The Seimas of Lithuania has backed the nomination of Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, of the Social Democratic Party, for European commissioner representing Lithuania. Eighty-two lawmakers on Thursday voted in favour of the motion, 10 were against and 16 abstained.
Health Minister Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis of the Social Democratic Party will remain in his post for now, until the party's committees and presidium agree on a new candidate to head the Health Ministry. Andriukaitis was recently hand-picked as Lithuanian delegate to the European Commission.
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The Vilnius City Council decided on Tuesday to turn to the Stockholm arbitration for compensation of damages caused by the French concern Veolia and its company Vilniaus Energija during lengthy lease of the city's heating sector after they disagreed with the claim of about 200 million euros filed by the city.
Lithuania has joined Poland's appeal against the European Commission's decision to give Russia's Gazprom more capacity on a branch of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany, with the government saying that Brussels' move may increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas and harm Ukraine.
As the European Union is reinforcing its border controls from April 7 to enhance security, all people entering or leaving the EU, including citizens of the bloc's member states, will have their documents checked against various registers and databases on lost and stolen documents, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Thursday.
MEP Antanas Guoga is the only member of the European Parliament and Lithuanian to be included in the TOP 200 list of Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs, compiled by the positive content portal Richtopia. The top of the list includes entrepreneurs Buffett, Soros Musk, Gates, Branson, Rowling and others.