 26, train operator Elron said on Saturday, and there will be reduced schedule in operation over the festive period. The free ride for Santa Claus’ applies on all Elron lines, so they can reach children quickly and safely. The right to a free ride applies if a full traditional costume with a coat, hat, and long…

NATO’s Stoltenberg ready to meet Putin

Monday, December 23, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he is willing to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin “if the context is right,” arguing that dialogue is important in what is a “difficult” relationship. NATO’s relations with Russia became strained when Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 and subsequently supported separatists in the country’s east. Other issues have since weighed on the relationship, including the demise this year of a US-Russian nuclear…