Posts published in Day: June 23, 2020

Lithuanian parliament passes tax exemption raise

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament has raised tax-exempt income threshold, called the NPD, to 400 euros in a move to raise incomes for low-earners. The amendment to the Law on Income Tax, initiated by President Gitanas Nausėda, was passed in a vote of 111 to zero, with one abstention. The NPD currently stands at 350 euros and is the monthly amount deduced from one’s salary before calculating income tax. The exact deduction also…

Vilnius turns central square into sandy beach

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Despite its location some 3-hour drive from the coast, Vilnius is offering a beach experience, complete with sand, volleyball and ocean sounds, in one of its central squares, according to a press release from Go Vilnius. “If people of Vilnius cannot go to the sea, then the sea will come to Vilnius,” said Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, presenting the Open Beach on Lukiškės Square. Truck-loads of sand have been delivered to…

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 2 new cases, death toll at 77

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Monday, the Health Ministry reports. In all, 1,803 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Lithuania, of whom 1,483 have already recovered. Current active cases number 233, according to the ministry. One more person died of coronavirus on Monday, according to the report, bringing Lithuania’s total death count to 77. Ten more people who had the virus died from other causes.…

Chinese supplies dominated Lithuania’s spending on fighting coronavirus

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lithuania has so far spent 84.4 million euros on various measures to fight the coronavirus, according to the Public Procurement Service. Almost half of it was spent by the Health Ministry’s Health Emergency Situations Centre. Figures, announced on Tuesday, show that 288 institutions have signed 1,241 purchase contracts with 342 different suppliers. Ten buyers accounted for 80 percent of purchases, and ten highest-value contracts accounted for almost half – 48.9…

Lithuanian Seimas speaker urged to step down after throwing his lot with opposition party

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lithuania’s Parliament Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis should step down from the position, since it should be occupied by someone representing the ruling party, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said. Pranckietis announced on Tuesday that he would be running for parliament in October’s elections with the opposition Liberal Movement party. “I believe the political tradition […] would require that he step down,” the prime minister told reporters on Tuesday. Pranckietis gave up…

Poppy field near Vilnius becomes social media star, to the owner’s irritation – photos

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A blooming poppy field in Trakai, merely half-an-hour drive from Vilnius, attracted scores of visitors over the weekend, although the owners of the land were less than thrilled. Lithuanian social media filled with images reminiscent of Monet’s paintings as visitors from the capital city and around it flocked to the field to see and take pictures of poppies in full bloom. Ieva Vitėnienė, who has been “poppy chasing” with her…

Locotractors to improve rail freight delivery in Lithuania

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lithuanian rail freight operator LG Cargo is planning to add a new type of vehicle to its fleet. It is the locotractor, which provides more efficient shunting operations. With the help of these new units, the state-owned company will improve its first/mile services and be able to offer more reliable solutions for the customers. LG Cargo purchased five new locotractors from Zephir, the Italian manufacturing company. Three vehicles have already…

Estonia’s Crucial Role in Tackling Growing Cyber Threats

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Estonia’s presidency of the UN Security Council refreshes the debate on global cyber security just as the coronavirus pandemic exposes the consequences of failing to protect critical digital infrastructures. Recent targeted cyberattacks exploiting the increased demand placed on the healthcare sector during the pandemic led to many calls of condemnation as well as a renewed focus on the connection between cyberspace and the UN’s role in maintaining peace and security.…

Lithuania selects where 700 MW offshore wind farm will be built

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Government of Lithuania has settled on the position of the country’s first offshore wind farm, with the capacity of up to 700 MW, in the Baltic Sea. The government has decided that the wind farm will be built and commissioned by 2030 at the site previously proposed and considered in the draft Government Resolution, which has now been adopted. The site covers an area of 137.5 square kilometres, with a…

Poland, US, UK, Romania and Croatia conduct military exercises on NATO’s eastern flank

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Troops have attended the military exercise Bull-Run 12 in Podlasie province near the Suwalki Gap, which is a bottleneck consisting of a 65 km short stretch of land located between Kaliningrad and Belarus. It serves as the only land route through which supplies can reach the Baltic States from Poland and other European NATO member states. War games focused on the defense of NATO’s eastern flank. Together with allied troops…