BNN - Baltic News Network

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.

BNN ANALYSES | Lithuania’s gay MP weighed down by 365,000 signatures demanding his ouster from Human Rights Committee’s chief chair

Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, the Lithuanian-chess-prodigy-turned-Parliament-speaker, has received an unusual delivery this week – two bulky boxes filled with hundreds of sheets of paper with the signatures demanding ouster of Tomas Raskevičius, an openly gay Lithuanian parliamentarian and chairman of the Parliament‘s Human Rights Committee (HRC). The reason for that? The spearheads […]

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Lithuania’s quarantine prolonged until April, facemasks no longer mandatory outside

The government of Lithuania has decided extend the nationwide quarantine restrictions until March 31. It has also decided to ease restrictions linked to movement and the use of facemasks, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. From Thursday, February 25, in Lithuania, wearing facemasks will not be mandatory outdoors, as long as people can maintain two-metre distances. […]

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Bars in Lithuania point to late and insufficient support

With the reopening of bars in Lithuania nowhere in sight, bar owners, employees and clients have taken part in a protest voicing criticism about insufficient and late support to companies working in the sector, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: 103 years’ since independence proclamation marked, hackers leak data of data of 110,000 users

Last week, the top news stories in Lithuania were quarantine celebration of the anniversary of signing of the Act of Independence, cyber criminals leaking data of 110,000 Lithuanian-registered users and Chinese luggage scanners being banned at airports. Avia Solutions Group reveals plans in Vilnius airport Avia Solutions Group, an aviation business group, announced Monday, February […]

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Lithuania finds local mutation of SARS-CoV-2

Researchers in Lithuania have found a variant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that is characteristic to Lithuania. It is not considered as being more infectious that the original variant first detected in Wuhan, China, the Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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BNN ANALYSES | Lithuanian government under pressure to allow to reopen much more widely

Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN The genie is out of the bottle in Lithuania – with the country’s hairdressers and small non-food shop owners allowed to reopen from this week, all the others, still under the quarantine constraints, gruntle, demanding a greenlight from the government to go back to «business as usual». But the latter […]

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Lithuanians urged not to walk on river ice after accidents

In Vilnius, low air temperatures have encouraged people to cross the River Neris walking on ice, instead of using bridges. After a numbher of lethal accidents, rescue workers have called on people not to take the risk and not step onto frozen rivers in the Baltic country, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Rescue services in […]

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Lithuania congratulated on statehood restoration day by Poland, Vatican and Japan

Lithuania celebrates on February 16 the restoration of its statehood in 1918. At a time, when large events are not possible, the nation and President Gitanas Nausėda has received dozens of warm congratulations from foreign leaders.

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Lithuania reduces self-quarantine for travellers to ten days

Lithuania has from Monday, February 15, reduced the self-quarantine period required for people entering the country from two weeks to ten days, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Restrictions loosened, EUR 13 million won in lotto, China summit invitation rejected

Last week, Lithuania loosened its Covid-19 restrictions, lucky Vikinglotto ticket brings 13 million euros and President rejected China’s invitation to its 17+1 summit. Lithuania has no plans to use Sputinik V vaccine Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said on Monday, February 8 that there are no plans to use the Russian vaccine Sputnik V to vaccinate […]

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Lithuania reaches 5,840 virus-related deaths as methodology expanded

Lithuania has expanded the methodology of counting deaths in the Baltic country that have been related to the virus SARS-CoV-2. The change resulted in the death toll surging from 3,013 to 5,840, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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BNN ANALYSES | Lithuania’s ruling pugnacious Conservatives look set to teach President a lesson

The ruling Conservatives (HU-LCD) have accused this week president Gitanas Nausėda of violating the Lithuanian Constitution. And what constitutes the breach? His trips to Brussels to the EU Council summits, which, some hard-line Conservatives insist, is the realm of the prime minister, Ingrida Šimonytė, not the president. To remind, she ran unsuccessfully against Nausėda in the 2019 presidential race on the HU-LCD ticket. More tussles between the president and the ruling party are just a matter of time, analysts predict.

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Lithuania to reopen non-essential shops, service providers such as beauty salons

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday, February 10, after months of nationwide quarantine to reopen non-essential shops, service providers such as beauty salons, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Lithuania does not forget foreign nationals in its Covid-19 vaccination plan

In the Lithuanian government’s national vaccination plan, there have also been included foreign nationals residing in the Baltic country. A number of conditions have to be fulfilled to be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, LRT reports. According to the confirmed plan, vaccination will proceed in stages, first covering the medics, care home residents and staff, […]

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Lithuania to decide again on reopening some shops and hairdressers

The Lithuanian government will for the second consecutive week decide on the opening part of nonessential shops and service providers, for example, beauty salons. Last week, the decision was negative, LRT reports.

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In Lithuania, debt payments late for 161 000 people

In Lithuania, since the beginning of the pandemic 161 000 people have been late in fulfilling their financial liabilities. Meanwhile, banks point to a rise in household deposits by 18%, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT, Edita Vitė and LRT TV report.

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania joins Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund, U-turn on easing lockdown

Last week, the top news in Lithuania were the government’s U-turn on easing lockdown, Lithuania joining the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund and group Ignitis Grupė announcing investment in renewables. Ignitis Grupė plans to give 193 million euro to Ignitis Renewables Lithuania’s state-owned energy group Ignitis Grupė announced on Monday, February 1, it plans to […]

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Lithuanian economy shrank by 1.3% in 2020, while prices remained at 2019 level

The gross domestic product of Lithuania in the year 2020, which was marked by the crisis and lockdowns of Covid-19, has shrank by 1,3%, ending a period of economic growth, LRT broadcaster reports quoting the data of the Statistics Lithuania.

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BNN ANALYSES | Lithuanian government backtracks on hairdressers as travel restrains remain

The Lithuanian government has angered this week thousands of jobless hairdressers and beauticians and their numerous clients, many of whom have turned into dishevelled and scruffy creatures over the nearly three months of quarantine.

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Lithuania somewhat eases lockdown restrictions with opening ski slopes

The government of Lithuania has allowed to reopen skiing slopes on Tuesday, February 2, and will decide on permitting hairdressers and beauty salons to reopen, while Covid-19 cases stay high, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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