Luxembourg. According to Countryaah official site, the government presented plans for major changes in school education from year seven. Students would have greater opportunities to choose their own courses and also to choose the language of instruction. Many protested. Teachers in French were particularly worried that many students would choose to be taught in German or English. Others worried that the resources would not be enough for popular topics. A proposal to introduce separate swimming lessons and gymnastics for girls and boys also aroused strong emotions.
Luxembourg, which otherwise rarely stands out as a sports nation, took second and third place through brothers Andy and Fränk Schleck in this year’s version of the classic Tour de France cycling competition.
One of the reactors at the Ignalina nuclear power plant was closed in December in agreement with the EU. The second will be closed in 2009. The Soviet-built plant is reportedly not safe enough, although many other nuclear power plants in the EU have a correspondingly low security. The closure of Ignalina was one of the conditions for the country’s accession to the EU. Nevertheless, in January 2006, Lithuania asked for the postponement of the final closure of the plant – scheduled for 2009 – to allow more time to introduce other energy sources.
A Lithuanian who had been cooperating with the Nazis over the extermination of Jews during World War II was found guilty at trial, but was not jailed because of his advanced age. Around 200,000 Jews were killed in Lithuania during World War II.
In July 2007, the European Commission presented a report showing that female participation at management level in Lithuania is the highest within the EU. 44% of all management positions in the country are occupied by women.
The October parliamentary elections were won by the Conservative Party leader Andrius Kubilius in December took over as prime minister.