Posts tagged as Lithuania

Polish PM cancels private visit to Lithuania

Friday, January 24, 2020

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled his private visit to Lithuania, planned on Friday, the spokesman for Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has confirmed. “The visit has been canceled due to busy agenda and important votes in the country’s parliament,” Tomas Beržinskas told BNS. Read more:  Polish and Lithuanian PMs to watch a basketball game together The Polish prime minister last visited Lithuania in late November 2019 to attend…

Lithuania calls for better protection of EU citizens from political prosecution

Friday, January 24, 2020

Lithuanian Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius has called on the European Union to improve its existing legislation or to adopt new legal acts to ensure that the bloc’s citizens are protected from political prosecution by third countries. Jankevicius put forward the proposal at an informal meeting of EU justice and interior ministers in Zagreb, the Lithuanian Justice Ministry said on Thursday. The initiative aims to protect Lithuanian judges and prosecutors involved…

Lithuania must investigate online homophobic hate speech

Friday, January 24, 2020

In its first judgment to directly consider the issue, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the State authorities’ failure to investigate online hate speech against a gay couple violated the couple’s rights to private and family life and constituted discrimination on sexual orientation grounds under the European Convention on Human Rights. [ECtHR Press Release] In the case of Beizaras and Levickas v. Lithuania, a same-sex couple posted a…

Poland and Lithuania abstained from attending Israeli Holocaust event

Friday, January 24, 2020

Polish president accuses Putin of ‘spreading historical lies’ in an attempt to depict the Soviet Union in a favourable light. The presidents of Poland and Lithuania have both abstained from attending an Israeli event marking the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz death camp in Europe in 1945. The event, taking place in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre on Thursday, is the biggest international gathering of…

Lithuanians ask for salaries, but get tanks

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Lithuanian government recognized that high defense spending and a huge military budget are the main problem of the lack of money in the country. By 2030, defense spending will reach 2.5% of GDP. Today it already make up a little more than 2%, but most likely the authorities thought about the priorities. In 2018, all parliamentary parties signed a collective agreement – the defense system needs to be subsidized,…

Lithuania is ranked 35th among 180 countries in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lithuania is ranked 35th among 180 countries in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, moving up three notches from the year before. The country scored 60 points on a 100-point scale where points, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean, Transparency International said on Thursday. Read more:  Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests Lithuania saw its result improve for the first time since 2015. For four years…

Lithuania is a close friend and ally of Georgia

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lithuania is a close friend and ally of Georgia, said Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Lithuania, Trend reports citing the press service of the government of Georgia. He made the remark at a meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, which was held within the World Economic Forum in Davos. Minister of Finance of Georgia Ivane Matchavariani and Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Foreign Affairs Irakli Chikovani also…

China and Lithuania are towards closer cooperation

Thursday, January 23, 2020

On 22 January, regular bilateral consultations between the Chinese and Lithuanian Ministries of Foreign Affairs on political, economic, global and regional policies took place in Beijing, China. The participants held an exchange of views on the state of play in relations between Lithuania and China. China is, in fact, our major trading partner country in Asia. Nevertheless, a large negative balance of trade remains. The meeting also discussed ways to…

EU civil protection centre coud be set in Lithuania

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lithuania will seek to host a regional EU civil protection centre tasked with responding to chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear incidents. The Lithuanian government on Wednesday endorsed plans for the country to submit an application to set up the centre that would cover the Nordic and Baltic countries. As Belarus is planning to launch a nuclear power plant close to the Lithuanian border, in Astravyets, the government will try to…

Is Lithuania catching up with Europe?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lithuania is fast approaching the income level of the European Union, but statistics may be hiding as much as showing. Lithuania’s GDP per capita has reached 81 percent of the EU average, the country’s central bank jubilantly shared at a press event on Tuesday. Overall, the Baltic states have enjoyed the fastest convergence in the EU since they joined in 2004. Over the last quarter-century, Lithuania cut the gap by…