Politics

Government not giving up plans to move EnvironMin, AgriMin to Kaunas - PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:31
Saulius Skvernelis, prime minister delegated by the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says that the plans of moving the ministries of Environment and Agriculture to Kaunas had not been discarded, regardless of the party's group voting against the proposal of the conservatives earlier on Thursday.

Seimas rejects proposal to move environment, agriculture ministries to Kaunas

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:08
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday rejected a proposal to relocate the ministries for environment and agriculture from the capital of Vilnius to the second-biggest city of Kaunas.

PM sees no reasons for ruling coalition to break up

Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:19
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that he sees no reasons for the ruling coalition of the Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the Social Democratic Party (LSDP) to break up.

SocDems' new leader says relations with LFGU improve

Thursday, April 27, 2017 09:28
Gintautas Paluckas, the newly-elected leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), said after Wednesday's meeting with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) leaders that relations with the coalition partners had improved.

MP Bastys sees prosecutors decision as politcal retribution

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 14:29
The decision taken by Lithuanian prosecutors not to open a probe against him shows the political retribution attempts in the parliament, says MP Mindaugas Bastys.

Prosecutors refuse to open probe on MP Bastys

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 13:08
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office told BNS on Wednesday it had refused opening a pre-trial investigation into MP Mindaugas Bastys' assistance to a foreign country to act against Lithuania.

MP Karbauskis: Farmers will unanimously vote to strip MP Bastys of mandate

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:52
The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, the largest party in the country's parliament, will unanimously vote to strip MP Mindaugas Bastys of the Social Democrats of his MP mandate, says LFGU leader and group elder Ramūnas Karbauskis.

Paneriai Memorial holds 10th March of the Living

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:18
The traditional March of the Living will take place at the Paneriai Memorial in Vilnius on Wednesday to honor the memory of victims of the Holocaust.

Seimas panel to decide on impeachment proceedings for MP Pūkas

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:09
The Lithuanian parliament's commission plans to decide on Wednesday on proposing impeachment against MP Kęstutis Pūkas charged with sexual harassment.

President gives no comment on Skvernelis-Paluckas "exchange of rhetoric"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 14:49
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has dismissed as "exchange of rhetoric" the public statements about coalition relations by the leaders of two leading parties, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the newly-elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party Gintautas Paluckas.

SocDems won't be 'easy and obedient' coalition partners - Paluckas

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 13:46
The Social Democrats will no longer be "easy, accessible and obedient partners who have no priorities of their own" in the ruling coalition, Gintautas Paluckas, the newly-elected leader of the Social Democratic Party (LSDP), said on Tuesday.

PM calls on new SocDem leader to 'return to reality'

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 13:05
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that he does not plan to meet with Gintautas Paluckas in the near future and calls on the newly-elected leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) "to return to reality".

PM expects Government to decide on university network overhaul next week

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:33
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis expects that the Cabinet will next week decide on a plan for streamlining the network of scientific and educational institutions.

Lithuanian politicians, officials train to work under crisis conditions

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:13
The Lithuanian Defense Ministry, together with American experts, on Tuesday is holding a so-called simulated tabletop exercise for the country's politicians and heads of the authorities responsible for security.

Europe's future scenario will depend on France's presidential choice

Monday, April 24, 2017 16:48
E. Macron and M. Le Pen
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Future scenarios of Europe will depend upon the choice made by France, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in comment of the results of the first round of voting in French presidential elections where pro-European candidate Emmanuel Macron came in narrowly ahead of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Bastys should give MP mandate, as he causes harm to party - Paluckas

Monday, April 24, 2017 15:57
After the Lithuanian parliament decided that Social Democratic MP Mindaugas Bastys acted against Lithuania's interests, he should give up the mandate to avoid further damage to himself and the party, says the Social Democratic Party's new leader Gintautas Paluckas.

Vilnius vice-mayor Paluckas elected as Lithuania's SocDem Party leader

Monday, April 24, 2017 09:18
Vilnius Vice-Mayor Gintautas Paluckas has been elected as the leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party, the country's largest party.

Lithuania's law to help draw Brussels' attention to Belarus' N-plant problem - German MEP

Friday, April 21, 2017 15:14
A law passed by the Lithuanian parliament on Thursday to restrict electricity imports from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus will help attract more attention in Brussels to the project's safety problems, Rebecca Harms, a leading German Greens politician, said in Vilnius on Friday.

Seimas panel on MP Bastys impeachment to invite security chief next week

Friday, April 21, 2017 15:06
A special commission set up by the Lithuanian parliament for MP Mindaugas Bastys' impeachment will invite Darius Jauniškis, director of the State Security Department, and another intelligence officer to testify during its meeting next week.

Police opens probe into hacking of BNS system

Friday, April 21, 2017 10:34
Lithuania's Criminal Police has opened a pre-trial investigation into hacking of the system of Vilnius bureau of BNS news agency and publishing of fake news.

Seimas lifts MP Steponavičius' immunity

Thursday, April 20, 2017 15:48
Lithuania's parliament on Thursday lifted the legal immunity of the Liberal Movement's MP Gintaras Steponavičius to allow bringing him to justice for abuse.

Court decides to turn to Constitutional Court over chief vet's dismissal

Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:15
The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court decided on Thursday to ask for the Constitutional Court's opinion on whether Jonas Milius was lawfully dismissed as director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS).

Paluckas, Sinkevičius compete in run-off for SocDem leader

Thursday, April 20, 2017 09:56
Vilnius Vice-Mayor Gintautas Paluckas and Lithuanian Economy Minister Mindaugas Sinkevičius are facing each other in a run-off election for the post of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) leader as voting starts on Thursday.

Kryževičius appointed president of Lithuanian Supreme Administrative Court

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 16:10
President Dalia Grybauskaitė has signed a decree to appoint Gintaras Kryževičius as president of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania.

Seimas speaker to ask for security guidelines on politicians' dangerous ties

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 13:51
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, says that he will ask the State Security Department, or VSD, for some guidelines what to look at while investigating politicians' potentially dangerous ties with Russia.

Seimas speaker favors rejecting president's veto on municipal in-house purchases

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 13:46
Viktoras Pranskietis
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, thinks that the Lithuanian parliament should overturn the president's veto regarding in-house purchases in municipalities as such a ban would affect local enterprises.

Continued EU-Turkey cooperation crucial - ForMin Linkevičius

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 09:15
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has expressed hope that Turkey's society would manage to remain unified after the referendum that granted broader powers to the president.

Persons in contact with Bastys aimed to change Lithuanian geopolitical course

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 09:15
Persons who maintained close contacts with Lithuanian MP Mindaugas Bastys aimed to change the country's geopolitical course, Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee, said in his presentation of the conclusions of the probe.

MP Bastys acted against Lithuania's interests - Seimas endorses panel conclusions

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 22:36
Mindaugas Bastys, a member of the Social Democratic political group in the Seimas, acted against the interests of the Lithuanian state by maintaining close and constant contacts with representatives of Russia's state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom, according to conclusions by a parliamentary committee that were endorsed by the Seimas on Tuesday.