Vilnius mayor questioned in corruption investigation

Friday, September 9, 2016 13:37
The leader of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement, Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, has been summoned for questioning by the Special Investigation Service.

What may happen to Lithuania's new Labour Code? 3 scenarios

Friday, September 9, 2016 11:39
What may happen to Lithuania's new Labour Code? 3 scenarios
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania's parliament will on Saturday discuss President Dalia Grybauskaitė veto on the new Labour Code that is meant to liberalize relations between employers and employees. Under the Seimas statute, MPs should decide during the meeting whether the law should be discussed again or scrapped.

Lithuanian town of Šiauliai celebrates 780-year anniversary

Friday, September 9, 2016 09:08
Šiauliai
Šiaulių turizmo informacijos centras
Šiauliai, Lithuania's fourth biggest city located in northern part of the country, is celebrating its 780-year anniversary.

Conservative leader comes out in support of gay partnership (1)

Friday, September 9, 2016 08:44
Winds of tolerance and human rights appear to be blowing in the run up to the Seimas elections. A highlight of a Tuesday discussion at the Loftas venue, organised by the initiative “Žinau, ką renku” (I know who I’m voting for), was Seimas candidate responses to the question of LGBT rights, with the conservative leader Gabrielius Landsbergis delivering the biggest surprise with his statement in support of same-sex partnership, something his party has vehemently opposed.

MG Baltic president questioned by investigators

Thursday, September 8, 2016 16:13
Darius Mockus, owner and CEO of MG Baltic, one of Lithuania's biggest manufacturing, trade, real estate and media groups, has been questioned by agents of the Special Investigation Service.

Lithuania wants to prove it was net contributor, not recipient of Soviet funds

Thursday, September 8, 2016 15:39
As part of its effort to estimate the damage caused by the Soviet occupation, Lithuania wants to dig up archival documents to calculate the balance of financial flows between Vilnius and Moscow during that period, a method that has already been used by neighbouring Latvia, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reports.

Vilnius the most satisfying EU capital to live in

Thursday, September 8, 2016 15:19
Vilnius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Residents of Vilnius are the most satisfied with life in their city among people living in EU capitals, according to a Eurostat survey.

Elect the Lithuanian tree of the yearFREE

Thursday, September 8, 2016 15:09
Elect the Lithuanian tree of the year
K. Cemnolonskio nuotr.
Polls are now open to elect the Lithuanian Tree of the Year from a pool of 12 "candidates".

German defence minister thanks Lithuania for 'brilliant' preparations to host German troops

Thursday, September 8, 2016 11:57
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who is on a visit in Vilnius, has thanked Lithuania for its preparations to host German troops who are to be deployed to the country next year as part of NATO's multinational battalion.

Lithuanian PM expects Seimas to overturn president's Labour Code veto

Thursday, September 8, 2016 11:09
Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has reiterated his position that the parliament should overturn President Dalia Grybauskaitė's veto of the new Labour Code and adopt a little improved bill by the end of the current parliamentary term.

'Three stages' of Lithuanian-Polish relationship

Thursday, September 8, 2016 09:29
'Three stages' of Lithuanian-Polish relationship
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
The Lithuanian-Polish relations are quite normal and do not need to be normalized, says Vilnius University lecturer Marijuš Antanovič. Instead, he adds, they need a renewal, because in their current situation they are best described as 'Cold Peace'.

The day Lithuania became a culture of we

Thursday, September 8, 2016 07:00
Nearly three thousand participants walked this day to pay tribute to the over 2,000 Jewish Lithuanians - 700 adults and 1463 children - who were murdered here on August 29, 1941.

Lithuania's culture minister 'had clash of interest'

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 14:29
Šarūnas Birutis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania's Culture Minister Šarūnas Birutis of the Labour Party had a clash of interests by failing to declare links with the Bulgarian-registered company Agrolitas, the Chief Official Ethics Commission has found.

Kvietkauskas re-appointed to head Lithuanian Film Centre

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 13:54
Rolandas Kvietkauskas has been re-appointed as director of the Lithuanian Film Centre for a second four-year term, the Ministry of Culture has said.

20 more Syrian refugees relocated to Lithuania under EU programme

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:07
Pabėgėliai
E.Labanausko nuotr.
Another 20 refugees from Syria arrived in Lithuania on Wednesday under the European Union (EU) resettlement programme.

Loan or repayment 'most frequent defence in corruption trials' - investigator on Masiulis' case

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:26
A loan or repayment of loans is the most frequent defence in corruption crimes, says Saulius Urbanavičius, the head of Lithuania's Special Investigation Service conducting probes of political corruption.

Vilnius University included among world's top 500

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 09:22
Vilnius University
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
The QS World University Rankings 2016–2017 marks an important milestone for Lithuanian academics with Vilnius University (VU) entering the list of the 500 most prominent universities in the world.

Zarasai marks European days of Jewish culture

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 08:59
The town of Zarasai, nestled in the picturesque north-east of the country amongst sparkling lakes and gently rolling hills, may be best known as a summer holiday destination, but for two days this weekend it chose to highlight a different side of its cultural history. To mark the European Days of Jewish Culture, the Zarasai Regional Museum organised three events that gave the public an opportunity to reflect on the region's largely vanished Jewish heritage.

Former liberal leader Masiulis says suspected bribe was a loan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 08:55
Eligijus Masiulis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Eligijus Masiulis, a former MP and leader of the Liberal Movement who has been under investigation for alleged influence peddling and bribe taking, has presented his version of events. He insists that the money that investigators found in his home, the suspected bribe, was a personal loan extended to him by Raimondas Kurlianskis, vice-president of the business group MG Baltic.

Lithuanian President: Defence minister must step down

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 13:34
Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas must step down because of the scandal over the army's overpriced purchases that discredits not only the national defence system, but also the state and the Social Democratic Party, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.