Posts tagged as Saulius Skvernelis

Lithuanian Health Minister shaves his head in solidarity with Lithuanian PM

Thursday, September 19, 2019

In solidarity with the Lithuanian PM undergoing cancer treatment, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has shaved his head. In a post on social media, Veryga said “having hair, or not having them, is temporary,” He added that he would like to support those whose choice was not voluntary, “in solidarity with the prime minister and everyone who is faced with oncological diseases”. Plaukų buvimas ar nebuvimas 🙂 yra laikinas dalykas. Tai…

Lithuania will borrow to reach 2-percent defence spending benchmark

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lithuania’s government plans to borrow to meet NATO’s benchmark for 2 percent GDP defence spending, after improving GDP-growth forecast pushes defence spending below the 2-percent threshold. Lithuania had already planned to meet the NATO defence spending benchmark, but “after GDP estimates were raised, we plan to use the planned mechanism to borrow to ensure the 2 percent NATO rate,” Arnoldas Pikžirnis, an adviser to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, told BNS on Wednesday. Specific numbers will…

Lithuanian PM criticises refereeing at Basketball World Cup

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the the criticism expressed by Dainius Adomaitis, the head coach of the Lithuanian men’s basketball team, for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is fair. Adomaitis voiced anger with bad refereeing at the Lithuania-France game in a press conference after the match and was subsequently fined for swearing. According to Skvernelis, Adomaitis made a brave move. “When key referees at the world championship do…

Prime Minister fails to present ministerial candidates to president

Friday, July 26, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has failed to present to President Gitanas Nauseda candidates to his updated government, despite his earlier pledge to do so on Thursday. „We still have plenty of time today,” Skvernelis told journalists at the Seimas after his meeting with the head of state. The ruling parties, which agreed on a new coalition agreement several weeks ago, have decided to replace three ministers, including those of…

Skvernelis refuses to say if country will join common gas market

Friday, June 7, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with his visiting Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas on Thursday and said he could not say yet if Lithuania would join a common gas market with other regional countries. “There’s no answer yet,” he told journalists, asked if Lithuania would join a common gas tariff zone with Latvia, Estonia and Finland. These countries signed an agreement on the introduction of a common gas tariff zone…

Skvernelis to remain Prime Minister

Friday, May 31, 2019

Saulius Skvernelis will remain Lithuania’s prime minister under the coalition memorandum signed by the leaders of three political parties in Lithuania, and the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania will nominate a new Seimas speaker. “It’s been agreed that Saulius Skvernelis remains prime minister, and the position of the Seimas speaker belongs to the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania,” Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union,…

Lithuania’s ruling party wants Skvernelis to continue as Prime Minister

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Saulius Skvernelis, the Lithuanian head of government, who failed to reach the runoff in the Lithuanian Presidential election and had pledged to step down from office, has received the support of his Union of Farmers and Greens in a confidence vote. Lithuanian news portal Delfi.lt reported that on Tuesday, May 14, all 46 Seimas members representing the Lithuanian Union of Farmers and Greens expressed their support of Skvernelis as the…

Chinese investments in Lithuania must be carefully assessed

Thursday, February 7, 2019

China’s proposed investments in Lithuania and threats they may pose must be carefully assessed, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday after intelligence agencies warned in their annual report about increasing activity by China’s intelligence and security services in the country. “It’s difficult to comment on the details, because I have access both to the public report and to non-public information, but we do assess these threats, especially when it comes to potential investments,”…

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,…

Baltic PMs agree on one time zone after adjusting of clocks ends

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Baltic prime ministers agreed in Vilnius on Monday on preserving one time zone after the European Union ends the long-standing procedure of changing the clocks, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said. “Together with the colleagues, we agreed to preserve one time zone among the Baltic states in the future as well,” he told journalists after the meeting. The prime ministers, however, did not disclose which time, summer or winter, could be…