Posts tagged as Gitanas Nauseda

Ethics watchdog clears Lithuanian PM of wrongdoing in road paving probe

Friday, June 5, 2020

There is no evidence that Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis had a conflict of interest when the government directed funds to pave a street near his home, an ethics watchdog has concluded. Last October, the Cabinet approved additional funding of 300,000 euros for roads in Vilnius District. 15min.lt then reported that all the money went toward paving the street where Skvernelis and his family live. A probe was opened in…

‘We did nothing’. Lithuanian president says Belarus’ nuclear plant here to stay

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said the Belarusian nuclear plant is here to stay, and the country should focus on pressing Minsk to implement safety requirements. “We probably can’t afford having illusions that the nuclear power plant will be built elsewhere or even razed to the ground,” he said in an interview published by 15min.lt on Thursday. “This had to be done 11-12 years ago. Unfortunately, we did nothing,” he added.…

Lithuanian president rejectopposes ‘coronavirus bonds’

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he opposes the so-called coronavirus bonds – eurozone countries jointly issuing debt – contradicting earlier statements by his economic adviser. “I am actually […] sceptical about this instrument and am in favour of looking for other possibilities to help countries in distress,” he said at a news conference on Monday, when asked by a BNS reporter about his view on the new type of debt…

Lithuanian president: Closing borders a possibility

Friday, March 13, 2020

Closing Lithuania’s borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is a possibility that can be considered, according to the country’s president. “Border closures might be considered among options,” Gitanas Nausėda told reporters after a meeting of the State Defence Council on Friday. The president also called on people not to panic. “Really, do not succumb to panic and try to limit your movement as much as possible. Stop listening…

Lithuania: Brewing watergate and depleting sanitisers

Friday, March 6, 2020

Newsletter – March 6, 2020 LITHUANIAN WATERGATE An unnamed whistleblower from Lithuania’s intelligence delivered a  bombshell   this week. He claims he was ordered to collect information about several candidates in last year’s presidential race. Among them – the eventual winner Gitanas Nausėda, as well as the former foreign minister and the EU’s ambassador to Moscow, Vygaudas Ušackas. The latter claims that his team was indeed subjected to intimidation during the…

Decision on Lithuanian state bank delayed

Friday, February 21, 2020

President Gitanas Nauseda believes that the idea of setting a state-owned commercial bank in Lithuania should be given consideration, but any decisions on this issue could only be made after next fall’s parliamentary election. “With not much time left until the election, it would be difficult to get this process to a point where it becomes irreversible. However, depending on what ruling coalition we have and what its position on…

Lithuanian president yet to approve state award to Poland’s Kaczyński

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has yet to decide on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ proposal to give a top state award to Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party. Last year, Skvernelis proposed to award Kaczyński for his “outstanding merits” in developing Lithuanian–Polish relations, as well as for the help integrating “Lithuania and the whole Baltic region into Western military and energy security structures”.  Read more:  Lithuanian…

Gitanas Nausėda called to counter the falsification of history

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

President Gitanas Nausėda on Monday called to counter the falsification of history and improve Lithuania’s image abroad, which will strengthen the country’s soft power. The Baltic countries and Poland have in recent years voiced concern at Russia’s efforts to defend the 1939 Soviet-German non-aggression treaty which helped pave the way for World War 2. In protest, the Lithuanian and Polish presidents last month  refused   to attend a major Holocaust…

Gitanas Nauseda awards ex-Pentagon chief Mattis

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda awarded 34 Lithuanian and foreign nationals for their merits to Lithuania on Sunday when Lithuania marked its Independence Day. The awardees also included ex-US Defense Secretary James Mattis, as well as the archeologists who found the remains of the participants of the 1863-1864 uprising. “Thank you to those who brought into the daylight the remains of the participants of the 1863-1864 uprising and brought us back…

Lithuanian president refuses to appoint PM’s adviser as economy minister

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has refused to appoint Lukas Savickas, an adviser to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, for the job of economy and innovation minister. “The president considered Savickas’ candidacy for the post of economy and innovation minister and he made the decision not to approve his nomination,” Antanas Bubnelis, Nausėda’s spokesman, told reporters on Wednesday, suggesting that Savickas’ lack of experience made him unsuitable for the role. With less…