Posts tagged as president

As Covid-19 cases rise, Lithuanians let their guard down too soon – president

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Having coped with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic fairly well, Lithuanians have let go too soon, resulting in the rising infections, President Gitanas Nausėda has said. There might be a need for a lockdown to get the pandemic under control, he noted. Lithuania has been reporting over 200 new coronavirus cases daily since the middle of last week. There are now 91.7 coronavirus cases per population of 100,000…

Estonian president signs pension reform bill

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid has promulgated a controversial bill which reforms the Estonian pension scheme, after her Supreme Court appeal on the law was rejected. “It is the duty of the head of state in the Republic of Estonia to see to it that our legislative practice was in the constitutional track. One goes to the Supreme Court not to win or lose, but to achieve legal clarity,” the president said…

After criticising president, three Lithuanian reporters barred from moderating conference

Friday, September 25, 2020

Three Lithuanian journalists have been barred from moderating a high-level conference due to their criticism of the president. Rimvydas Valatka, Rita Miliūtė, and Vytautas Buveris had been invited by the organisers to moderate the Lublin Four conference at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, which involved scholars from Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. But the journalists were not welcome at the Presidential Palace, the president’s office informed. Previously, they had expressed…

Latvian President Levits takes part in pro-Belarus demo

Monday, August 24, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits on August 23 took part in a civil society picket organized in support of the democratic movement of the people of Belarus. Sporting a white shirt and red tie in the colors of the pre-Lukashenko era Belarusian flag which has become a symbol of resistance to the regime, Levits helped pass that flag from hand to hand beside the Freedom Monument and through the streets of central Rīga.…

Lithuanian president calls on UNHRC, OSCE to respond to situation in Belarus

Monday, August 17, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to respond to human rights violations in Belarus amid ongoing protests in this country. “Massive human rights violations continue in #Belarus. Testimonies of released protesters are shocking. I appeal to @UNHumanRights Council

Lithuanian president: Lukashenko not legitimate leader of Belarus

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with the British Sky News TV that Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate leader of Belarus. “You cannot call Mr Lukashenko legitimate, [because] there were no free democratic elections in Belarus,” he said in the  interview published on Thursday. Nausėda has proposed to mediate to help resolve the crisis in the neighbouring country. In a move backed by Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, Nausėda…

President Levits suggests OSCE assessment of Belarus election

Monday, August 10, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits issued a statement August 10 expressing hope that the Organization for Security and Economic Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) might be able to intervene to improve the situation in Belarus after President Alexader Lukashenko launched violent suppression of protests against an unbelievable election landslide in his favor. “As a neighbor of Belarus, Latvia fully supports the deep desire of the Belarusian people to live in their own independent, free and democratic…

President Nausėda out of temporary self-isolation

Monday, August 10, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and his family came out of isolation on Saturday after a staff member, who was thought to have had contact with a coronavirus-infected person, tested negative for Covid-19. The entire staff of the president’s office went into self-isolation on Friday. Offices at the presidential palace have been disinfected and staff members advised to work remotely, if possible, according to a statement. Moreover, all visitors to the…

Belarus NPP launch this week ‘just a ribbon-cutting ceremony’, president’s adviser says

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Belarus may officially open its Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) on Friday in a symbolic move ahead of the presidential election, but the facility is unlikely to start actual operations until late this year or early next year, according to the Lithuanian president’s adviser. “The wording that the Astravyets NPP can be launched is not accurate,” Darius Kuliešius, a national security adviser to President gitanas Nausėda, told LRT RADIO on…

EU may have to close borders again, Lithuanian president says

Monday, August 3, 2020

EU member states may be forced to close their borders again as coronavirus cases surge, Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nausėda said on Monday. The president stressed, however, that any decisions on border closures would have to be taken jointly by EU member states. “The issue of border controls must be the next step and it requires European-level solutions,” Nausėda told reporters in Birštonas, a spa town in south Lithuania. As EU…