Archive for the Category ‘Lithuania’

Storm damage costs €120k

Storm damage costs €120k

VILNIUS — Damage from the sever thunderstorm that hit the Baltic states a week ago will cost Lithuania around €120,000, mostly spent on extra manpower to clean up. In addition to killing four people, the storm knocked down numerous trees and power lines and ripped off roofs. The storm damage was concentrated in southern Lithuania […]

VAT reduction proposed in parliament

VAT reduction proposed in parliament

VILNIUS — Another bill to reduce the Lithuanian value-added tax on certain sectors, a controversial issue since the anti-crisis plan jacked up the tax rate at the beginning of 2009, has been proposed in the country’s parliament. Seimas member Saulius Stoma of the Homeland Union/Christian Democrat Party has submitted amendments to the Value-Added Tax Act, […]

Brussels allocates €131 mln for NordBalt

Brussels allocates €131 mln for NordBalt

VILNIUS — The European Union officially gave the green light for the NordBalt electrical connection on Tuesday, voting to allocate €131 million for the project. The money will pay for the connection between Nydro, Sweden and Klaipėda, Lithuania, which will run under the Baltic Sea. The project is being co-managed by Svenska Kraftnaet and the […]

Prosecutorial system may be revamped

Prosecutorial system may be revamped

VILNIUS — Lithuanian General Prosecutor Darius Valys is proposing restructuring the country’s troubled prosecutorial system, saying he has spoken with members of the judiciary about the matter. Valys wants to combine different arms of the prosecutor based on geography in big cities and populous districts where interconnection would be beneficial. “The current prosecutor’s office is […]

Rape, torture case heard in Belfast court

Rape, torture case heard in Belfast court

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — More Lithuanian-on-Lithuanian violence has occurred in the United Kingdom with a women raped at knifepoint. The incident is the most recent in a series of crimes perpetrated within the Lithuanian emigrant community in the U.K. The High Court in Belfast heard the case of a Lithuanian woman who was raped at […]

Storm causes 4 deaths, regionwide damage

Storm causes 4 deaths, regionwide damage

VILNIUS — A strong thunderstorm that areas of the Baltic states in the wee hours of Sunday morning caused extensive damage and claimed the lives of four campers in Lithuania. At a campsite near the small city of Varėna in southern Lithuania trees blown over by the storm’s high winds landed on tents, killing four […]

Terrorism suspect free on bail

Terrorism suspect free on bail

VILNIUS — Terrorism suspect Eglė Kusaitė walked free from the Vilnius Court of Appeals on Thursday after a judge ruled that she was not at risk of fleeing the country. Judge Viktoras Kazys overturned a previous ruling, which held Kusaitė in detention for another two months. Her trial date has not been set yet. Kazys […]

Disgraced judge sacked over negligence

Disgraced judge sacked over negligence

KAUNAS, Lithuania — President Dalia Grybauskaitė sacked a judge this week after it was found that she acted in breach of the law including fraudulently seizing high-value real estate. Disgraced former Kaunas City District Court Judge Daiva Mekšraitienė had the decree signed against her sacking her from the position after an investigation against her found […]

Kaunas mayor under criminal probe

Kaunas mayor under criminal probe

KAUNAS, Lithuania — The general prosecutor’s office is initiating a criminal investigation into the mayor of Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city, for allegedly falsifying city council vote records to change disputed municipal policies. The investigation was initiated by suspicions that the merger of two municipal hospitals, Kaunas Second Clinical Hospital and Kaunas Red Cross Hospital, was […]

Adamkus: Lith foreign policy has hostage mentality

Adamkus: Lith foreign policy has hostage mentality

VILNIUS — Former President Valdas Adamkus voiced his disquiet over Lithuania’s more-pragmatic approach in foreign policy toward Russia in an interview published this weekend, arguing that Lithuania can’t forget the past. Lithuania’s changing stance toward Russia, initiated under Adamkus’ successor President Dalia Grybauskaitė, is designed to end the rift between the country and its former […]

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