Posts published in January 2021

Foreign troops in Lithuania instead of sovereignty

By Antanas Tubelis on Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Baltic States are doing their best to deepen military cooperation with the United States. For this purpose, they are even ready to lose their sovereignty. The Baltics are not self-sufficient countries from a political point of view. Therefore, they rely on the United States in getting military security and financial support. In return, they provide their territories for the deployment of American military facilities and forces. Leaders of the…

Charles Michel says EU could invoke ‘urgent measures’ in response to vaccine shortfall

Sunday, January 31, 2021

European Council president suggests triggering emergency treaty provision if manufacturers do not respond adequately. European Council President Charles Michel on Thursday said the EU could adopt “urgent measures” in response to a shortfall in coronavirus vaccine, by invoking an emergency provision in the EU treaties. It was not immediately clear what further development might trigger such a move, but officials said that Council legal advisers believed the powers, in Article…

Report: Latvian airBaltic has maintained its market leader position in 2020

Sunday, January 31, 2021

According to Riga Airport, in 2020 Latvian airline airBaltic has maintained its market leader position, by carrying 57% of all passengers to the Latvian capital. In 2020, the airline carried 1.14 million passengers to and from Riga. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic and a total stop of flying for 62 days, we maintained our market leader position, connecting Baltics to the…

The United States and Latvia: Looking Ahead to 2021

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Message from Ambassador John Carwile The following is a press release: Riga, January 28, 2021 – Dargie draugi! As we move forward in the new year and President Biden begins his work, I am optimistic about our alliance as democratic, freedom-loving nations. Strong, bipartisan support for Latvia and NATO will continue under the Biden administration, and I’m confident that we will have much to celebrate this year as partners. The…

LTG Infra launched tender for oversight of river Neris bridge construction works

Sunday, January 31, 2021

LTG Infra, the company tasked with implementing the Rail Baltica project in Lithuania, has announced a competition for the oversight of construction works for the longest railway bridge in the Baltic States across the Neris river. During the tender, a company will be selected to perform technical oversight of the construction works and will offer engineering services. “This will be an exceptional project not just for Lithuania, but the entire…

Six songs continue race to represent Lithuania at Eurovision

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The semifinal of Lithuania’s national Eurovision selection, broadcast on Saturday night, saw five songs advance to the final round next week. The sixth contender – Discotheque by last year’s winner The Roop – has been given a spot in the national finals straight away. The combined score from a five-judge panel and televoters selected five out of ten performers who competed in Saturday’s show. These are: Gebrasy, Where’d You Wanna…

Lithuanians worry about fallout from Belarus sanctions

By Linas Jegelevicius on Saturday, January 30, 2021

Although few in Lithuania believed it at the time, Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko has already partly followed up on his threat last year to divert Belarusian cargoes from the Port of Klaipeda, where in 2020 they amounted to 32% of the port’s total annual cargo turnover, as punishment for the country’s strong stance against his repression of domestic protests. Belarus oil exporter Belorusskaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya (Belarusian Oil Company, BNK) decided…

Defence cooperation of Lithuania and Ukraine discussed

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Lithuania HE Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi discussed bilateral defence cooperation of the two countries, participation of Ukraine in multilateral cybersecurity projects, as well as other initiatives, and exchanged views on the security situation in the region, at a meeting today, January 28.   “The new Government pays great regard to the reforms in Ukraine. Despite serious challenges, we…

Giant snow sculptures pop up after snowstorm in Lithuania

Saturday, January 30, 2021

30 mind-blowing photos of snow sculptures in Lithuania, made by ordinary people after a heavy snowstorm. Lithuanians don’t get heavy snowfall every winter, but when they do, they get really creative. After the country was hit by a snowstorm on Wednesday causing traffic disruptions, sunken roofs and a snow cover of 30 centimetres, people were quick to start sculpting. Surprisingly, a 4-meter tall snowman was just the beginning of it all. Giant octopuses, sharks, penguins, owls and big-toothed seals presented themselves in the most unusual of…

New challenger W1TTY granted EMI licence in Lithuania

Saturday, January 30, 2021

W1TTY, a clever mobile partner that provides a full suite of attractive finance products and services, announces that its subsidiary Witty Global UAB has received authorization from the Lithuanian regulator to operate as an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) in the European Economic Area. W1TTY was granted the license in just 6 months from application submission. As the name suggests, W1TTY will have an innovative and smart approach to finance, supporting…