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European Commission approves Nordea and DNB plans to enter into a merger in the Baltics

European Commission approves Nordea and DNB plans to enter into a merger in the Baltics The European Commission approved unconditionally the creation of a joint venture between Nordea Bank AB and DNB Bank ASA, in the Baltic States. The Commission assessed the possible competitive effects of the merger on a number of distinct retail and corporate banking markets across the three Baltic countries and concluded that the merger would not raise competition concerns.

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Child rights protection reform makes headway in parliament

Child rights protection reform makes headway in parliament A child right protection system reform package that, for the first time, sets six years as the minimum age for a child to be left alone is making headway in the parliament.

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Parliament reintroduces 9% VAT on heating until 2018

Parliament reintroduces 9% VAT on heating until 2018 Residents of Lithuania will have smaller heating bills between October and January, as the parliament reintroduced a 9 percent reduced rate of the value-added tax (VAT) on centralized heating.

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Lithuania to exhibit Feb. 16 1918 Independence Act from Germany in Signatory House

Lithuania to exhibit Feb. 16 1918 Independence Act from Germany in Signatory House Lithuania's February 16 1918 Independence Act to be handed over by Germany will be exhibited in the Signatory House starting next year, the President's Office said on Tuesday.

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Court rejects Kevisas' suit over his dismissal as national opera theater director

Court rejects Kevisas' suit over his dismissal as national opera theater director A Vilnius court on Tuesday turned down a suit filed by Gintautas Kevisas, a former long-standing director general of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater (LNOBT), over his dismissal from the job.

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Lithuanian officials deny allowing Russian warplanes enter airspace

Lithuanian officials deny allowing Russian warplanes enter airspace Lithuanian officials have denied giving permission to Russian military aircraft last week to enter the country's airspace to avoid adverse weather conditions.

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Strong winds cause power outages, topple trees across Lithuania

Strong winds cause power outages, topple trees across Lithuania Strong winds caused power outages and toppled trees onto roads and cars across Lithuania overnight, officials said on Tuesday.

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Lithuania finds Russia's proposal for UN force in eastern Ukraine unacceptable

Lithuania finds Russia's proposal for UN force in eastern Ukraine unacceptable Russia's proposal to deploy an UN-mandated force on the dividing line between Kiev's forces and Moscow-backed separatists is not acceptable, Nerijus Aleksiejunas, the Lithuanian president's foreign policy advisor, said on Tuesday.

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Lithuania to seek uniform quality of food products throughout EU - Agriculture Minister

Lithuania to seek uniform quality of food products throughout EU - Agriculture Minister Lithuania will seek that multinational companies use the same recipes for food products sold under the same brand throughout the European Union after a study has shown that the composition of some food products available in German stores differs from those in Lithuanian stores, Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas said on Tuesday.

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PM surprised at Lithuanian EU commissioner's position on Belarus' N-plant

PM surprised at Lithuanian EU commissioner's position on Belarus' N-plant Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is surprised at Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis' position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, saying that the EU commissioner's statements are not in line with his country's interests.

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Low average amount of fines for corruption due to petty offenses - Lithuania's top judge

Low average amount of fines for corruption due to petty offenses - Lithuania's top judge Fines for corruption in Lithuania may amount to thousands of euros, but the relatively low average is due to minor offenses being much more numerous than large-scale crimes, Rimvydas Norkus, president of the Lithuanian Supreme Court and head of the Lithuanian Judicial Council, said.

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Lithuania joins Trump's initiative to reform UN

Lithuania joins Trump's initiative to reform UN Lithuania has joined a political declaration on reforming the United Nations, drafted on US President Donald Trump's initiative, the Lithuanian president's office said on Tuesday.

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Lithuanian airspace must be respected - defense minister

Lithuanian airspace must be respected - defense minister Lithuanian airspace must be respected, Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Monday after two Russian military aircraft last week entered the country's territory over its territorial waters.

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Lithuanian airspace violation by Russia 'not surprising' - parliament panel head

Lithuanian airspace violation by Russia 'not surprising' - parliament panel head Russian military aircraft's violation of Lithuanian airspace during the Zapad exercise should not come as a surprise, given the scale of the war games, Vytautas Bakas, head of the Lithuanian parliament's Committee on National Security and Defense, said on Monday.

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Two Russian military aircraft violated Lithuanian airspace - Foreign Ministry

Two Russian military aircraft violated Lithuanian airspace - Foreign Ministry Two Russian IL-76 military transport aircraft last week violated Lithuania's airspace, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

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Police probe hacking into Defense Minister's Facebook account

Police probe hacking into Defense Minister's Facebook account Police have launched a pre-trial investigation into the hacking of Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis' Facebook account.

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Police seize 0.5 tons of hashish

Police seize 0.5 tons of hashish Law-enforcement officials have seized more than half a ton of hashish, worth an estimated 5 million euros, and detained eight suspects in an operation.

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Dutch troops start exercise in Lithuania today

Dutch troops start exercise in Lithuania today NATO Enhanced Forward Presence team's combat group is starting an exercise in Jonava, Kaisiadorys and Elektrenai districts in central Lithuania on Monday. During the exercise, Dutch troops serving in the battalion will drill arrest and defense operations, the Defense Ministry said.

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Health Minister, singer don't change opinion on alcohol after 5 km challenge

Health Minister, singer don't change opinion on alcohol after 5 km challenge After a 5 km race challenge in Vingio Park in Vilnius on Saturday, ZAS singer Linas Zareckas still had a different opinion on alcohol consumption than Minister of Health, Aurelijus Veryga.

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President Grybauskaite discusses Zapad drills with UN chief

President Grybauskaite discusses Zapad drills with UN chief President Dalia Grybauskaite met with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres as part of her visit in New York and discussed the Zapad military exercise currently held in Russia and Belarus.

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