Posts published in July 2020

EU opens borders to citizens of 15 countries

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The EU on Tuesday agreed to open its borders to 15 countries from where travelers can reach Europe from July 1, with the United States, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded. The list of ‘safe countries’ includes Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China made it to the list,  but under the condition that Beijing do…

70 flights are scheduled to return to Lithuania in July

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

As European countries are gradually resuming air transport, some 70 flights are scheduled to return to Lithuanian airports in July. They will include two new destinations of Dubrovnik, Croatia and London Gatwick. “Just as we expected, July is starting very actively. Quite a number of the airlines and flight destinations we had before the quarantine are returning to our airports,” Tadas Vasiliauskas, spokesman for Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the…

Surprise candidates top Lithuania’s opposition party lists

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Last week, major Lithuanian opposition parties announced their electoral lists for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Some of the results exposed internal party divisions. The conservative Homeland Union, the biggest opposition party in the parliament, published their list on Sunday. Top two positions were reserved for Ingrida Šimonytė, a former presidential candidate, and Gabrielius Landsbergis, the party leader. Other positions have been allocated by the party-wide vote. To the surprise of…

Lithuania and Germany sign landmark military agreement

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania and Germany have on Tuesday signed an agreement, regulating the temporary presence of troops on each other’s territory. Up until now, Lithuania had such deal only with the United States. The agreement covers environmental protection, telecommunication procedures – including limitations on radio frequencies used for advertising or jamming – and defines terms for humanitarian assistance and rescue operations. It’s part of important legislation laying ground for hosting troops from…

Loan signed to finance planned gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €65 million loan agreement with Lithuanian gas transmission system operator AB Amber Grid to finance the construction of the Lithuanian section of the planned gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania. The interconnector will be the first high-pressure gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania, integrating the Baltic States and Finland into the wider EU gas market and diversifying gas supply sources. The project…

E-voting abroad allowed in Lithuania

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania’s Seimas on Tuesday allowed the country’s voters staying abroad to vote online in elections during the pandemic. Respective amendments to the Law on Elections to the Seimas were passed in a vote of 71 to zero with two abstentions. Online voting abroad would be allowed “in a situation where voting at Lithuania’s embassy, consular office or additional polling stations in that foreign country cannot be possible”. In such cases,…

Three Seas Initiative plays important role in strengthening the region’s connectivity

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On Tuesday, the ministers of foreign affairs of the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) countries met in a video-conference. Preparing for this year’s TSI Summit on October 19-20, the ministers discussed the ways to strengthen cooperation between the 12 Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea countries in the TSI framework in order to facilitate the economic growth of the region, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics underlined…