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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: Municipality in state of emergency, Lithuania toughens lockdown measures amid surge of COVID-19 cases

Last week, Lithuania also decided to buy coronavirus vaccine from Moderna, daily coronavirus tally hit new record of 2,514.

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Lithuania limits gatherings to two people as 14-day cases third in EU

The Lithuanian government has decided to impose new restrictions on gatherings as the country's cumulative 14-day number of virus cases per 100 000 people have reached 993, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and the EU European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report.

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Week in Lithuania: Lockdown extended, 14 MPs ordered to self-quarantine and Šimonytė approved as PM

Last week, the top news in Lithuania were Ingrida Šimonytė being approved as Prime Minister, COVID-19 lockdown being extended, and President Nausėda hinting he could reject some ministerial candidates.

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BNN ANALYSES | OECD chief warns Lithuania against hasty measures to tackle growing public debt

In a Zoom video conference on Monday, November 23, with Lithuania’s top leaders, including president Gitanas Nausėda, Angel Gurria, the secretary-general of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, warned Lithuania against taking rushed measures aiming to curb the country’s rising public debt.

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Lithuania gets new Prime Minister – Ingrida Šimonytė

In Lithuania, conservative Ingrida Šimonytė has on Wednesday, November 25, received presidential backing to become the new head of government, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Poland’s Duda visits Vilnius, draws criticism; new government Šimonytė announced

The key news in Lithuania last week were the Prime Minister-designate unveiling members of her potential government Cabinet, visit by Polish President Andrzej Duda and EU court cutting EC fine for Lithuanian Railways to 20 mn euros.

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BNN ANALYSES | COVID-19-hit Lithuanian hotels cheered up by medics’ gift coupons, yet 30% stay closed

As the outgoing Lithuanian government hinted this week about the extension of the country’s COVID—19-incuded lockdown, hospitality and tourism industries, most hit by the contagious virus, are bracing for further devastation.

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EU General Court reduces fine amount for Lithuanian railway company

The European Union General Court has decided to reduce the fine imposed for Lithuanian state railway company Lietuvos geležinkeliai for demolishing the Mažeiķi–Reņģe railway section by EUR 7.8 million.

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Polish President in Lithuania met with protest against abortion restrictions

Polish President Andrzej Duda has arrived on Tuesday, November 11, on a two-day visit to Lithuania. Expressing solidarity with Polish women protesting against tougher abortion rules Lithuanian activists have held a lockdown-time protest and sent an open letter to top Lithuanian officials, LRT reports.

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Lithuania renews operation of Vilnius Combined Heat and Power Plant-3

With Lithuania testing its reserves in energy production prior to switching from a Russia-controlled power grid to that of neighbouring EU member states, the operation of Vilnius Combined Heat and Power Plant-3 has been renewed for testing purposes, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Jonas Deveikis report.

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Week in Lithuania: 2020-2024 Seimas members sworn-in, no increase in radiation from Belarus

Last week, the key news in Lithuania were the swearing-in of new legislators, Telia Lietuva launching 5G mobile network and radiation not increasing from Belarus.

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BNN ANALYSES | Increasing numbers of Lithuanians, and even lawmakers, doubt COVID-19 and its severity

With the new COVID-19 cases spiking and having hit the ominous daily mark of 2,000, a new ruling Lithuanian Coalition of the Conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats and the Liberal parties, the Freedom Party and the Liberal Movement, faces a grim task: how to curb the spread? And moreover: how to rein in the growing public backlash against stringent quarantine? Herded in their homes, more and more Lithuanians are instigating others to spill onto streets and clamour to lift lockdown restrictions.

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Lithuanian psychologists provide increased assistance to deaf people

During the pandemic, deaf people face psychological difficulties, while the insufficient number of corresponding psychologists in Lithuania is another obstacle to dealing with them. Sign language psychologists have increased their consultations since September, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania halts electricity trade with Belarus, President has intestinal polyp removed

Last week, in Lithuania, the country stopped electricity trade with Belarus, President had intestinal polyp removed and a national quarantine introduced in Lithuania.

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Lithuania is introducing three-week nationwide quarantine, much remains unclear

Frightened of having the COVID-19 pandemic spiralled out of control as the new illness cases climbed over one thousand in recent days, the Lithuanian government has decided on Wednesday, November 4, to quarantine the country for at least three weeks, imposing restrictions on public and social life and businesses.

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Proposal to lower minimum wage for youth discussed in Lithuania

In Lithuania, a proposal to lower the minimum wage to young employees has been received with scepticism from students and the government, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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In Lithuania, local quarantine expected 13 more towns and districts

In Lithuania, thirteen more towns and local governments have been included in the red-colour zone of the spread of COVID-19, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania contests EU Mobility Package, «unicorn» Vinted buys Dutch competitor

Last week, Lithuania handed in note to Minsk over Astravyets NPP, Prosecutor General Pašilis was picked for EU General Court judge.

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BNN ANALYSES | Lithuania’s election victors commence talks on testosterone-less ruling Coalition

The winners of Lithuania’s October 11 general elections and the runoff two weeks later did not waste their time celebrating. The Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD), the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party were drafting this week their tentative joint programme for their planned centre-right government Coalition. The parties received respectively 50, 13 and 11 seats in the new-composure 2020-2024 Seimas, the Lithuanian legislature.

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Latvia and Lithuania to continue cross-border cooperation without Belarus

Latvia and Lithuania plan to continue EU finances cross-border cooperation projects without Belarus, as announced at a meeting of the Lithuanian government by Interior Affairs Minister Rita Tamašunienė on Wednesday, 28 October.

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