Posts published in Day: December 31, 2019

Turkish construction workers go on hunger strike over unpaid wages in Kaunas

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Turkish construction workers building a stadium in Lithuania’s second-biggest city Kaunas have started a hunger strike over unpaid wages. The May 1 Trade Union (G1PS) said on Tuesday that 53 workers were on a hunger strike outside the Kaunas municipality building and intended to continue their protest until they were paid all their arrears. The Turkish company Kayi Construction, the contractor building the city’s Darius and Girėnas Stadium, owes each…

7 key tax and payout changes in Lithuania in 2020

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New taxes and payout rates will be introduced in Lithuania on January 1. BNS offers an overview of seven key changes.  Pensions  Due to pension indexation that takes into account rising wages, pensions will grow more than 8 percent as of January. The average monthly old-age pension will stand at 377 euros next year, and it will amount to 399 euros for people with mandatory working experience.  Child benefits  Child…

Kyiv and Moscow finalise gas transit deal following strenuous talks

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Russian and Ukrainian gas companies say they have reached an agreement on transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. The contracts were finalised late on Monday, just 24 hours before the current deal expires. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed the agreements which he said ensured his country’s “energy security and well-being” and let “Europe know that we won’t fail it when it comes to energy security”. He also said…

24 million 1-lat coins remain in circulation – are they worth collecting?

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

“This shows that people are reluctant to part with their collections, and their numismatic turnover is definitely very great,” said Latvijas Banka representative Juris Kravalis. Lats, including anniversary coins, can be exchanged for euros at Latvijas Banka, but only at the defined exchange rate. It’s not possible to buy anniversary coins or banknotes at the national bank. 783 tons of coins haven’t been exchanged. The majority of these are 1-lat…

Kaunas moves forward on ‘Science Island’

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The authorities of Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-biggest city, have secured a construction permit for a science promotion centre project, Science Island, and plan to start building next year. Kaunas Municipality said on Friday it planed to sign up a contractor in the summer. The construction is estimated to take 18-24 months, meaning that the National Science and Innovation Museum would open in 2022. Tadas Metelionis, deputy director of administration at Kaunas…

Two more decades to complete decommissioning of Lithuania’s nuclear power plant

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Lithuania’s nuclear power plant went offline 10 years ago, on December 31, 2009. Full decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant will take nearly two more decades to complete and turn the 80-hectare territory into “a green meadow”, according to the minister of  energy  . About a third of nuclear waste held at the facility has been processed and taken away over the last decade, says Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas,…

December ratings make grim viewing for Latvia’s political parties

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The ZZS rating does not, however, reflect the impact of US sanctions on Aivars Lembergs, a key figure witin ZZS, as the survey was conducted before that news broke. Asked for whom they would vote if an election was held immediately, voters retained their usual lack of enthusiasm for any of the alternatives. 26.7% of those surveyed said they would not vote at all and 19.2% said they were undecided, leaving…

Andris Nelsons to take the podium in Vienna for New Year’s Day concert

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since 2010 Nelsons has been a musical partner of the Vienna Philharmonic. The New Year’s Concert 2020 represents Nelsons’ first time conducting this prestigious international concert event, following in the footsteps of his distinguished predecessor Mariss Jansons. Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian…