Posts tagged as law

Lithuanian entrepreneur beats alcohol law with 24-hour ‘storage machine’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ingenious entrepreneurs have found a way to bypass Lithuania’s strict alcohol sales restrictions. Instead of selling drinks, they have installed automated ‘alcohol storage machines’ where users can ‘borrow’ and ‘store’ alcohol. An MP has proposed to amend the law in order to close the loophole. Five ‘alcohol storage machines’ have been operating in Vilnius for two weeks, the daily Lietuvos Rytas has reported. Registered users can get strong alcoholic drinks…

UK parliamentary speaker warns prime minister to follow law

Friday, September 13, 2019

The speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament has made it abundantly clear he is not going quietly into retirement. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech Thursday night to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect Parliament to take aggressive action to make sure its legislation designed to block a “no-deal” Brexit is respected. He says he will allow “procedural creativity” in making sure Johnson does not…

Lithuania asks US Supreme Court to clarify extradition law

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

An ex-Lithuanian judge jailed in Chicago is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on her pending extradition to Lithuania, where she faces charges linked to her allegations a pedophile network victimized her 4-year-old niece. A 46-page high-court filing by Neringa Venckiene’s (vehn-KEE’-ehn-nayz) lawyers last week argues the Supreme Court hasn’t updated guidance on key aspects of extradition law since the 1800s. It says Venckiene’s case presents a chance…

Law change to award vocational higher education graduates bachelor degrees

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Changes in the law will see bachelor’s degrees awarded to graduates of professional or vocational subjects. Previously such studies had culminated in a diploma of higher education. The Higher Education Act, entering into force in September, will bring Estonian tertiary education more in line with that of Germany or Switzerland, according to a spokesperson from on of the institutions affected by the changes, the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences…

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission President The Christian Democrat of the European People’s Party is seeking to become the first woman to hold perhaps the most important post…

Estonia transposes directive on protection of EU financial interests into national law

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday decided to amend the Penal Code and relating laws to transpose into national legislation two directives of the European Union — one on the protection of the Union’s financial interests and the other on the rights of minors who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. By adopting the EU directives, investigating crimes with an adverse effect on the Union’s financial…

Latvian Saeima’s committee refuses to reduce excise tax for beer

Thursday, June 27, 2019

On Thursday, 27 June, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee decided to not support the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer. With the expected reduction of excise tax for strong alcohol, the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer was submitted separately by three sides – Latvia’s Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhards, Saeima deputy Armands Krauze and non-party deputies Aldis Gobzems, Didzis Šmits, Jūlija Stepaņenko, Linda Liepiņa and Karina Sprūde. Politicians…

Lithuania passes law on relocation of people of Lithuanian descent from crisis zones

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Seimas adopted on Friday a law opening the way for using public funds to help people of Lithuanian descent to move from humanitarian crisis zones to Lithuania. The Law on the Relocation of Persons to the Republic of Lithuania was passed unanimously with 96 votes and is to come into force in June. Those eligible for relocation will include Lithuanian citizens, people of Lithuanian descent and those who would…

Riga mayor breaking law by withholding Rigas Satiksme audit report

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs is breaking the law by withholding the audit report on Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company from the ministry, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) believes, citing LETA. The minister told LETA that the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry is entitled to receive the audit report on the financial situation in Rigas Satiksme because the ministry is the local authority’s supervisor and the refusal…

It is not correct to complain to embassies about internal matters – Raimonds Vejonis

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In an interview on the LNT television channel this morning, President Raimonds Vejonis said that it is not correct for parties to complain about internal political problems to foreign embassies. The President agreed that rule of law must be strengthened in Latvia, but that this must be done internally, and that proposals must first come from the Justice Ministry. He also reminded that once a person becomes an elected official,…