Politics

Government may be sworn in without Minister of Justice

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 14:43
The Ministry of Justice
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania's new government may be sworn in next Tuesday without a permanent justice minister if the Social Democrats fail to find a suitable candidate for the post, Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.

New Government makes helping families a priority

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 13:54
Lithuania's new government sees the protection and promotion of the family as a priority, Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday when presenting his Cabinet's program to the parliament.

New HealthMin sees proposal to store embryos forever as compromise

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 13:40
Aurelijus Veryga
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuanian Health Minister-designate Aurelijus Veryga on Tuesday described as a compromise the Peasant and Green Union's new proposal to allow an unlimited number of embryos to be created in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, but to put in place the requirement to store them indefinitely.

Ten surprises promised by the Skvernelis' governmentCORP

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 13:06
Ten surprises promised by the Skvernelis' government
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)

Karbauskis says to withdraw amendment banning embryo freezing

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 11:15
In a Lab
Vida Press
Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), the party that won the recent parliamentary elections, says that he will withdraw an amendment aimed at banning embryo freezing.

President sticks to her position on IVF law

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:38
President sticks to her position on IVF law
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has not changed her position regarding the Law on Assisted Reproduction, her advisor on economic and social policy issues said on Tuesday morning.

Amendments banning embryo freezing in Lithuania submitted to Seimas

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:31
Amendments to Lithuania's new Law on Assisted Reproduction, which has not yet come into force, are submitted to the parliament on Tuesday with the aim of returning to a conservative version of the bill that limited the number of embryos created during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.

New Govt program features less clarity on taxes, future of pension funds

Monday, December 5, 2016 14:38
The program of the coalition government of the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union and the Social Democratic Party no longer features specific proposals on planned tax reform, also giving a vague idea of the possible changes of the pension scheme.

Lithuanian Railway chief views resignation as best decision in life

Monday, December 5, 2016 13:10
Stasys Dailydka
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Stasys Dailydka who resigned from the post of CEO of Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, or LG) last week says it was the best decision he had made in life.

Lithuanian police searching for suspected spyFREE

Monday, December 5, 2016 11:53
Vladimir Sokolov
Vilniaus aps. VPK nuotr.
Vilnius police is searching for a suspected spy, the Vilnius County Central Police Commissariat said.

Steponavičius suspends Liberal Movement membership

Monday, December 5, 2016 11:15
Gintaras Steponavičius
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuanian MP Gintaras Steponavičius on Monday said he was suspending membership in the Liberal Movement after it turned out that he was questioned as a special witness in a probe of political corruption.

Seimas founds May 3 Group for natl minority policies

Monday, December 5, 2016 10:28
Polish and Lithuanian flags
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's parliament last week established a group for national minority policies, naming it May 3 Group in honor of the historic legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Pagojus steps down from consumer watchdog chief, suspends SocDem membership

Monday, December 5, 2016 10:17
Julius Pagojus
Asmeninio archyvo nuotr.
Julius Pagojus, a member of the ruling Lithuanian Social Democratic Party who has come under criticism for drunk driving and attempts to avoid penalty, has announced plans to step down from the post of director of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority and suspend his LSDP membership.

Court of Appeals opens prosecutors' plea against vindication of ex-OMON agents

Friday, December 2, 2016 15:16
The Lithuanian Court of Appeals on Friday started hearing a plea from the Prosecutor General's Office against vindication of former OMON officers Vladimir Razvodov and Boleslav Makutynovich in the case of 1991 Soviet aggression against Lithuania.

EU Commissioner thinks Lithuania should keep current IFV law in place

Friday, December 2, 2016 15:09
Vytenis Andriukaitis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis believes that Lithuania should keep in place the current Law on Assisted Reproduction that does not limit the number of embryos that can be created a time and allows freezing them.

Socdems expect to name new justmin candidate Monday

Friday, December 2, 2016 12:44
Algirdas Butkevičius
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's outgoing Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says that he has discussed several potential candidates for justice minister with Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis and expects to name the party's nominee for the post on Monday.

President says she didn't have all information when appointing justmin

Friday, December 2, 2016 12:25
President D. Grybauskaitė
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that she did not have all information about Julius Pagojus' drunk-driving incident and his later moves to avoid penalties when she took the decision to appoint the Social Democrat as justice minister.

Base pay for politicians, state officials, public servants left unchanged

Thursday, December 1, 2016 14:14
The base amount used to calculate the salaries of Lithuanian politicians, judges, state officials and public servants and soldiers next year will remain unchanged at 130.5 euros.

Prisons modernization on for 10 yrs, but with no substantial results

Thursday, December 1, 2016 13:33
Lithuania does not have a clear and consistent strategy for modernizing its penal facilities. The modernization process has been ongoing for more than 10 years now, but no substantial results have been achieved, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.

Peasants climb in opinion poll rankings, support for SocDems drops

Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:12
In the Seimas
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU) continues to gain in popularity after October's parliamentary elections, in which the party scored a resounding victory, while support for the Social Democratic Party (LSDP) is on the decline, according to the latest opinion poll published by the Delfi news website on Thursday.

Socdems to discuss new justmin candidate Friday

Thursday, December 1, 2016 09:39
Algirdas Butkevičius, Gediminas Kirkilas, Juozas Olekas
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The board of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) plan to discuss on Friday candidates for the post of justice minister in the new coalition government.

Socdems expect to decide on new justmin candidate shortly

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 19:50
The leadership of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) expect to decide in the near future on a new candidate for the post of justice minister in the new coalition government, a spokesman for outgoing Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Wednesday.

Conservatives to elect their leader on February 11-12

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 19:44
Gabrielius Landsbergis
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats will hold an early election for the party's chairman on Feb. 11-12, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the conservatives' current leader, said on Wednesday.

Minister of Justice-designate Pagojus steps down

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 16:06
Julius Pagojus
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's Justice Minister-designate Julius Pagojus is stepping down as a member of the incoming Cabinet.

PM-designate says Pagojus can't hold Minister of Justice post

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 15:41
Julius Pagojus
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuanian Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday that Julius Pagojus will not be able to hold the post of justice minister in his Cabinet.

Justmin-designate scrutinized over drunk driving penalty

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 13:04
Lithuania's justice minister-designate Julius Pagojus came under criticism on Wednesday after the media unveiled that he had lost his driver's license a year ago for drunk driving.

Seimas to discuss new Labour Code in detail in spring

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 22:13
At the Seimas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
In-depth discussion of the Lithuanian Labour Code, which some parties want enforced next summer, is scheduled for the parliament's spring session, First Vice-Speaker Rima Baškienė says.

President appoints Skvernelis-led Cabinet

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 13:44
D. Grybauskaitė appoints Skvernelis-led Cabinet
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Tuesday signed a decree to appoint a new Cabinet led by Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis.

New PM describes justmin candidate as young but experienced politician

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:04
Lithuanian Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis on Tuesday described Julius Pagojus, the Social Democrats' new candidate for the post of justice minister in his incoming Cabinet, as a young and energetic but sufficiently experienced politician.

SocDems name Pagojus as candidate for justice minister

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:55
Julius Pagojus, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's candidate for the post of justice minister in the incoming coalition government, was to meet with President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Tuesday morning.