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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: Lithuania to get 100 km of barbwire from Estonia, court puts ex-MP in jail for spying for Russia

Lithuania, migration, week, Featured, Covid-19, economy, border guards, GDP

Last week, the top news in Lithuania was a former Seimas legislator being sentenced for spying for Russia, developments in the migration crisis and Lithuania being moved into Europe’s Covid-19 map’s grey area. Lithuania to house some 1,500 migrants in Rūdninkai training area Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said on Monday, July 26, that around 1,500 […]

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In Lithuania migration crisis, President meets with people protesting against migrant centres

Lithuania, Belarus, migration, border area, asylum seekers, protests, politics, Gitanas Nausėda

In Lithuania, where the detention of 3 000 people, who have illegally crossed into the Baltic country from Belarus, and the plans to house them, has resulted in protests and scuffles with the police, President Gitanas Nausėda has engaged in calming the situation and looking for solutions, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Ignas Jačauskas report. […]

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Lithuanian minister: Entering shops and cafes can be linked to immunity pass

Lithuania, health, economy, immunity against Covid-19, restrictions, cases rising

Lithuania has experienced a significant rise in new Covid-19 cases in July. The Baltic country’s government is set to decide, whether or not to make Lithuania’s own immunity-based opportunity pass a mandatory requirement for entering ships and cafes, public broadcaster LRT reports. This spring, Lithuania introduced its own immunity document, the opportunity pass, that allows […]

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Lithuania puts Ireland, Belgium and Greek islands on self-isolation list

Lithuania, health, Covid-19, vaccination, travel, Greece, Belgium, Ireland

Lithuania has from this week added Ireland, Belgium and the majority of islands of Greece on its Covid-19 red list, which requires travellers without immunity, who arrive or return from these European countries and territories to spend ten days in self-isolation, according to the Lithuanian Health Ministry. From Monday, July 26, these countries and territories […]

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Week in Lithuania: Kaunas receives first freight train from the Netherlands, Grybauskaitė among potential NATO chief candidates

Featured, Lithuania, politics, economy, migration crisis, Gitanas Nausėda, Ingrida Šimonytė, Panevėžio Stations Trestas, Klaipėda

Last week, the top news in Lithuania included the President signing controversial migrant bill into law, Kaunas received the first freight train from the Netherlands, ex-President Dalia Grybauskaitė was named among potential NATO chief candidates. Lithuania, Frontex chief agree on higher border capacity Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said on Monday, July 19, she has agreed […]

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Lithuanian border town unwilling to house disproportionate number of migrants

Lithuania, migration, Belarus, interior affairs, border, migration crisis, asylum seekers, asylum rights

With the migration crisis in Lithuania continuing, people in the Dieveniškės town of half-a-thousand people have staged protests against temporary plans to house 500 migrants in the town, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. During an influx of irregular migrants in Lithuania, the government is now looking for places to house them. The official temporary accommodation […]

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Lithuanian city with renewed surge in virus cases to hold mass Sea Festival

Lithuania, health, Covid-19, surge in cases, Delta variant, virus, pandemic, Klaipėda, events

In Lithuania, Covid-19 cases are on the rise again and the largest spread has been registered in the port city of Klaipėda. Finding itself in a difficult position the city’s local government, which is holding the popular Sea Festival from July 23 to 25, has decided to go on with it, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT […]

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Media: Lithuanian firm supplied equipment to power plant construction in Crimea, violated EU sanctions

Lithuania, Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Kaunas, EU, power plant

A Kaunas-based company that is linked to Russia has breached EU sanctions and supplied equipment to the construction of power plants in the Russian-annexed peninsular of Crimea, according to Rūta Juknevičiūtė, LRT Investigation Team, Mikhail Maglov, Russian anti-corruption website Scanner project, Ivanna Trutnenko and US broadcaster RFE/RL. In the Kaunas Free Economic Zone, there operates […]

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Free virus testing in Lithuania should only remain for work, Šimonytė says

Lithuania, health, vaccination, free tests, Ingrida Šimonytė, government, Covid-19, Covid spending

In Lithuania, the state currently pays for both free vaccination against Covid-19 and for free coronavirus testing. With people effectively being able to attend events and receive services and avoid vaccination, while there are plenty of vaccines in the country, the government is shifting toward ending free vaccination, Lithuanian public broadcaster ERR reports. On Monday, […]

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Lithuania permits mass detention of migrants amid influx from Belarus

Lithuania, migration, border with Belarus, migrant rights, EU, border violations

The Lithuanian Seimas has passed a bill to allow the mass detention of migrants, limit their right to appeal a rejected asylum application. Legislators deemed the measures necessary to limit the influx of border violations on the country’s border with Belarus, although the Red Cross voiced its concerns, Belgian news portal EurActiv and Reuters news […]

