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Friday – Day X or what the launch of Astravyets looks like

The Belarussian government has announced that on Friday, nuclear fuel will begin being loaded onto the first reactor of Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant. This will be its “physical” launch. Institutions reveal in detail what this means and when the power plant will actually begin generating electricity. Once this occurs, Lithuania will halt trading electricity with Belarus, but theoretically, this could increase electricity prices in the country.

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Leading Lithuanian pharmacy chain introduces new logo and slogan to communicate small prices

This August, Lithuania's leading pharmacy chain Eurovaistinė is introducing a new look. The company logo and slogan have been temporarily revamped to communicate large price reductions. A goblet with a snake wrapped around it, known as an international symbol of pharmacy, has been replaced with a percentage sign.

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Said and done. Did the minister of justice contribute to improving LGBT rights?

We will raise questions of sexual (LGBT) minorities, we will initiate discussions and after them, we will make decisions. This is the attention Minister of Justice Elvinas Jankevičius promised to the LGBT community back in 2018. More than two years have passed and the minster’s term in office is nearing its end – have his promises been fulfilled?

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Eimantas Norkūnas. E.health – broke, breaks and will break. Why is this happening?

It would appear that the e.health system is operational once again, the data has been restored, perhaps only cautiously making no mention of how much of it was lost. Upon looking from the side, it would seem that nothing ever occurred – the Centre of Registers’ head whistles on his way to work and the minister of healthcare continues his holiday in Latvia like nothing ever happened.

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Matas Baltrukevičius. Saving liberality or the liberals‘ popularity?

Liberally inclined political powers have been operating in Lithuania for thirty years now. From the year 2000, at least one would always be working in Seimas.

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Largest co-living complex in the Baltics to open in Vilnius – apartment reservations have begun

This autumn, a complex of the popular co-living concept Liv_in Vilnius will be opening its doors in the capital. While the first residents will be moving into the complex in September, apartments can already be reserved on the project’s website. The complex has six different types of modern apartments, not just spaces for individual relaxation, but also zones for communal interaction and work.

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Lithuanian start-up disrupts transportation and offers substantial savings in time and money

New logistics management tool Freidesk helps its customers transport freight swiftly, simply and effectively with a few clicks of a button. It has already earned the trust of over 100 well known international companies and brands based in the Baltics. The platform is currently used by over 1,200 carriers and the number of customers continues to grow weekly. By mid-2020, over 2,000 cargoes were shipped directly through Freidesk platform. All cargoes shipped through the platform are covered by separate delivery insurance that is provided by Freidesk, thereby relieving customers of the need to take extra security precautions.

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Richard Rimkus. Government handouts and intervention helped tackle coronavirus chaos but it is not a long term solution

Lithuania has thankfully avoided the worst of the Covid-19 crisis, in fact compared to many European nations it has, so far, been almost unscathed. At the time of writing, Lithuania had only suffered 81 deaths and around 2,100 cases – the United Kingdom as a contrast has had more than 300,000 cases and nearly 50,000 deaths. Of course, there has been the recently confirmed news that Public Health England has been misrepresenting the data with dubious standards of reporting of deaths from Covid-19. However, even if the statistics have been inflated, there still appears to be a large disparity between the Covid-19 situation in Lithuania and in the UK - with the UK enduring over 4 times the mortality rate than that of Lithuania according to the statistics above.

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Balance in treetops at Europos Parkas

This summer Lithuanian museum Europos Parkas, which features sculpture art created by the most famous world artists, welcomes an exhibition by the Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora a.k.a Jotka. The open-air museum space is exhibiting a new trend in the world of contemporary art, namely the artwork that finds its location between the earth and sky.

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Tomas Janeliūnas. The EU budget – let’s not pretend it’s a victory

After rather lengthy negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 (or simply – the EU Budget), upon returning from Brussels, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda received a crown of oak leaves. The poorly directed and reeking of farce greeting is a very symbolic summary of the entire result of the EU budget. Press releases were filled with messages on how fortunate Lithuanian farmers were and that the combined sum of allocated funding should be larger than during the 2014-2020 period. Just that between these optimistic lines there lie numerous less positive news pieces.

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NEO GROUP to continue investing despite reduced revenues

Based on audited data, the 2019 earnings of UAB NEO GROUP, which manages one of Europe’s largest PET resins factories that is based in the Klaipėda Free Economic Zone, reached EUR 508.7 million or 6% less than a year ago.

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Radio City Conversion Project by Citus – a regeneration vision for Žaliakalnis in Kaunas

Real estate project management company Citus is creating a unique multifunctional conversion project in the prestigious Žaliakalnis area in Kaunas called Radio City. The project is being developed by renovating the property of the former well-known Banga radio factory in Kaunas.

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Julius Naščenkovas. LSDP electoral programme analysis – a bright tomorrow from the left

October 11 is being advertised as an opportunity to elect new members of Seimas. The candidates themselves say that much more is at stake – Lithuania’s strategic direction for at least four years. But in fact, we will be choosing organisations and people who will obtain the right to distribute offices, rights and common resources in the name of us all. That we dedicate far too little attention to getting to know our candidates is well portrayed by widespread surprise every time a new government begins passing its first legislation.

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No job cuts at Kauno Baldai despite pandemic impacting on sales

Sales revenues at Kauno Baldai, the largest upholstered furniture manufacturer in the Baltic states and managed by SBA, approached EUR 9 million in the first half of this year. This is 13% below last year’s record when the company achieved EUR 10.4m in the same period.

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Aleksandras Izgorodinas. The Lithuanian economy‘s downturn is less than expected, but the recovery will not be consistent

According to data from the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, over the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, Lithuania’s GDP shrank by 3.8%. Despite the fall in GDP, the second quarter wasn’t quite as bad for the Lithuanian economy as expected when it began – at the beginning of Q2, there were talks about the Lithuanian economy shrinking by double-digit figures.

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Green tax: what should drivers know?

As of July 2020, Lithuania has started imposing the green tax that will be levied on older cars. Lithuanians are far from happy with the new tax, considering that they tend to purchase cars of older makes which are categorized as harmful to the environment. While taking care of nature and the environment is very important, the sad thing is that it seems to be done at the cost of those who are simply trying to save some money. After all, old cars are hardly the cars anyone would dream of driving, and the majority of people who purchase them do not have that many choices.

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The impact of pandemic on the behaviour of real estate buyers

The Vilnius real estate market, which has been stagnant since spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, is gradually recovering – in June sales made up 72.8% of sales generated in the same period last year. Experts have noticed that the lockdown has significantly changed the behaviour of current buyers and, as predicted, the tendencies of the near future.

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A. Kubilius. The end of post-Soviet autocracy?

Belarus is roiling. The foundations of Lukashenko’s regime are shaking – the people demand change.

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Eurovaistinė offers 19 guides on how to spend a healthy summer in Lithuania

Lithuania’s main pharmacy network Eurovaistinė, together with the country’s tourism information centres, has prepared 19 guides on how to spend a healthy summer. Chairwoman of the Company’s board, Ingrida Damulienė says that this is a gift to Lithuania’s residents.

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Divers clean up the Vilnelė and find tractor tyres and carpets on the riverbed

While cleaning the Vilnelė River, also known as Vilnia River, in the capital, divers removed four tonnes of trash, including tractor tyres, chairs, carpets, a variety of other household items and construction materials. The city was then gifted a clean river by Lithuania’s largest residential, work and recreational space-creating company Darnu Group, which has recently opened the new Paupys area.

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