Posts published in Day: March 10, 2020

Dozens stage pro-Tibet rally outside Chinese embassy in Vilnius

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Several dozen people staged a rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius on Tuesday to express solidarity with Tibet. The action on the eve of Lithuania’s independence day is meant to remind of the nation’s struggle for freedom, the organisers said. “On the eve of restored independence, we remember the nation that has no freedom now, but was with us when we were fighting for our freedom,” Vytis Vidūnas, a…

Lithuanian president calls for more redistributive taxes

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Lithuania should raise government spending to more closely align with other EU members and be able to better fund public needs, President Gitanas Nausėda says, pledging to significantly raise GDP redistribution during his term. The president’s plans call for gradually increasing the share of tax revenue-to-GDP to 35 percent, Nausėda said in an interview with the radio Žinių Radijas. “We set the goal of raising the level of redistribution to…

Conservative Landsbergis taking over as Seimas opposition leader

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, is taking over as the parliamentary opposition leader. Landsbergis will formally assume the position after his appointment as a member of the Board of the Seimas on Tuesday and will stay on until the end of the current parliament’s term in mid-November.  Read more:  Lithuanian parliament opens spring session: judicial appointments, climate change and Brexit on…

Saeima on day three of regional reform debate

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Saeima deputies returned to the question of the government’s proposed regional administrative reforms March 10 with a third day of debate as they work through more than 300 proposed amendments to the controversial legislation. Technically, the Saeima session is the continuation of debates which started on March 5, and the slow pace of progress, even with restrictions placed on the length deputies can speak at the tribune, suggests there is still…

Lithuanians advised to leave Italy over coronavirus quarantine

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Lithuanian ambassador in Italy has advised his nationals to leave the country. “My advice is for people to make decisions as soon as possible,” Ambassador Ričardas Šlepavičius told BNS on Tuesday. “People have to assess the goal of their trip, what the state of their health is and why they are here, but the recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for those in the quarantine zone is to…

President Levits issues one pardon, rejects fourteen other applications

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits – a former judge – has decided to pardon one person who had made an application to his office for presidential clemency, and rejected 14 other applicants, a release from the presidential chancellery said March 10. The pardoned person was not named but “shall be completely released from serving the basic sentence of a criminal offense against public security and public order,” according to the announcement. Under the …

Opera singer Elīna Garanča to perform in October

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The highly sought-after Latvian mezzo-soprano opera singer Elīna Garanča will hold solo chamber music concerts at Lielais Dzintars in Liepāja on October 10 and Gors in Rēzekne on October 13, according to Lielais Dzintars representatives on March 10. Garančas stage partner for the Latvian concerts will be Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau, who is renowned as one of the greatest accompanists in the world. He has accompanied such names as Anna…

Airline halts flights from Vilnius to Israel as country introduces quarantine for all arrivals

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The budget airline Wizz Air is temporarily cancelling flights from Vilnius to the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Eilat due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. The carrier says it is cancelling flights from Thursday through March 23 after Israel imposed a 14-day quarantine for everyone arriving in the country.  Read more:  Airline suspends flights from Vilnius to Milan due to coronavirus    According to Wizz Air, passengers with bookings…

Paris expats celebrate Lithuania’s 30th independence anniversary

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

About 300 people celebrated Lithuania’s independence day in Paris MAS hall on Saturday where the programme included events for young and old and a concert by the Lithuanian musician Andrius Mamontovas. “We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Independence in Paris by bringing together all the Lithuanians in France,” Nerijus Aleksiejūnas, the Lithuanian ambassador to France, greeted the guests at the event. “For us, it is the celebration of…

Don’t believe all the influencer hype

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

After checking the content of 18 Instagram influencers all were found to have some form of advertising standards violation, most of which were not disclosing paid advertising, according to the Consumer Rights Protection Centre (PTAC) on March 9. “The number of influencers is huge. If we declared that now we’re somehow going to deal with all of them and make them liable – that definitely doesn’t represent the truth, nor…