bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Wednesday 16.01.2019 | Name days: Lida, Lidija
LithuaniaLithuania

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania's Tripartite Council fails to reach agreement

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULithuania’s Tripartite Council on Tuesday, July 10, failed to reach agreement on raising the minimum wage. Employers are inclined to back the government’s proposal to raise the minimum pay to 420 euros. Meanwhile, trade unions want it increased to 450 euros.

Eglė Radišauskiene, a vice minister of social security and labour, reiterated the government’s previous position that the minimum wage should be calculated based on a formula presented by the Bank of Lithuania in 2017. Based on it, the minimum wage would grow to 420 euros.

Meanwhile, Kristina Krupavičienė, chair of the Lithuanian trade union Solidarumas (Solidarity), disagrees with the government’s proposal and says people will find it hard to survive on such a minimum wage. Trade unions want it raised to 450 euros based on the estimated average monthly salary in 2019.

The minimum wage in Lithuania was raised by 20 euros to 400 euros last year.

President calls LFGU resolution on new parliamentary probe «revenge»

President Dalia Grybauskaitė says a new parliamentary investigation into unlawful influence of businesses on politicians, initiated by Ramūnas Karbauskis, the chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), is revenge of oligarchs currently standing trial. Karbauskis registered on Thursday a draft Seimas resolution that calls for a new parliamentary investigation into unlawful influence on political processes during the tenure of two previous governments. Karbauskis proposes to investigate the period between 2008 and 2016, with May 2019 to be set as a deadline for completing the probe.

Vilnius-London City Airport flights possibly in spring

A direct flight between Vilnius and London City Airport might be launched in the spring, Lithuanian Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius says. On Wednesday, July 11, he and his counterpart of the Transport Ministry, Rokas Masiulis, currently substituting for Environment Minister Kęstutis Navickas, signed an order on the establishment of a flight between Vilnius and London City Airport, which is vital for the economic and social development of the country. According to Sinkevicius, a competition will be launched in September for an air carrier to operate regular 6–12 flights on this route a week. Flight should take place the whole year and tickets should be sold at market prices.

Association complains to Brussels

Lietuvos Keliai (Lithuanian Roads), an association of road and street construction and maintenance businesses, has complained this week to the European Commission over the Transport Ministry’s decisions that led to an overhaul of road construction enterprises and the establishment of a single state enterprise named Kelių Priežiūra (Road Maintenance). Rimvydas Gradauskas, head of Lietuvos Keliai, says that the association on June 15 turned to the EU’s executive body over what it describes as unlawful state aid and market monopolization.

Henke re-elected chairwoman of Lithuanian World Community

Henke of Germany has been reelected as chairwoman of the Lithuanian World Community (LWC). Eighty-six out of 118 delegates of the LWC Seimas voted for Henke. She was challenged for the post by Dalia Asanavičiūtė of Britain. Delegates from 33 countries took part in this year’s sitting, which started on Monday.

Remains of Lithuanian 1918 independence act signatory reburied

The remains of Mykolas Biržiška, one of the twenty signatories of Lithuania’s 1918 declaration of independence, was reburied in Vilnius on Wednesday, July 11. The signatory, whose remains were flown earlier this week from the United States, was buried in the capital’s old Rasos Cemetery, next to Jonas Basanavičius, chairman of the Council of Lithuania which signed the independence act of February 16, 1918.

IT sector welcomes government plans

The Lithuanian government’s decision to expand the list of professions subject to simplified procedures for employing foreigners would help boost the country’s competitiveness, the director of the IT association Infobalt said.  The government approved on Wednesday, July 11, the Economy Ministry’s proposal to increase to 49, from 27, the list of professions for which there are not enough local workers. Nine of the 22 new professions proposed for the list are related to the information and communication technology business.

Lithuania grants asylum to Russian journalist

Lithuania has granted asylum to Russian journalist Yevgeni Titov, the Migration Department said on Wednesday, July 11. The Migration Department in February 2017 refused to grant asylum to Titov, saying that his fears were objectively unsubstantiated.  The Lithuanian Supreme Administrative Court last October told the authority to reconsider the Russian journalist’s application for asylum. The journalist came to Lithuania in 2016, saying that he had been followed in Russia and faced indirect threats over his activities.

Government approves extra contribution

Lithuania is set to make an additional contribution to the capital of RB Rail, a joint venture established by the three Baltic countries for the implementation of the European-standard gauge railway project Rail Baltica. The government on Wednesday, July 11, gave the go-ahead for using the state’s funds to increase the authorized share capital of Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) by 650,200 euros. The money will go to the state railway company’s subsidiary Rail Baltica Statyba, the Lithuanian shareholder of RB Rail.

Norwegians finishes Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva expansion

Norway’s Linstow has finished expansion of the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva hotel in Vilnius. Linstow – has invested almost 19 million euros in to the construction of a new building. The 8-storey building was built near the existing 20-storey four-star hotel on the right bank of the River Neris. The new building houses 165 hotel rooms as well as commercial and office spaces. All in all, the hotel now has 456 rooms after expansion.

Lithuania might increase defence spending

Lithuania mulls to increase its defence spending by several dozen million euros this year to reach NATO’s defence standard of 2 per cent GDP. According to NATO projections, Lithuania’s defence budget should stand at 1.96 per cent GDP this year. It was said last year, when the 2018 budget being drawn up, that Lithuania’s defence spending would reach 2.006 per cent GDP. But the rate went down slightly due to the improvement of Lithuania’s GDP estimates last spring.


