bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Tuesday 28.02.2017 | Name days: Skaidrīte, Justs, Skaidra

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania wants to now more on incident at Belarus’ NPP

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(+1 of 1)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

Lithuania wants more information about a reported incident on Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) site that confirms its worries that the construction fails to comply with the international rules, Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis said on Thursday, May 5.

The site is only 45 kilometers from Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

«Information from Belarus is scarce. As far as we know from the media, some concrete structure collapsed. We will look into the situation and will seek more information,» Lithuanian Energy minister Rokas Masiulis said.

He emphasized that Lithuania might restrict market access for electricity from Belarus if it fails to comply with the international rules.

Lithuania has summoned this week Belarus’ ambassador to Lithuania and handed him a diplomatic note over a reported incident on the Belarus NPP construction site, just 50 kilometers from Vilnius, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Thursday, May 5.

According to the minister, Lithuania has not yet received any explanations from the Belarusian side.

Linkevičius confirmed that Lithuania had no information as to what had really happened on the Astravyets site.

Lithuanian President in Jordan

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met last Wednesday with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss global security issues facing the European Union and the Middle East region, the situation in Syria, measures to tackle the massive migration crisis, as well as bilateral relations between Lithuania and Jordan.

Jordan is a reliable partner of the EU and NATO in the Middle East, but suffers from the severe consequences of the conflict in Syria, is faced with a huge migration flow and takes an active role in the anti-ISIS coalition.

«Lithuania understands Jordan very well. We live in a difficult neighborhood and see aggression and people dying close to our borders. Jordan, just like the whole EU, faces increasing radicalism and the threat of terrorism. Therefore, the security of our states and our people is the highest priority of Lithuania and Jordan,» the President said.

Baltics’ biggest gas guzzler Achema eyes long-term supply contract

Lithuania’s fertilizer manufacturer Achema, the country’s single largest natural gas consumer, is looking to sign a long-term gas supply contract that would provide more stability and make it easier to plan operations, according to the company’s CEO Ramūnas Miliauskas.

Achema now purchases gas from two suppliers, Gazprom and Statoil. The CEO says the company is negotiating with seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) suppliers on purchases starting in 2017 and is also holding talks with Gazprom. Achema does not have any long-term gas supply contract after its 10-year contract with Gazprom expired in late 2015.

Lithuania’s jobless rate edges down to 8.3 percent

Lithuania’s joblessness rate stood at 8.3 percent in early May, down by 0.6 percentage points from a month ago, figures from the country’s Labor Exchange showed on Thursday, May 5.

There were 150,400 registered unemployed persons in the country on May 1, down by 10,400 compared with early April. Unemployment among young people, aged up to 29 years, edged down by 0.5 percentage points over the month to 5.1 percent.

New route between Kaunas and Białystok

Trains on a new railway route will start transporting passengers from Kaunas in Lithuania to Białystok in Poland this June. After lengthy negotiations and technical arrangements, Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways PLLC) and Polish company Przewozy Regionalne sent a train on the first pilot trip from Białystok to Kaunas on Thursday, May 5.

The negotiations on opening the route were started in March 2015. Regular service will begin on June 17 and modern Polish trains will carry passengers from Kaunas to Białystok.

Lithuanian PM proposes VAT cuts on meat

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has agreed with the finance minister and his party to propose value added tax (VAT) cuts for chilled and fresh meat.  The proposal would have VAT rates cut from 21 percent to either 9 percent or 5 percent. According to Butkevičius’ spokeswoman, the proposal will be submitted to the government and the Seimas shortly and a reduced VAT rate, if approved, would be introduced in October.

If Lithuania reduces the VAT rate on chilled and fresh meat, as proposed by the ruling Social Democrats, it will be important to monitor meat and meat product prices to ensure that they become cheaper for shoppers, Gitanas Nausėda, a well-known Lithuanian economist said on Friday, May 6. According to him, «a good will memorandum» signed by retailers could help ensure such control.

Lithuanian president in Vatican

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended last Friday, May 6, the International Charlemagne Prize award ceremony for Pope Francis in the Vatican. This year’s Charlemagne Prize, also known as «Oscar in Politics», has been awarded to the Holy Father for his moral authority in defending the fundamental values of the EU, which are peace, freedom, human rights, and democracy.

According to the communiqué on the International Charlemagne Prize award, the Pope sends a message of mercy and tolerance and underlines the need for European unity and solidarity. In 2013, the award was presented to Grybauskaitė for her contribution to the unity and economic stability of the whole of Europe and her strong leadership in tackling the difficult financial crisis.

Julian Assange to speak at LOGIN 2016 in Vilnius

Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will speak at the largest technology and innovation festival in the Baltic countries, Login 2016 in Vilnius, through a video call this weekend. Julian Assange. The festival features more than 140 speakers and 5,000 participants from Lithuania and abroad. The event includes a vast variety of subjects – from changes on the internet, social media, mobile, media, politics and science to the discussion on games, startups or digital work topics.

