Posts tagged as LRT

Constitutional Court upholds LRT’s funding independence

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The funding mode of Lithuania’s national public broadcaster, LRT, does not violate the constitution, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday. The LRT budget, which is calculated automatically as a fixed percentage the state’s tax revenue and cannot be revised by the government every year, is a way to shield it from political pressures, according to the court. “The legal regulation gives protection to the institutional and editorial independence of…

LRT English Newsletter: An unexpected spike

Friday, July 17, 2020

As Lithuanians were looking forward to a day with zero new coronavirus infections, an  unexpected outbreak in Kaunas   reminded that the pandemic is not over. Eighteen truck drivers employed at a Kaunas firm were diagnosed with Covid-19 shortly after arriving from Uzbekistan. This prompted the government to consider tougher controls – like  mandatory testing for travelers from non-OECD countries   and possible mandatory self-isolation. At the same time, Lithuania…

Lithuania’s ruling party leader threatens LRT after report on minister

Friday, May 15, 2020

After LRT Investigation Team reported on alleged kickbacks received by Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič, the leader of Lithuania’s ruling party threatened to investigate LRT. If law enforcement finds no wrongdoing on behalf of the minister, Ramūnas Karbauskis said he would raise the question regarding the work of LRT Investigation Team. Karbauskis is the head of Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), which is in a ruling coalition with the Polish-minority…

LRT contributes to democracy – survey

Friday, January 31, 2020

The majority of Lithuanians believe that LRT contributes to strengthening democracy in the country. A recent survey has shown that 71 percent of the public agree that the Lithuanian public broadcaster’s plays a positive role for democracy. “The public broadcaster […] serves an important mission to promote civil society, one of the cornerstones of democracy,” says Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, the CEO of LRT. Election debates, investigative reporting and live broadcasts from…

Together Until Victory – LRT hosts the yearly support concert for Ukraine

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

As Lithuania marked Freedom Defenders’ Day on Januar 13, LRT hosted the yearly fund-raising event for Ukraine, Together until Victory (Kartu iki Pergalės). Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and First Lady Diana Nausėdienė urged Lithuanians to help “brotherly Ukraine”. “29 years ago, on January 13, Ukrainian people […] brought help to Lithuania, even joined the ranks of the defenders,” he said on Monday. “Today it’s our turn to help Ukrainians in…

LRT English Newsletter: Intelligence, pollution and a voice from Iran

Friday, January 10, 2020

LRT English  Newsletter   – January 10, 2020 If you’re happy to breathe easy after what seemed to many (#FranzFerdinand and #WorldWarThree were trending worldwide) as the beginning of the end, feel free to skip this section. In short, Lithuanian soldiers were stationed at the Iraqi Al Asad airbase, but  left   seven hours before the Iranian missile strike and were  unharmed  . Meanwhile the Baltic states are  thinking  …

EU rural development funds for private mansions – LRT Investigation

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lithuania’s Ministry of Agriculture distributed 40 million euros of EU funds to support rural tourism between 2007 and 2013, but some of the money went to well-connected businessmen seeking to upgrade their private residences, LRT Investigation Team has found. LRT looked into a number of cases where EU-funded rural tourism establishments do not seem to offer any services. While abuse is a risk, the ministry, lobbied by a business association,…

Lithuanian PM would be best LFGU presidential candidate – leader

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis would be the party’s best candidate in the upcoming presidential election next year. “I really don’t see any better candidates if Skvernelis wanted and agreed to stand for election. His leadership is obvious, the government is working successfully,” Karbauskis told BNS Lithuania on Tuesday. He’s also convinced that Skvernelis would definitely win the presidential…