Week in Lithuania: school year extended until June, trains to link Vilnius to Riga and Warsaw must reduce CO2 emissions – Baltic News Network


The main news in Lithuania last week was the extension of the school year until June, the Vilnius-Riga and Vilnius-Warsaw train routes were announced and the work on Lithuania’s economic recovery plan.

Gyms, swimming pools and spas reopen in Lithuania

Gyms, some swimming pools and saunas reopened in Lithuania on Monday April 26, and outdoor sports, leisure and entertainment activities may also resume. Under the government resolution, at least 20 square meters of floor space must be secured for one person, including staff members, in gymnasiums, and no more than five people, excluding coaches, can attend group lessons. In addition, swimming lessons for children or those in a class can take place in the swimming pools.

Yazaki leaves Lithuania, cuts more than 400 jobs

Japan’s Yazaki Wiring Technologies Lietuva (YWTL), the Lithuanian branch of Japanese company Yazaki, based in the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone, announced on Monday April 26 that it was leaving Lithuania and that 435 workers would lose their jobs. According to data from the country’s Center of Registers, the company’s sole shareholder – Japanese Yazaki – made the decision to shut down Yazaki Wiring Technologies Lietuva. Currently, 473 people work for the company, compared to more than 1,000 last year.

Lithuanian railways plan to link Vilnius with Warsaw and Riga

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), the country’s public railway company, announced on Tuesday April 27 its intention to launch passenger trains soon to connect Vilnius to the Latvian and Polish capitals, without waiting for the completion of the Rail Baltic railway. project, and also plans to build a section of railway to the western seaside resort of Palanga.

Academic year of primary school students until June 15

The school year for primary school students in Lithuania will take a week longer than expected, until June 15, said Tuesday (April 27) Dainoras Lukas, spokesperson for the Minister of Education, Science and Sports. due to the extra week break in December.

Lithuania to submit economic stimulus plan in mid-May

Lithuania plans to submit its economic stimulus plan to the European Commission in mid-May, rather than at the end of April as planned earlier, said Finance Minister GintarÄ— Skaist on Tuesday (April 27). GDP, according to the minister. The EU’s Recovery and Resilience Mechanism allocates a total of € 2.225 billion in grants to Lithuania.

Businesses have warned to assess risks after US sanctions reimposition on Belarus

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday April 28 warned Lithuanian companies with ties to Belarusian oil and chemical group Belneftechim to assess all possible risks arising from US sanctions against the nine Belarusian companies, including Belneftekhim, Belneftekhim USA, Lakokraska , Polock Steklovolokno, Belarusian Oil Trade House, Belsina, Grodno Azot, Grodno Khimvolokno and Naftan.

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IAE calls on Lithuania to reduce CO2 emissions, especially in transport

Lithuania must boost investment in clean energy technologies and reduce CO2 emissions, especially in transport, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report released on Thursday April 29. The IEA report gave Lithuania good marks for the synchronization of its electricity grid with the European continental grid and its transition to renewable energies, the energy ministry said in a press release.

Lithuania will not revise its COVID-19 vaccination priorities

The Lithuanian government said on Thursday April 29 that it would not revise its COVID-19 vaccination priorities as it plans to launch a wider vaccination campaign by age groups soon. Lithuania is currently administering injections to the elderly and to certain professions involving direct contact with people. Some municipalities, including Vilnius, have also started to vaccinate all people over 55 years old.

Ignitis terminates contract with company due to ties to Belarusian nuclear power plant

VVP Investment, a company that is part of the Lithuanian state-owned energy group Ignitis Grupė (Ignitis Group), and Elektromontuotojas have agreed to terminate their contract, worth almost € 7 million, on works at the Mažeikiai wind farm under construction since acquiring part of the materials of a company involved in the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus.

ACB Latvia to rebuild runway at Palanga airport in Lithuania

Latvian company ACB announced Thursday (April 29th) that it will rebuild the runway at Palanga airport in western Lithuania for 16.5 million euros after winning the tender launched last fall . The same company also rebuilt the runway at Vilnius Airport in 2017. Airport operation will be suspended for the shortest possible period, up to 45 days, with major works scheduled for September-October. The Lithuanian government has already allocated 10.3 million euros from the state budget for the modernization of the airport. The remaining funding will come from a loan from the Nordic Investment Bank.

Lithuanian MP Glaveckas dies in hospital

MP Kestutis Glaveckas, a signatory of the March 11 Independence Law and one of the founders of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute, died in hospital early on Friday April 30. Glaveckas would have turned 72 on Friday.

Lithuania reports 1,306 new coronavirus cases on Thursday

Lithuania recorded 1,306 new coronavirus infections and six deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, April 29, the country’s statistics office said on Friday morning. Lithuania’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 558.9 per 100,000 population and the share of positive tests in the last seven days is 6.5%. Overall, 247,269 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. So far, 3,239 people have died from COVID-19 in Lithuania. The total number of deaths linked directly or indirectly to the coronavirus has reached 7,916.


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