SocDems back budget draft, point to faults 15 hr.

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party has expressed support to the 2018 budget draft, regardless of a decision to pull out of the ruling coalition .

Election task force sees EUR 45,000 as non-monetary donation to Liberals 15 hr.

The 45,336 euros in the costs of the training organized by an Institute of Applied Politics owned by Šarūnas Gustainis , former MP and former member of the Liberal Movement , for the party should be recognized as non-monetary contribution, says a task force established by the Lithuanian...

Lithuania must save for future amid growing economy - Minister of Finance 16 hr.

Lithuania formed a surplus 2018 state budget for the first time since regaining independence in 1990, says Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka , adding this is necessary amid fast economic development and the need to accumulate reserves for a rainy day.

New book by Omar Mohout is a check list for every start-up 16 hr.

Omar Mohout, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School, in Belgium visited Lithuania last week to launch his most recent book, 'From Idea to Product/Market Fit'. Professor Mohout's new book, although geared to the IT world, is an outstanding inspirational tool as well as a...

Lithuania to earmark EUR 93 mln for staff salaries for teachers in 2018-2019 17 hr.

Lithuania will earmark an additional 93 million euros for introduction of staff salaries for teachers in the 2018-2019 academic year, the Education and Science Ministry said.

Lithuania didn't provide Turkey with ByLock user data 18 hr.

Lithuania never received a Turkish request for legal assistance on user of ByLock app and did not provide any data, says Julius Sabatauskas , chairman of the parliamentary Committee for Legal Affairs.

Landsbergis has always been Lithuania's first head-of-state - president 21 hr.

Vytautas Landsbergis , Lithuania's first post-independence leader, has always been the first head-of-state and will always have the status, which cannot be changed by any laws or machinations, says President Dalia Grybauskaitė .

Watchdog group: Liberal Movement grossly breached campaign funding rules 21 hr.

A task force of the Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission (VRK) has proposed finding the Liberal Movement guilty of gross violations of the law on financing of the election campaign, VRK leader Laura Matjošaitytė confirmed to BNS.

October 18 d\., 2017

Providence finalizes acquisition of Lithuania's TV3 1 d.

Global private equity firm Providence Equity Partners on Wednesday finalized the acquisition of the TV3 media group from Sweden's concern Modern Times Group (MTG).

Lithuanian railway co to appeal against size of EU fine - president 1 d.

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) does not intend to deny the competition violation established by the European Commission (EC), however, intends to go to court over the size of the fine, says the country's President Dalia Grybauskaitė .

Government okays closure of embassy to Switzerland 1 d.

Lithuania's government has endorsed the idea of eliminating the country's embassy to Switzerland from August 6, 2018.

President wishes Landsbergis years of activity, creativity on 85th anniversary 1 d.

Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė congratulated Vytautas Landsbergis , the country's first post-independence leader, on his 85th anniversary on Wednesday.

Ireland, Netherlands joining Baltic-Nordic meeting in Brussels 1 d.

Leaders of the Baltic and the Nordic states have for the first time invited their Irish and Dutch colleagues to join the traditional meeting in Brussels ahead of the European Union (EU) summit.

KTU rector pledges to appeal against ethics watchdog's finding 1 d.

Petras Baršauskas , rector of the Kaunas University of Technology ( KTU ), plans to go to court over the finding by the Lithuanian academic ethics watchdog that accused him of violating citing rules and requirements of academic ethics, dismissing the accusations as political retribution.

10 police officers sent to help Migration Dept with document processing 1 d.

Amid a heavy increase in workflow at the Lithuanian Migration Department , ten police officers from migration units have been sent as temporary backup, Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas said.

Lithuanian railway co to appeal against EC fine - CEO 1 d.

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) intends to file an appeal against the European Commission 's (EC) move to slap it with a fine of nearly 28 million euros for the 2008 removal of tracks from Mažeikiai to the Latvian city of Renge , Mantas Bartuška , CEO of the state-run...

Seimas panel probing if Lithuania could provide ByLock consumer data to Turkey 1 d.

The Lithuanian parliament's Committee for Legal Affairs is working to establish whether Lithuania could have provided Turkey with information about uses of ByLock chat app. Ankara maintains the app had been developed specifically for mobilization of coup supporters, and having it on a mobile...