Budbergytė’s term of office at European Court of Auditors ends

Rasa Budbergytė, named by Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius as a candidate for the post of finance minister, ends her term of office last Friday, May 6, as a member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Budbergytė, a member of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), will stay at the ECA until the European Parliament approves Rimantas Šadžius, the current finance minister, as Lithuania’s member of the ECA. Butkevičius said in March that Budbergytė would take over as finance minister from Šadžius if he was approved for the ECA post.

Klaipėdos Nafta sees Jan-Apr revenue go up 10 percent

Lithuania’s oil product and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals operator Klaipedos Nafta (Klaipeda Oil) said on Friday, May 6, that its total revenue for January through April rose by 9.9 percent year-on-year to reach 39.82 million euros. The oil product terminal’s revenue for the four months increased by 6.5 percent year-on-year to 14.8 million euro and the LNG terminal’s revenue went up by 11.6 percent to 24.1 million euros.

Oil product loadings at the terminal grew by 42.5 percent in January through April year-on-year to 2.839 million tons and the LNG terminal’s regasification volumes surged by 250 percent to 6.478 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of gas.

Belarusian drones penetrate Lithuanian territory

Lithuanian border guards have spotted an increasing number of drones flying from Belarus into Lithuania’s airspace. «We can see that the number of drones is increasing, especially from the Belarusian side. There have been cases of drones flying deeper inland,» Gen. Renatas Požėla, commander of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service, told 15min.lt.

According to Požela, the largest number of cases has been registered in the eastern part of Lithuania that borders on Belarus’ Astravyets district, where a nuclear power plant is being built.

Lithuania won’t attend May 9 military parade

No diplomatic representative from Lithuania will attend this year’s May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told last Wednesday, May 4.

«I can say that our representatives will definitely not take part in military parades held by the Russian Federation,» the minister told. «At a time when Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine continues, we do not think that participation in military parades is the appropriate way to show respect, even if it is to war veterans,» he added.

Doubts over Libeskind’s building on Vilnius riverbank

After the US architect Daniel Libeskind won the contract to design a business centre on the Neris riverbank in central Vilnius, in addition to heated criticism the design drew from local architects, it could turn out to be too expensive to build. The project, named K18B, on Konstitucijos Avenue is developed by Lords LB Asset Management which says the budget for the endeavour is 40 million euro, Marius Žemaitis, the fund manager at Lords LB Asset Management, told vz.lt.

Big fall in support for leading parties

Lithuania’s Social Democrats continue to fall in opinion polls, but the biggest loser over the last month is the conservative Homeland Union. The Social Democrats remain the most popular party, although it is on a continuing downward trend, according to a poll conducted by Spinter Tyrimai on April 19-25. In April’s poll, 17.2 percent of respondents said they would vote for the party, 1.6 points fewer than the month before.

The conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats have suffered the biggest slump in popularity dropping 3 percentage points. Only 7.5 percent of those polled supported the Conservatives in April, down from 10.6 percent in March.

New Roma integration project in Vilnius

Vilnius municipality is to launch a new 1 million euro Roma integration project that it said would challenge the negative perceptions of the ethnic group in Lithuania and would help Roma to integrate with Lithuanian society in a way that was tailored to their needs.

Lithuania’s Deputy Mayor Gintautas Paluckas said he believed Vilnius municipality’s previous administration was responsible for the Roma’s current lack of integration. He feels they were excluded from the development of the previous administration’s integration project, and that it stuck to outdated perceptions concerning the traditional Roma way of living.

New rotation of US troops commences service in Lithuania

The 260-strong 10th shift has been deployed to a Lithuanian military battalion in Rukla, in the central part of the country, for training until late June. The United States has been maintaining a rotating presence of its ground forces in Lithuania and other Baltic countries since the spring of 2014 in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Lithuanian MPs fail to outlaw gender-based harassment

Members of the Lithuanian parliament have rejected a bill outlawing gender-based harassment, as required by the European Union. The Seimas on Tuesday, May 3, rejected the proposed amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men by a vote of 34 to five with 34 abstentions and sent the draft back for improvement.

The government has been trying to put a provision that prohibits not only sexual harassment, but also harassment based on gender in the workplace back into the law. Such a ban was in place until 2014. According to the government, Lithuania has until May 21, 2016, to transpose the EU’s standards into national legislation.

Ref: 020/111.111.103.3458


Leave a reply

Second line of border fence to be erected by Hungary

Hungary has launched works to erect a second line of fence on its border with Serbia, Hungarian government announced on Monday, February 27.

Latvijas aptieka to gather previously bought pharmacies under its brand

Pharmaceutical company Olainfarm plans to add previously bought pharmacies to its owned Latvijas aptieka brand, according to information from Firmas.lv.

