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No museum possible in Vilnius Sports Palace - rep of US Jewish organization

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:44
Sports palace in Vilnius
DELFI / Kęstutis Cemnolonskis
The Vilnius Sports Palace, which has been built on an old Jewish cemetery, is not an appropriate location for a Museum of Jewish History, says Andrew Baker of the American Jewish Committee.

HealthMin to take steps to ensure hormone therapy for transgender people

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:16
Baltic Pride in Vilnius
DELFI / Augustė Smailytė
The Lithuanian Health Ministry plans to take steps to ensure that transgender people have access to proper hormone replacement therapy and psychological counseling.

Lithuania has 'practically unlimited' freedom of speech - PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:52
Media
DELFI / Audrius Solominas
Freedom of speech in Lithuania is "practically unlimited", Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday, commenting on the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders earlier this week.

Kaunas strengthens relations with Japan with the establishment of a new organisation

Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:12
On April 25, 2017, the Sugihara Group for Kaunas-Japan Relations Development was established. Soon to be approved by decree of the Mayor of Kaunas, the main purpose of the group is to bring together a wide range of organisations and Kaunas residents who together contribute towards positive relations between Kaunas and Japan.

March of Living: it's important to remember both collaborators and Jew savers

Thursday, April 27, 2017 09:42
Participants of the March of the Living, a traditional event held in Vilnius to honor the victims of the Holocaust, underline the importance of remembering both the crimes of the executioners and the feats of the rescuers.

14 Syrian refugees arrive in Lithuania under EU program

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:46
Another 14 refugees from Syria arrived in Lithuania this week under the European Union's (EU) program, the Migration Department said.

Lithuania drops to 36th place on World Press Freedom Index (1)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:34
Press kiosk
DELFI / Juozas Markevičius
Lithuania has dropped one place to the 36th on the traditional World Press Freedom Index published by the organization Reporters Without Borders.

European Humanities University fails to find new rector

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:01
The Vilnius-based European Humanities University (EHU), whose students are mostly from Belarus, has completed its search for a new rector after without signing a contract with a finalist.

National minority school in Vilnius gets status of engineering gymnasium

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 16:46
Joachim Lelewel
Wikimedia Commons
Politicians of Lithuania's capital city have given their final approval to restructuring of the Russian- and Polish-language Joachim Lelewel School, which will also provide it with the status of an engineering gymnasium.

Oak grow „Izraelita“ planted to commemorate Israeli-Lithuanian friendshipFREE

Friday, April 21, 2017 16:44
H.E. Ambassador and the Minister of Environment at the tree planting
Embassy of Israel
On April 21st, Friday, the Embassy of Israel in Lithuania, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry department and Vilnius District Municipality, together with schoolchildren from all over Lithuania planted an oak grove by the name “Izraelita” near Rukainiai, Vilnius district the Embassy of Israel in Lithuania reported in a press release.

Lithuanian healthmin favours decriminalization of cannabis useFREE

Thursday, April 20, 2017 13:23
Cannabis
Policijos departamentas
Lithuanian Health Minister Aurėlijus Veryga does not support the legalization of cannabis, but he backs a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and subject such persons to administrative liability instead.

Re-opening of Free Little Library - Bibliotekėlė in Bernardinai Park (1)FREE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:18
On Good Friday, a reopening of the free little library took place in Bernardinai Garden (Bernardinų sodai). Located close to the children's playground, the little library specialises in children's books. At a time that libraries all over are facing tough competition from the Internet, little libraries reflect community spirit at work.

Lithuania should strengthen the protection of women, children and disable

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:06
“While considerable progress has been achieved in protecting human rights in recent years, the Lithuanian authorities still have to address some remaining shortcomings, in particular as regards the protection of women, children and persons with disabilities” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in a report released today based on a visit to the country carried out in December 2016, the Council of Europe reported in a press release.

Renewed Open Society Fund-Lithuania to focus on boosting societal resilience

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 09:43
The Open Society Fund-Lithuania (OSFL) plans to focus on enhancing societal resilience and addressing the state's internal problems arising due to corruption, nepotism and social inequality as it resumes its activities after a break of many years.

Open Society Fund-Lithuania resumes activities

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 13:38
The Open Society Fund-Lithuania (OSFL) is resuming its activities after a break of eight years, with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place in Vilnius on Tuesday.

Documents of Nazi occupational agencies found in southern Lithuania

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 09:50
A monument on the Via Baltica
DELFI / Kęstutis Cemnolonskis
Employees of the ethnographic museum of Marijampolė, southern Lithuania, have discovered operational documents of the Nazi occupational administration in Lithuania, the Special Archive said on Friday.

63% of Lithuanians against longer academic year

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 09:26
Some 63 percent of Lithuanians oppose plans of extending the academic year, while the number of those against is even higher among respondents with children of school age (72 pct), show a public opinion poll conducted by Vilmorus company.

Happy Easter from the Lithuania Tribune!FREE

Friday, April 14, 2017 17:47
The Lithuania Tribune would like to wish all of our readers a happy Easter weekend!

Lithuania in for chilly Easter weekendFREE

Friday, April 14, 2017 17:01
Sleet
DELFI / Kęstutis Cemnolonskis
The coming Easter weekend in Lithuania will be chilly with rainfall and sleet, weather services said.

Court upholds Irish citizen's conviction for attempted support to terrorists

Friday, April 14, 2017 16:58
Lithuania's Court of Appeals on Friday found Irish citizen Michael Campbell guilty of attempting to finance and support terrorist operations and other crimes, however, the Irishman will not go to prison, as he has already served his sentence while in custody.

New documents on KGB activities in Lithuania published

Friday, April 14, 2017 08:52
The Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Centre has published documents from the Special Archives about KGB's activities between 1974 and 1985.

One in 7 Lithuanians experience severe material deprivation in 2016

Friday, April 14, 2017 08:46
Lithuania's severe material deprivation rate edged down by 0.4 percentage points in 2016 compared with 2015 to 13.5 percent, figures from the country's statistics office showed on Thursday.

Official emigration rate slows a bit, but remains higher than last year

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 08:57
Statistics show that Lithuania's official emigration rate slowed somewhat in March compared with February, bet remained higher than a year earlier.

Vilnius court orders changing gender marker in official records

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 08:57
A Vilnius court has ordered the Lithuanian capital's civil registry office to change the gender marker of a person who has undergone certain sex reassignment procedures in that person's official records.

Palm Sunday in VilniusFREE

Monday, April 10, 2017 16:51
Enjoy the pictures from the Palm Sunday in Vilnius!

Hundreds of students, dozens of teachers protest against longer academic year (1)

Monday, April 10, 2017 13:43
A protest action was held outside the Education and Science Ministry in Vilnius on Monday against the government's plans to extend the duration of academic year.

Migration officials drawing up housing register for asylum-seekers

Monday, April 10, 2017 08:46
At the Migration Department
DELFI / Juozas Markevičius
The Migration Department is drawing up a register of dwellings asylum-seekers could be housed in if there is a sudden inflow of migrants.

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Friday, April 7, 2017 11:31
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Minister of Economy moves for gender quotas on state companies' boards

Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:50
Lithuanian Economy Minister Mindaugas Sinkevičius, who is running for leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), proposes to introduce gender quotas for currently male-dominated management boards at state-owned and municipal companies.

Facsimile of Lithuania's 1918 independence act to be displayed at National library

Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:31
A facsimile of Lithuania's 1918 Act of Independence on Thursday will be handed over to the Martynas Mažvydas National Library in Vilnius to be put on display.