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2019: a difficult political year in Lithuania

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 will be a big political year in Lithuania, with elections in national focus. Lithuania will hold presidential, municipal and European Parliament elections this year. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in her traditional New Year congratulation message was very restrained and short-spoken. She clearly understands that she did nothing outstanding to be proud of. This message looked more as a warning. It could be read between the lines that she warned…

New Year Greetings from President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, An amazing and historic year is coming to a close! It has been a great year full of excitement and purpose. We realized how many friends we have worldwide: they visited, extended centennial congratulations and worked with us to promote the name of Lithuania. There are many challenges ahead next year – on the international arena and domestically. But we will overcome them if we…

Lithuania’s president signs new referendum law allowing more polling places abroad

Friday, December 28, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has signed the new version of the Law on Referendum, defining referendum organization procedures and allowing more polling places abroad, into law, said the presidential press service. The Lithuanian parliament adopted the bill last week. Most of the amendments are aimed at adjusting referendum organization procedures to general procedures for elections. The key change is that the new law allows polling stations to be set up…

President formally green lights election, advises level-headed voting

Monday, December 3, 2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid signed into action the go ahead for the general election in Estonia, due on 3 March 2019. Whilst the date of 3 March has long been talked about, according to § 78 (3) of the Estonian constitution, the president ”calls regular elections of the Riigikogu..” (official English translation), so the move was necessary to make the date official. The deadline for so doing was Sunday, 2 December. Ms…

The President extended condolences on the passing of George Bush Senior

Monday, December 3, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended condolences on the passing of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that Lithuania had felt the President’s strong shoulder at the dawn of its independence and would always remember him as a true friend. He was a highly principled politician who saw the commitment to protect freedom and security as his ultimate duty. “Having gone through the trials…

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,…

Latvian president has «Plan B» if parties fail to pick a prime minister candidate on their own

Saturday, November 24, 2018

If parties involved in government formation talks fail to pick a prime minister candidate on their own by Monday, 26 November, they might not get a second chance, said Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT. The president did not hide the fact that he has a ‘Plan B’ at the ready. He did not say what this plan entails, however. He only said…

President Kaljulaid issues statement on UN Global Compact

Friday, November 16, 2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid has issued a statement on the UN Global Compact on Migration, following a political ruckus which saw not only protests against Estonia being a party to the compact, but also charges that the government had kept parliament and the people in the dark on the issue. ”Now at least the government’s stance on the UN’s Global Compact on Migration is clear,” said Ms Kaljulaid in a press…

Street named after late Polish President Kaczynski unveiled in Vilnius

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A sign marking a Vilnius street named after late Polish President Lech Kaczynski has been unveiled on Thursday. The street sign comes in two languages – Lithuanian and Polish – and was unveiled on the eve of the centenary of Poland’s independence. Attending the unveiling ceremony, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis underlined that the Polish leader, who was tragically killed eight years ago, can truly be called a friend of…

President to 13th Saeima: you represent our nation, not just your voters

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

«Two thirds of 13th Saeima deputies offer their oath for the first time. It presents us with an opportunity to form a new political dialogue and adopt a new legislative work culture,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis in his speech addressed to 13th Saeima deputies. The president said that it is the duty of 13th Saeima deputies to implement the promises given to voters. He invited the new Saeima to…