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Week in Lithuania. Competition watchdog screening pharmacy chains

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Lithuania’s Competition Council has opened an inquiry into the pharmaceutical chains operating in the country, with no information available yet on whether the scrutiny has to do with competition restrictions or with prohibited agreements.

Visits by the council’s representatives in the companies have been confirmed to BNS by two of the largest chains, namely, Eurovaistinė and Gintarinė Vaistinė. Meanwhile, the Competition Council has refrained from any comments yet.

Asta Valatkevičienė, communications chief at Eurovaistinė, confirmed to the media that the competition watchdog’s representatives had visited the company and requested certain information. Reportedly, officers of the competition watchdog also visited other pharmaceutical chains.

Currently, around 1,300 pharmacies operate in Lithuania, including over 1,000 operated by the largest chains, including Nemuno Vaistinė (295), Eurovaistinė (285), Gintarinė Vaistinė (230), Norfos Vaistinė (96) and Benu Vaistinė Lietuva (83).

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Seimas gives green light to new STT chief

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Seimas commission decides not to open probe on MP

The Lithuanian parliament’s Commission for Ethics and Procedures decided on Wednesday, March 28, not to look at whether there are grounds for impeachment proceedings against MP Mykolas Majauskas until prosecutors complete their investigation regarding an alleged libel against the lawmaker. In an interview aired by the Info TV station in early March, a young woman, whose name was not disclosed, accused Majauskas of unwelcome sexual behaviour toward her in his apartment more than five years ago.

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Twarkowski’s Lokis triumphs

The crew of the Lokis play triumphed at the Lithuanian Golden Cross of the Stage awards in Kaunas on Tuesday, March 28, winning four awards including one to director Lukasz Twarkowski. Staged at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Lokis won the awards for the best director, the best female performance by Airida Gintautaitė of actress Marie Trintignant. Actor Vytautas Anužis was awarded for the best male play as Nathan in Nathan The Wise directed by Gintaras Varnas.

Government signs cooperation declaration with Poland’s Orlen

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