Germany to send 1st brigade troops to Lithuania in early September

The first troops of a German brigade being established in Lithuania are expected to arrive in early September, Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas has said.

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In June 2022, volume of construction work carried out decreased by 1.7%

In June 2022, the volume of construction work carried out in the country amounted to EUR 398.5 million at current prices, and against May, seasonally and calendar adjusted, decreased by 1.7% at constant prices (unadjusted – by 0.2%), reports Statistics Lithuania.

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Parliament speaker sees EU visa ban for Russians as adequate response to war

An EU-level ban on tourist visas for Russian citizens would be an adequate response to the war in Ukraine, Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen, the speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, said.

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Fewer people think situation in Lithuania is improving, poll finds

A mere eight percent of the population believe that the situation in Lithuania is improving, while almost three-quarters think that it is getting worse, a poll conducted by Baltijos Tyrimai for the public broadcaster LRT has found.

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President and PM see protecting electricity consumers as top priority

President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Thursday discussed the situation in the electricity market and agreed that consumer protection is the state's top priority now, a spokesman said.

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33 illegal migrants tried to enter Lithuania from Belarus

On Wednesday, 17 August, Lithuanian border guards prevented 33 migrants from entering the country illegally from Belarus.

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Presidency hopes new additions to Ministry of Foreign Affairs will bring positive change

The Office of the President welcomes changes in the political team of Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

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Minister: China hasn't officially informed Lithuania of cut in transport ties

China has not yet officially notified the Lithuanian Transport Ministry that it is severing transport ties with the country, Transport Minister Marius Skuodis said on Thursday.

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Interior minister to unveil 1st shelter sign on building in Siauliai

Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite will on Thursday unveil a special sign marking structures that could be used as shelter in the event of military aggression and will mark the first such building in the northern city of Siauliai.

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Foreign Minister calls for EU-wide decision on visa ban for Russian tourists

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on Wednesday called on the European Union to take a unanimous decision on a ban on visas for Russian tourists.

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PM's adviser appointed to lead representative office in Taiwan

Paulius Lukauskas, currently working as an adviser to Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, has been appointed to lead the country's trade representative in Taiwan, scheduled to be opened in September, the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, which carried out the selection process, confirmed it to BNS on Wednesday.

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SocDems urge government to launch international campaign to reduce electricity prices

The Social Democratic Party (LSDP) has urged Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis and Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys to launch an international campaign on behalf of Lithuania and to demand for a review of the rules and conditions of the Nord Pool power market.

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Landsbergis: PM has not shown much ambition to become Conservative party’s leader

Leader of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat party (TS-LKD) Gabrielius Landsbergis recently told the news agency ELTA that “candidates were lining up” to become the next chairperson of the TS-LKD. Landsbergis, who has led the Conservative party for two terms in a row, said he would not stand as a candidate to continue chairing the party. Meanwhile, according to MP Paulius Saudargas, it does not seem that Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė would be a potential candidate to become the party’s next leader.

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Allegations made against former deputy min over procurement of COVID-19 testing kits

The Prosecutor General’s Office has transferred to the District Court of Vilnius City a criminal case over procurement of COVID-19 testing kits in which former deputy minister of health Lina Jaruševičienė is suspected of abuse of office.

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Lithuania reports 2,832 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Lithuania has recorded 2,832 new coronavirus infections and three deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, official statistics showed on Wednesday morning.

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Conservative MP supports proposal to limit tourist visas for Russians

Deputy Parliament Speaker Paulius Saudargas welcomes discussions in the European Union on limiting tourist visas to citizens of Russia. He says it should be made known to the Russian society that the world sees what is happening in Ukraine and disapproves of Russia’s politics.

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53 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Tuesday, 16 August, Lithuanian border guards prevented 53 migrants from entering Lithuania illegally from Belarus.

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PM’s public relations adviser to resign

Changes continue in the team of Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė as her public relations adviser Rasa Jakilaitienė has announced she is going to leave the position in the Government.

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Lithuania to launch 5 training courses for Ukrainian military in August

Lithuania is in August launching five training courses for Ukrainian military personnel, Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said on Tuesday.

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Priest loses clerical status for sexual abuse of minors

Algirdas Jurevicius, the bishop of Telsiai, northwestern Lithuania, has laicized priest Jonas Kusas for his abuse and sexual exploitation of minors.

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