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Week in Lithuania: Vilnius municipality rebuked, Alibaba founder visits Vilnius, Audimas loses dispute with Audi

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast week, President Nausėda called on spending more for social security, Lithuania marked 28 years since Medininkai checkpoint massacre, Centre of Registers opened up some data.

Lithuania appeals Gazprom dispute ruling

Lithuania has turned to the Supreme Court of Sweden, appealing against Sweden’s Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the Stockholm arbitration’s 2016 ruling, unfavourable to Lithuania, in the country’s dispute with Russian gas giant Gazprom. Lithuania wants to recoup around 1.4 billion euros from the Russian company as this is the amount Lithuanian consumers overpaid for natural gas, and also have the court ruling on covering Gazprom’s legal costs of 1.3 billion euros overturned, Lithuania’s Ministry of Energy said on Thursday, August 1.

A study: alcohol control measures failed

Lithuania’s alcohol control policy based on bans and tax increases has failed to have any major influence on consumption habits, according a survey carried by scientists from Vilnius University. The survey results were released this week. The VU survey shows the legal sales of alcohol in Lithuania dropped around 7 per cent last year but people bought three times more alcohol abroad.

President calls for increased social security spending

President Gitanas Nausėda called on Thursday, August 1, for an increase in funding for social needs after meeting with Social Security and Labour Minister Linas Kukuraitis. Nausėda met with Kukuraitis amid an ongoing Cabinet reshuffle.

Minister slams Vilnius municipality for creating panic

Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas said on Thursday, August 1, Vilnius’ municipal authorities are creating panic among people by running an evacuation drill to test the city’s readiness to respond to a potential nuclear accident at Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant. According to the minister, this is creating scare and panic among residents of Vilnius, although, basically, there’s even no theoretical reason for doing so. On Wednesday, Vilnius’ municipality announced plans to hold a nuclear accident response readiness drill, involving an evacuation of a part of the city, on September 5.

Energy Ministry works out action plan for power grid synchronisation

The Energy Ministry said on Wednesday, July 31, it has worked out a plan of actions and measures for synchronising the Lithuanian electricity system with that of Continental Europe, in line with a synchronisation law passed by the parliament in June. It calls for expanding the existing LitPol Link interconnection between Lithuania and Poland, building a new submarine cable between the two neighbouring countries, named Harmony Link, and optimizing the power transmission network in northeastern Lithuania and carrying out other projects to reinforce the transmission infrastructure.

A businessman meets Alibaba founder in Vilnius

Tadas Karosas, a minority shareholder of Morele, the Polish owner of Lithuania’s e-retailer Pigu, admitted this week he met with Jack Ma, founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, last week. The businessman refused to elaborate, however. Poland’s e-commerce platform Morele, which is 51 per cent owned by MCI. PrivateVentures, has been the sole shareholder of Pigu since last October. Pigu posted 86.793 million euros in consolidated revenue for the financial year started in April 2017, up 20.3 per cent compared with the previous year. Net profits increased more than five-fold to 2.827 million euros.

Both man and woman for EU commissioner being considered

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday, July 31, Lithuania may nominate both a man and a woman candidate to be its next European commissioner. The prime minister’s comment came after Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Farmers and Greens Union, said earlier on Wednesday that Lithuania was not considering delegating a woman to the new European Commission. Under the law, Lithuania’s candidate is to be nominated by the government and approved by the president and the parliament.

Lithuanian MPs to collecting signatures for judges’ impeachment

Lithuanian lawmakers said on Wednesday, July 31, they are about to finish collecting signatures in favour of launching impeachment proceedings against several corruption-suspected judges. Lawmakers are proposing launching impeachment proceedings against Egidijus Laužikas, a Supreme Court judge, and the Court of Appeal’s judges Valdimaras Bavejanas, Viktoras Kazys and Konstantin Gurin.

Lithuania marks 28 years since Medininkai checkpoint massacre

Lithuania on Wednesday, July 31, marked the 28th anniversary of the Medininkai massacre when seven Lithuanian officials were gunned down at work by Soviet OMON fighters. Memorial events took place in Vilnius and at the Medininkai checkpoint on the Belarusian border. An early morning service took place at Vilnius Cathedral and solemn commemorations followed at Antakalnis Cemetery and the Medininkai Memorial.

HU-LCD suggests nominating Grybauskaite for EU commissioner

The opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats on Tuesday, July 30, suggested nominating the country’s former President Dalia Grybauskaitė for European commissioner. But the former president replied she was not seeking the position. Grybauskaitė served as Lithuania’s president for two terms from 2009 until early July this year. Before that, she was the European commissioner in charge of financial programming and budget in 2004-2009.

Centre of Registers opens up data on real estate

The Lithuanian Centre of Registers launched on Tuesday, July 30, its initiative to provide free access to anonymised data sets by opening up data on real estate. Acting Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius says more data will be opened up in the future.

Audimas loses dispute with Audi over EU trademark registration

Lithuania’s leisure and sportswear producer Audimas has lost this week a legal dispute with Germany’s carmaker Audi over the registration of its logo as a European Union trademark, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported on July 29. According to the court, «Audi» is the main element in the «Audimas» mark, which may create a likelihood of confusion for consumers, especially Spanish speakers who could perceive it as «Audi Plus». The EU General Court has recently upheld the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s decision that the trademark applied for registration by Audimas may be confused with the Audi AG trademark.

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