Posts published in Day: March 9, 2020

Lithuania records 13 straight months of positive migration

Monday, March 9, 2020

February was the 13th month in a row when more people came to Lithuania than left the country, according to Statistics Lithuania. Last month, 4,531 people arrived in Lithuania, including 1,845 Lithuanian citizens. In January, the respective figures were 4,050 and 2,278.  Read more:  EU to compensate Lithuania for emigration    Meanwhile the number of departures stood at 3,133 (2,231 among them Lithuanian nationals) in February and 3,422 (2,423 Lithuanians)…

OECD asks ”How’s Life?” in Latvia

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its latest  How’s Life?  report March 9, which says household disposable income per capita has risen in more than half of OECD countries since 2010. Latvia has been an OECD member since July 2016. Employment rates are up by nearly 5 percentage points on average for people aged 25-64 (today, almost eight in ten adults are in paid employment), and fewer people are…

Judges’ immunities are too wide and may be unconstitutional, Lithuania’s top court rules

Monday, March 9, 2020

Immunities accorded to Lithuanian judges by the law are too extensive and may be unconstitutional, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled on Monday. The ruling comes after the country’s Supreme Court said that investigators must seek parliamentary permission before conducting searches in judges’ homes or offices.  Read more:  Investigators decry Lithuania’s Supreme Court ruling that may ‘negatively affect fight against corruption’    “Judicial immunity exists not to create conditions for judges…

Lithuanian court refuses to recognise divorce certificate from Crimea

Monday, March 9, 2020

Lithuania’s Court of Appeals has refused to recognize a divorce certificate issued in the Russia-annexed region of Crimea. The court ruled that the documents confirmed by the Russian authorities in Crimea and Sevastopol “have no legal effect in Lithuania and cannot be legalised”. In the ruling issued in late February, Judge Danguolė Martinavičienė said that the annexation of Crimea violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity and international law. The female defendant whose…

50 accusations of money laundering via ABLV Bank

Monday, March 9, 2020

The State Police Economic Crimes Unit (ENAP) has begun 50 criminal procedures regarding possible money laundering through ABLV Bank, according to the State Police on March 6. Many involve illegal activity by clients, and in many instances the bank aided in uncovering the activity. Around 10 procedures involve bank employees and authorities possibly aiding or abetting money laundering. One such case was taken over by the specialized  Organized Crimes Prosecution Office…

Annual inflation 2.3% in February

Monday, March 9, 2020

The latest inflation data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) March 9 contained no major shocks, showing that in February 2020, compared to February 2019, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.3 %. Prices of goods increased by 1.9 % and prices of services by 3.1 %. Compared to February 2019, in February 2020 the average level of consumer prices was mainly influenced by the rise in prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, goods and services…

Landsbergis and 2 presidents named most prominent Lithuanians of past 30 years

Monday, March 9, 2020

Vytautas Landsbergis, the chairman of the Supreme Council that declared Lithuania’s independence in 1990, as well as two former presidents, Valdas Adamkus and Algirdas Brazauskas, have been named the most prominent figures in Lithuania over the past three decades. A survey commissioned by delfi.lt and carried out by the Reitingai magazine asked over a thousand politicians, civil servants, businesspeople and journalists to pick 30 people who made the biggest impact…

Lithuanian court refuses to recognize divorce certificate from Crimea

Monday, March 9, 2020

Lithuania’s Court of Appeals has refused to recognize a divorce certificate issued in the Russia-annexed region of Crimea. The court ruled that the documents confirmed by the Russian authorities in Crimea and Sevastopol “have no legal effect in Lithuania and cannot be legalised”. In the ruling issued in late February, Judge Danguolė Martinavičienė said that the annexation of Crimea violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity and international law. The female defendant whose…

New right-wing party in Lithuania to campaign on national and Christian values

Monday, March 9, 2020

As Lithuania heads into a general election this year, a new right-wing party, headed by Vilnius University professor Vytautas Radžvilas, pledges to champion nationality and Christian values, but also integration into the EU. The new party, called the National Association, was founded in Vilnius last Saturday.  Read more:  New right-wing party in Lithuania to champion family values and oppose ‘liberal worldview’    The party’s founders stress the importance of nationality…

Women’s rights march in Kaunas demands action on gender violence

Monday, March 9, 2020

Several hundred people marched in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second city, on March 8, the International Women’s Day, demanding solidarity and firmer action on gender violence. With whistles and slogans like “We want rights, not tulips” and “It’s not my fault, however I dress and wherever I go” the protesters drew attention to mild sentences for violence perpetrators and police officers’ comments blaming the victim.  Read more:  Domestic violence second most common…