Posts tagged as Saulius Skvernelis

Lithuanian PM meets with Belarus’ opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election, in his office in Vilnius on Thursday. “We talked about the trials and tribulations she had gone through during the election campaign and the tremendous responsibility she had taken on,” Skvernelis posted on Facebook. “[We] also [talked] about her day-to-day issues and needs in Lithuania, and her personal safety and the safety of…

Lithuania to seek regional sanctions on Belarus if there’s no EU consensus

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

If no agreement is reached on EU-wide measures, Lithuania will hold talks with its neighbours on regional sanctions against Belarus’ officials, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. “What we need now is to bring allies together, which is what our diplomats are trying to do, to push through EU-wide sections targeted at individuals – from the top official to people who rigged the election results and those who gave…

Lithuanian and Polish relations ‘best in a decade’, says PM Skvernelis

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Lithuanian–Polish relations are the best they have been in a decade. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday after meeting with Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki. The two prime ministers’ discussed “the contribution of both governments to strengthening bilateral cooperation and strategic partnership,” the Lithuanian government’s office said in a press release on Wednesday. “The strategic partnership between Lithuania and Poland is the most important guarantee that the Baltic states will…

Minimum wage raise may be smaller than planned, says Lithuanian PM

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday that the national minimum wage will increase less than originally planned. “There will be a change but probably less significant than expected early this year,” he told reporters on Monday. “[The minimum wage] is linked to the average wage” which is projected to fall, he added. The Tripartite Council, uniting trade unions, business representatitivres, and the government, has agreed that the minimum…

Public bank gets go-ahead from Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, has given its initial backing to establish a state-owned bank, a proposal put forth by the ruling coalition and backed by the president. On Tuesday, MPs voted 69 to 12, with 15 abstentions, to allow the government make preparations for turning an existing fund or agency into a national development bank. Authors of the initiative argue that a state-owned bank would create competition in the market currently…

Lithuania won battle against the virus, but war is not over – PM

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has warned that although the quarantine has been lifted, the war against the virus is not over. “Although we won the battle, we have not won the war against the pandemic yet,” he said on Tuesday night. “Millions of people around the world are still ill with this virus disease. Hundreds of thousands are still dying. We still don’t have vaccines and effective treatments.” Skvernelis…

Lithuania and Poland to restore free movement this week, PM says

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Lithuania is planning to reopen its border with Poland this week, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. Skvernelis said he will meet with his Polish counterpart on the border this Friday. They will discuss restoring free movement between the two countries. According to Skvernelis, cross-border traveling could begin this weekend. “Nothing is preventing [the opening of borders] because the epidemiological criteria are very similar and Poland is on the…

Lithuanian PM to run in October election on ruling party list

Monday, June 8, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will run in the October parliamentary election on the list of the current ruling party, Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS). Skvernelis confirmed on Friday that he will run in the “single-member constituency where he ran in the last election”, according to Ramūnas Karbauskis, the party’s leader. Skvernelis led the LVŽS list in the 2016 election, when the party took 53 seats. The conservative Homeland…

Poland to join Baltic free travel bubble next week

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baltic states and Poland have agreed to resume free travel next week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday. He announced it after talking with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. “We agreed that free movement between the Baltic states and Poland will be resumed next week. It will be coordinated by the responsible ministries as a matter of urgency,” Skvernelis posted on Facebook. At the moment, citizens and…

Ethics watchdog clears Lithuanian PM of wrongdoing in road paving probe

Friday, June 5, 2020

There is no evidence that Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis had a conflict of interest when the government directed funds to pave a street near his home, an ethics watchdog has concluded. Last October, the Cabinet approved additional funding of 300,000 euros for roads in Vilnius District. 15min.lt then reported that all the money went toward paving the street where Skvernelis and his family live. A probe was opened in…