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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.

15 European countries urge Lithuania to ratify Istanbul Convention

Lithuania, Istanbul Convention, legislation, Seimas, domestic violence, women's rights

In Vilnius, the ambassadors of 15 European countries have signed an open letter, where Lithuania is invited to ratify the Istanbul Convention as a means to fill gaps in the current Lithuanian legislation as to preventing domestic violence and violence against women and girls, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. In an open letter published on […]

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Vilnius calls over-35-year-olds to vaccinate against Covid-19

Lithuania, Covid-19, vaccination, AstraZeneca, Vilnius, health, restrictions, mass vaccination

Lithuania’s voluntary vaccination programme against Covid-19 is currently available to people over the age of 65 and members of priority groups. However, due to unused AstraZeneca vaccines in Vilnius, all residents over the aged of 35 are welcome to vaccinate, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. The city council of the Lithuanian capital has stated that […]

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In Lithuanian schools, current family and sexual education programme to be changed

Lithuania, sexual education, family values, moral values, health, school, politics

Schools in Lithuania will see the current Health, Sex and Family Life Education Programme changed to a new content, which, according to education officials, will not be a result of recent changes in the political agenda, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Implemented since in 2016, the Lithuanian Health, Sex and Family Life Education Programme will […]

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Week in Lithuania: School year extended into June, trains to connect Vilnius with Riga and Warsaw, need to cut CO2 emissions

Lithuania, Featured, health, economy, trains, travel, airport, Palanga, Ignitis Grupė, business, politics, Covid-19 restrictions, Seimas

Last week, the top news stories in Lithuania were the school year being extended into June, train travel routes Vilnius-Riga and Vilnius-Warsaw announced and the work on Lithuania’s economic recovery plan. Gyms, some pools, spas reopen in Lithuania Gyms, some pools and saunas reopened in Lithuania on Monday, April 26, and outdoor sports, leisure and […]

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Nausėda engages in Lithuania’s discussion of Istanbul Convention, by asking public opinion

Lithuania, Istanbul Convention, domestic violence, sexual violence, Gitanas Nausėda

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has engaged in a recently tense public discussion on the necessity of the Istanbul Convention in the Baltic country. The results of an opinion poll showed that close to a half of respondents would rather disagree with the ratification of the document in the Seimas, LRT broadcaster reports. The 2011 Council […]

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Lithuanian schools to return to in-class learning with face mask requirement

Lithuania, reopening, schools, health, Covid-19, surge in new cases, vaccination

Schools in Lithuania, where distance learning has been in place since November, will be able to reopen from May 10, the cabinet of ministers in Vilnius decided, LRT broadcaster reports. The decision, made on Wednesday, April 28, sets forth that students and teachers would be able to use self-administered antigen tests. «This is one of […]

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Week in Lithuania: Court rules against system of direct mayoral elections, Vassiliev moves 500-million-euro fashion collection to Visaginas

Featured, Lithuania, health, fashion, railway, business, economy, diplomacy, politics, Vilnius, US ambassador, bonds, fintech, SME Finance

Last week, the top news in Lithuania were the government rolling out relocation-related incentives to non-EU firms and the Constitutional Court ruling against system of direct mayoral elections. Lithuania has slightly more smokers than other EU nations A new survey released by Eurobarometer on Monday, April 19, shows that some 28 percent of Lithuanian residents […]

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Lithuanian cafés and bars reopen today as some hesitate over restrictions

Lithuania, reopening, restaurants, bars, cafes, Covid-19, health, business, economy

In Lithuania, after five months of a quarantine ban on the operation of bars and cafés, businesses are allowed to reopen again. Some businesses hesitate to reopen as new restrictions allow to host a smaller number of clients, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Jonas Deveikis (Jonas Deveikis) report. With lower air temperatures coming, some businesses […]

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Renewing Nemunas as a Lithuania-wide waterway discussed in Kaunas power plant

Lithuania, economy, tourism, Kaunas, electric power station, shipping, waterways, Poland, Nemunas

Lithuania’s largest dam, the Kaunos Hydroelectric Power Plant, is the only barrier that prevents inland shipping in the Nemunas river. An idea to build locks in the dam is under discussion in Kaunos, Kristina Karlonė, LRT TV, LRT.lt report. In the Kaunas Hydroelectric Power Plant the place for a potential lock, however, was already marked […]

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Week in Lithuania: Central bank’s new governor wants to modernise it, court orders Klaipėda Port to pay EUR 175,600 to Latvian builders

Lithuania, week in Lithuania, Featured, economy, health, vaccination, Covid-19, Klaipėda Port, politics

Last week, the top news stories in Lithuania were the Lithuanian Bank’s new governor willing to modernise the central bank, court ordering Klaipėda Port to pay 175,600 euros to Latvian builder BMGS Lithuania and the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Telia Lithuania starts upgrading mobile network Telia Lietuva, Lithuania’s major communication company, […]

