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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian ruling MPs initiate probe into public broadcaster LRT

Lawmakers of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union initiated a parliamentary investigation into the management and financial and economic activities of the public broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Arvydas Nekrošius, vice-speaker of the Seimas, confirmed.

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Lithuania President exhorts mayors to be more proactive in tackling devastating emigration

A research by the Lithuanian bureau of the International Organization for Migration introduced to all the mayors and a couple dozen editors-in-chief of national and regional newspapers in the Presidential Palace Wednesday makes the same conclusion: emigration is Lithuania’s biggest scourge – the view is shared by the President’s Office and the Lithuanian population alike.

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Alcohol advertising ban in Lithuania creates trouble around magazines from abroad

Since an alcohol advertising ban has come into effect in Lithuania in January 1, foreign publishers have refused to adjust to the new rules making their local distributors tear out pages from the magazines.

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Vilnius invites Canada to engage in Ukraine rebuilding programme

Lithuanian politicians are inviting Canada to join a long investment programme for the support of Ukraine that would bring more investment to the large Eastern European country, which defends its territory from pro-Kremlin rebels in a war since 2014.

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Week in Lithuania. President calls PM’s proposal on Russia commission «irresponsible»

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has proposed this week to resume political contacts with Moscow and says that the Lithuania-Russia dialog could cover trade relations and energy, agriculture and transport issues, as well as the situation of Lithuanian teachers in the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.

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High emigration, Lithuania’s malady No.1, grips further

The new year is less than four days old, but the topic of emigration has resurged in more harrowing tinges: exodus of fellow Lithuanians not just slowed down, but, in fact, picked up over the last year, during which more than 54 thousand people left Lithuania, according to the Lithuanian Statistics.

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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian Railways to run pilot train between Klaipeda and Sovetsk

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai will in early January run a pilot passenger train between the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda and Sovetsk, a border town in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The state railway company said on Friday, December 29, that it would operate the pilot service on January 5 and 7.

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Lithuanian MPs talk to BNN about winds of 2018

Another year is about to expire and, with the last couple of days still left, we tend to look back and see how it has been for all. More importantly, what does the New Year, the Earth Dog’s year according the Chinese calendar, bode to all? BNN asked several well-known Lithuanian analysts and politicians to go over 2017 and give their insights into 2018.

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Week in Lithuania. Lithuania’s unexpected vote on Jerusalem: against U.S. in solidarity with EU

Lithuania on Thursday, December 21, unexpectedly voted in favour of a UN resolution rejecting Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus defying American warnings and showing solidarity with the EU's major powers.

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Lithuania paves way for special prosecutors in political corruption cases

The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has voted with support of 78 MPs, four against and 22 abstentions for a set of amendments to the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The changes envision that, starting from July 2018, political corruption cases in Lithuania will be investigated by prosecutors with special powers and immunity and all prosecutors will get a pay raise from mid-2018.

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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian doctors to offer voluntary test on alcohol habits

Lithuania's Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has drafted a new scheme for residents attending health care institutions to fill out tests that would reveal whether the person's drinking habits signal a possible addiction.

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Lithuania’s 2018 budget focuses on spending cuts, NATO commitment and social security

Lithuania's 2018 budget, approved this week by the Seimas, Lithuanian Parliament, makes history for being the first budget ever with fewer spending for the governmental sector, the commitment to NATO of earmarking 2 per cent of the gross domestic product to defence and bigger allotments for social security. The budget was adopted by 84 MPs, 29 voted against, with 15 abstentions.

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Croat soldier dies in Lithuania barracks

A soldier from the Croat contingent in Lithuania, who served in the Rukla military town as part of NATO international forces, has passed away.

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Week in Lithuania. Vilnius mayor apologises for poor performance of road services

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has admitted that the road services of the Lithuanian capital city were not efficient enough in their response to the weather conditions, apologising to Vilnius residents for the inconveniences they encountered due to traffic interruptions.

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Lithuania’s real estate market hints of troubles ahead

Although the new flat sales, including luxury sector, in Lithuanian capital Vilnius continue to hover at the peak of recent years, real estate market outside the capital and Kaunas, the second-largest Lithuanian city, is cooling off, which may be an omen as to what expect soon.

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Week in Lithuania. Lithuania, Russia conclude marathon talks on diplomatic buildings

Lithuania and Russia have concluded lengthy negotiations on properties used by their diplomatic missions in Vilnius and Moscow, including a building in the Lithuanian capital's Turniškės neighbourhood close to former President Valdas Adamkus' residence, a Lithuanian newspaper reported.

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Lithuania will protect corruption whistleblowers, which will be hard in reality

The elapsing year of 2017 has marked the Lithuanian Government‘s increased efforts to harness corruption in the country.

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Week in Lithuania. Parliament discusses 2018 budget drafts, sends it back to government

Lithuania's parliament has completed the first hearing of the 2018 budget draft and sent it back to the government, which will now have to take consideration of the proposals made by MPs and parliamentary committees.

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Famous Lithuanian film director suffers backlash amid sexual misconduct accusations

Although the list of powerful Lithuanian men accused of sexual misconduct is nowhere to match the similar compilation in the United States, where many women have busted an army of entertainment industry big-names, politicians and other public life celebs, however, the wave of woman revelations of men’s unwanted sexual advancement has reached Lithuania, too.

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In pictures: Museum of painter, Holocaust survivor Bak opened in Vilnius

In Vilnius, a museum to Jewish-Polish painter Samuel Bak has been opened. During the occupation of Lithuania by the Nazi Germany, the artist survived the Holocaust in the country.

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