Judge Algimantas Valantinas

Three new appeals judges appointed by President Grybauskaitė

President Dalia Grybauskaitė has dismissed three judges from the Vilnius County Court, appointing them to the Court of Appeal of Lithuania. The judges in question are Goda Ambrasaitė-Balynienė, Antanas Rudzinskas and Algimantas Valantinas. […]

Daiva Gineikaitė

After allegations of drunk driving by land service chief, minister launches investigation

Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitienė will establish a commission to carry out an internal investigation into the actions of Daiva Gineikaitė, the director of the National Land Service (NZT) who was accused of having been under the influence of alcohol when she caused a traffic accident in Kaunas. […]

Vytautas Landsbergis

Public figures call for Landsbergis to be granted Freedom Prize despite Seimas rejection

The Lithuanian Seimas snubbed Vytautas Landsbergis, chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania (the reconstituent Seimas) and signatory of the Independence Restoration Act, when it voted to deny him the 2015 Freedom Prize on 24 November. Now, however, the Public Council under the Commission for the Rights and Affairs of Participants of The Resistance to Occupation Regimes and Victims of Occupation has addressed Speaker of the Seimas Loreta Graužinienė, calling for the prize to be awarded to Landsbergis. […]

Daiva Gineikaitė

National Land Service chief on unpaid leave after allegations of drunk driving

Daiva Gineikaitė, head of the National Land Service (NZT) under the Ministry of Agriculture, has been temporarily placed on unpaid leave pending the results of an investigation into whether or not she was driving under the influence of alcohol when she caused a traffic accident in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city. The decision was made after her meeting with Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitienė on Monday. […]

Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense survival guide illustrations

Lithuanian defense ministry’s new emergency survival guide now has colourful pictures

At the beginning of the year, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defence released a booklet for civilians and military personnel alike called Prepare to Survive Emergencies and War with tips on surviving hostile invasions and other calamities. Now, the ministry has released an updated version with new illustrations by Lithuanian illustrator and animator Ilja Bereznickas that contrast with the book’s serious nature. […]

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Foreign nationals make up under 1% of Lithuania’s population

Foreign citizens accounted for 0.8% of the total population of Lithuania on January 1, 2014. Among them, one eight (0.1% of the total population) were citizens of other member states of the European Union (EU), while the remaining share (0.7%) were non-EU citizens. Most foreigners living in Lithuania were from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, and Latvia, Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, reports. […]


Over 100,000 emigrants have returned to Lithuania over the past decade

On International Migrants Day (18 December), Statistics Lithuania announced that, over the last decade, 126,000 new residents immigrated into Lithuania while 438,500 emigrated. From 2005 to 2014, the percentage of emigrants of ages 20-39 grew from 51.9 to 59.2 percent. In 2014, as many as 82 percent of working-age people had not worked for a year or longer before leaving the country. […]

"Rail Baltica"

€1.5 bln to be invested in Lithuania’s transport sector

“The transport sector is one of the major and most significant components of economic and social infrastructure. It is, therefore, necessary that particular attention is paid to it. During the 2014-2020 financial period, more than EUR 1.5 billion in EU structural funds are to be invested in this sector,” says Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Rimantas Sinkevicius. […]