Mečys Laurinkus
European Union

Lithuania is not a coincidental passenger on the European Union train

An evaluation of 15 years spent in the European Union should jokingly start with the words “Thanks to the party and the state…” After a solemn speech you get lengthy applause and the EU’s anthem […]

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CORPORATE

Hungarian lessons for Lithuania and Europe

There is a good old English term illiberal democracy that does not have a precise translation into Lithuanian. It defines the regimes that come to power through democratic means, but their representatives apparently aim at the never-ending reign trampling on the fundamental European values of democracy, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. Let us call them anti-democrats, and let me share some insights about them. […]

Vidas Rachlevičius
CORPORATE

Vidas Rachlevičius. Bells are ringing for Europe, but people hear them differently

With the European Parliament (EP) elections nearing in Europe and Lithuania, the famous investor and philanthropist George Soros made waves by comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union. […]

Blockchain Centre Vilnius CEO Justas Šireika
Economy

Blockchain Centre Vilnius to be headed by Justas Šireika

Technology companies from 14 countries around the world, including Australia, China, Canada, Switzerland and others have established partnership with Blockchain Centre Vilnius (BCV), which was founded just a year ago. In an annual event hosted by the centre on January 23, blockchain technology experts from the World Trade Organisation, European Commission and Parliament, as well as Lithuanian institutions gathered to discuss the application of blockchain technology in international trade. During the event, Justas Šireika was introduced: he will be taking charge of the BCV, as well as a new start-up financing fund, according to a Blockchain Centre Vilnius press release. […]

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Politics

Founding and operation conditions for civic electoral committees should be more similar to parties’ – political scientist

With a third more civic electoral committees aiming to participate in the municipal elections than during the last, Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis has stated that the conditions for establishing and operating parties should be simplified or made alike those of the committees. Political scientists believe otherwise – that committee founding and operation conditions should be made more akin to parties, whose accountability to voters is greater, lrt.lt writes. […]

Algirdas Butkevičius, Juozas Bernatonis
CORPORATE

Social Democrat Labour seek a president: A. Butkevičius mentioned as a potential candidate to his own surprise

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party could back the presidential bid of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis if he chose to run for president, however the party is also considering the candidacies of Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius and former Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, LSDDP member Juozas Bernatonis told lrt.lt. A. Butkevičius himself assures he is only considering participating in the European Parliament elections. […]

Vytautas Sinica
CORPORATE

Vytautas Sinica. Euro federalism is eroding the European Union

Compared to Lithuania, no other state better understood the fact that membership in the EU and NATO – especially NATO – was (and still is) essential to the country’s long-term survival and the assurance of national interests. It was this goal of achieving the membership that motivated and led Lithuania forward during its first decade of independence. Lithuania always associated NATO with safety and EU with welfare and benefits – and, sadly, better governance as well. […]

Audronius Ažubalis
CORPORATE

A. Ažubalis on dual citizenship: you cannot sit on two chairs

On Thursday, the Seimas passed amendments to the referendum law, which increases the voting deadline to 10PM and expands the number of voting locations abroad with the aim of increasing voter turnout. Furthermore, the new law establishes an institution, which would perform campaigning when the Seimas declares the referendum. The voting bar to make decisions remains unchanged. The new redaction of the law was prepared by a Seimas workgroup for the dual citizenship referendum, lrt.lt writes. […]