International drills Iron Wolf II kicks off in 2 training grounds in Lithuania 1 d.

An international two-week exercise Iron Wolf II is kicking off on Wednesday in Lithuania's Gaižiūnai training ground in the Jonava district and General Silvestras Žukauskas ground in Švenčionys district.

Putin awards editor-in-chief of Lithuania's Russian-language weekly 1 d.

Russia's president has awarded the Medal of Alexander Pushkin, a state decoration, to Valerij Tretjakov , editor-in-chief of Lithuania's Russian-language weekly newspaper Litovskij Kurjer .

KTU rector breached citing rules, academic ethics - watchdog 1 d.

Petras Baršauskas , rector of the Kaunas University of Technology ( KTU ) violated citing rules and requirements of academic ethics, the Lithuanian Service of Ombudsman of Academic Ethics and Procedures concluded.

Estonia's Ridango to launch new ticket system for Klaipėda transport for EUR 1.6 mln 1 d.

Estonian company Ridango has won a tender to install a new ticket system on public transport of the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda , planning to spend 1.636 million euros within three years.

October 17 d\., 2017

Lithuania's 2018 budget draft submitted to EC, euro group 2 d.

Lithuania has submitted the 2018 budget draft to the European Commission (EC) and the euro group. Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka says the draft is in line with the national and European Union's (EU) fiscal discipline rules.

Veolia files claim against Vilnius at Stockholm arbitration 2 d.

Veolia , a French concern that withdrew from the Vilnius heating sector last spring, along with its company Vilniaus Energija (Vilnius Energy) have filed a suit against the municipality and the municipal company Vilniaus Šilumos Tinklai (Vilnius Heating Network, VST) with the Stockholm...

SocDem Seimas group includes both party members, disobedient MPs 2 d.

The political group of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party for now includes both members of the party and those who have been expelled from the party over signing the cooperation agreement with the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union against the party's will.

Pavilionis: dual citizenship clauses limit free movement, trans-Atlantic integration 2 d.

The existing provisions on dual citizenship limit the free movement of Lithuanian citizens in European Union (EU) countries, which bars full exercise of trans-Atlantic integration, conservative MP Žygimantas Pavilionis told the Constitutional Court on Tuesday.

Klaus Schwab: Lithuania is a country with great Potential” 2 d.

13 October the regalia of honorary doctor of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) were awarded to Professor Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the international organisation, which is encouraging the collaboration between public and business...

Lithuanian cinema to begin 2018 with a film retrospective in Paris 2 d.

One of the biggest and most important projects presenting Lithuanian cinema to Europe will open the series of events in France dedicated to the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania. Three years of negotiations were finalised this week with an agreement between the Lithuanian...

2018 state, SoDra, health insurance fund budget drafts registered at Seimas 2 d.

Surplus 2018 budget drafts of the Lithuanian state and the state-run social insurer SoDra have been registered at the Lithuanian parliament along with the balanced budget of the mandatory health insurance fund, with the bills to be presented to parliamentarians on Thursday.

Preisdential aide sees National Agreement as Government's unilateral pledges to business 2 d.

With the National Agreement signed among the Lithuanian government, trade unions and employers on Monday features, the Cabinet made unilateral commitments to businesses, says presidential adviser Mindaugas Lingė , adding that businesses took on no major obligations.

If Constitutional Court doesn't allow dual citizenship, Lithuania'll need referendum - PM 2 d.

If the Constitutional Court does not pave way for dual citizenship for Lithuanians who have left for other countries of the European Union (EU) and NATO, politicians will have the duty of holding a referendum on amendments to the country's main law, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis .

Lithuania condemns attack in Somalia 2 d.

Lithuania's Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Saturday's terrorist attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, which claimed nearly 300 hundred lives.

Wizz Air to fly from Vilnius to Athens 2 d.

Hungary's low-cost airline Wizz Air will start flying from Vilnius to the Greek capital Athens starting the summer season.

Dialogue in Lithuania welcome but implementation of National Agreement doubtful 2 d.

The government's efforts to talk to social partners and match different interests are welcome, however, implementation of the National Agreement , which was signed on Monday, is questionable, as it may not secure support among other political forces, says professor Vitalis Nakrošis of the...

Lithuanian Foreign minister's team leaves SocDems 2 d.

