President critical of preparations for EUR 2.2b EU support

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is critical of preparations in the country to qualify for EU support, worth 2.2 billion euros, for post-pandemic economic recovery.

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Jurkonis. Everything you think you knew about politics is wrong: using political capital for good

We can’t escape the word politics, but do we really understand its various meanings?

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Shopping centers to reopen, excluding weekends

The Lithuanian government made a decision on Thursday to allow all stores at shopping centers to reopen as of April 19. And marketplaces and other public trading venues will be able to reopen as of May 3. Stores, however, will not be allowed to work on weekends yet.

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Shops allowed in malls to open on weekdays

The Lithuanian government decided in principle on Wednesday to allow all shops located in malls to reopen, but they will have to close on weekends.

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Skuodis: Rail Baltica should have a direct access to Vilnius and Kaunas airports

Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis initiates discussions on the connection of the Rail Baltica European railway link with Vilnius and Kaunas. Options to connect Vilnius and Kaunas airports with Rail Baltica were discussed during the Minister’s meeting with mayors of both cities and representatives of Lithuanian Railways and airports.

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Lithuanian Airports expect traffic growth in Q2

Due to a complicated pandemic situation in the world, during the first quarter of this year, Lithuanian Airports recorded lower flight flows, number of passengers and quantities of cargo transported by air compared to the last quarter of 2020. The stagnation recorded by Lithuanian Airports at the beginning of the first quarter of this year began to shrink already at the beginning of March - growth in both flights and passenger traffic was recorded, the Lithuanian Airports informs in a press release.

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Dispute about fake news and propaganda search platform Debunk goes into court

News portal Delfi brought proceedings to Klaipėda district court to examine the infringement of exclusive author's property rights using fake news and propaganda search platform 'Debunk'.

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Palanga Airport opens Covid-19 testing site

Services of testing for COVID-19 begin to be provided next to Palanga Airport from the morning of 9 April. A laboratory research company Rezus.lt has established its post near the passenger terminal of the seaside airport - paid testing services will be provided here in line with the schedule of flights (the services will be also provided on weekends).

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PM on big business vaccination: there's no point in accumulating vaccines

The vaccination of workers from big companies would allow using up the accumulating AstraZeneca vaccine, but the immunization of over-65s would remain a priority, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte says.

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15min and BNS to merge with Media Bites

15min, the owner of the 15min news website, and Baltic News Service Lithuania are merging with Lithuania's media and digital business group Media Bites to create a media group that will operate under the name of 15min Group, the companies said on Thursday.

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Ministers: Lithuania won’t have outer deepwater port "for at least a decade"

The Melnrage outer deepwater port project in Lithuania will not be developed for at least a decade, the country's environment and transport ministers say after they agreed to update solutions of the Lithuanian territory's general plan.

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Lithuania to consider allowing all shops to reopen in mid-Apri

The Lithuanian government is considering allowing all shops, including those that are located in large shopping centers and have no direct street access, to reopen in mid-April, the head of a retailers' association said on Friday.

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EfTEN Real Estate Fund 4 acquires three buildings in Vilnius from Arginta Group

EfTEN Real Estate Fund 4 has acquired a complex of 3 commercial properties in Vilnius, beside the highway to Molėtai, from Arginta Group, in a sale and leaseback transaction.

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Vilnius to improve water and wastewater infrastructure with European support

The EIB and the Vilnius water authority Vilniaus Vandenys have agreed a 20-year loan facility worth €50 million. The financing, of which a first €20 million tranche has been signed, will be used to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the capital region, which is expected to have positive effects on the environment and living conditions for residents. Apart from renewing two wastewater treatment plants (in Vilnius and in Švenčionys), VV will use the financial backing to refurbish and improve the water- and wastewater networks in and around Vilnius.

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COVID-19 testing site launched near Kaunas Airport

On 29 March, services of testing for COVID-19 are launched near Kaunas Airport. Back in early March, such services have been introduced to travellers near Vilnius Airport, and today the first tests were performed for those travelling through Kaunas Airport. Paid testing services are provided by a laboratory research company Rezus.lt.

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SITA airport management and information display system installed at Lithuanian Airports

This week, the Lithuanian Airports’ operator has completed the installation of a new airport management system designed to enhance the passenger experience, increase operational efficiency, and modernize airport operations management. The system’s most visible element comes in the form of hundreds of flight information displays located at the airports. Whether passengers are looking for their check-in counter, boarding gate, or baggage belt – the information displayed arrives via this system.

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Nausėda sees Biden’s willingness ‘to turn over new page’ in US-EU relations

Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda sees willingness on the part of US President Joe Biden ‘to turn over a new page’ in relations between the United States and the European Union (EU).

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Washington arbitration to open proceedings in Veolia vs Lithuania dispute next week

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington will next week start hearing a lawsuit filed by French energy group Veolia against the Lithuanian state.

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Central banker candidate calls increasing competition "true challenge"

Increasing competition in the banking sector is a true challenge, says Gediminas Simkus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda's nominated candidate to lead the country's central bank of Lithuania.

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Government blocks Avia Solutions Group’s expansion at Vilnius Airport

Lithuania’s government has blocked plans of aviation group Avia Solutions Group to expand at Vilnius Airport due to risks to national security, government’s representatives confirmed on Friday.

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