Week in Lithuania: Lithuanian central bank cuts 2021 growth estimate to 4.9%, Chinese Xiaomi dismisses Lithuanian report on security breaches – Baltic News Network
Cabinet last week backed the proposal to create an intelligence ombudsperson, Lithuania reported 1,970 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths on Friday.
Landsbergis has confirmed the chairmanship of HU-LCD for the last term
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis was confirmed on Sunday (September 26th) as head of the ruling conservative Fatherland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats for his last four-year term in Vilnius. He has led the party since 2015. The party originally planned to hold a direct election and its first open election to choose its leader early this year, but like all the candidates except Landsbergis withdrew, the election was annulled and Landsbergis was recognized. as the de facto elected president of the party. He says such an unusual conformation procedure was due to dire circumstances related to COVID-19 and the migrant crisis.
Lithuanian central bank lowers 2021 growth estimate to 4.9%
The Lithuanian Central Bank on Monday (September 27th) reduced its growth rate for 2021 to 4.9%, after taking into account the economic rates of the first half of this year. The bank estimated growth of 5.1% this year in June. The Lithuanian economy is expected to slow to 3.5% next year, from a central bank estimate of 4.1% in June.
Lithuania less than 600 million euros Baltic Rail
Lithuania sticks to ambition to build European gauge railway Baltic Rail by the end of 2026, even if there is a shortfall of around 600 million euros in funding for the project, Deputy Transport Minister Loreta Maskaliovienė said on Tuesday (September 28). Still, she said Lithuania was ready to meet the 2026 target date for the completion of the railway line. The total cost of the Baltic Rail project in the Baltic States was estimated at around 6 billion euros, but the estimate is currently under revision due to a recent rise in the prices of construction materials and works, according to her.
Almost 40 km of razor wire erected on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border
Lithuania has already installed nearly 40 km of accordion barbed wire along its border with Belarus, the Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday (September 28th). A total of 4,163 migrants have been arrested as they attempted to enter Lithuania illegally from Belarus so far this year, and more than 2,800 people have been returned since August 2.
Lithuanian BC to double down payment for second home loans
The Lithuanian central bank on Tuesday (September 28th) proposed to double the down payment requirement for secondary housing loans to 30 percent, from the current 15 percent. These measures are aimed at riskier clients who plan to use real estate for investment and rental purposes, said Gediminas Šimkus, Governor of the Bank of Lithuania. He noted that about 12% of borrowers from banks take out loans for a second home. The central banker expects the down payment requirement to take effect on January 1, 2022, and the additional capital buffer requirement to take effect on July 1.
from China Xiaomi rejects Lithuanian security breach report
The Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has rejected the Lithuanian cybersecurity agency’s findings that its devices have security vulnerabilities and is considering hiring a third-party agency to assess the allegations. In a statement released Wednesday, September 29, the automaker said that Xiaomi phones do not limit or filter communications to or from their users, and have not done so in the past. The manufacturer said it regularly reviews its advertising management system policies to ensure they meet user needs and expectations.
Lithuania wants EU rules to allow refoulement of migrants
Lithuania proposed on Wednesday 29 September to modify existing EU rules on migration to provide for the possibility of pushing back irregular migrants when an extreme situation is declared in a country, and also to approve the funding from the EU budget for physical barriers.
Cabinet supports proposal to create intelligence ombudsman
The Lithuanian government on Wednesday (September 29th) supported a legislative initiative aimed at creating the institution of an intelligence ombudsperson. Under the bill, the intelligence ombudsman’s office would be responsible for independent oversight of the legality of the activities of intelligence institutions and for assessing their compliance with requirements for the protection of human rights and human rights. freedoms. The official would also check whether intelligence techniques are being used legally.
The ECHR will not extend the interim measures
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided Thursday, September 30 not to extend the provisional measures introduced in the case of five Afghan migrants against Lithuania. The ECHR said the decision was taken taking into account that the mentioned Afghan citizen is now on Lithuanian territory. In early September, the court said the applicants were Afghan nationals and had arrived in Belarus in August and had since made several attempts to enter Lithuania to seek international protection. Lithuania then asked the ECHR to lift the provisional measures.
Lithuania buys German rifles for 19 million euros
The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday (September 30th) that Lithuania was purchasing an additional number of German-made G-36 automatic assault rifles for € 19 million. On Thursday, the Defense Material Agency of the Ministry of National Defense signed a contract with the German Heckler & Koch GmbH for the purchase of these weapons.
Lithuania reintroduces the wearing of compulsory masks indoors
Wearing masks indoors has been compulsory again in Lithuania since Friday, October 1. Under the government resolution, masks are mandatory indoors from today when services are provided or received, when people are shopping, attending events, etc., whether this activity is carried out or not with national COVID-19 certificates. Until now, people with such certificates proving they had been vaccinated or had the virus have only been asked to wear masks indoors. In addition, the recommendation comes into effect for legal persons in the public and private sectors to work from home.
Lithuania reports 1,970 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths
Lithuania has recorded 1,970 new coronavirus infections and 18 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the country’s statistics office said on Friday (October 1). Fifteen deaths were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, three were fully vaccinated.