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This image released by FOX shows character Homer Simpson, from the animated series, “The Simpsons”

The Radio and Television Commission (RTCL) of Lithuania believes the popular American sitcom, The Simpsons, might be having negative impact on minors, thus, should be shown after 9 p.m. According to the watchdog, certain scenes involving the use of alcohol, polygamy promotion, and talks about sexual intercourse, could be detrimental to minors. The RTCL has asked the TV3 channel airing The Simpsons to provide explanations.

Parliament extends fall session until January 12

The Lithuanian parliament has extended its fall session until January 12. Newly-appointed ministers are expected to be sworn in during plenary sittings scheduled for January 11 and 12. Under the Constitution, the parliament’s fall session starts on September 10 and ends on December 23. If the session had not been extended, the Seimas would have had to hold a plenary sitting on Sunday, December 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

Parliament backs MRU-VGTU merger

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday, December 20, endorsed plans to merge Mykolas Romeris University with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, with 84 votes in favour, no votes against and two abstentions. Earlier, the Lithuanian parliament backed the merger of Aleksandras Stulginskis University and the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. In early December, lawmakers backed the government’s proposal to merge Siauliai and Vilnius Universities.

Seimas greenlights Lithuanian Railway’s overhaul

The Seimas of Lithuania (Parliament) on Thursday, December 20, backed plans for the overhaul of the state-run railways company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), with 69 votes in favour and nine abstentions. Under the plan, instead of the railway company’s three existing directorates, including Passenger Transportation Directorate, Freight Transportation Directorate and the Railway Infrastructure Directorate, three separate enterprises will be established and Lietuvos Geležinkeliai will own their shares. Lietuvos Geležinkeliai will remain a solely state-owned company. Failure to overhaul the railway company would have caused Brussels’ punitive actions.

Presidents’ friendship encouraged to invest in Belarus

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), says the Lithuanian and Belarusian presidents’ friendship encouraged Agrokoncernas to invest in the neighbouring country, even though his business purchased a plant in the Brest region before Dalia Grybauskaite became president. Karbauskis’ comment came after the Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) reported on Thursday that Agrokoncernas had owned a fertilizer plant in Belarus in 2008 to 2017. Agrokoncernas acquired a 50 per cent stake in Xoll Kemikal, the owner of the Belarusian fertilizer plant, in 2008 and signed a deal to buy another 30 per cent of shares at the end of that year, bringing its total shareholding to 83.22 per cent.

New referendum law allows more polling places abroad

The Lithuanian parliament adopted on Thursday, December 20, the new wording of the Law on Referendum that adjusts referendum organization procedures and allows more polling places abroad.

The new wording of the law, which was passed with 65 votes in favour, two against and 18 abstentions, is expected to come into force in January. Decisions on additional polling stations for a referendum will be made by the Foreign Ministry and will have to be approved by the Central Electoral Commission. Lithuania plans to hold a dual citizenship referendum on May 12 and May 26, 2019, in tandem with the first and second rounds of voting in the next presidential election.

President signs 2019 budget bill into law

President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday, December 20, signed into law a bill on next year’s central government and municipal budgets. The 2019 budget projects a total of 10.59 billion euros in central government budget revenue, including 1.922 billion euros in EU and other international financial support, and 11.706 billion euros in expenditure. This leaves a budget deficit of 1.106 billion euros. The ruling bloc says the planned cut in labour taxes will help increase incomes for all working Lithuanians and will encourage job creation, but critics warn that the reform will leave a hole in the state’s coffers that will affect public sector financing.

Minister regrets failure to stop Belarus’ N-plant project

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius regrets that Lithuania failed to stop the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus, despite major efforts to torpedo the project. He said the project in Astravyets, just 50 kilometers from Vilnius, should have been stopped from the beginning. The chief diplomat also said he regretted that Lithuania did not have sufficient arguments to convince neighbouring countries not to buy electricity from the Astravyets plant. Belarus expects the plant’s first reactor unit to be ready for industrial power generation by late 2019 and the second unit to be operational by mid-2020.