FCMC requests insolvency for Trasta komercbanka at court

Finance and Capital Market Committee has submitted a plea to Vidzeme District Court to find Trasta komercbanka insolvent, FCMC representatives say.

Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside Riga using additional pay

Using single-time and monthly payments, Latvian Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside of Riga.

Nekā personīga: FM promises cheaper life for Latvia; Lembergs objects

Finance Ministry promises cheaper life for Latvian residents. However, reduction of PIT would impact municipalities the most. Because of that, a situation has formed when Aivars Lembergs, the infamous Mayor of Ventspils accused of serious crimes, and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola have come head to head.

Paulins steps down from his post in Latvijas Radio; criticizes NEPLP for lack of professionalism

Aldis Paulins, Chairman of the board in Latvijas Radio, has announced his decision to step down from his post in March.

Estonian company total profits down 10%, total sales – up 2%

The total profits of Estonian firms in 2016 have continued to decrease for the second year in a row and were 2.7 billion euros last year, which is a 10% fall, if compared to 2015.

RNP failed to notice that wrong companies were working on expensive contract

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks failed to notice in time that the wrong companies were realizing a contract worth two and a half million euros. RNP made no efforts to make sure the companies that won the tender would tackle the realization of the order, as reported by De Facto programme.

Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Kaziukas Fair

BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week during February 27– March 5.

Opinion: Latvia and Lithuania share similar situations with grey economy

Latvia and Lithuania both have the same situation when it comes to combating the grey economy. This is because residents often justify the existence of envelope wages and other illegal symptoms, says the head of Lithuanian Free Market Institute Zilvinas Silenas.

Classic Nokia 3310 reissued

Almost 17 years after its original launch, Finnish company HMD Global has released a revamped version of the classic mobile phone.

Senate meeting to discuss RPIVA’s addition to University of Latvia

On Monday, 27 February, a Senate meeting will be held in the main building of the University of Latvia. During this meeting, it is planned to discuss the matter regarding the addition of Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy to the university.

Mass protest in Moscow remembering slain Nemtsov

A Moscow memorial march of killed Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been attended by several thousand people.

Coalition partners do not oppose raising capital tax

Partners of the ruling coalition in Latvia have no objections against the possible labour tax reduction and capital tax increase.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian PM, Conservative leader hold unannounced meeting

The Lithuanian branch of Finland's OP Corporate Bank announced it will lend 19.69 million euros to the city of Vilnius, with the money to be directed towards refinancing of the municipality's earlier loans.

BNN summary of the week: less pay for overtime and citizenship for all in Estonia

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories, including change, business, decline, truth, growth and future.

State Audit: Healthcare Ministry had no right to reveal RAKUS audit results

State Audit criticizes Healthcare Ministry for revealing facts from an audit report, as it is prohibited to publish information before reports come into force.

Piebalgs: UGF’s popularity is critically low, which causes concerns

«The popularity of the management of the Union of Greens and Farmers is critically low. This causes serious concerns. If we truly want things to change, politicians have to be dynamic and prepared to think outside the usual categories,» says Unity chairman Andris Piebalgs.

SFRS: young people express increased interest in becoming fire fighters

Youngsters tend to express interest in becoming fire fighters, said Chief of State Fire and Rescue Service Oskars Abolins told Rīta panorama, adding that this can be explained with increased wages.

Ex-KNAB officials: there was no reason to end the «oligarchs case»

Former officials of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau believe the prosecutor’s office and KNAB had no reasons to end the so-called oligarchs case. Nevertheless, they are not surprised about this outcome.

Infrastructure in Kraslava and Ludza to be developed using EU finances

Central Finance and Contracting Agency and councils of Kraslava and Ludza have signed an agreement for the realization of a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund to develop infrastructure in regions and contribute to attraction of private investors, CFLA reports.

Poland «cleans» its army leadership from Soviet Era servicemen

In the Polish Armed Forces, around 90% of its highest servicemen have been substituted, as the country’s Defence Ministry performs was changes in the Polish army.

Balta: poor weather conditions significantly affect road quality

«In the first two months of 2017, we have received 59 insurance claims to cover losses caused low-quality road surface and more than EUR 20,000 has been reserved for compensations,» as reported by Balta insurance association.

GSK Latvia board member appointed as chairman of Children's Clinical University Hospital

Valts Abols has been appointed as the head of Children's Clinical University Hospital. For the past 20 years he worked in managing posts of GlaxoSmithKline Latvia pharmaceutical company, as reported by Healthcare Ministry.

Estonia celebrates 99th anniversary since declaration of its independence

On February 24, it is Estonia’s Independence Day, which commemorates the time in February 1918, when a short period of foreign power vacuum was used to declare the establishment of the Republic of Estonia.

Newest comments