Lithuania week: 726 new COVID-19 cases, foreign minister condemns EC president for praise of Gorbachev – Baltic News Network

President Nauseda said last week that he would prefer energy subsidies to 3% of the GDP defense budget.

Border Patrol Deports 99 Illegal Immigrants

Lithuanian border guards turned back 99 migrants who tried to enter the country illegally from Belarus on Thursday, Sept. 1, the State Border Guard (SBGS) said on Friday, Sept. 2. Lithuanian border guards have sent more than 13,600 people back to Belarus since August 3, 2021, when they were given the right to refuse entry to illegal immigrants. About 4,200 illegal immigrants entered Lithuania illegally from Belarus last year.

Lithuania reports 726 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Lithuania recorded 726 new coronavirus infections and two deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday 1 September, with official figures on Friday 2 September. Of the new cases, 535 were primary, 181 were secondary and 10 were tertiary. Currently, he has 106 inpatients, eight of whom are in her ICU.

The 14-day primary infection rate decreased to 449.1 cases per 100,000 population, and the 7-day positive test rate was 43.9%. In Lithuania more than 1.2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 at least once. About 69.9% of the Lithuanian population has received at least one coronavirus vaccination to date.

Foreign minister slams EC president for praise of Gorbachev

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Thursday, Sept. 1, that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is evaluating the role of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, of the Baltic States. He said it was “good” to take history into account.

The EC president was one of the first top-ranked politicians to mourn Gorbachev’s death.

She praised the former Soviet president as a “trusted and respected leader” who “paved the way for a free Europe”.

But in Lithuania, Gorbachev will be remembered for cracking down on independence seekers. In the early morning hours of January 13, 1991, 14 civilians were killed and hundreds wounded when Soviet troops stormed the TV tower and the Radio and Television Board building in Vilnius.

President says Nord Pool’s pricing algorithm needs to change

Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nauseda said on Thursday 1 September that the problem of very high electricity prices can only be truly solved by increasing power generation, but also that the pricing algorithm used by the power exchange Nord Pool should be changed. said.

With the current Nord Pool pricing algorithm, even smaller priced bids may be rejected, and market participants, due to the paradox of such algorithms, are able to provide very specific amounts of energy at very low prices. It states that expensive generating capacity will lead to situations that lead to records. High electricity charges on the exchange.

President prefers energy subsidies over 3% of GDP defense budget

President Gitanas Nauseda said Wednesday that if there is not enough money in next year’s budget, he would rather subsidize electricity and natural gas prices than raise the country’s defense spending to 3% of GDP in 2023. said to take precedence.

Prime Minister Ingrida Simonite says subsidizing some of the electricity and natural gas bills could cost the state between €500 million and €1 billion next year.

She said the government is currently drafting next year’s national budget and will submit it to Nauseda and the opposition parliament as soon as it is ready.

Earlier this year, the government allocated €570 million in budget funds to partially subsidize electricity and natural gas tariffs for homes and businesses in the second half of 2022. About €200 million has been allocated to natural gas and electricity suppliers.

GDP contracted by 0.5% in Q2 vs. Q1

Lithuania’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 0.5% in the second quarter compared to the first quarter to €16.1 billion at current prices, the country’s statistics office said on Wednesday, August 31. A second estimate was shown. The country’s GDP he increased by 2.6% from April to June. The country’s GDP rose 2.8% year-on-year in the second quarter, but contracted 0.45% on a quarterly basis, according to preliminary figures released in late July. Based on

Minister says the bill aims to legalize immigration resistance only in crisis situations

The Lithuanian Interior Ministry is drafting a bill aimed at legalizing the push back of illegal migrants at the border only in case of crisis, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said on Tuesday, August 30. According to the minister, the bill is almost ready and border guards will only allow the measure to be used in extreme situations, emergencies or when the country is under martial law.

Border guards are now allowed to deny entry to illegal immigrants under a decree signed by the Minister in August 2021.

If the law permits it, the responsibility extends to the whole of Congress.”

Prime Minister Ingrida Simonite said on Monday 29 August that she would not rule out the possibility of Lithuania proposing legal changes that would allow it to apply policies to expel migrants even in the absence of extreme situations or emergencies. .

Critics say these actions amount to deportation and are practices that violate international law.

Presidential adviser accuses Belarusian official of tampering with border fence

Kęstutis Budris, the Lithuanian president’s senior adviser on national security affairs, on Monday, Aug. 29, denounced the border fence being tampered with by Belarusian officers as a provocation to balance on a very dangerous brink.

Budrys stressed that he found Lithuania to be in a very dangerous area, with Belarusian officers being sent to other countries to tamper with property and shelter.

Lithuania completed construction of a physical barrier of fence and razor wire along its border with Belarus last weekend. Immigration flows declined earlier this year, but the number of illegal immigrants trying to reach Lithuania has recently increased again.

Lithuania names the most influential celebrities

Lithuanian experts named journalist and TV host Edmundas Jakiraitis, political scientist Linus Koyala and historian Alfredas Bamblauskas among Lithuania’s most influential celebrities. Humanitarian activist Jonas Oman and Catholic priest Richardas Dubeika follow in the trio’s annual review.

A so-called elite survey was conducted for Delfi by the magazine Reitingai, which interviewed 925 politicians, businessmen, civil servants, journalists, celebrities and other prominent figures between May 17th and June 23rd. I was. Lithuania week: 726 new COVID-19 cases, foreign minister condemns EC president for praise of Gorbachev – Baltic News Network

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