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Business news portal Baltic News Network was launched on September 1, 2010, to provide objective and immediate information on both Latvian and global economic, social and politic events. The portal is available in three languages: Latvian, English and Russian.

Landsbergis urges EU to think twice before punishing Poland in rule of law dispute

Lithuania, Poland, EU, politics, diplomacy, rule of law dispute, court independence in Poland, conditionality mechanism

In the week of heightened tensions between EU member Poland and the European Commission, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis opined that punishing Poland could lead to deeper anti-European sentiment, American media organisation Bloomberg reports. This week marked fiery addresses on the issue in the European Parliament from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and European Commission […]

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Lithuanian border scanner fails after uncovering smuggled cigarettes worth millions

Lithuania, crime, border, EU, Belarus, cigarette, border, smugglers, customs

50 kilometres from the Raigardas border crossing, there operates the Grodno cigarette factory. The border crossing has been popular among smugglers seeking to bring cigarettes illegally into Lithuania and the EU. This is the place, where an X-ray machine used for making large finds of illegal goods has failed, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. The […]

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Vilnius security guard shot at supermarket by man unwilling to wear mask

Lithuania, man shoots security guard, Vilnius, mask requirement, Covid-19, pandemic

In a dramatic development in Vilnius during the pandemic, a security guard of a supermarket has been shot by a customer after refusing to wear a face mask in line with Lithuania’s epidemiological rules, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Delfi.lt news portal reports. The crime occurred at around 15:15 on Tuesday, October 19, in the […]

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Shops in Lithuania discuss possible restrictions on businesses not checking certificates

Lithuania, Covid-19, supermarkets, shops, business, Vilnius, pandemic, restrictions

With Lithuania being a leader of daily coronavirus infections in the Baltics and hospitals increasingly being under pressure of Covid-19 patients, trade business organisation has announced looking at possible restrictions on shops that right now have no obligation check the Covid-19 certificates of their clients, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Given the measures are adopted, […]

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Lithuania approves foreign military plans for 2022 and 2023

Lithuania, defence, security, NATO, UN, EU, Ukraine, Iraq, peace keeping, military training, Africa

The Armed Forces of Lithuania will continue the participation in international operations in 2022 and 2023 according to a Seimas draft resolution, which envisages sending up to 323 troops and civilian personnel of the National Defence System to international operations. The Lithuanian National Defence Ministry wrote in a press release on Monday, October 18, the […]

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Week in Lithuania EUR 103m earmarked for border fence, President fires judge, gambling to be reformed

Lithuania, gambling, Featured, week in Lithuania, airports, president, Gitanas Nausėda, Baltics, transport, Covid-19, vaccination, politics, justice

Last week, the top news stories in Lithuania were the government planning funding for border fence, President Gitanas Nausėda firing judge over corruption suspicions and the parliamentary approval for reforming gambling in the Baltic country. UNHCR anxious about migrant pus-backs, living conditions in Lithuania The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) acknowledges the extraordinary […]

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Lithuania becomes UN Human Rights member for first time

Lithuania, UN Human Rights Council, UN General Assembly, foreign affairs, politics, Baltics, human rights

The UN General Assembly has elected Lithuania as the member of the organisation’s Human Rights Council, which has happened for the first time, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry reports. On Thursday, October 14, in New York, the UN General Assembly elected Lithuania to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term. 178 UN member states expressed their […]

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BNN ANLYSES | Hatchet men aim at Lithuanian Health Minister, but PM’s support unwavering amid virus spike

Lithuania, health, politics, Covid-19, vaccination, pandemic, restrictions, hospital capacity, Featured, BNN analyses

Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN With Lithuania struggling to rein COVID-19 in – the country has been one of the EU’s worst COVID-19-hit countries for the second consecutive week – hatchet men from opposition are aiming at the head of the country’s Health minister, Arūnas Dulkys. Both president Gitanas Nausėda and the blood-thirsty opposition Farmers […]

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Covid beds in Lithuanian hospitals nearing full load amid surge in new infections

Lithuania, Covid-19, Covid beds, capacity, health, vaccination, Vilnius, Kaunas, Elektrenai

Lithuanian health care institutions are being filled by patients of the Covid-19 disease, forcing hospitals to free the beds intended for other patients and limiting other medical services, Lithuanian public broadcaster and journalist Modesta Gaučaitė-Znutienė report. In the Vilnius region, there are currently 507 hospitalised Covid patients, including 10 children and 48 intensive care unit […]

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Lithuania to pay 100 euros to newly vaccinated seniors, no lockdown planned

Lithuania, health, Covid-19, Covid vaccine, vaccination, restrictions, opportunity pass, politics

The Lithuanian Seimas has approved a scheme to pay 100 euros to the elderly, who will end their vaccination course by December. Meanwhile, the government of Lithuania, currently does not plan introducing a new lockdown saying that the system of restrictions for people without Covid-19 certificates works well, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. On Tuesday, […]

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Lithuanian anti-vaxxer restaurant visited by President Nausėda

Lithuania, restaurant, anti-vaxxer, Gitanas Nausėda, business, vaccination campaign, Covid-19

The Pasaulio Pakrašty restaurant in Lithuania took a stand this summer announcing that only people not vaccinated against Covid-19 would be allowed in. Two months later, it has been visited by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda with the first lady, but was not turned away, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT.

