Posts tagged as Lithuania

Latvians to trade in Belarusian N-plant’s electricity, bypassing Lithuania

Thursday, August 15, 2019

With Lithuania taking steps to block market access to electricity generated by Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Latvia’s electricity transmission grid operator is planning to import electrical energy from the facility under construction close to the Lithuanian border. Therefore, electricity trade between the Baltic states and third countries will no longer take place via Lithuania, but via Latvia, the 15min online news site reported. According to AST, in order…

Cepelinai squeeze: price of potatoes rises sharply in Lithuania

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The price of Lithuania’s staple food – potatoes – rose the most among produce sold in the country. The key ingredient behind the likes of Cepelinai, Vėdarai, and Kugelis cost on average 70 cents per kilogram, rising by 66.1 percent since last year, according to a survey carried out by pricer.lt. Bananas came second, rising by 50.50 percent to 95 cents per kilogram, and tomatoes – by 39.6 percent, at…

Lithuanian formin, US Rep. Quigley to discuss security, energy

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius is meeting with Mike Quigley, a member of the US House of Representatives, in Vilnius on Tuesday to discuss security and energy issues. The meeting will focus on “bilateral Lithuanian-US relations, the security situation in the region, economic cooperation and energy policy issues”, the Foreign Ministry has told BNS. The visit by the Democratic Representative from Illinois is being organized by the US embassy in…

Formin briefs US congressman on Lithuania’s position on Belarus’ N-plant

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius underlined Lithuania’s concerns over the security of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant during Tuesday’s meeting with US Congressman Mike Quigley, who visited Vilnius before heading to Belarus. Linkevicius and Quigley discussed “important issues of the bilateral Lithuania-US relationship, the security situation in the region, and energy policy,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. “The US Congressman got acquainted with Lithuania’s comprehensive position on serious…

Lithuania’s Smiltynes Perkela plans to buy new ferry; might build it in Latvia

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lithuanian ferry operator Smiltynes Perkela that carries vehicles and passengers to the Curonian Spit, is considering purchase of another ferry. The new ferry might be built in Lithuania or in a neighboring country, for example, Latvia. The company’s acting head Mindaugas Ciakas said that if everything goes on as planned, the new ferry might start running in two years. In his words, the new ferry is needed in order to…

Lithuania’s Soviet-era nuclear town expects boost from industry, tourism – BNS REPORT

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Visaginas’ modest railway station greets travelers in the middle of a forest and it takes some time to find out which way the town is after getting off the train. Located amid pine woods and lakes in the eastern part of Lithuania, the Soviet-era nuclear plant town is surrounded by nature of exceptional beauty. Locals sometimes joke that everyone has a lake there. The town was built 44 years ago…

Belarusians removed from Lithuania’s GIPL tender due to ties with Russia – documents

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Lithuanian government removed a Belarusian firm from the tender process for a Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) construction contract due to its business ties with Russian companies and contacts with individuals deemed as posing risks, according to documents available to LETA/BNS. A consortium of Kaunas-based KRS and Belarus’ pipeline construction company Beltruboprovodstroy submitted the lowest price offer, at around 74.9 mln euros, for the contract but was removed from the bidding…

Latvia, Lithuania dominate EU drowning deaths

Monday, August 12, 2019

Baltic states Lithuania and Latvia have significantly more drownings each year than other European Union member states, according to the latest statistics from Eurostat. The figures released August 9 cover the year 2016, when there were 5,537 deaths of European Union (EU) residents caused by “accidental drowning and submersion”. The figure has been falling each year since a peak of 6,090 deaths in 2013 and corresponds to an EU average of…

Lithuania’s presidential office hosts discussions on cultural policy law

Monday, August 12, 2019

Representatives of various institutions and communities and also experts on Monday started discussions at the Lithuanian’s presidential office on a framework law on the country’s cultural policy. Antanas Bubnelis, an adviser to President Gitanas Nauseda, says experts have been involved in the discussions to avoid any possible mistakes while drafting the bill. “The goal is to exchange opinions about the law, and discuss which legal provisions should be amended. The…

New Lithuanian agricultural minister promises to cooperate with Latvia, Estonia, Poland in fight for higher direct payments in EU

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Lithuanian Agricultural Minister Andrius Palionis has promised to cooperate with Latvia, Estonia and Poland in the fight for higher direct payments to farmers in the EU. “The minister and the ministry should gather everyone around one table – unite the forces of the Baltics and Poland to achieve higher direct payments,” he said, adding that if Lithuania is fighting for this alone, it will not win the battle. As…