Leave a reply

Ministry fails to coordinate decision regarding Riga City Council’s dismissal

On Tuesday, 15 January, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry failed to coordinate the latest redaction of the decision project On the Dismissal of Riga City Council, because the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments and Latvian Association of Large Cities objected it.

UK rejects Brexit deal, May faces no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresea May hopes to overcome a vote of no confidence in her government, following the rejection of her Brexit deal in the UK Parliament.

Is polygamy the answer for Latvia? «Demographic affairs expert» Parādnieks is the man for the job!

The government formation process in Latvia is progressing slowly and painfully. It is as though a ship without navigation – Latvia has yet to find its way in the ocean of political roads. And this ocean I full of «icebergs» Latvia keeps bumping against. The latest one is National Alliance’s official candidate, an «expert» at resolving demographic problems Imants Parādnieks.

Latvian government approves unified requirements for road and street construction quality

On Tuesday, 15 January, Latvian government approved a project of rules from the Cabinet of Ministers. The goal of this project is ensuring rational use of public funds for road and street construction.

Strike in German airports cancels hundreds of flights

Several hundred flights have been cancelled in German airports on January 15, because of strike as part of an airport worker wage dispute. Germany's powerful Verdi union has announced the strike would last from 02:00 am until 8:00 pm local time at the airports of Frankfurt, Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden and Erfurt.

Saeima proposes applying labour protection requirements for topical employment trends

Considering the emergence of new forms of employment, when work is often performed remotely outside company premises, it is necessary to adapt labour protection requirements.

Opinion: final decision for next Daugavpils mayoral candidate is not yet made

Although on Thursday, 17 January, Daugavpils City Council plans to elect a new mayor and Andrejs Elksniņš is mentioned among the candidates, the final decision has yet to be made, claims former mayor Rihards Eigims, who was dismissed in November.

Tallinn Port sees record passenger number of 10.6 million

Estonia's largest passenger port in Tallinn has registered 11th year of growth in passenger numbers as the year 2018 has ended with a total of 10.6 million passengers.

Additional funding requested for continuation of publication of KGB files

Constitution Protection Bureau’s Centre for the Documentation of the Consequences of Totalitarianism requests additional funding of EUR 51,976 to continue financing the digitization of remaining KGB files before 30 April.

Latvian authorities announce influenza epidemic in the country

Last week, the number of patients with flu in Valmiera reached the threshold of an epidemic – 163.6 cases per 100,000 residents. With that, 15 January was declared the beginning of an influenza epidemic in Latvia, BNN was told by Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

Government declaration proposals may cost Latvia EUR 600 million this year

If all proposals submitted for the government declaration were to be implemented this year, it would require an additional amount of EUR 660 million, prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš told journalists.

Stabbed Polish mayor dies

In Poland, the long-time mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz has died after doctors were unable to save him following a knife attack during a charity event.

Police: cocaine shipment from Ecuador was not meant for Latvian market

The shipment of cocaine sent from Ecuador and intercepted in Koknese was likely not meant for Latvian market, says Chief of State Police Main Criminal Police Department Andrejs Grišins.

Forming government in Latvia may develop new Local Governments Law

Prime minister candidate Krišjāņis Kariņš’s formed government could develop a new Local Government Law, according to information compiled for government declaration ideas from members of the work group.

«Osinovskis’ million» case: Elksniņš requested money «for KNAB»

Several years ago there was a scandal caused by the announcement made by the now former investigator of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) and now Saeima deputy Juris Jurašs that he was offered a two million euros bribe in the LDz corruption case.

Businessman Martinsons’ fast loan company’s paid interest compost most of Ameriks’ income

A month ago, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau performed 30 searches and detained 7 people as part of an investigation of possible corruptive activities at Rīgas satiksme. Among those people is Honour to Serve Riga political party member Aleksandrs Krjačeks.

Bank: this year’s priority will be restoring finance sector’s reputation

This year’s priority will be ensuring sustainable development and restoration of the finance sector’s reputation, says chairman of Baltic International Bank Viktors Bolbats.

Weather in Latvia to be chilly and windy this week

Weather will be volatile in Latvia this week – a reasonable amount of thaw along with chilly air is expected. Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre predicts strong wind and plenty of precipitation.

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.

BNN summary of the week: Latvian government’s plan; minister vs. mayor; politologist in the parliament?

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Government; Conflict; Announcement; Proposal; Support; Opinion; Fight.

New Unity’s candidate to offer partners to sign Fiscal Pact

New Unity’s prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš intends to offer partners of the government to sign a Fiscal Pact, which, among other things, proposes not supporting raising or introducing any new taxes this year.

Latvia’s forming government’s priorities include minimal wages and schools

Among the priorities of Latvia’s forming government is the administrative territorial reform, strengthening of the national economy, reformation in education and healthcare, «uncompromised rule of law», state security, cooperation with diaspora and demography, according to information LETA.

Inflation in Latvia reached 2.6% in December 2018

Compared to December 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.6 % in December 2018. Prices of goods increased by 2.3 % and prices of services by 3.1 %. Compared to 2015, in December 2018 consumer prices were 6.4 % higher.

Orbán seeks anti-immigration sentiment dominance in EU institutions

Hungary' s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stated the his country's goal was to have «anti-immigration forces» in the majority in every European Union institution as the spring European Parliament election nears.

Delays with state budget may put at risk EP elections in Latvia

Delays with approval of the country’s state budget could put at risk residents’ ability to vote in upcoming European Parliament elections at any election site, Diena reports with reference to concerns voiced by Central Election Commission’s chairman Arnis Cimdars.