bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Tuesday 16.01.2018 | Name days: Lida, Lidija
LithuaniaLithuania

Week in Lithuania. Street plaque in Yiddish, Hebrew languages unveiled in Vilnius

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

gatvė

A street sign in Yiddish and Hebrew languages was unveiled on Žydų gatvė in the heart of the historic Jewish quarter in Vilnius on Tuesday, September 20.

«…Eleven thousand Jews were forced to leave here and few weeks afterwards on October 21 of 1941 were taken to Paneriai where they all were murdered. This is the most important thing that we should remember,» Israel‘s Ambassador Amir Maimon said at the ceremony.

The plaque was unveiled a few days before September 23, which Lithuania commemorates as the Day of Genocide.

This is the 6th symbolic street sign in a foreign languages in the Lithuanian capital – analogous signs in official languages have already been unveiled on streets named after Iceland, Warsaw, Russia, Tatars and the Washington Square.

MPs mull cutting number of MPs

The Lithuanian parliament has started discussions on the Labour Party’s proposal to reduce the number of members of the Seimas to 111, from the current 141 members.

The draft amendment to the Constitution passed the first reading in the Seimas with 66 votes in favor, four against and 15 abstentions and will be now discussed at parliamentary committees. Valentinas Bukauskas, chairman of the parliament’s Committee on State Administration and Local Authorities, called on the current parliament to launch debates on this issue, with a final decision to be adopted by the next one.

A constitutional amendment must be debated and voted on twice by the Seimas, with an interval of at least three months between the votes, and requires a two-thirds majority, or 94 votes, to be adopted

President: women‘s role in tackling crises should be stepped

Lithuania‘s President Dalia Grybauskaitė urged leaders of member-states of the United Nations to empower women to tackle international crises.

«However all of today‘s greatest challenges – from climate change to fighting terrorism or ending the world‘s deadliest conflicts – can only be resolved with full participation of both genders and especially women,» Grybauskaitė said in her speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, September 22.The Lithuanian president stated that traditions in some countries to send off or sell girls into early marriages blocking their path to education, higher income and independence.

Lithuanian agrees with sentence for spying

Romualdas Lipskis, a former employee of Lithuania’s state air traffic company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) sentenced to five years in prison for spying for Belarus, is not contesting his sentence. The Lithuanian citizen had until mid-September to lodge an appeal with the Lithuanian Supreme Court, but he did not do so. Snaiguolė Mažeikienė, his lawyer, informed that Lipskis‘ children did not want their father to continue the court battle, even though the man himself had been inclined to appeal to the Supreme Court. Under Lithuanian law, Lipskis is not eligible for parole and will have to serve his full sentence until January 2019. The Vilnius Regional Court in November 2015 sentenced Lipskis to three years and three months in prison, but the Lithuanian Court of Appeals last May increased the prison term to five years.

Lithuania to contest Swedish court ruling

Lithuania was to apply on Thursday, September 22, to a Swedish court for an annulment of a Stockholm arbitration court’s ruling in a dispute between the government and Russia‘s gas giant Gazprom in which the country sought, but was not awarded, 1.4 billion euros in compensation for overpriced Russian natural gas. The government in late August authorized the Energy Ministry to turn to a Swedish court for an annulment of the arbitration ruling that cost the state 9 million euros. Following a four-year legal battle, the arbitration court ruled in late June that Gazprom had a conflict of interest in acting as both a shareholder of Lietuvos Dujos (Lithuanian Gas) and a supplier of gas to Lithuania, but it did not award the compensation sought by Lithuania.

A bunch of amendments to Labour Code

Lithuanians MPs, mostly from the Social Democratic political group, registered on Wednesday, September 21, 11 draft amendments to the Labour Code. Some of the new amendments are similar to those proposed by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who vetoed the code saying that it failed to provide sufficient safeguards to employees and reinforced employers‘ domination.

Vilnius court order on letter W in passport

Vilnius court has ruled that name of another Lithuanian citizen should be spelled with the non-Lithuanian character W in his passport and personal identity card.  The decision was taken in connection to Lithuanian citizen Malgozatos Runevic – Vardyn and her child whose father is Polish citizen Lukasz Pawel Wardyn, Under the earlier ruling, the child’s last name was spelled with a w in his birth certificate. An appeal against the latest ruling can still be filed. This is the second court ruling to allow spelling of a name of a Lithuanian citizen in non-Lithuanian characters in his personal documents.

