Posts tagged as PM

PM’s adviser steps down over coronavirus communication

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Skirmantas Malinauskas, an adviser to the prime minister leading the government’s coronavirus communication group, is stepping down over a row with the health minister. Malinauskas is quitting both the communication group and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ team, he said. Malinauskas told reporters on Thursday that Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga had asked the prime minister to remove him from the government’s communication group on the coronavirus situation. “The minister informed me…

Estonian PM, business delegation off to Japan to intensify economic ties

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is on an official working visit to Japan from Monday to Thursday to intensify bilateral relations and expand economic cooperation between the two countries, the government’s communication office said. The prime minister is accompanied on the trip by a business delegation made up of executives from 17 Estonian businesses. The premier is also accompanied by Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps and MP and…

I’m not accusing president but it seems like ethnic discrimination – Lithuanian PM

Monday, January 20, 2020

Speaking about the president and opposition’s criticism of Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said he sees “a background of ethnic discrimination”. “I am not saying this about the president and I am definitely not accusing him but we see the existing background and it is getting more and more similar to ethnic discrimination,” Skvernelis said in an interview with the delfi.lt new website. Representing the…

Lithuanian PM protects embattled minister to undermine president

Friday, December 27, 2019

By shielding the embattled transport minister, the Lithuanian PM is protecting himself and other ministers from any future no-confidence motion by the president, leader of the largest opposition party in the Seimas says. “The key thing is to take the presidential no-confidence instrument away,” said Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats. The “battle” could set a precedent for the future if the president…

Lithuanian PM faces pressure

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Tuesday called on the country’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis to turn to the Chief Official Ethics Commission (VTEK) over the 300,00-euro improvements to a street near his home. The VTEK has already asked the government and other institutions for information regarding the incident. The watchdog will then decide whether to launch an investigation into possible ethics violations. The prime minister says he was not involved…

Estonian PM asks state secretary to carry out investigation re Ministry of Rural Affairs

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas has asked the state secretary to carry out an investigation regarding the events that took place at the Ministry of Rural Affairs, until then, Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Jarvik will remain in his position, the online edition of the daily Postimees reported on Tuesday. “Let us wait for the investigation, it will take a week or 10 days and then the final solution will…

Lithuanian PM promises to deliver balanced government budget

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says his Cabinet’s updated 2020 state budget plan will be balanced to comply with fiscal discipline rules after the parliament has rejected a significant part of the government’s tax proposals. “The submitted state budget is balanced, in accordance with the fiscal discipline law,” the prime minister told reporters on Wednesday. “Yesterday, the Seimas reduced the revenue part of the budget and now we will have…

Estonian PM: European Council president plays important role in maintaining Europe’s unity

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday met with future President of the European Council Charles Michel in Tallinn and discussed issues facing Europe, noting that the president of the European Council has a significant role to play in creating and maintaining unity in Europe. According to Ratas, the work of the member states of the EU will be framed over the next few years by a jointly agreed strategic…

Lithuanian PM proposes top state award to Poland’s controversial leader Kaczyński

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has proposed awarding a top state award to Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party. The Lithuanian Cabinet endorsed the proposal on Wednesday, four days before the general election in Poland. The final decision on awarding the Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great to Kaczyński will be made by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. Skvernelis proposed conferring Lithuania’s third…

Iraqi PM addresses nation as protests death toll rises to 42

Friday, October 4, 2019

Iraq’s premier on Friday urged anti-government protesters to go home, saying their “legitimate demands” have been heard and comparing security measures imposed in the wake of this week’s demonstrations to “bitter medicine” that needs to be swallowed as the death toll from the violence rose to 42. Dozens of protesters defied his message, gathering shortly before noon near Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square. Many had camped out on the streets overnight.…