VILNIUS (Reuters) - Former central banker Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania’s presidential election on Sunday after opponent Ingrida Simonyte conceded.
Nauseda, 55, had 72 percent of the vote, according to election authority results after 42 percent of the ballots were counted. Simonyte, 44, a former finance minister in a center-right government, stood at 28 percent.
“I was the independent candidate and my task in this election campaign was to unify Lithuanian people, no matter where they live, in small regions, villages, small cities or big cities,” Gitanas Nauseda told Reuters after declaring victory.
Nauseda, a household name from his role as chief economist at a top bank, has pledged to follow the tough stance set out by current President Dalia Grybauskaite, the Baltic nation’s “Iron Lady” and of the European Union’s most outspoken critics of the Kremlin.
In an earlier interview with Reuters, Nauseda said he would use his presidential powers to help businesses expand in emerging markets, especially China, and request that the government increase revenues and better fund social services such as pensions.
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Reported by: Reuters
VILNIUS – Belarusian representatives complained in Brussels last week that Lithuania is blocking the European Union and Minsk's agreement on partnership priorities.
Vilnius says such an agreement is impossible until Belarus, building the Astravyets nuclear power plant, changes its attitude to nuclear safety.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey went to Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership project and said Lithuania is stalling the talks on the agreement.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn confirmed that during negotiations with Belarus, Brussels is discussing the Astravyets issue with Lithuania.
Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BNS Lithuania an EU-Minsk agreement on partnership priorities is possible if Minsk takes into account the EU stress test recommendations when finishing the construction of the Astravyets nuclear facility and prepares a plan to ensure its safety.
"Lithuania's consistent position is that besides ensuring proper nuclear safety in the EU neighborhood, respect for human rights and freedom, the rule of law and the execution of real reforms are an important precondition for further development of EU-Belarusian relations. Belarus' progress in these areas would also step up the development of EU-Belarusian cooperation," the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.
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Reported by: The Baltic Times
Technology-led countries fight for the attention of prosperous startups in order to attract them to establish their headquarters of branches in their country. Lithuania is not an exception. Since 2017 when Lithuania introduced Startup visa, 20 startups chose Lithuania as their home and the number will keep raising in the future.
Startup Visa program is coordinated by 'Startup Lithuania' - national startup ecosystem facilitator in Lithuania. The head of 'Startup Lithuania' Roberta Rudokiene says that the main purpose of the programme is to attract startups from non-European countries to Lithuania, offering them a streamlined migration procedure.
'Lithuanian startup ecosystem receives the most attention from entrepreneurs who have a favorable opinion about the existing legal and tax system for innovative business development in Lithuania. Most applications were received from Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia. But we also received applications from such countries, as Japan, South Korea or Australia – the startups of these countries have already established their successful business in Lithuania', says R. Rudokiene.
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Reported by: Delfi
As Lithuania celebrates the 15th anniversary of its membership in NATO this coming Saturday, March 30, a festive public event will be held at 12 noon in Daukantas Square in front of the Presidential Palace.
The open-air ceremony – entitled “15 Years Safe and Secure with NATO! “ – will be attended by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, members of parliament and government, foreign ambassadors and military attachés, founders of the Lithuanian armed forces, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, youth and school student organizations, as well as the residents and guests of Vilnius.
According to the President, Lithuania has never been so safe and secure as today. After joining NATO 15 years ago, Lithuania became part of the world’s most powerful defense alliance with strong collective security guarantees. Today Lithuania not only has NATO’s unwavering support and solidarity, but it is also an active contributor to global peace efforts.
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Reported by: Baltic World
A court in Lithuania has found a former Soviet defence minister guilty of war crimes over a deadly crackdown aimed at stopping the Baltic state breaking away from the USSR in 1991.
Marshal Dmitry Yazov, 94, was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison.
Another 66 former Soviet military and KGB officials were given sentences of between four and 14 years. Only two of them were present in the courtroom.
Russia says the trial in Lithuania is politically motivated and illegal.
It sentenced Yazov, a Russian national, to 10 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Another high-profile defendant, former KGB officer Mikhail Golovatov, was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison. He is also a Russian citizen.
Moscow has refused to extradite the two men.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite also praised the court ruling.
"The guilty have been named for killings of people who peacefully protected freedom," she said in a statement.
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Reported by: BBC
Five countries debut in the 2019 Best Countries rankings: Belgium, Estonia, Iraq, Lithuania and Slovakia.
Lithuania is the largest and most populous of the three Baltic nations located in the northeast corner of Europe. It ranks No. 57 overall in the 2019 Best Countries report. Health care and education through the primary and secondary levels are free to Lithuania's citizens. According to the Best Countries survey, people in the country are viewed as caring about the environment, gender rights and human rights.
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Reported by: U.S. News & World Report