Posts tagged as Lithuanian PM

An adviser to the Lithuanian PM has been named a special witness

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

An adviser to the Lithuanian prime minister, Jonas Kairys, has been named a special witness and questioned in an investigation of rapid coronavirus tests procurement. “Jonas Kairys was questioned at the Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) on September 1. He was granted the status of a special witness as part of the investigation into the procurement of rapid Covid-19 tests,” Modesta Zdanauskaitė, a spokeswoman for the FNTT, confirmed it to…

Lithuanian PM: Baltic ministers aim to meet Belarusian officials in Minsk

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Lithuania, together with Estonia and Latvia, is taking steps to meet with Belarusian government officials in Minsk to discuss the situation in the neighbouring country, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday. Skvernelis told reporters in Vilnius that he had discussed the issue with his Baltic counterparts on August 14. “We are looking for ways to get the mediation [effort] going. Steps are being taken today, too, and we may…

Lithuanian PM meets with Belarus’ opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election, in his office in Vilnius on Thursday. “We talked about the trials and tribulations she had gone through during the election campaign and the tremendous responsibility she had taken on,” Skvernelis posted on Facebook. “[We] also [talked] about her day-to-day issues and needs in Lithuania, and her personal safety and the safety of…

Lithuanian PM: Business reps pressured ministries

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Business associations pressurised several ministries and the Employment Service, said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis commenting on the ongoing lobbying corruption scandal. Lithuania’s anti-corruption agency is investigating suspected illegal lobbying and influence peddling by Valdas Sutkus, the president of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), and several other business representatives. Among other things, Sutkus is suspected of organising a smear campaign against the former transport minister. “As to the influence, it…

Ministries were pressured by business reps, says Lithuanian PM

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Business associations pressurised several ministries and the Employment Service, said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis commenting on the ongoing lobbying corruption scandal. Lithuania’s anti-corruption agency is investigating suspected illegal lobbying and influence peddling by Valdas Sutkus, the president of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), and several other business representatives. Among other things, Sutkus is suspected of organising a smear campaign against the former transport minister. “As to the influence, it…

Lithuanian PM: there’s no legal basis for budget review

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis insists there is no need to review this year’s budget following the government’s multi-billion coronavirus aid package. “We need a legal basis. […] There’s nothing to worry about. […] All ongoing expenses are being accounted for. If we need to do an intervention into this year’s budget, speaking of long-term commitments, everything will be done,” the prime minister told MPs on Thursday. Vitas Vasiliauskas, board…

Longer weekends? Lithuanian PM suggests it may improve efficiency

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lithuania may consider having 2.5-day weekends to improve productivity and promote consumption, according to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. “I would like to have such a discussion in the public, especially in regards to those groups of workers who are under huge psychological pressure, […] like medics and social workers,” the prime minister said in the parliament on Thursday. He said that one shorter workday a week could improve efficiency. However,…

Lithuanian PM: Food price controls an option, though shortages unlikely

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The government may introduce price controls, if food prices rise during the  coronavirus   quarantine, but so far it does not seem likely, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after meeting with retailers. “I’d like to calm down the people of Lithuania. We have been fully reassured that there’s no reason to panic about food supply,” Skvernelis told reporters, responding to fears that the country may face shortages of essential…

No subsidies for businesses due to coronavirus – Lithuanian PM

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Lithuanian government is not planning to provide subsidies to businesses affected by the coronavirus, the prime minister says, but the tax authority may consider deferring tax payments. “If someone thinks that the state will start giving out subsidies or support, or replace customers and become a customer itself, then this is not going to happen,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told the radio Žinių Radijas on Thursday. “However, discussions with…

President’s adviser downplays Lithuanian PM wife’s job at Orlen

Friday, February 7, 2020

The prime minister should answer questions about his wife’s employment with a company in Poland’s oil group Orlen, President Gitanas Nausėda’s adviser says, but the situation should not be given more attention than it deserves. “I’m not saying that there are no questions in this situation. There are,” Povilas Mačiulis told LRT Radio on Thursday morning. “But I don’t think this situation should be given special emphasis.” On Tuesday, Prime…