Government to draft bill on freezing of Russian oligarchs’ assets

The government said on Wednesday, December 19, it will itself draft a bill providing a legal basis for freezing assets of Russian oligarchs and officials on Lithuania’s blacklist and restricting their economic and financial activities in the country. The Cabinet did not approve of similar amendments tabled by two opposition parties – the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD) and the Liberal Movement. If the amendments were adopted, money kept in Lithuania-based banks and other financial assets would be frozen, and people and companies in Lithuania would be banned from doing business with blacklisted individuals.

Government nods to 3 PPP military base development projects

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday, December 19, gave the go-ahead for the Defence Ministry to develop military bases in the city of Šiauliai and in the districts of Šilalė and Vilnius on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis. A total of up to 165 million euros at net present value are planned to be allocated for the military bases, which will house three battalions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Negotiations with potential suppliers will be held at the turn of 2019 and 2020, with contracts to be signed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

President appoints culture minister

President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Tuesday, December 18, appointed Mindaugas Kvietkauskas as culture minister, the president’s press service said. Kvietkauskas, a 42-year-old poet and literary scholar, served as director of the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore between 2008 and 2018 and now holds the post of deputy director at the institute. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in early December announced his decision to replace the ministers for culture, education and environment, saying he wanted to give fresh impetus to reforms.

Parliament green-lights purchase of Klaipeda LNGT

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday, December 18, gave the green light for purchasing the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) by late 2024, when the lease contract with Norway’s Hoegh LNG ends. The Seimas passed the respective amendments to the Law on LNG Terminal in a vote of 99 to one with 17 abstentions. Following the approval from the Seimas, the terminal’s operating costs are to be reduced to 43 million euros per year, from the current 66 million euros. The terminal’s costs for the fertilizer manufacturer Achema, Lithuania’s single largest gas consumer, would go down by around 6 million euros annually.


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New Unity’s candidate to continue talks with partners on government declaration over weekends

New Unity’s prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš plans to continue working on the government declaration, cooperation agreement and fiscal discipline agreement over Saturday, 19 January, as confirmed by New Unity’s press-secretary Sandris Sabajevs.

Head of Riga City Council’s committee reports results of non-existent vote; dismissal follows

As the chairperson of Riga City Council’s Social Affairs Committee, Olga Veidiņa from Harmony, submitted a written report to the mayor, detailing how all members of her committee had allegedly voted in favour of paying a bonus to Orphan Court chairman Aivars Krasnogolovs even though such a topic was never discussed by this committee, BNN was told by opposition deputy Marija Balcere from New Conservative Party.

1991 Barricades commemoration events in Latvia

One of the most notable chapters in Latvia’s newest history was written in January 1991 – the barricades period, when Latvian residents commemorate the victims and feel pride for the bravery of the nation in defending their country’s freedom.

MEP: Britain’s non-exit from EU is no longer possible

It is no longer possible for Britain to stay in the European Union. Even British politicians who have spoken against Brexit admit as much, said Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Dismissal of Nils Ušakovs alone would not change a thing in Riga

«No change will come without dismissal of Riga City Council and its subsequent re-election. Activities that point towards the possibility of corruption did not appear solely during the term of the current team at Riga City Council. Its roots date a long way to the past. This means cleaning and general disinfection efforts should be very thorough. Dismissing Nils Ušakovs alone would not help change a thing. Ušakovs both maintains and serves the system,» said opposition deputy Jānis Ozols in a conversation with BNN.

Proposal to make ports state capital association faces no major objections in Latvia

No major objections have been voiced so far against transport minister candidate Tālis Linkaits’ proposal on reforming ports as state capital associations.

Latvia’s forming coalition promises to be more open to opposition

The forming coalition in Latvia may consider proposals from the opposition and even support the more constructive of them, said prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš in a conversation with journalists on Thursday, 17 January.

