Posts tagged as Ingrida Šimonytė

Nova Lituania triumphs at Lithuania’s first national film awards

Monday, May 31, 2021

The first National Lithuanian Film Awards were handed out last Saturday, with nine trophies going to a black-and-white period drama directed by Karolis Kaupinis. Nova Lituania, based on a true story of a geographer who conjured up a plan in the 1930s to relocate Lithuania to Madagascar, was nominated in 12 categories. The film won the best director and best script awards for Kaupinis, as well as best feature film.…

Lithuania’s parliament OKs new PM, then closes due to virus

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament approved Tuesday conservative Ingrida Simonyte as the Baltic country’s next prime minister before shutting down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country Simonyte, 46, will head a three-party center-right coalition after winning in a 62-10 vote in the 141-seat legislature, which is called the Seimas. Another 41 lawmakers abstained, and 28 others were absent mostly due to the coronavirus resurgence. The southernmost Baltic…

Lithuanian FM: Country will not buy Russian vaccine

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Lithuania won’t purchase coronavirus vaccines from Russia, even if the shot is approved by the European Union, and will only rely on medicines produced in the West. Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said she has “no doubt” that Russia’s attempts to sell the vaccine before fully immunizing its own people is “yet another geopolitical game.” The Baltic nation has secured a portfolio of Western-produced vaccines through joint EU purchases and “there’s…

Lithuania’s budget deficit will ‘inevitably’ exceed 5 percent

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Lithuania’s budget deficit in 2021 will exceed the current projection of 5 percent of GDP, Prime Minister-designate Ingrida Šimonytė said on Thursday. This is because the draft 2021 budget worked out by the outgoing government does not earmark any funding for some expenses already approved by the parliament, Seimas, such as higher pension indexation or inclusive education, according to Šimonytė. “This basically means that the deficit will inevitably be higher,…

Despite Covid-19 outbreak at parliament

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Even though over a dozen MPs and an entire party group have been forced to self-isolate due to the coronavirus, the parliament has failed to pass amendments allowing to hold sessions online. Two amendments to the Seimas Statute, which regulates legislative procedures in the parliament, were proposed by the ruling conservative-liberal bloc, but both failed to muster enough votes to pass. One of the proposals got 70 votes in favour…

Head of Lithuania’s new ruling party will not seek ministerial position

Monday, November 16, 2020

Gabrielius Landsbergis, head of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), will lead the party’s parliamentary group in the Seimas and will not seek a ministerial position. On Friday, he was elected head of the group and Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė was elected first deputy head. The TS-LKD is now the biggest party in the new parliament with 50 seats. It entered into a coalition with two liberal partners, the Liberal Movement…

PM candidate discusses Lithuania’s coronavirus effort

Friday, November 6, 2020

Ingrida Šimonytė, the conservative candidate to be Lithuania’s next prime minister, says her government’s task will be to bring the country out of lockdown. “The key issue the new government will need to think is how to exit that situation [the quarantine], as it’s easier to pull the brake than to get moving again, as the experience of the first wave showed,” Šimonytė told reporters on Thursday. Conservative MPs held…

Lithuania’s PM candidate: destroying ‘world order’ and why women-led parties won

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Ingrida Šimonytė, the presumptive next prime minister of Lithuania, discusses what’s wrong with the current government’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic and why the election brought victory to women-led parties. Šimonutė led the party list of the conservative Homeland Union party which won the parliamentary elections and is now in talks with two liberal parties on forming the government. On Monday evening, she gave an interview.  Is the coalition agreement…

Ex-Lithuanian finmin to announce decision on presidential race

Monday, September 24, 2018

Lithuania’s former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė will announce later on Monday whether she will run for president after being nominated by part of branches of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats. Šimonytė will hold a press conference at the parliament at 11.30 a.m. 37 HU-LCD branches have nominated Šimonytė for president. 34 branches earlier nominated Žygimantas Pavilionis, an MP and former diplomat, but he eventually decided against…