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Week in Lithuania. Liberal Movement to turn to court over VSD statements

Monday, May 21, 2018

The board of Lithuania’s Liberal Movement has decided to turn to court over information published by the State Security Department (VSD), allegedly damaging the party’s reputation. «We have decided that we, as a party, have to turn to court over damage to our reputation and demand refutation of claims made in the SSD report,» the party’s leader Eugenijus Gentvilas said on Friday, May 18. In his words, the lawsuit will…

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is stuck in Russia after Britain FAILS to renew his visa

Monday, May 21, 2018

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has not yet had his visa renewed after it expired last month, it has been reported. The billionaire, who did not attend yesterday’s FA cup final which his team won 1-0, is said to have returned to his homeland and can’t now enter Britain. Sources close to the oligarch said his request for a new visa had not been denied, but UK authorities were taking longer…

Estonia ranks 9th in EU for digital economy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Estonia ranks ninth in the European Union when it comes to progress towards the digital single market, it appears from the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018 published by the Commission on Friday. According to DESI 2018, the EU is getting more digital, but progress remains insufficient for Europe to catch up with global leaders and to reduce differences across member states. This calls for a quick completion of…

Latvia’s ice hockey heroes climb international rankings

Monday, May 21, 2018

Despite going into the world ice hockey championships as unfancied outsiders, the excellent performances the Latvian team put in on the way to a narrow quarter final loss to eventual champions Sweden has earned them a hike in the IIHF world rankings. Following the conclusion of the tournament May 20, in which Sweden retained the title after a shoot-out victory over Switzerland, Latvia’s world ranking has risen from 13th place…

Banks to report private persons whose account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000

Friday, May 18, 2018

From 18 May onward, banks will have to report private persons whose annual account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000, as provided by the Cabinet of Ministers’ supported order, under which the State Revenue Service is to be provided with information about a private person’s turnover and balance. Finance Ministry’s developed rules include the order under which credit institutions and payment service providers are to report information to SRS about clients whose…

Four-lane road to link Lithuania, Poland by 2022 – ministers

Friday, May 18, 2018

A four-lane road will link Lithuania and Poland by 2022, the two countries’ minister say. The Polish stretch could be built a bit earlier, by 2021. “Four lanes will reach the border in Poland in 2021-2022,” Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk told BNS Lithuania on Thursday, hoping that Lithuania would build a four-lane road on its side at the same time. “We both expect those two roads to connect by…

Estonian chamber: Equal 1st pension pillar an incentive for cash in hand payments

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that it is against the leveling off of the first pension pillar, as unpegging the size of the first-pillar component of a person’s old-age pension from the person’s wage will serve as an incentive for the payment of unregistered wages. Commenting on the Social Affairs Ministry’s plan for changes to the national pension system, according to which a combined component would be…

Fewer people from high terror risk countries seek residence permits in Latvia

Friday, May 18, 2018

In 2017, Latvia received fewer requests for residence permits from people from the countries with the high number of terrorist groups or other terrorism-related risks, compared to 2016, according to the Security Police annual report for 2017, cites LETA. The Security Police is part of the system of controlling the entry of foreigners and conducts checks of foreigners from the high terror risk countries. Compared with 2016, in 2017 there…

Vitols scholarship fund in Latvia gets EUR 3 mln or largest donation in its history

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Vitols Fund which provides scholarships to bright Latvian youngsters has received the largest donation in its history – more than EUR 3 million, the foundation announced LETA. Gunars Sterns, a Latvian Australian who passed away in June 2016, bequeathed to the foundation AUD 5 million which is equal to more than EUR 3 million. The Vitols Fund said that it was the largest donation in its history and confirmed…

Estonia ranked best in Baltics for LGBT+ rights

Thursday, May 17, 2018

According to a recent survey released by LGBT+ advocacy group ILGA-Europe, Estonia ranks highest from the three Baltic states, and fourth from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) nations, in its treatment of LGBT+ minorities. The Rainbow Europe Index takes into account a broader Europe-wide view of countries’ LGBT+ equality laws and other policies when coming up with its rankings, expressed as a percentage of requirements and recommendations relating to…