Saulius Skvernelis, Dalia Grybauskaitė

S. Skvernelis about phone call from the president: aid was not offered

In an interview to LRT Television’s Dienos Tema, President Dalia Grybauskaitė stated that out of concern over teacher wages payment reform, she offered her aid to both the now dismissed Minister of Education and Science Jurgita Petrauskienė and to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. That said, the latter apparently refused aid from the head of state. Meanwhile, S. Skvernelis stated in a cabinet hour held in Seimas that what was offered was not aid, writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis, Eugenijus Jovaiša

The search for new ministers begins. Farmers not looking among their own

Eugenijus Jovaiša, Mindaugas Puidokas, Robertas Šarknickas and Kęstutis Mažeika are “Farmer” group members, whose names are, according to sources, brought up among the potential candidates to the recently freed minister positions. The “Farmer” leaders do not reveal yet, what candidacies are being discussed and only emphasise that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will continue to form the cabinet out of professionals, not from colleagues working in Seimas, writes. […]

Jurgita Petrauskienė

J. Petrauskienė: the reforms we started touched numerous interests

On Monday, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced his dismissal of three ministers – Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas and Minister of Education and Science Jurgita Petrauskienė. The latter’s ministry has been the site of a sit-in by some thirty teachers since Wednesday and around a thousand five hundred more teachers have now been on strike for four weeks. The news portal spoke to the departing minister Jurgita Petrauskienė. […]

Saulius Skvernelis

S. Skvernelis: I planned to “reboot” the cabinet after the presidential elections

Probably no one expected Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ decision to replace three of his cabinet ministers – education and science, culture, as well as environment. Even President Dalia Grybauskaitė, to whom the PM intends to hand the dismissal documents, stated that she only has no doubt about the dismissal of Jurgita Petrauskienė, but regarding the other ministers’ unsuitability to hold office, she expects to hear arguments. S. Skvernelis spoke on this topic in LRT Television’s show Dienos Tema, writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis

Public relations expert: soon S. Skvernelis will come into question

By firing three of his cabinet ministers, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has won some time to try and contain the situation, however it is only a temporary solution, public relations expert Arijus Katauskas tells “If all social groups and especially educators do not back down, the prime minister will have to place the target of criticism on himself. Soon we will start questioning not ministers, but S. Skvernelis himself,” the expert says. […]

Foreign affairs

Lithuanian, Polish experts to draft by year-end plan for natnl minorities’ education

Lithuanian and Polish education ministers have agreed that experts from both countries will draw up by the end of the year guidelines for tackling national minority education issues. […]

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Over EUR 20 mln envisaged for foreign research projects in Lithuania

Some 20.5 million euros in European Union (EU) investments will be earmarked to projects conducted in Lithuania by foreign scientists and Lithuanian scientists working abroad until 2020. […]