Paper tickets will be scrapped in Vilnius public transport

Vilnius City Municipal Council decided on Wednesday that paper tickets would be scrapped in public transport of Lithuania’s capital and replaced by electronic tickets.

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Anušauskas meets with Ukraine’s new Defence Minister, presents Lithuania’s latest aid package

National Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas on Tuesday attended the Ramstein format meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group and for the first time met with the new Defence Minister of Ukraine Rustem Umerov on the margins, the ministry said in a press release.

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Ministry proposes raising teachers’ salaries by 20.5% in 2024

On Tuesday, Lithuania’s education minister met with representatives of a trade union who are planning a strike demanding for higher salaries and better working conditions for teachers.

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Two Lithuanian Social Democratic Party politicians draw party’s criticism for supporting fur farming

Other members of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) have harshly criticised their colleagues Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis and Juozas Olekas after they have been featured in promotional videos of the Lithuanian Fur Animal Growers’ Association (LŽAA).

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Seimas passes resolution urging NATO to invite Ukraine to join bloc at Washington summit

The Seimas has passed a resolution calling on the parliaments of NATO countries to approve Ukraine’s application to join the Alliance and to invite Kyiv to become a member of NATO at the Washington summit due July next year.

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Seimas Speaker sees no need for State Defence Council to debate cluster munitions treaty yet

Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen says she is sceptical of the National Defence Ministry’s proposal for the State Defence Council (VGT) to discuss Lithuania’s withdrawal from a convention banning the use of cluster munitions.

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Parliament backs motion to impeach MP Žemaitaitis

The Seimas on Tuesday voted in favour of the ruling parties’ motion to impeach MP Remigijus Žemaitaitis over his antisemitic statements.

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More than 40 new fire engines transferred to firefighters

On Monday, 18 September, Lithuania’s fire stations received more than 40 new fire engines: 37 medium pumpers, 6 heavy pumpers and 4 turntable ladders.

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Trade union informs the Government about start of teachers’ strike

On Monday, the Lithuanian Education Employees’ Trade Union (LŠDPS) informed the Government and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport that an indefinite teachers’ strike would begin next week.

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Minister of the Interior: challenges with migration in Belarus should be talked about at first

A UN Refugee Agency’s representative has stated that Lithuania should allow irregular migrants enter the country before determining their status, a position highly disputed by Lithuanian politicians. Minister of the Interior Agnė Bilotaitė suggests that the situation of migrants in Belarus should be assessed at first as Belarusian authorities force them to cross the border to the European Union.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend events of high-level week of UN General Assembly in New York

This week, on 18-22 September, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis will be attending the events of the high-level week of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the ministry said in a press release.

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Russian citizens will have extra time to pass Latvian language test

Russian citizens who applied but failed to pass the official Latvian language examination or did not take it for justified reasons may obtain a residence permit for a term of up to two years, according to the amendments to the Immigration Law adopted by the Saeima in the second and final reading on Thursday, 14 September, said the press service of the Latvian Parliament.

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Ukrainian journalist: As long as our blood is on Russians’ hands, we can’t talk to them

Ukrainian journalist Olga Konsevych who was forced to leave Kyiv because of the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine believes that dialogue between Ukrainians and Russians is impossible now as the war is ongoing. “As long as the enemy is causing us such damage, taking our lives, we cannot talk to them”, stresses Olga.

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Commission recommends stripping figure skater Drobiazko of Lithuanian citizenship

The Citizenship Commission met on Thursday and issued a recommendation to the president to strip Russian-born figure skater Margarita Drobiazko of Lithuanian citizenship for supporting the Kremlin.

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President: we must exploit the great cooperation potential between Lithuania and South Korea

On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Prime Minister Han Duck-soo of South Korea at Krynica Forum, the presidency reports.

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Farmers & Greens quit national education agreement

The Farmers and Greens party (LVŽS) announces it is leaving the national agreement on education policy concluded by six political parties back in 2021.

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Šimonytė: life skills lessons became straw man argument before 2024 elections

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė regrets that some politicians are trying to discredit much debated life skills lessons that are being introduced in schools. She says politicians have turned the new programme into a straw man fallacy before 2024 elections. She also believes that President Gitanas Nausėda has called to delay the introduction of the new programme in an attempt to cater to voters. The president has called to consider if schools are ready to teach the new programme.

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Conscript soldier may have killed himself, army says

The conscript soldier’s fatal injury in a training exercise earlier this week may have been a suicide attempt, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said.

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Lithuania’s defence budget nearly doubles in three years

The Ministry of National Defence announces that the country’s defence budget has nearly doubled in the recent three years, rising to over 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) this year.

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Nausėda: we must work together to reach Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration goals as soon as possible

On Wednesday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with President Andrzej Duda of Poland at the Security and Economic Forum in Krynica.

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