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Lithuania’s GovTech Lab receives European award

Friday, December 6, 2019

Lithuania’s GovTech Lab initiative won in the ‘Prosperity’ category at the European Innovation in Politics Awards, according to a press release. The initiative by Lithuanian Economy and Innovation Ministry aims to encourage the public sector to use startups and new technologies in the private sector to tackle various issues. This, in turn, will help commercialise experimental technology. GovTech Lab is due to launch a ‘Challenge Series’ twice a year, when…

Lithuania opens visa centres in five US cities

Friday, December 6, 2019

Lithuania has opened visa centres in five cities across the United States, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. The centers in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco opened on December 2 and will process applications for Schengen visas. The ministry says the new offices will make it easier for people based in the US to apply for visas with long working hours and accessible…

Opera singer and Venice Biennale winners among nominees for Lithuanian arts prize

Friday, December 6, 2019

Twelve nominees have been selected for the Lithuanian National Prize for  Culture   and Arts, the  Culture   Ministry announced on Friday. The list includes opera singer Asmik Grigorian, film director Algimantas Puipa and the trio of artists behind Lithuania’s award-winning pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė. The nominees have been picked by the Commission of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts…

Lithuanian Railways greenlighted for €363m deal with Spain’s Elecnor

Friday, December 6, 2019

State-run Lithuanian Railways (LG) were given a green light on Thursday to sign the 363-million-euro electrification deal with Spain’s Elecnor. The minister said the tender took place ineffectively, but initiating a new one, would mean Lithuania loosing 200 million euros in EU funding. The deal between LG and Elecnor needs the approval of Narkevič as the state’s representative and shareholder of LG. Tomas Beržinskas, spokesman for the Lithuanian prime minister,…

Tallinn Airport passenger numbers reach new record this year

Friday, December 6, 2019

Tallinn Airport served over three million passengers in the first 11 months of 2019, which is 8.9% more than in the same period last year, the end of November also saw the surpassing of last year’s passenger record, when over 3 mln passengers passed through the airport for the first time, informed LETA. Namely, altogether 3,007,644 passengers passed through Tallinn Airport in 2018, while altogether 3,032,261 passengers have been served in the…

Estonian court decides to release traitor Herman Simm from jail

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Tartu County Court decided on Thursday to release convicted traitor Herman Simm on parole before serving his full term in jail. Simm will be released from jail after the court’s ruling has taken effect. His general probation will also start running from the moment the court ruling takes effect. If the terms of probation are violated, the unserved portion of the sentence of imprisonment will be enforced. The court’s…

Estonian Defense forces to carry out exercise at Toompea on Friday evening

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Estonian Defence League is organizing a joint exercise on Friday evening with the police at Toompea Castle in Tallinn which will be closed to the public during the training session. The exercise will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight around Toompea Castle. Police and the defense forces will practice law enforcement, critical object protection, patrols, security and vehicle screening. “There are no significant restrictions during the exercise for people…

Saeima supports government’s decision to extend state of emergency in Riga

Friday, December 6, 2019

On Thursday, 5 December, Saeima agreed with the government’s decision to extend the state of emergency with waste management in Riga’s administrative territory until 12 March 2020, as reported by the Saeima’s press-service. The order from the Cabinet of Ministers provides for maintaining the state of emergency and making Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry as the institution responsible for coordination of activities, as well as making it a duty…

Finland’s budget proposal means steeper EU funding cuts for Lithuania

Friday, December 6, 2019

A long-term budget proposal by Finland, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, may significantly reduce support for Lithuania and is even more unfavorable than the previous plan from the European Commission, the Delfi.lt online news site reported on Thursday. “All our sores and problems remain,” it quoted Darius Trakelis, director of the EU and International Affairs Department at the Finance Ministry, as saying. “Under the Commission’s proposal, we would have…

IT sector makes significant contribution to Latvian economy – Karins

Friday, December 6, 2019

Information technology is a major contributor to Latvia’s economy, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at an annual conference of the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) on Thursday. He emphasized that information technology and the digital sector are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. “Modern technologies are becoming comprehensive, creating new challenges and opportunities. The Latvian economy is no exception – the field of…