The main news in Lithuania last week was Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda’s call to achieve 90% vaccine coverage against Covid-19 and the International Monetary Fund’s warning of a possible overheating of the Lithuanian economy. Also this week, 28 years since the withdrawal of the Russian army have been marked.
President calls for 90 percent immunization target
President Gitanas Nausėda said on Monday August 30 that he supported mandatory coronavirus vaccines for certain professions and called for raising the overall vaccination target to 90% of the population. Official statistics show that 69.5% of Lithuania’s adult population have received at least one injection of the coronavirus vaccine.
Energy ministry welcomes update of LNG contract with Norwegian Equinor
Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys welcomed on Monday August 30 the changes made to the agreement with the Norwegian company Equinor on the supply of liquefied natural gas. According to Ignitis, which is part of the Lithuanian public energy group Ignitis Grupė (Ignitis group), the changes would save 14 to 17 million euros over the remaining term of the effective contract, i.e. from 2022 to the end of 2024.
Lithuania celebrates 28 years since the withdrawal of the Russian army
Lithuania, Tuesday, August 31, marked 28 years since Russia completed the withdrawal of its remaining troops from the territory of the country. On this occasion, a Lithuanian national flag raising ceremony took place in Lukiškės Square in Vilnius and a minute of silence was observed in honor of the missing.
IMF warns Lithuania of potential risks of overheating
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday (September 1) warned Lithuania of the potential risks of overheating – both in particular sectors and in the economy as a whole. Among the risks, the IMF cited an uneven recovery of the country’s main trading partners, geopolitical tensions, disruptions in the vaccination process and a late absorption of European Union (EU) economic stimulus funds.
Lithuania receives first shipment of influenza vaccine
Lithuania received the first delivery of influenza vaccines on Wednesday (September 1st), a total of 100,000 doses, for the upcoming influenza season, the National Health Insurance Fund said in a press release. As part of preparations for the next flu season, Lithuania has already acquired a total of 257,000 doses of tetravalent vaccine, almost 5% more than in 2020, for more than 2.2 million euros. The second shipment of influenza vaccines is expected to be delivered to Lithuania at the end of October.
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Two Kaunas lawyers suspected of bribing a judge
Two Kaunas lawyers and a staff member of a law firm are suspected of bribing a judge, the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (SIS) reported on Wednesday (September 1). According to the preliminary investigation, BL, a former judge turned lawyer, conspired with VG, another lawyer working in Lithuania’s second largest city, that she, acting in concert with TG, a member of staff at her law firm. ‘lawyers, are expected to make an illegal payment to Rimantas Grigas, a judge in the Kaunas chamber of the Kaunas District Court.
Lithuanian parliamentary parties sign pact on education policy
Representatives of Lithuanian parliamentary parties signed a pact on education policy at the Seimas on Wednesday 1 September. The document presents eighteen specific commitments in the field of education, eight objectives for success as well as three financial objectives. The agreement stipulates that the average salary of teachers is expected to reach 130% of the national average salary and that of teachers, scientists and other researchers – up to at least 150% until the end of 2024.
Court finally rejects appeal by Russian pop star against entry ban
On Wednesday September 1, the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania dismissed Russian pop star Philipp Kirkorov’s appeal against the decision of the Lithuanian Migration Department to ban him from entering the country for five years. On June 14, the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court rejected Kirkorov’s appeal and upheld the decision of the Migration Department.
The government supports the proposal to increase the minimum wage to 730 euros
On Wednesday 1 September, the Lithuanian government approved in principle the proposal of the Ministry of Social Security and Labor to increase the minimum monthly wage from 88 euros to 730 euros as from 1 January 2022. The Minister of Social Security and Labor Labor, Monika Navickienė, told Cabinet that the proposal was in line with the Ministry of Finance’s updated economic development forecast. Cabinet will likely adopt its final decision in October before sending next year’s draft budget to parliament for approval. The minimum monthly wage was last raised in January, to 642 euros (excluding taxes), against 607 euros.
Lithuania to move all migrants out of border crossings this month
The Lithuanian authorities will move the 1,400 irregular migrants out of border posts and municipal premises by the end of September, Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė announced on Thursday (September 2nd). These migrants are currently around 1,400, according to the minister. Vulnerable people will be accommodated in the refugee reception center in Rukla and in a temporary hostel in Naujininkai, a district of Vilnius, according to the minister. Others will be accommodated in Medininkai and the Foreigners Registration Center in Pabradė, near the capital. The single men, who now live in a tent camp in the Rudninkai military training area, will be transferred to a former Kybartai correctional facility.
Court forces Luminor to convert loans to Swiss francs, change interest rates
The Lithuanian Court of Appeal on Thursday 2 September forced Luminor Bank to modify the loan contracts of its customers, who had taken out loans in Swiss francs with Nordea Bank before 2009, to convert these loans into euros at the prevailing rate on the date of these loans. were granted, and to replace CHF LIBOR by EURIBOR as the reference rate.
Lithuania reports 819 new coronavirus cases, nine deaths
Lithuania recorded 819 new coronavirus infections and nine deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Friday, September 3, the country’s statistics office said. A total of 301,167 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. The number of active cases has risen to 7,621. So far, 4,593 people have died from COVID-19 in Lithuania, including 39 people fully vaccinated. The total number of deaths directly or indirectly linked to the coronavirus has reached 9,292.