Politics

Seimas may consider constitutional amendments amid pressure over Paksas

Friday, March 24, 2017 11:14
Amid growing pressure from European bodies on Lithuania to allow its impeached President Rolandas Paksas to run for parliament, the Seimas' Committee on Legal Affairs is planning to submit certain constitutional amendments to the parliament for consideration, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Friday.

MEP Guoga blacklisted by Russia

Friday, March 24, 2017 09:16
Antanas Guoga
Asmeninis archyvas
Antanas Guoga, Lithuanian member of the European Parliament, has been included into the list of persons unwanted in Russia.

US Fortune lists Lithuania's president among top 50 world leaders (1)FREE

Thursday, March 23, 2017 16:52
US business magazine Fortune has included Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė into the annual list of 50 world leaders.

Over 10 top officials replaced during Govt's 100 days in office

Thursday, March 23, 2017 14:53
Gintautas Kevišas on Thursday rejected calls from Lithuania's leaders to step down as director of the National Opera and Ballet Theater (LNOBT). Here is a look at some top management replacements at state-owned companies and public bodies following last October's parliamentary elections.

Ministries have until September to draft legislation on sex change

Thursday, March 23, 2017 09:38
LGBT march
DELFI / Augustė Smailytė
The Lithuanian government on Wednesday gave two ministries until September to draft legislation that would make it possible to legally change one's sex in the country.

Ex-MP Masiulis wants his arrested money back

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 13:40
Eligijus Masiulis, Lithuania's former MP faced with political corruption charges, has turned to court for recovery of the cash discovered during a search in his home and latter arrested.

Seimas panel wants to question Lithuania's ex-security chiefs in Bastys' probe

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:52
The Lithuanian parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee, appointed to analyze the national security threats posed by MP Mindaugas Bastys' links, wants to interview incumbent and former chiefs of the State Security Department.

Pūkas, Bastys discrediting Seimas - President

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 09:19
Lithuania's MP Kęstutis Pūkas probed on sexual harassment suspicions and MP Mindaugas Bastys who is suspected of ties with Russian energy figures both discredit the country's parliament, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.

President: what matters are reforms, not stability of Government

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 14:37
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that it is not important for her whether or not the ruling coalition is stable and expects that the opposition will support the government's key reforms.

Government coalition continues work, SocDems to back state forests reform

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 09:28
The government coalition of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) continues its work and will seek to make their cooperation smoother, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after a meeting of the two parties' coordinating council on Monday evening.

SocDems say Farmers have to say if they need them in coalition

Monday, March 20, 2017 16:55
The leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) on Monday expressed surprise at Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' remarks that the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has to rely on the opposition to pass the government's reforms through the Seimas, saying that it is the LFGU that has to say if they need the Social Democrats as a ruling coalition partner.

Conservatives call coalition 'dysfunctional', say open to talks on cooperation

Monday, March 20, 2017 16:42
Lithuania's current government coalition of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) is not functioning properly, the leader of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats said on Monday, adding that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis can expect the opposition's support to pass key reforms through the parliament.

SocDems' decision on future in ruling bloc should come a.s.a.p. - PM

Monday, March 20, 2017 13:22
The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union has to rely on the opposition in decision-making in the parliament, and if the coalition partners, the Social Democrats, no longer see the sense of being in the ruling bloc, they should let us know as soon as possible, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis of LFGU.

PM's popularity continues growing

Monday, March 20, 2017 11:36
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis delegated by the ruling Farmers and Greens Union remains the most appreciated public figure in Lithuania, favored by more respondents than a month ago, shows a survey published by Lietuvos Rytas daily on Saturday.

Farmers see decline in ratings but remains most popular party

Monday, March 20, 2017 11:13
Viktoras Pranskietis, Saulius Skvernelis ir Ramūnas Karbauskis
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov
The confidence of Lithuania's residents in the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union has been declining for a few consecutive months, however, the party remains at the top of the popularity list, shows the latest Vilmorus poll published in Lietuvos Rytas daily on Saturday.