National fridge maker to launch new fridge series

Lithuania‘s refrigerator manufacturer Snaige, which is part of Russia‘s Polair group, plans to develop a new line of refrigerators. The company has applied for assistance for development of the new product via the European Union program for corporate innovations. In Snaige‘s opinion, creation of the new refrigerator line should cost about 600,000 euros.

Library in Romania named after late ex-MEP Donskis

A library of Baltic and Nordic studies in Romania has been named after Lithuania‘s late professor Leonidas Donskis. The library, which has been named after the philosopher who unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, is located in the Valahia University of Targoviste, a city in southern Romania, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, September 22. Donskis unexpectedly died at the Vilnius airport on Wednesday morning. During his career as a scientist, he worked in universities in the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Hungary, writing more than 40 monographs and over 500 articles. In 2009-2014, Donskis held a mandate at the European Parliament, working in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party.

Vilniaus Energija‘s ungrounded gains

Vilniaus Energija (Vilnius Energy), Lithuania‘s biggest district heating supplier controlled by France‘s Veolia, generated an unlawful excess profit of 24.3 million euros in the 2012-2015 period, the energy market regulator said on Thursday, September 22.The way of returning the sum to heating consumers will be discussed at the nearest meeting, said Inga Ziliene, the head of the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices (NCECP). A lower heating price should be approved as of Dec. 1 of this year.

In September of 2012, Lithuanian prosecutors launched a probe on the suspicion that Vilniaus Energija‘s CEO allowed Bionovus to profit from biofuel sales. Prosecutors suspected that Vilniaus Energija had included purchase of fuel, other services and commodities into the heating price, furthermore, the Competition Council imposed a fine of 19.004 million euros on Vilniaus Energija last December.

Lithuania set to foster relations with Cuba

Lithuania is stepping up diplomatic relations with Cuba: the two countries‘ foreign ministers have agreed to  establish a mechanism for bilateral consultations. A respective memorandum of understanding was signed in New York, where the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly is taking place, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, September 21. Linas Linkevicius, the Lithuanian Foreign minister, invited Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla to visit Lithuania and the Cuban foreign minister invited his Lithuanian counterpart to visit his country.

Lithuanian state watchdog‘s permission

The Lithuanian State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) has given a go-ahead to the shut-down Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) to use its new interim spent nuclear fuel storage facility, known as B1.

The inspectorate said it had Tuesday granted a license for operation of the storage facility, which allows the Ignalina plant to launch hot tests, which will involve moving of ten containers with spent nuclear fuel to the storage facility.

After the tests, INPP will be able to use the interim storage facility, with all of the spent nuclear fuel from the power plant’s both blocks stored at the facility by 2022. The INPP plans to store 190 containers in the B1 facility, which can accommodate slightly more than 200 containers.

The 193.5-million-euro storage facility was built and equipped, five to six years behind schedule, by a consortium of Germany’s Nukem Technologies and GNS.

Lithuania recalling defense attache from Russia

Lithuania‘s Defense Ministry is recalling Defense Attache to Russia Saulius Pikturna due to marriage to a resident of Crimea annexed by Russia.«The decision on his recall has been made in response to his plea in light of the changed family circumstances,» the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Migration Department will stay

Lithuania‘s parliament has rejected a package of laws that envisaged scrapping of the Migration Department.Some 68 parliamentarians voted for rejection of the bills, as proposed by parliamentary committees, while four abstained. The proposal to eliminate the Migration Department and divide its functions among the Police Department, the State Border Guard Service and the Interior Ministry was made by former interior minister, Saulius Skvernelis. The government initially backed the initiative, however, revised its position during Seimas debates and said the institution should remain in place, as Europe is faced with the migration crisis.

Lithuania benefited to Soviet Union

Lithuania used to earmark about 6 percent of its national budget to the Soviet Union during the Soviet rule, which proves that Lithuania and other nations were not dependent on the Soviet Union but were its donors, a Latvian researcher has said.