Air temperature in Latvia may drop as far as -21° C next week

After the windiest and snowiest week, as anticyclone activity increases, weather in Latvia will become more stable – it will become drier and considerably colder.

Lithuania’s ruling majority swings at media freedom, experts warn

All media, the so-called fourth authority of power, has been facing some international challenges, with the European Parliament set to vote next Monday on final text of Article 13, the proposed EU directive on copyright, which, if implemented, could censor internet users and internet platform hosts through artificial intelligence-employing filters.

Riga Active Seniors Alliance: seniors’ behaviour on the road should be discussed

Riga Active Seniors Alliance supports Latvian State Police informative safety campaign that addresses the behaviour of pedestrians on the road. This campaign invites seniors to pay attention to their own behaviour to ensure safe movement without putting at risk other traffic participants.

New healthcare service principle’s adoption in Latvia postponed until July

The rights to receive healthcare services as part of state compulsory healthcare regardless of their health insurance contributions will remain available for residents until 30 June 2019, Latvian Saeima has decided.

150 jobs lost in Estonia as polluting power stations reduce operations

Estonian state energy giant Eesti Energia, which mostly generates energy from fossile oil shale plants will reduce its operations at the Narva power plants, resulting in 150 job cuts.

Opinion: Russia will definitely interfere with European Parliament elections

According to Latvian member of the European Parliament Inese Vaidere, Russia will definitely attempt to interfere with upcoming European Parliament elections.

In no-deal Brexit, border control in Ireland would be obligatory

In an interview with the British news portal The Guardian, Michael Lux, a former head of customs legislation and procedures at the European commission, said the UK would have to impose customs checks and tariffs on the northern side of the border, despite claims to the contrary by Brexiters.

Opinion: Daugavpils City Council doesn’t want emergency elections; to agree on new mayor

Daugavpils City Council deputies Rihards Eigims and Andrejs Elksniņš are afraid of voters’ opinion in regards to emergency elections. Because of that, they will agree on the next mayoral candidate at the 17 January meeting, said Latgale party representative Jānis Lāčplēsis.

Scientists suggest sustainable diet to save the planet and prevent premature deaths

An international group of 37 scientists has developed a diet that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet.

Latvian parties taking too long on compiling government cooperation documents

Although work on the new government’s cooperation documents has taken more time than initially expected, Latvian prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš still hopes for the government to be approved next week.

Ministry: more children end up in families in Latvia not through foster families or guardians

More and more children in Latvia end up in families not through adoption, but through foster families or guardians, says Welfare Minister’s office manager Linda Baļčūne.

Estonian population continues to increase, mostly due to immigration

Estonia has registered population growth for the third consecutive year as 4,690 more persons lived in the Baltic country on January 1, 2019 than a year before, official statistics show.

Sweden to nominate head of government, who could finally be confirmed

In the Swedish parliament, three parties have stated they would not vote against caretaking Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to have another attempt to form a center-left government after a four-month political crisis.

In 2018 Latvia experienced more rapid growth of car registrations than EU

Last year the number of newly registered cars in Latvia was higher than the average in the European Union, according to the latest data from European Automobile Manufacturers' Association.

Latvian government prepares legislation to protect rights of Latvian in Britain after Brexit

Latvian government has started working on a document that provides for the protection of rights of Latvian citizens working in Britain and vice versa after Brexit, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Karolis Sankovski appointed as chairman of RB Rail council

A new council chairman has been appointed in Baltic joint company RB Rail. Riia Sillave and Edvīns Bērziņš were picked as vice-chairmen, as the company reports.

airBaltic carried record number of passengers in 2018 – 4.1 million

Latvian airBaltic airline carried a total of 4,136,711 passengers to different destinations in 2018. This is 17% more when compared to 2017. The number of passengers carried in 2018 is airBaltic’s all-time highest, as BNN was told by the company.

KPV LV to decide on dismissing Kaimiņš as vice-chairman of party’s faction

KPV LV party’s Saeima faction plans to discuss the proposal of dismissing Artuss Kaimiņš from the post of the faction’s vice-chairman.