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Week in Lithuania: Pažaislis Monastery wins European reward, Lithuania U-turns on mandatory vaccination for some professions

Lithuania, Featured, week in Lithuania, Kaunas, health, business, politics, court, migration, fishing

Last week, the the top news in Lithuania were Pažaislis monastery being awarded a prestigious European reward, Lithuania rejecting mandatory vaccination for some professions and the discussion of Interior ministry dismissed part of ombudsman’s scathing information about migrants’ detention conditions Lithuania cautious about EC proposal on fishing in Baltic Sea in 2022 With the European […]

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Lithuanian ombudsman: Migrants were kept in cramped and unhealthy conditions

Lithuania, migration, Seimas, Ombudsman, migrant rights, tents, living conditions, court, UN

During the Lithuania migrant crisis of 2021, detained foreign nationals have been housed in unhealthy and cramped conditions, according to the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, which visited the sites, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Domantė Platūkytė report. This week, the Ombudsmen’s Office of the Lithuanian parliament published a report on irregular migrants’ living conditions in Lithuania. […]

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BNN ANALYSES | Lithuania moves forward with 100-euro prod to get seniors jabbed

Lithuania, Covid-19, vaccination, pandemic, Covid vaccine, health, health care, restrictions, vaccination campaign, Featured, politics, economy, 100 euros for vaccination

Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN The liberal-conservative Lithuanian government has endorsed this week a proposal by the Social Security and Labour Ministry paving way for one-time 100-euro payments to newly vaccinated seniors aged 75 years and over, and to those who take their booster shots. The measure is thought to help cope with hesitancy over […]

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Buy two nights, get one for free. Lithuania is creative in subsidising tourism this autumn

Lithuania, travel, business subsidy, pandemic effects on tourism, accommodation, campaign, tourism

Lithuania fighting another wave of the pandemic is aware of its potentially serious effects on the tourism sector, therefore a creative way of attracting tourists is expected to help both them and accommodation businesses, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. From September, Lithuania is offering to pay for the third night at an accommodation from camping […]

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Lithuanian company fined USD 6.1 for involving western actor in CBD advertising

Lithuania, US, Clint Eastwood, Mediatonas, cinema, CBD products

A court in the US has ordered Lithuanian company Mediatonas to pay 6.1 million US dollars (5.25 million euros) for unauthorised use of the name of American actor Clint Eastwood in the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD), Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. The web development firm, registered in a small village in Western Lithuania, now has […]

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Man in Lithuania had kilo of nails and screws in stomach, surgery finds

Lithuania, screws, nails, surgery, health, hospital, Baltic Sea port city, alcohol

Lithuanian doctors have carried out surgery to discover over a kilogram of nails and screws in a man’s stomach. Following a successful operation, psychological assistance is also provided to the patient, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Radvilė Rumšienė report. LRT wrote on Sunday, October 3, that the man had been swallowing the objects for a […]

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuanian CB cuts 2021 growth estimate to 4.9 percent, China’s Xiaomi rejects Lithuanian report on security breaches

Lithuania, summary, Covid-19, vaccination, Belarus, measures, democracy, army, Germany, rifles, court, human rights, Europe, ombudsman, migrants, push-back, China, Xiaomi, protest, wire fence, Rail Baltica, investment

Last week, Cabinet backed proposal to establish intelligence ombudsman, Lithuania reported 1 970 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths on Friday.

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BNN ANALYSES | Amid COVID-19 spike Lithuania reinstates facemask mandate indoors, but opts out of quarantine

Lithuania, Covid-19, masks, restrictions, vaccine, Johnson&Johnson, week, policy, government, infection, quarantine

Worried about a spike in new COVID-19 cases, Lithuanian government has decided this week to reinstate the facemask requirement in the country from October 1 as the proven measure to stem the virus spread and advised to go back to working remotely for now.

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Lithuania committed to finishing Rail Baltica by the end of 2026

construction, railway, finances, Estonia, Lithuania, Lithuanian Ministry of Transport, Pērnava, planning, project, Rail Baltic Estonia, Rail Baltica, station, terms

Lithuania needs commitment to completing Rail Baltica railway line by the end of 2026 in spite of Estonia’s concerns about insufficient financing, said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda advisor Jaroslav Neverovič on Tuesday, 28 September.

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