Politics

Lithuania's official ethics chief vows to step down

Friday, January 20, 2017 16:09
Romas Valentukevičius
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Romas Valentukevičius said on Friday that he would resign as head of the Chief Official Ethics Commission.

Lithuania's tax chief sacked

Friday, January 20, 2017 16:02
Dainoras Bradauskas
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas
Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka has sacked Dainoras Bradauskas, head of the State Tax Inspectorate (STI), after a commission set up by the ministry recommended firing him for corrupt activities and gross official misconduct.

Seimas speaker urges chief official ethics watchdog to resign

Friday, January 20, 2017 11:10
Romas Valentukevičius
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis on Friday urged Romas Valentukevičius, the head of the Chief Official Ethics Commission, to resign.

President - Car lease story starting to discredit 'Peasants'

Thursday, January 19, 2017 15:59
Ramūnas Karbauskis, Greta Kildišienė
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij
The automobile leasing story is starting to discredit the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union, says President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Higher education, not specific universities should to be left in Lithuania's regions

Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:59
The University of Vilnius
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij
High-quality higher education should continue to be available in Lithuania's regions, but that does not necessarily mean keeping the existing inefficient higher education institutions intact, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.

MP makes headlines for using car owned by LPGU leader's company

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 19:03
Ramūnas Karbauskis, Greta Kildišienė
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij
Greta Kildišienė, a lawmaker of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), has made the headlines after it emerged that she was using a car owned by a company of Ramūnas Karbauskis, the party's leader.

Prosecutors asks Seimas to strip 2 MPs of legal immunity

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 16:26
Mantas Adomėnas
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has asked the Seimas to lift the legal immunity of two lawmakers -- Mantas Adomėnas of the conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and Naglis Puteikis, a member of the Peasant and Green Union's political group in the parliament -- in separate defamation cases.

Vilnius court still expects Gorbachev to testify in 1991 crackdown trial

Friday, January 13, 2017 14:31
The case of the January 13
TEISMAI.LT
The Vilnius Regional Court has sent three summons to former Soviet leader Gorbachev asking him to testify as a witness in a mass trial related to the bloody events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius.

Adamkus, Landsbergis receive Freedom Prizes

Friday, January 13, 2017 14:20
Prof Vytautas Landsbergis and President Valdas Adamkus at the Day of the Defenders of Freedom
DELFI / Karolina Pansevič
Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post-independence leader, and former President Valdas Adamkus were presented with the Freedom Prizes on Friday as the country marks the 26th anniversary of a bloody 1991 Soviet crackdown on its independence drive.

Girnius – the upcoming presidential election will be differentCORP

Friday, January 13, 2017 14:07
Kęstutis Girnius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)

Seimas starts debates on cutting MP seats, moving general elections to spring

Thursday, January 12, 2017 13:34
The Seimas Hall
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The Lithuanian parliament started on Thursday debates on constitutional amendments aimed at cutting the number of seats in the Seimas from 141 to 101 and moving the date of general elections from October to March.

Five to compete in Homeland Union leader election

Monday, January 9, 2017 12:37
Gabrielius Landsbergis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Five members of the Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) have confirmed that they will run for the post of the conservative party's leader in next month' election.

Tax chief suspected of illegally helping MG Baltic, Vilniaus Prekyba

Monday, January 9, 2017 11:22
Dainoras Bradauskas, head of the Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate (VMI), is suspected of exerting illegal influence on financial inspections of the country's largest business groups, MG Baltic and Vilniaus Prekyba (VP), carried out by the tax authority, sources said.

Karbauskis re-elected chairman of Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union

Monday, January 9, 2017 10:40
Ramūnas Karbauskis
DELFI (R. Achmedovo nuotr.)
Ramūnas Karbauskis was re-elected as chairman of the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU) at the ruling party's congress last weekend.

