Politics

Further funding for Lithuanian N-plant closure to depend on Brexit - Sefcovic

Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:49
EU Energy Union Commissioner Maros Sefcovic says that whether or not Lithuania will secure funding for the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant's closure after 2020 will depend, among other things, on the results of Brexit negotiations.

PM Skvernelis admits current govt coalition isn't the best

Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:35
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, whose government has been in office for half a year, says that the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) differ in their philosophies and approaches to many issues and admits that he never thought that the current coalition of the two parties was the best option.

Palionis elected head of Lithuanian SocDems' group in Seimas

Thursday, May 25, 2017 09:59
Andrius Palionis, deputy chairman of the Seimas' Budget and Finance Committee, has been elected as head of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's political group in the parliament, the party said.

Reforms in Lithuania slow due to govt's inexperience - president

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 14:31
The implementation of Lithuania's key reforms in education, state-owned enterprises and labor relations is hampered by the government's lack of experience, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Wednesday.

Matjošaitytė tipped as Lithuania's next election watchdog chief

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 17:35
Laura Matjošaitytė, currently deputy chairwoman of the Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission, is likely to be nominated as the next head of the election watchdog.

Lithuanian language watchdog didn't assess possibility of original name spelling by Poles

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 09:55
Lithuanian ID card
VSAT
The Lithuanian language watchdog did not assess certain legal provisions, currently under debate in the Seimas, that would pave the way, among other things, for ethnic Poles who are Lithuanian citizens to have their names spelt in their identity documents with non-Lithuanian characters.

MEP Guoga on why party democracy is overhauled

Monday, May 22, 2017 15:27
Representative democracy lives from its representatives. Ideally, wise and responsibly acting men and women, who have already achieved something in life and have now decided to give something back to society and patriotically serve their country and its people. This is the republican ideal that Seneca imagined and wrote about for their respective societies. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said: “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen, who would protect the rights and privileges of free men,” MEP Antanas Guoga.

Govt coalition's fate may hinge on vote on alcohol restrictions - Karbauskis

Monday, May 22, 2017 11:08
The fate of Lithuania's ruling coalition may depend on how the Social Democrats vote on a package of measures aimed at curbing alcohol consumption, Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), the bigger party in the coalition, said on May 19.

Popularity of ruling party on decline - poll

Monday, May 22, 2017 10:13
The popularity of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and its leaders is on the decline, according to the latest opinion poll conducted by Vilmorus and published by the daily Lietuvos Rytas on Saturday.

Lithuania's Constitutional Court opens MP Pukas impeachment case

Friday, May 19, 2017 14:28
Lithuania's Constitutional Court on Friday approved for consideration the case of MP Kestutis Pukas charged with sexual harassment.

Conservatives propose to put alcohol sales restriction bill on hold

Thursday, May 18, 2017 09:21
The opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats proposes that the parliament temporarily suspend debates on a controversial package aimed at sharply reducing access to alcohol until political groups in the Seimas reach consensus and muster enough votes to pass the legislation.

MP Bastys demands criminal case against security officials

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 09:19
Mindaugas Bastys, a member of the Social Democratic political group in the Seimas, continues to challenge prosecutors' decision not to open a criminal case against the State Security Department's officials and prepares to turn to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg.

Chief prosecutor informs EP committee about Paksas probe

Monday, May 15, 2017 22:44
Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis in early May provided the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs with information about an investigation in which the parliament is asked to lift the legal immunity of MEP Rolandas Paksas, a former Lithuanian president who was impeached in 2004.

STT hands Klaipėda seaport, Latvijas Tilti bribery case to court

Monday, May 15, 2017 10:57
Klaipėda port
DELFI / Kęstutis Cemnolonskis
Lithuania's Special Investigation Service (STT) has handed to court a criminal case of corruption at the Klaipėda state-run seaport and Latvijas Tilti company.