Foreign vice-ministers Neris Germanas and Darius Skusevičius along with adviser to Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius , Domas Petrulis, last Friday left the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party, which has terminated the ruling coalition with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union.

2 off-duty foreign troops get in conflict in central Lithuania 2 d.

A brawl erupted between two off-duty foreign troops in Jonava, central Lithuania, earlier this month, the Defense Ministry confirmed to BNS on Monday. The incident was not reported to the society earlier.

October 16 d\., 2017

National Agreement hints of higher salaries in exchange for lower labor taxes 3 d.

Lithuania's government, business representative and trade union s on Monday signed an agreement, declaring pledges to raise wages, cut taxes on labor and encourage collective contracts.

30.1% of Lithuania's population at poverty line in 2016 - Eurostat 3 d.

Some 30.1 percent of Lithuania's residents were at the poverty line last year, which is one of the bigger indicators across Europe, shows the latest information from Eurostat. The percentage was up 1.8 percentage points since 2008.

NATO fighter-jets enjoy 1st quiet week in 6 months 3 d.

NATO fighter-jets guarding the Baltic skies enjoyed the first quiet week in nearly six months, with no scrambles last week, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

All-time low: Lithuania drops to 145th place on FIFA rating 3 d.

Lithuania's national football team dropped to an all-time low of 145th place on the latest FIFA world rating.

Vilnius could have two bus terminals - mayor 3 d.

Lithuania's capital should have two bus terminal s, especially since the city is unable to force businessmen to manage the current station properly, Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius says.

Government to grant money for Kaunas stadium - PM 3 d.

Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the government would earmark money for reconstruction of the Darius and Girėnas Stadium in the country's second city Kaunas , however, refusing to give any figures.

Paluckas overestimates himself by speaking about new SocDem era - Girnius 3 d.

The statements by the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's leader Gintautas Paluckas about the end of the old era with exit of a few influential veterans overestimate his potential, says reviewer Kęstutis Girnius .

The Independence as a gas market swing supplier 3 d.

What a difference one ship makes in combination with shifts in production in less than 3 years. It took a bit longer to get from complete reliance on a Russian-controlled energy-monopoly to a competitive market with increased security and interconnectivity. However, the presence of the...

National agreement on necessary reforms to be signed in Lithuania 3 d.

Representatives of the government, businesses and trade unions are on Monday signing a national agreement on the reforms necessary for the country's progress.

Social Democratic Party's rebels exit after calls for expel them 3 d.

Eight members of the political group of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party terminated their membership in the party on Saturday, just an hour before the Social Democratic Party's council was planned to consider their expulsion over refusal to obey the party's decision.

SocDems' leader Paluckas sees end of era but no drama 3 d.

After eight long-standing and influential members left the Social Democratic Party on Saturday, the party's leader Gintautas Paluckas said this marked an end of a certain era, bot not drama.

October 13 d\., 2017

Lithuania earmarks EUR 20,000 for Palestinian refugees 6 d.

Lithuania's Foreign Ministry has earmarked 20,000 euros in humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees .

New administrative director proposed for Vilnius municipality 6 d.

The Liberal Movement, which is the ruling party in the Lithuanian capital's council, will in the coming weeks seek to replace administrative director Alma Vaitkunskienė .

Fragments of Jewish gravestones collected from various parts of Vilnius 6 d.

Fragments of Jewish gravestones, which were used for construction during the Soviet era, are being delivered to the territory of a former Jewish cemetery on Olandų Street from various locations of the Lithuanian capital.

PM offers Vilnius as venue for regional World Economic Forum event 6 d.

Amid Lithuania's plans of developing the infrastructure of electric cars, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis suggested hosting a regional event of the World Economic Forum in Vilnius.

Lithuania buying Norwegian air defense systems 6 d.

Lithuanian defense officials have decided to buy Norwegian medium-range air-defense systems NASAMS in hopes of patching one of the biggest defense gaps.

Landsbergis awarded Lithuanian Diplomacy Star 6 d.

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Thursday awarded the ministry's sign of honor, the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star, to Vytautas Landsbergis , the chairman of the country's Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas who is often titled as the first-post independence state leader.

PM off to Šiauliai to view Swedish investments 6 d.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is visiting Šiauliai, northern Lithuania on Friday, to see the development of the Swedish-capital company ROL Group.