Viktoras Uspaskichas

Why was sentence so light for Labour party founder?

It took almost 10 years for a court’s decision regarding the Labour Party‘s fraudulent bookkeeping in 2004-2006 to come into effect. However, the Vilnius circuit court’s altered decision regarding the sentence for Viktor Uspaskich, the party’s disgraced founder, raised a storm of commentary. Few seem to have expected the appeal court’s decision. How could it be that the accused got away with a tiny fine when they had been working to hide millions? […]


Restrictions on selling alcohol in non-grocery stores on way, says PM

The Lithuanian government is to draft legislation restricting the sale of alcohol in non-grocery stores, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said. […]


Unvaccinated children will be barred from kindergarten in Lithuania

After the Seimas (parliament) failed to adopt legislation authorizing mandatory vaccinations, an order made by former Minister of Health Vytenis Andriukaitis instructing not to accept unvaccinated children to kindergarten extablishments will take effect in 1 January, 2016. Minister of Health Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė says that the order will only apply to newly accepted children. […]


Lithuanian GDP growth may outpace Estonia’s in 2016

Lithuanian economic growth this year has been the slowest among the Baltic countries, but analysts at Danske Bank predict that the country’s gross domestic product growth next year will be faster than in Estonia and, in 2017, will bypass Latvia as well. […]

LESTO, Lietuvos dujos

Merger of Lithuania’s electricity grid operator and gas company goes ahead

Lithuanian electricity grid operator LESTO is merging with the gas company Lietuvos Dujos. The purpose of the merger is to optimise the operations, and reduce costs so that consumers can pay less for gas and electricity, according to Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis. […]

Vladimir Putin and François Hollande

Will there be rapprochement between Russia and West?

Terrorist attacks in Paris and the plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula might provide a turning point in Russia‘s relations with the West, allowing Moscow to break out of international isolation. Major Western powers might have to adopt a more lenient tone when talking to Russia in order to have Moscow contribute to fighting international terrorism, says Laurynas Kasčiūnas, analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre. […]

Vilnius Airport

Government endorses Lithuanian airport concession bill

The government has approved the bill on the Lithuanian airports concession, which is expected to boost competitiveness of Lithuania’s air transport system. […]