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Summer heat in Lithuania creates boom in fan sales

Lithuania, fans, e-commerce, shops, business, air conditioning, economy, money

This summer in Lithuania has brought a number of periods of intense heat. The wish of Lithuanians to return to a pleasant indoor temperature is well visible in household appliance shops, where sales of fans and air conditioning devices are booming, Urtė Korsakovaitė, LRT TV, LRT.lt report. The intensely hot weather has persisted in Lithuania […]

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Vilnius asks most Belarusian diplomats to leave, responding to expulsion from Minsk

Lithuania, Belarus, foreign affairs, Minsk, Vilnius, neighbouring countries, relations, politics

All Belarusian diplomats except one have been asked to leave the country’s Embassy in Vilnius after Belarus made a similar requirement to the Lithuanian Embassy in Minsk, citing unfriendly behaviour as a reason, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry stated on Wednesday, July 8: «By midnight on July 12, the diplomatic staff […]

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Lithuanian grassroots vaccination impulses deemed insufficient to reach immunity goal fast

Lithuania, health, Covid-19, vaccination, 70% goal, Covid-19 vaccinations, vaccination stimulae

As Lithuania continues its push for the vaccination of the 365 000 more people needed to reach the 70% vaccination goal, the small incentives by cafes, businesses and local governments to encourage taking a jab are welcome, but lack scale, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Immunisation efforts in Lithuania are beginning to stagnate, with less […]

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Lithuania’s ruling conservatives see their rating drop significantly

Lithuania, party ratings, politics, democracy, Gitanas Nausėda

In Lithuania, the ruling party Homeland-Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats has experienced a significant drop in rating, while President Gitanas Nausėda continues to enjoy a high and growing level of popularity, according to an opinion poll as quoted by Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT. The opinion poll by Vilmorus was published by the daily Lietuvos Rytas on Saturday, […]

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Demand in Lithuanian goods in Taiwan increases after vaccine gift

Lithuania, Taiwan, business, economy, Covid-19 vaccine, health, diplomacy

In Taiwan, demand in Lithuanian chocolate and beer has increased after Vilnius announced the donation of 20 000 Covid-19 vaccine doses, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Last week, on June 22, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced the donation on Twitter. «This morning the Lithuanian Government approved donation of 20 thousand vaccines to Taiwan. I […]

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Lithuania allows unlimited number of people to gather for Joninės summer festival

Lithuania, Joninės, health, Covid-19, pandemic, restrictions, festival, outdoor events

In Lithuania, where a part of Covid-19 quarantine restrictions are still in effect, the government has decided to make an exception and allow an unlimited number of people to attend outdoor events. The mask requirement for crowded events will remain in force, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. According to the proposal of the Lithuanian Health […]

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Lithuania removes ten EU countries from list of unsafe travel destinations

Lithuania, health, travel, self-isolation, Covid-19 testing, EU, pandemic, border

Improvement in the situation of the spread of Covid-19 in the EU has allowed Lithuania to remove from its list of epidemiologically unsafe countries as many as ten EU member states. The Lithuanian Health Ministry wrote in its website on Monday, June 21, that that neither testing nor self-isolation will be required for arrivals from […]

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Lithuanian crisis relief money spent by businesses on luxury cars

Lithuania, business, state aid, funding, business morale, economy, investment

In Lithuania, during the economic crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of businesses have used financial aid from the state to by luxury vehicles or real estate, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Data published by the Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate (VMI) shows that some 148 companies invested pandemic relief funds into expensive cars worth […]

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Week in Lithuania: Vaccination on beaches, Liberals propose lowering alcohol sale age, Russian pop star’s appeal rejected

Lithuania, week in Lithuania, black list, court, politics, economy, alcohol sales, Covid-19 vaccination, competitiveness

Last week, the top news in Lithuania were proposals to lower alcohol sale age to 18, extend sale time and a court rejecting Russian pop star’s appeal against entry ban. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry planned to offer COVID-19 vaccine jabs on beaches. Lithuania’s CB ups GDP growth estimate to 5.1 percent for 2021 The central […]

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Russian Empire prison in Vilnius turned into culture centre

Vilnius, Lithuania, prison, culture, revival, Russian Empire, art, tourism

The grim-looking, defunct Lukiškės Prison compound in central Vilnius, where the US Netflix series Stranger Things has been shot, is now open to artists’ workshops, cultural events and guided tours, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Go Vilnius report. The notorious Lukiškės Prison was constructed in 1905, at the time one of the biggest and most […]

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