Posts published in Day: March 18, 2021

Thirty MPs receive coronavirus vaccinations

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thirty Riigikogu MPs have received coronavirus vaccines after members were offered the opportunity, following a government decision to allow it last week. The much-panned AstraZeneca product was used. The MPs received their first shots at the East Tallinn Central Hospital (ITKH) Thursday, BNS reports, with the second dose due on May 13. Cabinet ministers are due to receive their inoculations, on request, next week. Leaders of state bodies and institutions…

Official meeting ceremony of the Presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania took place in Kyiv on Thursday

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, who is on an official visit to Ukraine took place. During the solemn meeting ceremony, the national anthems of the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine were played. The presidents walked by the guards of honor. The official delegations of Ukraine and Lithuania were presented. After the official ceremony, the meeting of Volodymyr Zelenskyy…

Poland goes into near-lockdown as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Poland will close most public venues this Saturday for three weeks, as the rapidly growing number of new daily coronavirus cases threatens the country’s already overwhelmed health care services, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Wednesday. On the day of the announcement, the country noted 25,052 new infections, a 44 percent jump on the same day last week, Poland’s health ministry said in its daily report; 52 percent of the cases…

Latvian Deputy might be expelled from Saeima

Thursday, March 18, 2021

According to LETA, the Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee has proposed the expulsion of deputy Didzis Šmits or repeated absence from parliamentary remote meetings,  reported March 17. A vote on the issue has not yet taken place, but would be an extraordinary measure if approved. Šmits has not attended a number of parliamentary meetings which have been held remotely in the e-Saeima system, introduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and therefore,…

Lithuania’s GBS & ICT operations: gradually climbing the value chain

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Solid growth in spite of a difficult year At the beginning of 2021, after a turbulent and unpredictable 2020, Lithuania proved it is still the top choice for global ICT leaders in search of first-rate talent and a mature infrastructure. In IBM’s recently published Global Location Trends Report, Lithuania now ranks in the Top 3 in Europe for attracting FDI jobs per capita across all sectors. But what is outstanding…

Lithuania makes healthy meals for children

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thanks to the ‘Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Academy’ in Lithuania, pupils aged 5-14 years are receiving guidance and training sessions on where food comes from and how to build a healthy diet. Training sessions take place both in person and remotely, and provide guidance on healthy eating, obesity, emotional health and sleep so that children can stay healthy. European Social Fund contribution: €190,000. Beneficiaries: 2620 children. Read more:

EBRD supports Lithuania’s retailer Maxima in €40 mn commercial paper issuance

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The leading Lithuanian retail chain Maxima Grupė (Maxima) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are teaming up to introduce a new financial product in the Baltic markets: The EBRD is investing €4.2 million in a €40 million issuance of commercial paper (CP) by Maxima, the first issuance of such securities in the region according to EBRD. The notes were subscribed by institutional investors represented from the Baltic…

Lithuania’s and German Foreign Ministers agreed to fight against disinformation

Thursday, March 18, 2021

On 17 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. The meeting focused on bilateral relations between Lithuania and Germany, the relationship with Russia and China, eastern neighbours, vaccination, security situation in the region, and other important items on the international agenda. The Foreign Ministers agreed to take joint action to counter hybrid threats in a more effective…

EU ambassadors OK human rights sanctions on China

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Thursday, March 18, 2021

EU ambassadors on Wednesday agreed to a new package of sanctions on four Chinese individuals and one entity over human rights violations targeting the minority Uyghur Muslim population, according to multiple diplomats. The penalties are part of a new sanctions package that will punish several countries over human rights abuses. The overall list includes 11 individuals and four entities in six countries, according to the diplomats. Among those facing punishments…

Weekly ordered to publish retraction of Linnamäe business claims

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Investigative weekly has to publish a retraction of claims that a rival major media concern was to be compulsorily dissolved, following a court decision Tuesday. The company, MM Group, is owned by businessman Margus Linnamäe. The party claiming libel, media concern MM Grupp,also sought damages of €2 million . Eesti Ekspress appealed the MM Grupp’s call for damages and a printed refutation of an article which appeared in April last…