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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.

President vetoes two bills over consecutive days, still enjoys high support

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has used her presidential powers in full swing this week, vetoing two bills over two consecutive days. First the head-of-state vetoed amendments paving the way for a far-reaching overhauling of the country‘s healthcare facilities. And the next day, on Wednesday, July 11, she scrapped amendments to the Referendum Law, which, if implemented, would have lowered the threshold for a dual citizenship referendum. President cautioned that the bill was potentially not in compliance with the Constitution.

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Week in Lithuania. Amnesty of mothers in prison proposed for papal visit

Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, has proposed announcing an amnesty on the occasion of Lithuania's centenary and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.

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Seimas paves way for dual citizenship, Constitutional Court hurdle ahead

The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has lowered the threshold for the adoption of constitutional amendments on a dual citizenship referendum.

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Belarus nuclear power plant passes Fukushima disaster test

The Belarus nuclear power plant under construction less than 50 kilometres from Vilnius, «generally meets the requirements» of a stress test of the European Union that tests safety to avoid another Fukushima nuclear.

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Lithuanian neo-pagans wait for official recognition as religious community

Lithuanian believers of Romuva, a growing neo-pagan community is waiting for official recognition as a religious community later in 2018.

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Week in Lithuania. 1,000 teachers trained in sexuality education

About 1,000 teachers have been trained to provide sexuality education in Lithuanian schools, Vice Minister of Education and Science Grazvydas Kazakevicius says.

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Heatwaves drive Lithuanians to lakes, rivers and Baltic Sea

When dozens of Lithuanian municipalities are under a state of emergency due to the lasting drought, there is one municipality on the Baltic coast than cannot be any happier about the rainless months, Palanga.

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Week in Lithuania. Parliament makes first step towards disclosing ex-KGB agents

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday, June 21, backed an initiative by the opposition Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance to disclose now classified information on former agents of the Soviet KGB who voluntarily admitted their collaboration.

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Lithuania’s blood plasma corruption scandal extends to Latvia

The former head of Lithuania‘s National Blood Centre, suspected of corruption and involvement in unlicenced activity, received more bad news this week from Latvia, where investigators of the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service had questioned the Latvian Health minister, Anda Čakša.

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Russian and Belarusian arms control experts hosted by Lithuania

Russian and Belarusian arms control inspectors have been hosted by Lithuania as NATO forces trained across the Baltic states and Poland in exercise Saber Strike 2018.

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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian Railways joins European train system Interrail

Lithuanian state railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai has joined Interrail, a European train system that allows passengers to buy cheaper tickets for train travel across Europe.

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Lithuanian employers bristle against minimum wage raise to 450 euro

The disparities of the socio-economic development of the regions are very high in Lithuania, so raising the minimum wage from 400 euros now to 450 euros as suggested by the Lithuanian Government would cripple many small and medium-sized business owners in the less prosperous regions and the municipalities, Lithuanian economists caution. The minimum wage was raised in Lithuania by 20 per cent to 400 euros last year.

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Pigs in first swine fever-hit farm culled

As to the first case of domestic pigs in Latvia being infected with the African swine fever virus in 2018, Latvian veterinary authorities have culled 165 pigs in the affected farm in central Latvia.

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ECJ ruling gives gay couples hope for Lithuania, but reality check is harsh

Lithuania’s human rights non-governmental organisations hope the European Court of Justice's Tuesday ruling will, sooner or later, clear the barriers for gays from third countries, married to EU citizens, to get residency in Lithuania, an EU member state.

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Week in Lithuania. Intelligence still uses suspected CIA prison building

The Lithuanian State Security Department, or VSD, continues to use a building near Vilnius that allegedly housed a secret American Central Intelligence Agency's detention facility for its training centre.

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Lithuania procrastinates ratification of Istanbul Convention

The superstitions and the stereotypes in Lithuania are stronger than the good will to tackle domestic violence and women abuse.

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Lithuania has permitted torture by U.S. authorities, rules ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in the case of U.S. held Abu Zubaydah v. Lithuania that the Baltic state has secretly allowed the «ill-treatment and arbitrary detention» of the terror suspect by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency on Lithuanian soil.

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Week in Lithuania. Seimas discusses state recognition to Lithuanian Neopagans

The Lithuanian parliament has started debates on a proposal to grant state recognition to Romuva, a religious community of the ancient Baltic faith. The proposal on Thursday, May 24, passed the first reading in the Seimas and will now go to parliamentary committees.

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Lithuania moves forward with tax and pension reform

The heavily amended bills on taxes and pensions will have a significant impact on the Lithuanian citizens’ lives if Seimas, the country’s legislature, approves for them in their current form.

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Week in Lithuania. Liberal Movement to turn to court over VSD statements

The board of Lithuania's Liberal Movement has decided to turn to court over information published by the State Security Department, allegedly damaging the party's reputation.

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