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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.

Week in Lithuania: Seimas backs e-voting abroad, low-alcohol beverages make comeback, national bank idea discussed

The top Lithuanian news stories last week were, Seimas green-lighting e-voting abroad, low-alcohol beverages making a comeback and the discussion of the national bank idea discussed among.

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BNN analyses | Lithuania’s economy pundits disagree on slump figures

Lithuania’s economic crunch, set off by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, likely bottomed out in April and the rebound should be evident in the months to come, the Finance ministry says. However, upon one essential condition – that there will be no relapse of the highly contagious virus.

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Lithuania allows people from UK to enter

Lithuania has from Monday, June 29, reopened its borders to people living in the United Kingdom, leaving Sweden and Portugal the only countries in the EU and the European Economic Area with prohibited travel to Lithuania, according to LRT.

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Week in Lithuania: COVID-19 testing stepped up in part of Lithuania, government backs e-voting

The top news stories last week in Lithuania were, President Nausėda dismising three advisors and increased testing against COVID-19 in part of the Baltic country.

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Week in Lithuania: MPs stage picket at Latvian Embassy, new Klaipėda Port CEO clears vetting, mass virus testing

In Lithuania, the top news stories last week were the ruling LFGU proposing to set up a state bank, lawmakers staging a protest outside the Latvian Embassy and iodide pills being handed out in Vilnius.

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Roma settlement in Vilnius vanished, but thorny issues will not go away

Rarely an official representative of an organization gets upset upon hearing the topic of an conversation. But the representatives of Vilnius Roma organizations whom BNN approached for comment sounded irksome from the outset: «All Lithuanian media is very biased towards us. We’re portrayed as crooks, fraudsters and just bad people who have to be by-passed.»

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Lithuanian minister: Astravyets NPP may commence operations in August

The Belarusian Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant currently under construction not far from the Lithuanian border may commence operations as early as August 2020, Lithuania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius announced on Thursday, 11 June.

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Lithuania encourages national tourism with šaltibarščiai – the summer soup

In Lithuania, the cold kefir-beetroot soup šaltibarščiai is considered to be a key part of the national cuisine. This summer, Lithuanians are encouraged to leave self-confinement behind and taste the soup in some variations that might look strange, LRT reports.

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Nordic-Baltic power interconnection disconnected, incident investigated

In the Baltic Sea, the electric power interconnection from Sweden to Lithuania has been disconnected triggering emergency supplies and a probe in Lithuania, public broadcaster LRT reports quoting a statement by the Lithuanian power grid company Litgrid.

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Week in Lithuania: Government backs 5G plan, new bishop appointed by Pope, slain policeman honoured

In Lithuania, the top news stories of the last week, government backing a 5G development plan, new bishop appointed by Pope, funeral to a killed policeman and the Seimas rejecting a proposal to impeach a MP.

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Lithuania publishes list with 190 233 Lithuanians deported by Soviet Union

The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania has published a list of people from Lithuania, who were either deported or imprisoned by Soviet authorities from 1940 to 1953.

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Lithuania allows people from 24 countries to enter without self-isolation

The Lithuanian Health Ministry has published a list of EU and European Economic Area countries, where in addition to the Baltic travel «bubble» countries of Latvia and Estonia, 22 more are listed as COVID-19 safe places, LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania, Belarus sign nuclear incident agreement, FCIS busts Vilnius Municipality

In Lithuania, the top news of the past week, were Lithuania extending its quarantine until June 16, PM ruling out whole economy shutdown in case of a 2nd COVID-19 wave and Lithuania signing a nuclear incident report agreement with Belarus.

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BNN EXPLAINS | Why do Lithuanians politically lean left?

When it comes to an election in Lithuania, the left-right divide is inevitable, yet left-leaning voters are a clear majority in the country. Of the seven last Seimas elections, in five of them namely left parties came victorious and only on two occasions Conservatives and Liberals prevailed. Why do Lithuanian voters have affinity with left-wing parties? Will the new Seimas election in October be an exception to the rule?

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Lithuania extends quarantine, allows longer hours in cafés and bars

The Lithuanian government has decided to prolong the nation-wide quarantine by the middle of June. Public events will be allowed to gather up to 300 people outdoors.

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Bank: Lithuanian billion-rescue-plan may be slowed down by red tape

As the Lithuanian government plans to invest 6.3 billion euros in the economy and human resources in 18 months, Swedbank has pointed to excessive red tape as weakness that could slow down the investments, LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: President wants a probe into Transport Minister’s house reconstruction, Kelmė mayor busted

In Lithuania, the top news of the last week were the President seeking a probe into Transport Minister’s house reconstruction, the government rolling out post-COVID-19 economy recovery plan and the suspension of the mayor of Kelmė over bribery investigation.

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Palanga beach lifeguards: how to perform mouth-to-mouth CPR and keep social distancing?

Lithuanian resorts are slowly reeling off the from the disastrous COVID-19 and the strict quarantine, but the usual bustle is nowhere yet to be seen.

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Week in Lithuania: President speaks to EC President, quarantine sees further easement, two prosecutors arrested

In Lithuania, the top news stories of last week, were Lithuania celebrating centenary of parliamentarism, quarantine seeing further easement and the arrests of two prosecutors.

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Lithuanian analysts: President Nausėda still looking for his place in the sun

It would be very unfair at this point to draw far-reaching conclusions on the presidency of Gitanas Nausėda, who started his eleventh month in the office, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put him in the cusp of the spotlight. Is the stance he has taken just too lackadaisical?

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