Posts tagged as government

Lithuania’s PM candidate: destroying ‘world order’ and why women-led parties won

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Ingrida Šimonytė, the presumptive next prime minister of Lithuania, discusses what’s wrong with the current government’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic and why the election brought victory to women-led parties. Šimonutė led the party list of the conservative Homeland Union party which won the parliamentary elections and is now in talks with two liberal parties on forming the government. On Monday evening, she gave an interview.  Is the coalition agreement…

Lithuanian election winners look to form conservative-liberal government

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is meeting with party leaders on Monday to discuss the formation of a new government after the parliamentary election. After the election results came in on Sunday night, the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) announced it was launching talks with two liberal parties – the Liberal Movement and Freedom Party – to build a centre-right government coalition. The Homeland Union secured 50 seats in the…

Latvian tourism industry dependent on government’s decisions

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tourism industry is among the most affected ones during the pandemic. The industry is still hopeful for aid from Economics Ministry (EM), Latvian Television reported October 19. Nataļja Filatova, Board Member of the tourism agency  Dream Tours , acknowledged that “we are barely surviving right now. We understand that we have to survive this time until spring. Maybe then something will change. But unfortunately, we are very dependent on the government’s decisions,…

Lithuanian government presents 2021 spending bill with 5-percent deficit

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lithuania’s state budget revenue, including EU and other international assistance funds, will be smaller in 2021, compared to this year’s budget, and expenses will grow. On Wednesday, the Lithuanian government approved the 2021 state budget bill submitted by the Finance Ministry. The document states that budget revenue will drop 1.3 percent next year to 11.385 billion euros. Meanwhile expenses are estimated to grow 21.2 percent to 15.49 billion euros. The…

Still unclear who’ll lead Lithuania’s next government

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Both a centre-left and a centre-right ruling coalition is possible after the parliamentary election, depending on the results of the October 25 runoff vote, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Tuesday. The results of the first round show that all possibilities remain open, according to the president. “Let’s leave coalition formation until after the second round,” Nausėda told reporters in Tauragė, a town in western Lithuania. “I believe that today…

State to raise benefits for unemployed entrepreneurs next year

Monday, October 5, 2020

The government is planning to increase the benefit for unemployed people starting a business through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) to €6,000 to encourage entrepreneurship. The government’s draft explanatory memorandum notes that currently, unemployed people starting their business receive €4,474 but the rate has remained the same for more than ten years and is not enough to cover costs for a freshly founded business. €3 million will be allocated to…

To survive Lukashenko is willing to sacrifice his people to the Kremlin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, September 11, 2020

It looks like the problems in Belarus will not go away any time soon. But all in all, nothing has really changed. The protesters are protesting, law enforcement and the government are keeping an eye on and detaining them and Lukashenko is still in power running around with an assault rifle, promising constitutional amendments and belittling protesters. We can also observe some trends that make the situation in Belarus even…

Latvian government to decide on higher pay for university educators

Monday, August 17, 2020

Today, the meeting of the Coalition Parties will discuss raising the pay of higher education teachers, Latvian Radio reported August 17. As reported,   by law, salaries should increase for higher education teachers this year, but this has not been done. Meanwhile, for teachers at other levels, wages will rise. The Latvian Education and Science Workers Association (LIZDA) has announced a picket, which will take place on Tuesday, if the government does…

Belarus opposition activists in Vilnius call for sanctions on Lukashenko government

Monday, August 10, 2020

Belarusian opposition activists in Vilnius have called on the international community to respond to violence against protesters and impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko’s government. Protests erupted in Minsk and other cities in Belarus after the official results of Sunday’s presidential election gave the victory to Lukashenko. “Today we woke up in a new country. Lukashenko still keeps the power, but, at the same time, the country has changed,” Olga Karach,…

Health Minister: relaxed restrictions likely in Latvia

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The government is continuing to gradually relax COVID-19 restrictions, particularly in the catering sector, as well as preparing scenarios depending on how the new school year goes, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For!) told Latvian Radio August 3. Viņķele said that relaxation of restrictions is a way to adapt to the presence of COVID-19 and living cautiously, in a way that does not interfere too much with people’s lives. The incidence rate in…