Support for Peasants and Greens continues to rise

Monday, January 9, 2017 09:53
Viktoras Pranskietis, Saulius Skvernelis and Ramūnas Karbauskis
DELFI (R. Achmedovo nuotr.)
The Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), the party that triumphed in last October's parliamentary elections, continues to gain in popularity, according to the latest opinion poll published by the Delfi news website on Monday.

President: Common grounds still found with new ruling bloc

Friday, January 6, 2017 13:54
Saulius Skvernelis, Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI (K. Pansevič nuotr.)
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that common grounds are still found with the new ruling majority, adding that the Peasants and Green Union does not only work hard to keep its election promises but is also capable of hearing criticism and other opinions.

Government to attach FCIS to Tax Inspectorate - intermin

Friday, January 6, 2017 10:37
Money
DELFI / Karolina Pansevič
Lithuania's government intends to attach the Financial Crime Investigation Service to the State Tax Inspectorate, says Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas.

President wants tighter punishment for tax evasion after Labour Party trial

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 14:30
At the court
TEISMAI.LT
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday submitted proposed amendments to the Penal Code, suggesting tighter punishments for large-scale tax evasion.

Seimas will manage to reduce MP number - Seimas' speaker

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 09:47
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis believes that the Seimas will manage to reduce the number of its members.

Seimas' lawyers doubtful about bid to slash MP number (1)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 15:28
Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
The Lithuanian parliament's Law Department is critical about the ruling Peasant and Green Union's initiative to slash the number of parliamentarians from the current 141 to 101, saying that the decline in the population should not be the decisive argument, as MPs also represent interests of Lithuanian citizens living abroad.

At least 2 to challenge Landsbergis in Conservatives leadership election

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 15:20
With less than a week to go before a deadline, 12 candidates have been proposed for the post of chairman of the conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and three of them, including the current leader of the country's largest opposition party, say that are determined to fight to the finish.

What to observe in Lithuanian politics in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017 13:05
Flag raising ceremony on the Geidiminas' castle 2017
DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius
BNS Lithuania news agency lists the most important 2017 projected events on the political and public arena in Lithuania.

PM sees parlt elections as major 2016 event in Lithuania

Thursday, December 29, 2016 15:21
Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis sees the October parliamentary elections, which changed the country's political map, as the most important 2016 event in the country, noting that the terrorist attacks in Europe were the most important worldwide.

Prosecutors launch probe into last week's sewer pipe accident in Vilnius (1)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 14:01
Prosecutors on Wednesday launched a pre-trial investigation into last week's sewer pipe accident in Vilnius, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Karbauskis calls for regulating MPs vacations by law

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 10:33
Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), says that lawmakers' vacations must be formally regulated by law and that this issue will be addressed while reviewing the Seimas Statute.

President backs initiative to move Seimas' elections to spring

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 16:03
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė backs the Peasant and Green Union's initiative to hold the next parliamentary elections half a year earlier.

Seimas has made no big mistakes yet - President

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:31
Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI (R. Achmedovo nuotr.)
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the country's new parliament has so far made no big mistakes in its work, welcomes lawmakers' enthusiasm to combat alcohol abuse and calls on the general public not to rush into criticizing the ruling coalition.

MPs unimpressed by Peasants' proposal to change election date

Friday, December 23, 2016 12:25
The ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union's idea of changing the date of parliamentary elections and curtail the current parliament's term by six months has caused major doubts among other parliamentarians.

Seimas get bid to lower MP number to 101, move elections to March

Friday, December 23, 2016 12:17
In the Seimas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
A Constitutional amendment has been registered at the Lithuanian parliament, suggesting to lower the number of parliamentarians from the current 141 to 101 and move parliamentary elections from October to March.

Freedom Prizes awarded to Adamkus, Landsbergis (2)FREE

Friday, December 23, 2016 10:51
Vytautas Landsbergis, Valdas Adamkus in 2010
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's parliament has awarded the Freedom Prizes to former president Valdas Adamkus and the country's first post-independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis.