Posts published in January 2020

Karbauskis steps down as Seimas committee chair to focus on campaigning

Friday, January 31, 2020

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, announced on Friday he’s stepping down as the head of the party’s political group. He will also no longer be the chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Culture. The politician said he made the decision to spend more time on meetings with voters and visiting the country’s regions ahead of the upcoming general election. “The council will make…

#Voices – Brexit: Brits in Lithuania feel like ‘carpet is pulled under their feet’

Friday, January 31, 2020

#Voices – a project by LRT English looking at important, controversial, or overlooked topics from the perspective of Lithuanian diaspora or expats in the country. In this installment, we speak with Brits in Lithuania hours before Brexit.  Willie McGlone  It’s quite sad, because I met my wife 15 years ago here in Lithuania [and] we got married [14 years ago to ] at the time when we could live and…

Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Tempting tourism, Fantasy science, Documentary film

Friday, January 31, 2020

Stuck for something to do in Latvia this weekend? You shouldn’t be, there’s plenty happening! The Balttour 2020 tourism trade fair is occupying the vast spaces of the Ķipsala exhibition halls this weekend, giving visitors a hance to plan holidays, trips and activities at home and abroad. There is strong representation from the various Latvian local municipalities as well as other countries among 860 different exhibitors, so it is likely…

Lithuanian president vetoes asset seizure law

Friday, January 31, 2020

President Gitanas Nausėda has vetoed a law allowing asset seizure by the state, saying it may run counter to Lithuania’s constitution due to its retroactive power. The president returned the bill to the parliament, Seimas, for revision, suggesting to remove the part of the law that says it is effective since December 11, 2010. “All key provisions of the law remain, but one thing we cross out is its coming…

Coronavirus scare: dozen people tested in Lithuania, no confirmed cases

Friday, January 31, 2020

About a dozen people in Lithuania have turned to hospitals, suspecting they may have been exposed to coronavirus, though none of them have so far been proven correct. The latest case is being examined in Kaunas. A spokesman for the Clinical Hospital of Kaunas has confirmed that a person came to the hospital on Thursday night, suspecting he might be infected with coronavirus.  Read more:  Lithuania will not evacuate its…

Going with the wind energy

Friday, January 31, 2020

Going green has been an international hot topic for a while, with Latvian President Egils Levits discussing at the recent World Economic Forum how Latvia could become a renewable energy role model, and an increasing portion of the Latvian energy portfolio will be made up of wind energy. From peat farm to wind farm At the end of February or beginning of March a public hearing will be held to…

LRT contributes to democracy – survey

Friday, January 31, 2020

The majority of Lithuanians believe that LRT contributes to strengthening democracy in the country. A recent survey has shown that 71 percent of the public agree that the Lithuanian public broadcaster’s plays a positive role for democracy. “The public broadcaster […] serves an important mission to promote civil society, one of the cornerstones of democracy,” says Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, the CEO of LRT. Election debates, investigative reporting and live broadcasts from…

Latvian trucking company Kreiss allowed to resume operations in Norway

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority last Friday lifted the temporary ban on Latvian trucking company Kreiss’ operations in Norway, Kreiss representatives informed LETA. After the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority’s decision, Kreiss has resumed operations in this country as planned and is meeting agreements with its business partners and clients, the company said. The company’s representatives explained that the situation that led to the suspension of Kreiss’ operations in Norway could…

Enterprise Estonia to launch EUR 19 mln Estonia-Norway cooperation program

Friday, January 31, 2020

Enterprise Estonia (EAS) on Feb. 1 is to open a round of applications for the main grant scheme of the Estonia-Norway cooperation program “Green ICT”, the total budget of which is 18.8 mln euros, iformed LETA/BNS. In the framework of the cooperation program, companies will be able to receive support for such activities as digitalization of industry, information and communication technology (ICT) based product development and the development of health technology…

We are entering a new stage of cooperation with our strategic ally Poland, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says

Friday, January 31, 2020

“We are entering a new stage of cooperation with our strategic ally in defence, Poland. We have held for the first time a bilateral Defence Ministers Council, this format will enable us to cooperate in defence area even more systemically and closely. The Council will meet on a regular basis in the future,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said after the first Lithuanian-Polish Defence Council in Vilnius with Minister…