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Lithuanian MOD conceals crimes in the army

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weapons, drugs, drunkenness, violence, thefts in the Lithuanian Armed Forces are the results of the work of the Minister National Defence of Lithuania. Since the appointment of Arvydas Anušauskas as Minister of National Defence (December 2020), the statistics of crimes committed by the servicemen of the Lithuanian Army has been increasing. According to the Lithuanian police, during the summer period alone, several criminal incidents involving servicemen of the Lithuanian Armed…

Party demands resignation of newly elected Latvian Welfare Minister

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Board of the Latvian Regional Alliance (LRA) has requested Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to immediately remove Welfare Minister Gatis Eglītis (New Conservative Party), according to a statement released June 6 by the LRA. Gatis Eglītis, who was confirmed as the new Welfare Minister  only days earlier, published a statement on Twitter that suggests that, despite the choice made by voters, State and European funds will continue to be available only to…

Estonian environment minister does not rule out hydrogen and nuclear energy

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Minister of the Environment Tõnis Mölder (Center) told ETV’s morning show “Terevisioon” he would not rule out using hydrogen and nuclear energy as an alternative to oil shale. Mölder told “Terevisioon” that while the new government has set its sights on exiting the production of oil shale energy and later oil shale in general as an energy source, the jobs the sector has created, along with social security, have been…

Estonian defence minister likely new ambassador to the US

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Defense ministry undersecretary Kristjan Prikk is likely to be new Estonian ambassador to the United States, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports, replacing the outgoing Jonatan Vseviov. Since the administrations of both his host country and home country have either recently changed or are about to change, Prikk’s appointment may be held up slightly. The procedure is for Prikk to be nominated candidate by the Estonian foreign ministry, pending approval…

Transport Minister finds funds for road repairs meager

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Next year, only two regional roads will be eligible for repairs from the budget funds, but the Ministry of Transport is looking for opportunities to attract EU funds, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) told Latvian Radio October 28. According to Linkaits, next year’s budget is the budget for people, not steel and concrete, next year the medical and teacher wage issue is resolved,  other social needs, and “we have…

Minister: Helme-proposed tourism voucher system a non-starter

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A voucher system proposed in support of the coronavirus-hit tourism sector has been ditched, economics affairs minister Taavi Aas (Center). “The topic of travel vouchers is currently not on the agenda, we have not discussed it any further. As of the present moment, we can say it’s off the table,” Aas told ERR Tuesday. Finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE) had proposed a voucher system for payment at restaurants, hotels and…

Finance minister urges austerity as Lithuania’s debt risks breaking EU rules

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lithuania’s Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka says the government should not raise its 2021 spending for boosting consumption, as the country is close to breaking eurozone rules on government debt. “[The Finance Ministry] will propose a safe government budget,” Šapoka told the parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee, which is working on next year’s government spending bill, on Wednesday. “What does ‘safe’ means? Raising spending for consumption would not be safe.” He…

Health Minister: hospital reform unlikely to be budget-friendly

Monday, July 20, 2020

The revision of hospital services is unlikely to bring savings in budget, said Ilze Viņkele, Minister for Health, July 20, to Latvian Radio. The Ministry of Health will start negotiations with several regional hospitals this week on the provision of health services in the future, or on the levels of services they provide. The Ministry, in evaluating the five-level system in force, concluded that the lower-level medical treatment facilities did…

Second coronavirus wave could hit Lithuania in August

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Scientists predict that the second coronavirus wave could reach Lithuania in December, but the country‘s Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said it could arrive as early as August. “The virus is still alive in the country. Not all cases are imported. There are still a few cases being diagnosed in the breakout points in Lithuania,“ Veryga said in an interview with LRT RADIO. “The conditions for the spread of the virus…

Lithuania’s lobbying scandal: business rep accused of efforts to depose minister

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Valdas Sutkus, the president of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), is suspected of organising a smear campaign against former transport minister and taking bribes from business groups. Sutkus is under investigation as part of a large-scale lobbying corruption case, Lithuania’s anti-corruption agency, the Special Investigation Service (STT), said on Wednesday that Sutkus, who was detained a day earlier before being released from remand, was allegedly paid to collect and publish…