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Petya, a ransomware attack that spreading across Europe on Tuesday, June 27, has affected Lithuanian as well, with several cases of the virus hitting computers reported in the country.

«This is a version of the WannaCry virus. In Lithuania, we have received several reports and are investigating them,» Rytis Rainys of the Communications Regulatory Authority said. He declined to name the companies possibly hit by the attack. According to foreign media reports, the virus, which locks computers and demands a ransom payment, has affected Ukraine’s government bodies, Russia’s oil company Rosneft and Denmark’s shipping company Maersk.

Heavy downpours in Vilnius

Heavy downpours battered Vilnius on Thursday, June 29, forcing authorities to close the Lithuanian capital’s western bypass and causing public transport delays and numerous emergencies in the city. City officials say that it was the heaviest downpour in Vilnius since 1993. Sixteen emergencies were registered by noon.

Farmers wants Seimas panel to look into reform impediments

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Seimas greenlights defence procurement reform

The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday, June 29, passed amendments paving the way for centralizing procurement in the national defence system. The amendments open the way for setting up a centralized procurement agency that will be named the Defence Resource Agency and is expected to launch operations next year.

Individual constitutional complaint amendment fails on first attempt

A constitutional amendment to allow an individual access to the Lithuanian Constitutional Court on Thursday failed to clear the first hurdle in the parliament. In the first vote on the amendment establishing the institute of the individual constitutional complaint, 90 members of the Seimas voted in favour, none voted against and seven abstained. A two-thirds majority, or at least 94 votes, was required for the parliament to continue debates on the amendment.

Seimas okays plan to cut university numbers by half

The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday, June 29, endorsed a state university network optimization plan that calls for leaving less than half of the country’s current 14 universities. The Seimas passed the resolution in a vote of 77 to 6 with 31 abstentions.

Top prosecutor to ask Seimas to strip lascivious MP of immunity

Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis on Thursday, June 29, asked the Seimas to strip MP Kėstutis Pūkas of his immunity from criminal prosecution in a pre-trial investigation over allegations of sexual harassment and violation of the rules for keeping firearms.

Transport minister is wealthiest among his counterparts

Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis’ family is the wealthiest among the families of Lithuanian ministers and that of Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has the lowest assets, according to asset declarations released by the State Tax Inspectorate on Wednesday, June 28. Masiulis and his wife declared assets worth 602,000 euros. The minister’s wife has 204,000 euros in loans. What singles Masiulis out from other members of the Cabinet is that he holds 117,000 euros worth of shares.

Ratification of EU-Canada trade deal put off

Lithuania’s ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada is likely to be postponed until the fall, although Lithuanian diplomats expected the parliament to ratify the free trade treaty by the end of its spring session.

NATO jets intercept group of 16 Russian aircrafts

NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance’s air policing mission in the Baltic countries were scrambled to intercept a group of 16 Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea during June 19-25, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Monday, June 26.

Lithuanian filmmakers fear censorship

A group of Lithuanian conservative lawmakers called on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Culture Minister Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson to look at whether the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) could perform the function of a feature film watchdog.Some filmmakers describe the system proposed by Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Vytautas Kernagis and Paulius Saudargas as censorship. The three lawmakers of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats said that the move comes in response to the spread of propaganda via Russian film production distributed in Lithuania.

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