Skvernelis, Karbauskis see their approval ratings fall

Friday, May 12, 2017 11:16
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis saw his public approval rating drop to 60 percent in April, down by six percentage points from a month ago, according to a survey conducted by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

Lithuania has cleared several key hurdles to OECD membership

Thursday, May 11, 2017 15:14
Lithuania has made significant progress over the past two years in its efforts to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and if it keeps the pace, it could join the club of economically strong, transparent and innovative nations in 2018, OECD Deputy Secretary General Douglas Frantz said in an interview with BNS.

Anti-corruption agency to have easier access to corporate financial data (1)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 13:46
The Special Investigation Service (STT) will be able to gain access to financial data of banks and other legal entities without obtaining a court warrant.

PM doubts if complete ban on alcohol advertising is possible

Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:08
If Lithuania introduces a complete ban on alcohol advertising, it will hardly be able to enforce it on foreign-registered Internet sites, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.

Seimas board to hold meeting on impact of business groups on political system

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 09:53
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is holding a board meeting for what he said was influence of business groups on the country's political system.

President vows support to non-Lithuanian names in passports with green light from watchdog

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 16:27
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Kas vyksta Kaune / Rokas Tenys
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says she will support the proposals to allow non-Lithuanian characters of the Latin alphabet on the main page of personal documents, if a green light is received form the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language.

Proposal to allow 'w' in Lithuanian passports clears 1st hurdle in Seimas

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 14:14
A proposal to allow using non-Lithuanian Latin-based characters for spelling names on the first page of personal identity documents has cleared the first hurdle in the parliament.

Poles in Lithuania won't be discriminated against over names, PM Skvernelis tells PM Szydło (1)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 09:40
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, on Monday that national minorities in Lithuania would not be discriminated against over the spelling of their names in documents.

Fewer attempts reported in Lithuania to bribe voters – election watchdog chief

Monday, May 8, 2017 14:23
One pre-trial investigation into suspected bribery of voters was opened during the mayoral elections in the Šakiai and Jonava districts and MP election in the Panevėžys-Anykščiai constituency this past weekend, however, evidence shows that the incident should not revise the election results, says Zenonas Vaigauskas, chairman of the Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission.

PM decides against moving to official residence

Monday, May 8, 2017 13:36
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Monday he had decided not to move to a residence in the de luxe suburb of Turniškės and would stay in his current family home in the village of Smigliai in the Vilnius district.

Farmers remain most popular but down by 1/3 since January

Monday, May 8, 2017 09:53
The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, which triumphed in the last parliamentary elections, remains the country's most popular political force, however, its ratings declined by a third since the beginning of the year, while the ruling Social Democrats and the opposition conservatives climbed on the popularity ladder, shows a poll published on delfi.lt news portal on Monday.

Social Democrats' new leader promises to back university reform principles

Friday, May 5, 2017 15:05
Gintautas Paluckas, the newly-elected leader of the Social Democratic Party (LSDP), says that the party's political group in the Seimas will support the principles for a reform of universities proposed by a prime minister-appointed working group.

Bastys impeachment panel asks for extension of work until June 1

Friday, May 5, 2017 11:35
The impeachment commission for Mindaugas Bastys, a member of the parliament's Social Democratic Party group, will ask for extension its work until June 1.

Matulionis takes post as Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser

Friday, May 5, 2017 10:34
Deividas Matulionis, Lithuania's former ambassador to Germany, on Friday took post as foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Interior Ministry cancels competition for new financial crimes agency chief

Friday, May 5, 2017 09:35
Lithuania's Interior Ministry has called off the competition for chief of the Financial Crimes Investigation Service. Minister Eimutis Misiunas said the step was taken with green light from the government about the need to revise the scheme of appointment and in preparation for restructuring of the institution.

OECD recommendations stop new Lithuanian lobbying law from being passed

Thursday, May 4, 2017 14:42
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday postponed the adoption of a new law on lobbying activities after the Foreign Ministry said that the version of the legislation proposed by the Seimas Committee on State Administration and Local Authorities was not in line with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's recommendations for transparency in lobbying, the head of the committee said.