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BNN ANALYSES: Lithuania 22nd on Our World in Data’s COVID-19 shot ranking, but former Health Minister unimpressed

Lithuania, Covid-19, health, vaccination, Ingrida Šimonytė, Astra Zeneca, Covid vaccine, Pfizer, Arūnas Dulkys, Aurelijus Veryga

Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN As nasty the whole COVID-19 situation marked with lesser or stiffer quarantine restrictions is, yet every cloud has a silver lining. With regard to the contagious, variation-prone virus, the ongoing massive vaccination effort is the hope. Although the path to a pre-pandemic normal will be rocky, the Baltics, and Lithuania, […]

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Lithuania considering reopening of cafes, theatres and gyms

Lithuania, quarantine, health, business, restrictions, cafes, reopening, Baltics, Vilnius

In Lithuania, the new infections of Covid-19 have been rising again, but the government is looking into a plan to reopen outdoor restaurants and bars, was well as theatres and gyms, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. This week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė noted that that the cabinet would vote on the proposals on Thursday, […]

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Large student party in Vilnius ended by police and fines

Lithuania, Vilnius, health, partying, illegal party, ERASMUS, police, restrictions, Covid-19

Police in Vilnius has found a private weekend party, where 89 people, mostly ERASMUS exchange students, have taken part despite an ongoing ban on gatherings, Lithuanian public media LRT.lt and LRT Radijas report. Vilnius Police informed that they received a report after midnight on Saturday that a party with loud music is taking place in […]

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Week in Lithuania: Ban on intermunicipal travel lifted, online police patrol launched to monitor cyberspace

Lithuania, health, restrictions, business, economy, online police, media merger, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, vaccination passports

Last week, in Lithuania, a ban on inter-municipal travel was lifted, online police patrol was launched to monitor cyberspace and Lithuania’s language watchdog left name of Belarus in Lithuanian language intact. Lithuania’s general government deficit at 7.3 percent of GDP in 2020 Lithuania’s general government deficit reached 3.547 billion euros last year, accounting for 7.3 […]

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Police in Vilnius demands priority vaccination against Covid-19

Lithuania, Vilnius, Covid vaccine, health, security, government, vaccination plan, priority list, Baltics

Lithuanian police representatives have on Wednesday, April 7, staged a protest outside the government building in Vilnius demanding for the police to be included in the list of priority vaccination groups Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. «Only promises that, maybe, police officers will receive the jab later this week are not enough,» Roma Katinienė, head […]

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Lithuania’s remaining virus restrictions focus on different households meeting

Lithuania, restrictions, health, Covid-19, quarantine, households, travel, business

Lithuania has ended restrictions on movement between municipalities. Meanwhile, a nationwide quarantine remains in force as the remaining complex of restrictions mostly focuses on keeping different households from meeting and on wearing face masks indoors, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. From Wednesday, April 7, the chief quarantine limitation remains on contacts between households. Up to […]

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Lithuania to lift only movement restrictions in Baltics

Lithuania, travel restrictions, municipalities, virus situation, health, movement

Lithuania will this week lift the epidemiological restrictions on movement between municipalities that have prevented Lithuanians from non-essential travel outside their municipality of residence for three months, LRT.lt reports. «From midnight on April 7 travel between all municipalities will be open,» Dulkys told reporters on Tuesday. Non-essential travel inside Lithuania has been in place since […]

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Lithuanian Seimas to hear information about China human rights violations against Uighurs

Lithuania, Seimas, China, Beijing, Xinjiang province, human rights, EU, UN, Uighurs, crime

In the Lithuanian Seimas, hearings on repressions against Uighurs in China will take place in April. Lawmakers have engaged in an inter-parliamentary group with the aim of forming a joint response of many countries to pressure from China against European politicians active in this issue, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Andrius Balčiūnas report. In early […]

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BNN ANALYSES: Business as usual – Lithuania’s M.A.M.A threw a chic music award ceremony amid COVID-19 upswing

Lietuva, Lithuania, music awards, M.A.M.A, discipline, culture, art, health, quarantine, Vilnius, Gitanas Nausėda

Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN A glamorous music award ceremony, known as M.A.M.A, attended by numerous A-list celebrities last Saturday in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city – note, amid lockdown restrictions – has triggered a major public outcry from medics, the public, as well as politicians. Held at Žalgirio Arena, the country’s largest sport hall, the […]

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Lithuania’s this week’s spike in new Covid-19 cases attributed to British variant of virus

Covid-19, British variant, health, restrictions, pandemic, Vilnius, Marjampole

Lithuania’s recent U-turn in the trend of new infections is not encouraging, Lithuanian Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys has evaluated, pointing out that territories with the highest infection rates are dominated by the British variant of the novel coronavirus, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports. Lithuania has been registering over 800 new daily infections this week, while […]

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