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Week in Lithuania. Ruling LFGU initiates referendum to reduce number of MPs

Members of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union will collect signatures for a referendum to reduce the size of the parliament.

Agriculture Ministry moves from Vilnius to Kaunas, some staff leave

From now on Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city and the interim and de facto capital of Lithuania during 1919-1940, will be known not only for the legendary basketball club Žalgiris, but also as the host city of a ministry.

Week in Lithuania. Probe into suspected squandering at Lithuanian Post

Lithuania's Special Investigation Service, or STT, has launched a pre-trial investigation into suspected squandering of public funds at Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post). Transport and Communications Minister Rokas Masiulis says traces of an audacious scheme for profiting at the state's expense have been detected at the state postal company.

Lithuanian President’s New Year’s greeting draws ire

In her New Year's Eve speech Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid highlighted the importance of preserving the Estonian language, in his congratulatory address to the nation her Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis emphasised the significance of the state’s 100th anniversary. Meanwhile, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has seemingly struck the most bellicose pose among the three, underscoring that, in 2019, there are many challenges ahead and they can be overcome if her fellow Lithuanians do not allow «militant illiteracy and aggressive populism to prevail».

Week in Lithuania. President signs new referendum law

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, the presidential press service said on Thursday, December 27.

Week in Lithuania. Watchdog: Simpsons might have negative effect on minors

The Radio and Television Commission (RTCL) of Lithuania believes the popular American sitcom, The Simpsons, might be having negative impact on minors, thus, should be shown after 9 p.m. According to the watchdog, certain scenes involving the use of alcohol, polygamy promotion, and talks about sexual intercourse, could be detrimental to minors. The RTCL has asked the TV3 channel airing The Simpsons to provide explanations.

Week in Lithuania. Prosecutors mull probe into Russia sanction violations

Lithuanian prosecutors announced this week they were mulling launching a pre-trial investigation in to the purchase by around ten companies of fertilizers from Russia's Minudobreniya, which allegedly violates the EU's sanctions against Russia.

Week in Lithuania. President signs decrees on three ministers' dismissal

President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday, December 7, signed decrees to accept the resignations of Jurgita Petrauskienė as education and science minister and Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson as culture minister and to dismiss Kęstutis Navickas from the post of environment minister.

Week in Lithuania. Government set to raise teachers' pay only in 2020

Lithuania's government on Thursday, November 29, proposed to trade unions that an agreement of political parties on raising teachers' pay should be signed. But due to failure to make any decision on teachers' salaries, the negotiations at the Ministry of Education and Science were postponed.

Germany to help fund Lithuanian tank firing range

As Lithuanian Armed Forces seek to modernise a training area in Pabradė, Germany has pledged to allocate up to a million euros for procuring mobile target lifting system for training tank and armoured equipment live fire while in maneuver. The funds will be allocated to Lithuania under the programme of the Government of Germany for investments into long-term Lithuania’s security.

Week in Lithuania. PM expects EU commission's approval for food vouchers

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says there should be no problem obtaining the European Commission's approval for a food voucher system that was approved by the government on Wednesday, November 21. The plan is to allocate food coupons to families with preschool-age children at the initial stage of the scheme.

Week in Lithuania. Conservatives pick Simonyte as presidential candidate

Lithuania's opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats has picked MP and former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte as the party's presidential candidate in a primary election held last weekend.