Posts tagged as PM

Polish PM to pay visit to Lithuania in early April

Monday, March 25, 2019

Polish Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s visit to Lithuania is planned in early April. Preparations for it were discussed by Lithuanian Government Chancellor Algirdas Stoncaitis and Michal Dworczyk, head of the Polish prime minister’s office, in Warsaw on Thursday, the Lithuanian government said. The visit is scheduled for April 5 and discussions during it will focus on bilateral and EU issues. Morawiecki will also visit Orlen Lietuva oil refiner in Mazeikiai,…

Lithuanian president calls PM’s Astravyets letter

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Sunday called Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent letter to Belarus, suggesting converting the nearly-complete Astravyets nuclear power plant, under construction near the Lithuanian border, “anticonstitutional” as the country’s main law states that the president deals with key foreign policy issues. “The Constitution says that decisions are made by the president only, and foreign policy is conducted together with the government. Since that issue had not…

Linking HU-LCD with Kremlin might have been mistake, Lithuanian PM says

Monday, January 21, 2019

Linking the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats with the Kremlin ahead of a planned teachers’ rally might have been a mistake, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has acknowledged. Speaking with the national broadcaster LRT’s program Savaite (Week) on Sunday, the Prime Minister was asked when he felt he made a mistake, and the Prime Minister mentioned the incident when the recording of the government’s sitting on providing…

Lithuania PM Says to Run for Presidency in May

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he would run for the country’s presidency in an election due in May, but would not resign from his current post unless he is successful. Lithuania’s president has a semi-executive role with a say in the appointment of key officials such as judges, the chief prosecutor and head of central bank. The president can veto laws and, in tandem with the government,…

We’re not Russia, opponents respond to Lithuanian PM’s “appointed successors” comment

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ rivals in the upcoming presidential election tell him “this country is not Russia” after he described them as being “appointed successors” of President Dalia Grybauskaite. “I would have only one comment to Mr. Skvernelis: despite regular attempts by his coalition of political groups to chop the branches of democracy, this country is still neither Russia nor Belarus, and I do believe it never will be,”…

Baltic PMs meet on closer cooperation, security

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met here on Monday on closer cooperation and security issues. At a meeting of the Prime Ministers’ Council under the format of the Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM), Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and his Latvian and Estonian counterparts Maris Kucinskis and Juri Ratas discussed cooperation in the field of energy, transportation, said a statement from the Lithuanian government. The issues discussed…

PM speaks out against wider effects of physical confrontation in politics

Monday, December 3, 2018

The recent unrest and scuffling that marred Monday’s Riigikogu vote on the UN Global Migration Compact are quite un-Estonian, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) has explained. Speaking on a video recorded in his office and posted on his social media account, Mr Ratas said he hoped that those involved would find it in their hearts to repent of their actions, and expressed his disappointment that the incident, which arose during…

President and prime minister top daily list of 2018 influential people in Estonia

Monday, December 3, 2018

Daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) has place Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and President Kersti Kaljulaid in the first and second places of its list of the most influential persons in Estonia for 2018. ”As this time last year, he is prime minister,” the newspaper commented on Mr Ratas selection for the top spot. ”He is master of his party even more so than this time last year,” the newspaper continued,…

President Raimonds Vejonis nominates Gobzems for PM

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

President Raimonds Vejonis in Monday nominated Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) as the new candidate for prime minister. The president also gave Gobzems two weeks to secure sufficient support for his government in Saeima, pick Cabinet ministers and draft a government declaration. In case Gobzems fails to form a government, his nomination would be recalled, but Vejonis hopes that this time an agreement would be reached on Latvia’s new government. Gobzems…

Latvian president nominates populist party candidate for PM post

Monday, November 26, 2018

Latvia’s president nominated Aldis Gobzems from the populist party KPV LV as prime minister on Monday and gave him two weeks to form a cabinet and secure majority support in parliament following an inconclusive election last month. Latvians, fed up with corruption and weak democracy in the Baltic country of 2 million, punished the ruling three-party coalition in the October election, leading to a highly fragmented parliament consisting of seven…