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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian President signs Paris climate change agreement in New York

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAt the United Nations headquarters in New York, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has signed the Paris climate change agreement.

«The effect of climate change is evident: it causes floods in some regions and the expansion of deserts, droughts and even hunger in others. This is also one of the causes of migration. The agreement on climate change is an important step that can hold the speed of warming. The whole world suffers from the consequences, some countries more painfully while others – less; however, we all need to deal with this,» the President said.

Lithuania also feels the consequences of climate change –over fifty years, average air temperature in winter has risen by 1.2°C and the number of days when temperature reaches +30°C has almost quadrupled.

According to the statement by the President, Lithuania not only supports the Paris agreement and will contribute responsibly to its implementation but it is also one of the success stories for the world.

«Over a twenty five-year period, greenhouse gas emissions have more than halved in Lithuania while GDP has increased by 30 percent during that period. Our country is already producing almost a quarter of energy from renewable energy resources and is introducing less-polluting technologies,» the Lithuanian head-of-state said.

Germany will help strengthen Lithuania’s security

President Dalia Grybauskaitė on a state visit to Germany discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel relevant bilateral, EU and NATO issues. The meeting placed special emphasis on the threat posed by Russia to the security of Europe and on NATO’s defense and deterrence measures to counter it, as well as on EU actions to tackle the migration crisis in the EU.

«Provocations that show signs of hybrid warfare against NATO ships and planes in the Baltic Sea, Russia’s aggressive and unpredictable behavior, hostile propaganda which incites hatred and is against our societies, as well as cyber-attacks – they all destroy peace and security in Europe. We will work together with Germany to strengthen NATO’s collective defense measures for the Baltic States in order to prevent any possible aggression,» the President said.

This year 600 German service personnel and several hundred units of military equipment will arrive in Lithuania.

Lithuanian-French strategic partnership discussed

Lithuanian Foreign Affairs minister Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, while participating in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council earlier the week. In the meeting, Linkevičius stressed that Lithuania especially appreciated its good bilateral relationship with the country’s strategic partner – France – and was interested in further strengthening cooperation, especially in the fields of security and defence, the development of economic relations and energy.

The French Foreign minister briefed Linkevičius about his next day’s visit to Moscow and the ongoing talks on Ukraine in the Normandy Four format.

Calls on EU to strengthen relations with Eastern partner countries

Lithuanian Foreign Affairs minister Linas Linkevičius took part last Monday, April 18, in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg. Foreign Ministers discussed issues related to the Eastern Partnership, migration and Libya.

Linkevičius noted that maintaining a constant focus on Eastern partner countries and strengthening ties were important for stability of the whole region and its economic development. He urged to finalize the ratification process of the Association Agreements with Moldova and Georgia as soon as possible and to introduce visa-free regimes with Ukraine and Georgia.

«We must finalize the ratification process of the Association Agreements, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs), with Moldova and Georgia as soon as possible with a view to having the above-mentioned agreements entering into force already this summer,» said the minister.

Lithuanian tennis star qualifies for Rio Olympics

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Lithuanian in Israel detained

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US State Department names human rights problems in Lithuania

Children’s rights and non-discrimination of minorities are the weakest points in Lithuania’s human rights record, according to a report by the United States Department of State.

Lithuanian Basketball Federation cornered up

The Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) announced it sees no alternative to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), LKF president Arvydas Sabonis said after the federation decided to suspend clubs playing in the Eurocup tournament organized by Euroleague from participation in official basketball matches.

Lithuania mulls options to stop Astravyets nuclear plant

A study presented at the Ministry of Energy on Thursday, April 21, outlines possibilities how Lithuania could respond to the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus.

Vilnius to sweep away illegal structures in Roma settlement

Vilnius authorities are to tear down illegally erected structures in Vilnius Roma settlement alongside measures to integrate members of the Roma community, Vilnius Deputy Mayor Gintautas Paluckas said, adding that the demolition will start as soon as a family occupying the building moves out.

Iraqi family not to appeal unfavorable ruling

An Iraqi family relocated to Lithuania under the EU’s refugee relocation program has decided not to appeal a Vilnius court ruling refusing to grant it refugee status.

Syrian refugee to hold exhibition

Majd Kara, a Syrian refugee who came to Lithuania last month under the EU relocation program, announced she is staging an exhibition of his paintings in Vilnius.

Kino Pavasaris winners announced

Kino Pavasaris, an international film festival in Vilnius, has ended with the announcement of winners of the festival. Among notable winners from around the world was the first-ever victory of a Lithuanian film at the festival.

Proposal to allow English-language company names in Lithuania

A member of the Lithuanian Seimas’ Liberal group has submitted a proposal calling for the liberalisation of language and naming rules for the formation of new companies, which would allow more companies to choose names with words from English or other widely used foreign languages.

Lithuania drops in media freedom index

In 2016, Lithuania was ranked 35th in this year’s World Press Freedom Index published by the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders. Lithuania has moved down from the previous standing.

Life insurance market enlivens

Life insurance market in Lithuania has bounced back to the levels before the 2008 global downturn, the Bank of Lithuania says.

Germany to join Vilnius-based NATO energy security centre

Germany has plans to join the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (ENSEC COE), based in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence said on Thursday, April 21.

Grave robbers dig up WWI and WWII German graves in Lithuania

Grave robbers dug up two burial sites in Lithuania in search of military memorabilia from the two world wars, Lzinios.lt reported.

VSD proposal on «disloyal individuals»

The Lithuanian State Security Department (VSD) has proposed restricting access to guns of individuals who are seen as posing a threat to national security.

MP: statement about Russians landing in Lithuania was «hypothetical»

MP Artūras Paulauskas said his statements several weeks ago about a possible landing of Russian forces on the Lithuanian coast were «hypothetical».

Russia uses meeting with NATO for its agenda

As NATO and Russian officials met for the first time in two years in Brussels on Wednesday, April 20, Moscow used the occasion to oppose NATO deployments in the Baltic States.

Two Lithuanian footballers suspended

Two Lithuanian football players have reportedly been caught doping. Tests detected Meldonium in their urine, a substance that the World Anti-Doping Agency banned from use by athletes as of January 1.

First humans came to Lithuania 30,000 years earlier than thought

It has long been thought that the first inhabitants came to the territory of present-day Lithuania 14,000 years ago, but a new discovery has pushed back the date at least 30,000 years more.

French PM to visit Lithuania in autumn

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to pay a visit to Lithuania in September, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said after meeting with his French counterpart on Monday, April 18.


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