Gatis Krumins, rector of the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, also emphasized that about a third of Lithuania‘s national budget went towards military structures fighting Lithuanian guerrilla in the first decade of the occupation.

«All literature from the Soviet era tells about the immense support from the central budget of the Soviet Union. However, the data I found about Lithuania suggests that it used to donate 5-6 percent to the Soviet Union’s budget, although the number is very high,» Krumins told BNS, a news agency, Lithuania in Vilnius on Tuesday, September 20.

Klaipėda LNG terminal should operate as regional

With Lithuania seeking EU funding to purchase the vessel of the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, a high-ranking European Commission official says that options should be explored to ensure the facility‘s «successful functioning on a regional scale.»

«The LNG terminal in Klaipėda undoubtedly implements the objectives of the Energy Union and the EU’s LNG strategy and one of its key pillars – security of supply,»Dominique Ristori, director general for energy at the European Commission, said in a press release after visiting the LNG terminal in Klaipėda on Tuesday, September 20.

«The Commission welcomed the development of this terminal and now we clearly see that it is delivering expected results – this year Lithuania, for the first time in history, will import more gas through the LNG terminal than from Gazprom,» the director general said.

Booze consumption  among teenagers drops

A survey of teenagers across Europe showed last year that the number of Lithuanian 15- and 16-year-olds who drank alcohol in the past month was below the average level in Europe. Use of other substances among Lithuanian teenagers was similar to that in other countries, show results of the 2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) published on Tuesday, September 20.

Conducted in 35 European nations last year, the survey revealed that 48 percent of teenagers had drank alcohol in the past 30 days, as compared to 34 percent of respondents in Lithuania.

Some 24 percent of Lithuanian teenagers said they smoked at least one cigarette in the past month (21 pct in Europe), while 18 percent of young Lithuanians said they had smoked marijuana at least once in their lives (16 pct in Europe).

Ref: 020/111.111.111.4104


Leave a reply

Mass protests in Greece do not hold back new bailout reforms

The parliament of Greece has adopted a large set of reforms pushed for by international creditors in return for more bailout money, despite approximately 20 000 people protesting outside the parliament and brief clashes with riot police breaking out.

Foster families in Latvia to receive larger benefits

Municipal administrations have a duty to pay larger benefits for child care when children are put in foster families, Latvian Welfare Ministry reports.

Government plans to improve anti-doping measures in Latvia

During a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, a legislative draft developed by Healthcare Ministry on adding changes to the Sports Law for the improvement the country’s anti-doping measures was approved.

Only 12% of workers know their organization’s IT security policy

Businesses around the world still suffer from a catastrophically low level of awareness for IT matters, according to a study performed by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.

Parents let children on ice in spite of temporary restriction

On Sunday, 14 January, officers of Riga Municipal Police observed with video-recording equipment how two people were skating on the surface of Victory Park’s pond. Because it is banned for people to remain on ice of large bodies of water in Riga, officers were sent in.

Czech President to be determined in duel between Zeman and Drahoš

In the Czech presidential election, no candidate has garnered a half of the votes and its result will be determined in a run-off between the current eursceptic President and a pro-European academic.

Aldaris: non-alcoholic beer market in Latvia grew 9% in 2017

Aldaris concluded 2017 with a significant increase in their non-alcoholic beer category of products. Demand for non-alcoholic beer has increased across all of Latvia – market growth was 9% in 2017, as reported by the company’s representatives.

Politician reports meddling with e-health system; prime minister parries

Last Thursday, 11 January, e-health system ‘suffered malfunctions’, which suggests that it may have been hacked, Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee head Aija Barča mentioned in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Pension fund cautious about 500-million-euro bridge project to Saaremaa

Commenting on the idea that Estonian pension funds could invest into the ambitious project of building a bridge from mainland Estonia to the country’s largest island, Swedish Swedbank has expressed caution.

Study: more than half of Latvians do not trust other people

52% of Latvian residents believe most people cannot be trusted. Only 5% of residents are ready to trust their fellow man. Less than one-fifth of Latvian residents trust decision-makers, according to results of a study performed by SKDS.