Bill registered at Seimas tell media to publish positive news (4)

Friday, March 17, 2017 16:23
Three members of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union have initiated legal amendments to put the media under the obligation of ensuring that at least half of its content contains positive information.

Prosecutors launch probe into sexual harassment claims against MP Pūkas

Friday, March 17, 2017 12:27
The Vilnius Regional Prosecutor's Office has launched a pre-trial investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Kęstutis Pūkas, a member of the Seimas.

Ex-CEOs of Lithuanian Energy, Elektrėnai plant among suspects in Alstom bribery case

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:52
In cooperation with the UK law-enforcement, the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT) is conducting a large-scale corruption and bribery investigation involving, among other things, a 200-million-euro project carried out by France's engineering group Alstom at the Lithuanian Power Plant in Elektrėnai and 43 million euros worth of reconstruction of the Kaunas hydro power plant, STT spokeswoman Renata Saulytė has confirmed.

Seimas sets up panel for Bastys impeachment

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:29
Lithuania's parliament on Thursday set up an ad hoc commission for impeachment against MP Mindaugas Bastys.

Mayor of south town of Marijampolė diesFREE

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:23
Candles
Fotolia
Vidmantas Brazys, the Social Democratic mayor of Marijampolė, has died after a severe illness, Irena Lunskienė, the southern Lithuanian town's deputy mayor, confirmed to BNS on Friday morning.

Adamkus, Grybauskaitė, Skvernelis are most popular politicians

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:03
Former President Valdas Adamkus is the most favored politician in Lithuania, followed closely by incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, according to a survey conducted by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

Ruling Farmers remains Lithuania's most popular party

Friday, March 17, 2017 09:56
The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) continues to top popularity rankings, with 29 percent of respondents saying they would vote for it if general elections were held next Sunday, according to a survey conducted by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

Homes of ex-CEOs of Lithuanian Energy, Elektrėnai plant searched in Alstom bribery case

Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:07
In cooperation with the UK law-enforcement, the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT) is conducting a large-scale corruption and bribery investigation involving, among other things, a 200-million-euro project carried out by France's engineering group Alstom at the Lithuanian Power Plant in Elektrėnai, STT spokeswoman Renata Saulytė has confirmed.

Several women file sexual harassment complaints against MP Pūkas

Thursday, March 16, 2017 09:30
Three young women on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office, claiming that they had been sexually harassed by Kęstutis Pūkas, a member of the Seimas.

Ethics watchdog to move for impeachment of MP Pūkas

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 16:52
The Seimas Commission for Ethics and Procedures has decided to propose that the Lithuanian parliament initiate impeachment proceedings against MP Kęstutis Pūkas of the Order and Justice party amid suspicions that he might have breached the oath and violated the Constitution.

Farmers and SocDems initiate impeachment for Bastys

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 09:02
The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party are initiating impeachment against Social Democratic MP Mindaugas Bastys. After Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis learned about the initiative on Tuesday, an impeachment procedure was launched.

Seimas opens amendments to put ex-bankers on trial in absentia

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 14:44
Lithuania's parliamentarians on Tuesday opened legal amendments proposed by President Dalia Grybauskaitė to enable the country's law-enforcement to put financial offenders who have fled the country on trial.

Minister of Culture says has no legal basis to sack Vilnius opera house director

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 14:24
Lithuanian Culture Minister Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson says that there is no legal basis to fire Gintautas Kevišas, the director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater (LNOBT), who has defied calls to resign.

Seimas accepts official ethics chief's resignation

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 14:14
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Romas Valentukevičius as head of the Chief Official Ethics Commission (VTEK) with 99 votes in favour, none against and none abstaining.

Prosecutor general to ask Seimas to strip MPs Gražulis, Adomėnas of immunity

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:24
Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis on Tuesday will formally ask the Seimas to strip two parliamentarians -- Petras Gražulis of the Order and Justice party and Mantas Adomėnas of the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) -- of their legal immunity.