Posts tagged as Lithuania

Lithuania’s outgoing president to bid farewell to EU ambassadors

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lithuania’s outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite will bid farewell to EU ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. The president has usually met with ambassadors twice a year, and Wednesday’s meeting will be the last meeting of such a format. Nerijus Aleksiejunas, an advisor to the Lithuanian president, told BNS Lithuania the meeting will focus on the EU and foreign political current affairs and a review of achievements. “It will be a great opportunity…

Lithuanians getting more optimistic – SEB

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lithuanians are getting more optimistic about their financial future, the latest survey by SEB bank shows, reported LETA/BNS. “Residents’ growing expectations regarding their future are driven by the country’s economic situation and the situation in the labor market. (…) Improving expectations is good news as residents expecting their income to grow make bolder financial decisions, thus, increasing the consumption level in the country,” Vaidas Zagunis, head of retail banking at…

Lithuanian ruling party leader expects to sign coalition deal Thursday, PM more cautious

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ramunas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), expects to sign an agreement on a new four-party government coalition on Thursday. “Perhaps we’ll be able to agree (and sign) on Thursday,” he told journalists on Tuesday. However, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis was more cautious in commenting on the possibility of signing a coalition deal by the end of the week. “We’ll have (a deal) when…

Lithuanian, Polish operators ask for EU support for submarine Harmony Link cable

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lithuanian and Polish power transmission companies Litgrid and PSE have asked the EU for financial support to carry out feasibility studies for a new Baltic submarine cable. The companies hope to receive the maximum amount of 50 percent, or 10 million euros, for the studies valued at around 20 million euros. Poland’s share would be 12 million euros, and 8 million euros for Lithuania. Thus, they could get 6 and…

As scandals continue in Lithuania Latvian Railway praises company of ex-KGB agent’s wife

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latvian state company Latvian Railway (LDz) has had contracts worth dozens of million euros signed with the company owned by ex-KGB agent Yuri Simonenkov’s wife – SIA Sigmen – since 2005. While in Lithuania dealings with people who may or may not have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin have caused a scandal and have gathered the combined attention of both ministries and security services, Latvia acts carefully, whereas LDz…

Eight British soldiers are arrested over ‘drunken brawl in Lithuanian seaside resort’

Monday, June 24, 2019

A group British soldiers have been arrested in Lithuania over an alleged drunken brawl in a seaside resort. Local media reported that eight soldiers had been detained after a ‘massive fight’ broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Palanga on the country’s Baltic coast. According to local news site 15min, some of the soldiers, all aged in their 20s, were arrested for being ‘intoxicated’ while others…

Lithuanian man in custody over spate of burglaries linked to another theft

Monday, June 24, 2019

A Lithuanian man already in custody over a spate of burglaries has denied charges of aggravated theft after police uncovered further evidence linking him to another theft. 28 year-old Valdas Martinaitis, who police said also went by the name Levan Mamardsashvili from Georgia,  was arraigned before duty magistrate Gabriella Vella on Monday morning, accused of theft aggravated by numerical violence – indicating that more than one suspect was involved-  as…

Lithuanian agency bans Czech circus’ elephant shows

Monday, June 24, 2019

Lithuania’s Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its permit for the Francesko Jung circus from the Czech Republic to publicly exhibit its elephant. “Upon discovery of violations related to the animal’s welfare, the animal’s improper care and failure to comply with the animal exhibition conditions stated in the permit, the agency has made the decision to withdraw the issued permit,” the agency told BNS Lithuania. The document in BNS Lithuania’s possession…

Lithuania: Coalition expansion talks completed, Vilnius University up in global rankings

Monday, June 24, 2019

Last week, four parliamentary parties continued coalition negotiations, two men were sentenced for spying for Russia, Government vowed to reduce shadow income in construction and car sale sectors. Coalition negotiators complete talks, fail to agree on child benefit Representatives of four parties in Lithuania, holding negotiations on a future ruling coalition, said on Thursday, June 20, they have completed their work, acknowledging, however, their failure to agree on the child…

Lithuanian formin calls on Georgians to avoid violence after parliament scuffle

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius on Friday called on the Georgians to avoid violence following clashes outside the parliament in Tbilisi. The protests were sparked by Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov’s address to an annual meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, with dozens of people, including activists and officers, injured. “We can understand the resentment but we would like to call on both the government and the protesters…