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Lithuanian PM sacks adviser who lost political confidence

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Friday sacked his adviser for energy and environmental matters, Tomas Garasimavicius, who had lost his political confidence. “He has been discharged as having lost his political confidence,” Tomas Berzinskas, the prime minister’s spokesman, told BNS. The spokesman not elaborate on the reasons for firing the adviser. Garasimavicius told BNS later in the day that he was not aware of the reasons for his dismissal…

Eight flu fatalities reported in Latvia last week

Friday, March 23, 2018

RIGA – Eight flu fatalities were reported in Latvia last week. All but one of those flu patients had other chronic diseases, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control said. Altogether 31 people have died from flu in the current season. The average age of those flu fatalities is 67 years. None of them had been vaccinated against flu. Flu intensity has started receding in Latvia and dropped 5.6 percent…

Russian-speaking minority in Latvia protests against new legislative attack on their identity

Friday, March 23, 2018

Latvia’s largest opposition party has called for the reversal of education reforms that threaten Russian-language classes in the country’s schools, claiming they contradict the national constitution and international convention. The Social Democratic Party, called “Harmony,” represents the interests of Russian speakers that constitute up to 40 percent of Latvia’s population. The call to reverse the education reforms was made to President Raimonds Vejonis on Thursday. It followed a decision by…

Ventspils beach high in popularity this week; Lembergs gets spotlight time as well

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ventspils city ended up in the spotlight in an unusual way this week: seals washed up on the beach in Ventspils. Animal Freedom association emphasizes that human contact with baby seals would hurt them. Residents are asked to maintain at least 50 m distance from them. In spite of recommendations, however, the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs decided to take photos with baby seals and publish them on his…

OECD: Latvian employees work longest hours in Baltics

Thursday, March 22, 2018

In a comparison of Baltic countries per average annual hours worked, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has found earlier this year that the average Latvian worker spends 1,910 hours at work, followed by the Lithuanian employee with 1,885 hours and the average Estonian worker with 1,855 hours. In the study available on the web site of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) its 35 member states…

Lithuanian parliament rejects idea of early election

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lithuania’s parliament rejected the opposition initiative of early parliamentary elections in the first phase of discussion on Tuesday. The bid to hold early elections on June 3 was approved for discussion by 52 parliamentarians, while 57 were against and 11 abstained. Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) who had tabled the proposal, said the ruling coalition’s approval of the bid for discussion…

Centric to hire 200 specialists in Kaunas

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Centric, a leading Dutch information technologies company, is opening a bureau in Lithuania’s second-largest city Kaunas and will hire around 200 specialists within three years, reports LETA/BNS. “During the first visit of our senior management to Lithuania, we discovered Kaunas as a very strong city for our activities. We were impressed with the longstanding traditions within the field of technology and the potential talent in the city thanks mainly to…

What does the future hold for non-citizens?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 The Stream will look at challenges faced by ethnic Russian ‘non-citizens’ living in two Baltic states, amid continuing political tensions with Russia. The presidents of EU and Nato member countries Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are due to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House on April 3 , and alleged Russian meddling in Baltic political affairs will be high on the agenda. That’s as Latvia and Estonia continue to…

Lithuania is not sure of further defense spendings

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Lithuanian State Defense Council will discuss the country’s priority defense needs at its meeting on Tuesday, the president’s press office said. “The State Defense Council, chaired by Dalia Grybauskaite, the president of the Republic of Lithuania, will discuss the country’s priority defense needs,” it told BNS. Under the Constitution, the State Defense Council discusses and coordinates key state defense issues. The council is chaired by the president and includes…

Russian citizens living in Latvia provided support to Putin

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

RIGA – During the presidential elections in Russia last week, support provided to President Vladimir Putin by Russian citizens living in Latvia turned out considerably larger than it was in Russia. Information regarding election results in three election sites in Riga shows that 93.61% or 11,878 voters voted for Putin, as reported by the Central Election Commission. Pavel Grudinin from the Communist Party is second with 2.87% of votes. Ksenya…