Economic expert: 2018 expected to be good for investors

«This year promises to be good for investors, because global economy is on a rise and profits of businesses have a tendency to grow,» says Luminor economic expert Gints Belēvičs.

Estonia counts more residents for 3rd consecutive year

Registering an increase in the Estonian population for the third consecutive year, Estonian statisticians have estimated that the population has increased by 3,070 people to 1,318,700 residents. They have also warned that this is preliminary data, which could still change considerably as unregistered immigration has not been included.

Russian school struck by teenager knife attack

In a knife attack on a school in Perm, Russia, eleven children and a teacher have suffered injuries.

NA: city council has to consider new partnership approach for Agenskalns market

Riga City Council members have to decide what is more important for Agenskalns market’s development: rate or quality. There are two options: force a closed market development with an auction of long-term lease or consider public private partnership option. Such a proposal was submitted to Riga City Council’s City Property Committee by the faction of the National Alliance.

Romania Prime Minister changed, second since June

Romanian head of government Mihai Tudose has lost the support of his own Social Democratic Party becoming the second Romanian Prime Minister to lose the seat in seven months.

Moderately rapid export rise recorded in Latvia in January-November period

Compared with the previous year’s period, a moderately rapid export growth was recorded in Latvia in the January-November period of 2017 when compared with other EU member states, according to data published by Eurostat.

Japanese R&I upgrades Latvia’s credit rating to A-

Japanese Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I) has announced its decision to upgrade Latvia’s rating from BBB+ to A- with a stable outlook, as reported by Latvian State Treasury.

KVV Liepājas metalurgs to be auctioned off

Insolvency administrator to the bankrupt KVV Liepājas metalurgs Guntars Koris has decided to sell property owned by the company at an auction, as confirmed by the administrator’s representative Dzintars Hmieļevskis.

Port turnover of Latvia’s neighbours up 9%; Latvia suffers 2% decline

«Total turnover of Russian ports has grown to 787 million tonnes, according to data from Russian Federal Agency for Marine and River Transport. Compared with 2016, stevedores of Latvia’s neighbouring countries serviced 7.2% more liquid cargoes, with their volume reaching 414 million tonnes. The total volume of bulk cargoes, on the other hand, has increased by 11.1%, and now reaches 373 million tonnes,» as reported by Dienas Bizness journalist Egons Mudulis.

Greek transport strike seeks to safeguard right to call strikes

A scope of Greek public transport services drew to a halt on the opening day of the week as public transport workers and air traffic controllers engaged in a strike to protest against what they see as attempts to limit they right to hold strikes.

Olaine prison to have a new training centre for correctional service personnel

On 15th and 16th January, Justice Ministry will organize a meeting for the Norwegian finance instrument’s 2014-2021 planning period. During this period, officials will discuss the progress of the Improved correctional services system. As part of this programme, it is planned to build a new training centre in Olaine prison for correctional service personnel, as reported by the ministry.

Estonia's new road tax payment criticised by road hauliers

As the new road tax has entered into force in Estonia in 2018, the country's Association of Estonian International Road Carriers has commented after the first two weeks of its implementation that a key problem is that the state has not granted truck drivers the possibility to pay the road tax at gas stations in addition to the existing way paying the tax online.

Marriott International hotel network enters Latvia’s market

Albert Hotel will be closed down for renovations on Monday, 15 January. It will be reopened in 2019 as AC Hotel Riga part of Marriorr Group. The new Marriott hotel in Latvia will be managed by Legendhotels, as BNN was told by the company.

NP: Reizniece-Ozola and Kučinskis are proud of tax reform, businessmen are not

Latvia’s tax system underwent serious reforms before the country entered 2018. Until now officials only mentioned the benefits – businessmen will no longer have to pay tax for profits if they reinvest money in business development, the majority of small wage recipients will become several dozen euros richer. However, businessmen are generally dissatisfied with the reform, Nekā personīga reports.

Ilves suggests creation of world cyber-security alliance beyond NATO

Former Estonian President, cyber-security activist Toomas Hendrik Ilves has noted that world's democratic countries, starting from NATO, should form a common cyber security organisation.

Would you be ready to boycott something in your life?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: