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Week in Lithuania: Funeral for 1863-1864 uprising commanders held, new election threshold discussed

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Last week, Lithuania decided against sending troops to Syria, IMF called to step up reforms, PM on three-day sick leave

Vilnius hosts state funeral for commanders of 1863-1864 uprising

Vilnius hosted a state funeral ceremony for the commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising on Friday, November 22. Led by Lithuanian and Polish guard troops, the coffins with the remains of Zigmantas Sierakauskas (Zygmunt Sierakowski in Polish) and Konstantinas Kalinauskas (Konstanty Kalinowski), the leaders of the Lithuanian uprising, as well as those of another 18 uprising participants were taken from the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania to Vilnius Cathedral. The remains were later carried the old Rasos Cemetery with a stop at the Gate of Dawn on the way.

Polish president invites Nausėda to Žalgiris battle anniversary

Polish president Andrzej Duda on Thursday, November 21, invited Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda to the commemoration of the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Zalgiris (Grunwald) next year. Nausėda spontaneously accepted the invitation during a press conference in Vilnius. The Battle of Zalgiris was fought July 15, 1410 near Grunwald was one of the major battles of the epoch. The alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, led by Polish King Jogaila and Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas, defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic knights.

Lithuania will not send troops to Syria yet

Lithuania will keep the option of sending troops to the international operation in Syria but has no plans to do that any time soon, it turned out on Thursday, November 21, during the deliberation of a Seimas resolution on giving mandate for troops to take part in international operations over the next two years. Several years ago, Lithuania sent military instructors to Iraq where they trained local forces to fight against the Islamic State.

IMF calls on Lithuania to step up reforms

The International Monetary Fund’s mission in Lithuania has called on the country to step up the implementation of structural reforms aimed at increasing productivity, especially in the areas of health and education, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday, November 21.The IMF has acknowledged that these areas are the least efficient, Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka said.

Aga to build a gas plant in Lithuania

Aga, a company of the global industrial and medicinal gas producer and supplier Linde, has obtained permission to build an oxygen and nitrogen plant in central Lithuania. The company says it is planning to invest 20 million euros in the facility in the Kėdainiai Free Economic Zone (FEZ). The plant is planned to be completed in late 2021. It will be Aga’s second air separation unit in the Baltic countries. The first one was launched in Latvia 12 years ago.

PM admits mistakes by transport minister

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis admits that Jaroslav Narkevič lacks experience and has made mistakes, but the head of government does not plan to make any decisions regarding the transport and communications minister, at least for now.

Lithuanian PM takes 3nd sick-leave day

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who is being treated for lymphoma, took a third consecutive day of sick leave on Friday. Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas is standing in for the prime minister. Skvernelis said in late August that he had been diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and would not be able to work on some days due to the ongoing treatment.

EC: Lithuania’s 2020 draft budget compliant

Lithuania’s draft budgetary plan for 2020 has been ruled by the European Commission to be compliant with the Stability and Growth Pact, Lithuania’s Finance Ministry said. The European Commission projects balanced budgets for Lithuania in 2019 and 2020. And Lithuania’s Finance Minister expects a headline budget surplus of 0.1 per cent of GDP in 2019 and 0.2 per cent in 2020.

Minister discussed national minorities’ education

Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius on Wednesday, November 20, met with his Polish counterpart, Dariusz Piontkowski. The meeting focused on national minority education issues, according to Barbara Stankevič, the minister’s spokeswoman.

New election threshold favoured

As the Seimas of Lithuania deliberates changes to the existing election thresholds for political and parties and their coalitions to get into the Seimas, President Gitanas Nausėda says he is in favour of 4 and 6 per cent thresholds. They were earlier backed by the parliamentary Committee on State Administration and Local Authorities but politicians from the ruling block want them reduced to 3 and 5 per cent respectively. Now parties need to exceed the 3 per cent threshold in the multi-member constituency o get into the country’s parliament, and there’s a 7-per cent threshold for coalitions.

Ex-Lithuanian diplomat Bačkis dies

Former Lithuanian diplomat and chairman of the Lithuanian community in France Ričardas Bačkis has passed away at the age of 85, the Lithuanian Embassy in France said.

Ex-judge Venckienė leaves remand prison

Neringa Venckienė, a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian recently extradited from the United States, left Kaunas Remand Prison on Tuesday, November 19, after a court released her on 10 000-euro bail. The former lawmaker is suspected of refusing to obey a court order, resisting a police officer, hindering a bailiff, and hitting mother of her niece, in the face.

Seimas speaker’s meeting with Zelensky cancelled

The Lithuanian parliamentary speaker’s planned meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev did not take place on Monday, November 18. Zelensky, a political novice who became Ukraine’s president last spring, is scheduled to visit Vilnius on November 26-27.

Klaipeda LNG terminal’s service price to go up

The Klaipėda-based LNG terminal’s security component might go down by 5.6 million euros next year after more revenue would be collected from the terminal’s users, its state-run operator Klaipėdos Nafta (Klaipeda Oil) said on Monday, November 18.

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