Lithuania: ruling party leader-related company pledges to stop buying fertilizers from a Russia-affiliated company

Agrokoncernas, a business group owned by Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, has pledged to stop buying fertilizers from Russia company Minudobreniya as its key shareholder Arkady Rotenberg is subject to international sanctions. Agrokoncernas imports fertilizers from Minudobreniya via an intermediary in Dubai, although the company does not disclose, which…

Lithuania: slowdown signs visible

Lithuania’s central banker says it sees no clear signs of an upcoming new economic crisis but warns about slowing growth. Vitas Vasiliauskas, the Bank’s chief, acknowledges that the “income turning to expenses” continues, although differently from ten years ago. According to him, the Bank’s assessment is based on how the 2019 budget numbers. (BNN/Business World…

Lithuania: exports to Japan planned

Lithuania plans to export ready-to-bake food products and pets to Japan, the Agriculture Ministry said. The two countries’ agriculture vice-ministers agreed in Tokyo to immediately begin talks on certification procedures. Lithuania’s potential export products include pizzas, kibinai and similar ready-to-bake products containing poultry and cheese, the ministry said. The countries also expect to agree shortly…

Lithuania: Agriculture Ministry calls on EC to cover losses

Lithuanian agriculture minister Giedrius Surplys has called on the European Commission to cover losses incurred by the country’s farmers from drought and swine fever.

According to the minister, Lithuanian farmers are estimated to have incurred 0.5 billion euros in losses due to drought over the last summer. (BNN/Business World Magazine)

Lithuania: Klaipeda Seaport takes part in exhibition and conference in Kazakhstan

Klaipeda Seaport is being represented at exhibition “TransKazachstan. TransLogistic 2018” and conference “Transport and Logisctic Markets” organized in September 18-20 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Klaipeda Seaport says it is an international event that opens new possibilities for companies to present themselves and to consolidate their position in Kazakhstan transport market, to disseminate information about their services…

Lithuania: tender to rebuild Renge section announced

Lithuania’s state-run railway company Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) has called a tender to rebuild the Mazeikiai-Renge railway section dismantled a decade ago. The section was used by the Mazeikiai-based oil processing company Orlen Lietuva, owned by Poland’s Orlen, to transport its oil products to Latvia. According to information on Lithuania’s central public procurement website, the…

Lithuania: Central Bank to assess information about Latvian VIA SMS Group

Lithuania’s Central Bank has promised to assess information regarding Latvian VIA SMS Group working in the country. This decision is a reaction to the statement made by Seimas National Security and Defense Committee member Arvydas Anusauskas that people associated with former Parex Banka owners worked in that company. “Before issuing the aforementioned association a license…

Lithuania: Port of Klaipeda sues former CEO

Port of Klaipeda had filed a 1.9-million euro lawsuit against its Eugenijus Gentvilas, former CEO of Port of Klaipeda, who is now a parliamentarian and chairman of the Liberal Movement party. According to the port authorities, the port suffered damage under his leadership, failing to pay to the builders in time. Gentvilas said he doubted…

Lithuania: meat to be exported to Hong Kong

Ten Lithuanian meat-processing companies have been given the green light for exporting chilled and frozen beef and pork and beef and pork products. The Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service said that it had received confirmation from Hong Kong’s competent authority. The ten companies are Utenos Mesa, Agaras, Krekenavos Agrofirma, Pajurio Mesine, Agrovet, Biovela’s meat…

Lithuania: President signs laws on tax overhaul

President Dalia Grybauskaite has signed the laws overhauling the country’s tax system, adopted by the Seimas. For the laws to come into effect early next year they must be published six months earlier. The laws are related to the personal income tax, state social insurance, health insurance, tax administration, the profit tax, public procurement, VAT…

Belarus: 700 tractors sold to Lithuania in 2017

Belarus-made agricultural machines traditionally sell well in Lithuania. Ambassador of Belarus to Lithuania Alexander Korol made the relevant statement. The diplomat said: “About 700 tractors were sold in Lithuania last year alone. Lithuanian farmers unwaveringly prefer Belarusian machines. The Belarusian tractor maker MTZ has a representative office in Lithuania.” Alexander Korol is convinced that when…

Lithuania: Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai joins Interrail

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) has joined Interrail, a European train system that allows passengers to buy cheaper tickets for train travel across Europe. Linas Bauzys, director of the Passenger Transportation Directorate at Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai, says that the state railway company aims to improve rail connections with Western Europe. According to him, joining the Interrail system…

Lithuania: tender for GIPL construction started

Lithuania’s natural gas transmission system operator Amber Grid launched an international tender for the construction of Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL). The deadline for submitting bids is August 8, according to the competitive tender notice on the European and Lithuanian public procurement websites. Amber Grid and its Polish partner, Gaz-System, in late May signed a grid…

Lithuania: more EU money to be attracted

Lithuania’s government will try to negotiate more of EU cohesion support for regional development after the European Commission suggested cutting such support by 13% in the new budget, Vice Minister of Finance Migle Tuskiene says. In her words, Lithuania will try to negotiate with other EU member states and the European Parliament for the support…

Lithuania: minimum wage to increase

A proposal to increase the minimum wage by 20 euros, to 420 euros next year has reached Lithuania’s Tripartite Council, which is set to make the decision later. The proposal was submitted by Gediminas Simkus, head of the Bank of Lithuania’s Economics and Financial Stability Service. Arturas Cerniauskas, chairman of the Council, representing employees, said…

Lithuania: Elektrum Lietuva expanding

Independent power supplier Elektrum Lietuva, a part of Latvian energy group Latvenergo, is launching a new business and will help residents and businesses to install solar panels this month already. Elektrum Lietuva CEO Martynas Gina says the company is the first on the market to provide such services. Elektrum Lietuva has been operating in Lithuania…