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Lithuanian government greenlights car pollution tax

The Lithuanian Cabinet approved on Wednesday a new tax aimed at encouraging people to buy less polluting cars and facilitating the renewal of the country's ageing vehicle fleet, Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika said.

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Karbauskis urges Zemaitaitis to step down as parliament vice-speaker

Ramunas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says Remigijus Zemaitaitis, the Order and Justice Party's leader, betrayed the ruling bloc when he backed on Tuesday an initiative to call an emergency plenary sitting to vote on Viktoras Pranckietis' removal as the speaker of the Seimas.

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Lithuanian MPs clash over maintaining hardline on Belarus NPP

Opposition MPs are blocking a statement by the Lithuanian parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs on Belarus' almost completed Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, saying it should have a stronger wording.

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Lithuanian cabinet approves alcohol, tobacco, diesel fuel excise tax hikes

The Lithuanian Cabinet decided on Wednesday to raise the excise duties on strong alcohol, diesel fuel and heated tobacco in March 2020.

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Video: Evacuation in Lithuania amid fire at tyre recycling plant

Alytus in southern Lithuania was hit by a cloud of black smoke from a fire at a large tyre recycling plant. A hospital nearby has been evacuated.

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Almost a third of Lithuanians at risk of poverty – Eurostat

Some 28.3 percent of the Lithuanian population were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2018, one of the highest rates in the EU, the latest figures from the EU statistical office Eurostat shows.

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How strong is democracy in former communist Europe?

Europe's communist system crumbled 30 years ago. So how do citizens of former Eastern bloc countries view democracy and the free market today? According to the Pew Research Center, the picture is positive, if varied.

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Cabinet approves new car pollution tax

The Lithuanian Cabinet approved on Wednesday a new tax aimed at encouraging people to buy less polluting cars and facilitating the renewal of the country's ageing vehicle fleet, Environment Minister Kestutis Mazeika said.

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FM talks Turkish assault with Lithuanian counterpart

… Sameh Shoukry met with his Lithuanian counterpart, and reiterated Egypt’s … Ministry said in a statement. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius … meeting on Wednesday in Lithuania’s capital of Vilnius, expressed his country …

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Armenia, Lithuania highly value bilateral and multilateral cooperation in defense field

… 15 received Ambassador of Lithuania to Armenia Mrs. Inga … minister said the Armenian-Lithuanian cooperation, both at the … and security matters. The Lithuanian Ambassador thanked for wishes … highly valued the Armenian-Lithuanian cooperation. She conveyed the …

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Alcohol, tobacco and diesel fuel excise tax hikes approved

The Lithuanian Cabinet decided on Wednesday to raise the excise duties on strong alcohol, diesel fuel and heated tobacco in March 2020.

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Lithuania prepares for 'spy swap' with Russia

Lithuania and Russia have agreed on an exchange of people convicted of espionage, well-informed sources have confirmed to BNS.

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‘We are watching you’ – British troops in Baltics targeted by Russian psyops

British soldiers serving in Estonia received threatening “we are watching you” messages on mobile phones and social media, the Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

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Lithuania and Russia agree on spy swap

Lithuania and Russia have agreed to an exchange of people convicted of espionage, sources have confirmed to BNS.

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President proposes new measures to block Astravyets electricity

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Wednesday proposed new measures to block imports of electricity produced at the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus.

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