Politics

Government's Office to scrap 1 in 5 positions (2)

Monday, February 27, 2017 15:57
About a fifth of positions in the Lithuanian government should be discarded, the government's press service said on Monday.

Farmers loses popularity but remains most popular

Monday, February 27, 2017 11:21
Public confidence in the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union has slightly declined, however, the party remains at the top of the popularity list, shows the latest Vilmorus survey published in Lietuvos Rytas daily.

PM's ratings continue climbing - poll

Monday, February 27, 2017 11:13
The scandalous stories involving the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union have had an impact on the ratings of the party and its leaders, Ramūnas Karbauskis and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, shows the latest survey published in Lietuvos Rytas daily.

Baltraitienė leaving Labour Party

Monday, February 27, 2017 11:02
Virginija Baltraitienė, Lithuania's former agriculture minister and MP, has sent a letter to members of the Labour Party over the weekend, informing about her plans to leave the party.

Supreme Court chairman wants embattled judge to step down

Monday, February 27, 2017 10:18
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Viktoras Aidukas, judge of the Criminal Trials Division at the Supreme Court of Lithuania who has been questioned as special witness in the influence peddling probe conducted by the Special Investigation Service, should step down from office, says Supreme Court chairman Rimvydas Norkus.

Top court rules impeachment possible for crimes committed before taking office

Monday, February 27, 2017 09:57
Impeachment proceedings may be opened against persons holding certain posts for crimes committed before taking office, the Constitutional Court ruled on Friday.

Lithuanian PM takes English lessons twice a week

Monday, February 27, 2017 09:45
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is taking English lessons twice a week to improve his English-language skills.

Businessman suspected in probe into influence peddling in Labour Party's case

Friday, February 24, 2017 16:44
Suspicions have been brought against Arūnas Cicėnas, a co-owner of the road marking firm Kasandros Grupė, as part of a law-enforcement probe into suspected influence peddling in the Lithuanian Supreme Court's hearing of the Lithuanian Labour Party's fraudulent bookkeeping case, according to unofficial information available to BNS.

Former tax chief challenges decision to sack him

Friday, February 24, 2017 14:50
Dainoras Bradauskas has appealed against the Lithuanian finance minister's decision to sack him as head of the State Tax Inspectorate (STI).

Speaker sees prosecutor suspicions as harm to state reputation

Friday, February 24, 2017 10:10
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says that the influence peddling suspicions brought by the Special Investigation Service against a Vilnius prosecutor harm the reputation of state institutions.

Someone wants to use Labour Party for mutual struggles - Uspaskich

Thursday, February 23, 2017 15:47
Someone wants to u se the Lithuanian Labour Party of mutual struggles, says the party's honorary chairman Viktor Uspaskich who has been sentenced for bookkeeping fraud.

Vilnius prosecutor probe linked to Labour Party's case at Supreme Court

Thursday, February 23, 2017 15:39
A pre-trial investigation in which Rita Aliukonienė, head of the First Division of Criminal Prosecution at the Vilnius Regional Prosecutor's Office, is suspected of influence peddling is related to the hearing of the Lithuanian Labour Party's case by the Supreme Court, officials at the Prosecutor General's Office said on Thursday

TS-LKD International Secretary leaves the post to return to Lithuania (2)FREE

Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:13
TS-LKD (Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats) appoints Dr. Žygimantas Pavilionis as the new International Secretary of the party. He replaces Ms. Gintarė Narkevičiūtė, who successfully held this position for over five years.

Ruling party's mayor in Panevėžys district suspected of abuse of office

Thursday, February 23, 2017 08:52
Lithuania's Special Investigation Service (SIS) has brought suspicions of abuse of office against Panevėžys District Mayor Povilas Zagunis of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) as part of a probe into the local authority's public procurement activities.

Lithuanian watchdog to ask for explanation from Russia's TVC over hatred-inciting content

Thursday, February 23, 2017 08:52
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Lithuania's media watchdog will ask for explanation from Russia-registered broadcaster TV Tsentr over a TV program containing incitement to hatred and defamation of the state.

PM, conservative leader hold unannounced meeting at Government

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 13:42
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the leader of the opposition conservatives, Gabrielius Landsbergis, held an unannounced meeting at the government on Wednesday morning.

Lithuania didn't demand choice of another location for Astravyets N-plant - Seimas speaker

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:03
Lithuania did not contribute to the choice of a different location for the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), which is being built in Belarus close to the Lithuanian border, says Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis, adding that the only thing the country can do now to stop the project is to restrict access of the plant's electricity to the Lithuanian market.

PM hails conservatives leader's promise to support reforms

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:04
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has welcomed promises by Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), to support strategic reforms as a sign of constructive opposition.

Conservative MP Adomėnas questioned as witness in MG Baltic probe

Friday, February 17, 2017 15:18
Lithuania's conservative MP Mantas Adomėnas was on Friday questioned as witness in the MG Baltic concern political corruption investigation.

Ruling LPGU changes English-language name from 'peasants' to 'farmers'

Friday, February 17, 2017 15:10
The ruling Lithuanian Peasants and Greens Union is changing the English-language version of its name, replacing "peasants" with the more modern "farmers".

Court overrules demand to remove foreign-language street signs in Vilnius

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:54
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A Vilnius court has overruled the plea from the government's representative to list street signs in foreign language in Vilnius as illegal.

Seimas bans all violence against children, including corporal punishments

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 15:14
Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday adopted amendments to the Framework Law on Children's Rights Protection on the fast track, which bans all types of violence against children, including corporal punishments.

Lithuania has to step up state companies management, corruption control efforts - OECD official (1)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:49
Lithuania is well placed to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as soon as in 2018 if it makes sufficient progress in reforming the management of state-owned enterprises and controlling corruption, OECD Deputy Secretary General Douglas Frantz said in Vilnius on Monday.

Vilnius mayor accuses Natl Land Service of inactivity

Monday, February 13, 2017 14:53
Vilnius City Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has accused the Lithuanian National Land Service of stalling land return in the capital city and land parcel formation processes, suggesting that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis should restructure the state agency.

Landsbergis surprised at outcome of 1st round of voting for party leader

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:27
MP Gabrielius Landsbergis who has been re-elected as the leader of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, the country's largest opposition force, says he did not expect the significant victory, pledging to unite the conservative community and make it more open to the public.

Landsbergis re-elected to head Lithuanian conservatives

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:20
MP Gabrielius Landsbergis will continue heading the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, the country's largest opposition force.

OSCE recommends that Lithuania allow dual nationals to run for Seimas

Monday, February 13, 2017 09:22
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recommends that Lithuania should allow people with dual citizenship to run for a seat in the parliament.

Top prison system officials suspended from duties amid probe

Thursday, February 9, 2017 13:05
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Edvardas Kviatkauskas, head of the Kaunas Remand Prison, and Živilė Mikėnaitė, a former head of the prison and now director of the of the Prison Department, have been suspended from duties, the Justice Ministry said on Thursday.

Prosecutors hail president's amendments, lawyers find them too abstract

Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:48
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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday put forward amendments that would enable prosecution of financial offenders who have fled the country.

Lithuania invited to join OECD working group on bribery

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 15:02
Lithuania has been formally invited to become a full-fledged member of the Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.