Politics

Lithuanians have doubts about ruling coalition's future - BNS/ RAIT survey

Thursday, August 17, 2017 09:53
The ruling coalition of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) is not popular with the general public, but people do not see any other strong alternative, according to a survey conducted by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

Grybauskaitė, Skvernelis, Karbauskis ranked as Lithuania's most influential politicians

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 15:37
Most Influential in Lithuania 2017: Politicians
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President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), are ranked as Lithuania's most influential politicians, the Delfi.lt news website reported, citing the results of two separate opinion polls.

SocDems' council to discuss leaving ruling bloc - PM

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 13:52
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, appointed to the post by the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), says he has no doubt that the council of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), the LFGU's junior coalition partner, will discuss a proposal to withdraw from the ruling bloc.

Police reform complete in Lithuania

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:59
Lithuania's Police Department has announced having completed the reform of the country's police force.

Social minister suggests raising state-supported income to EUR 122 per month

Thursday, August 10, 2017 09:00
The Social Security and Labor Ministry on Wednesday proposed raising the level of state supported income to 122 euros per month.

Lithuanian Seimas speaker would support new taxes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:23
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says he would approve introduction of new taxes in the country, noting it would not be a popular step in the society.

Lithuania's govt considers moving ministries to complex next to parlt - daily

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 09:55
Lithuania's government is considering moving 12 ministries to a building complex next to the parliament, with a meeting of ministers already held on the matter, Lietuvos Rytas daily said on Wednesday.

Lithuania should allow dual citizenship, not create new things – PM

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 13:45
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has given a skeptical view of the initiative registered at the parliament to establish the institute of Passport of Lithuanian, saying the problem should be solved by finally allowing dual citizenship.

Ruling parties suggest Lithuanian passport for emigrants (Updated)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:59
Some members of the ruling political group of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party on Tuesday proposed establishing the institute of the Lithuanian passport as an alternative to emigrants who do not have Lithuanian citizenship.

Lithuanian post sacks CEO

Friday, August 4, 2017 18:56
Board of the state-run company Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) has dismissed Lina Minderienė from the post of director general after six years in office, the Transport and Communications Ministry said.

3 ex-chiefs of Lithuanian SocDems urge party to stay in ruling bloc

Friday, August 4, 2017 15:10
Amid proposals from some branches of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party to withdraw from the ruling coalition, three former leaders – ex-PMs Algirdas Butkevičius and Gediminas Kirkilas, as well as former parliamentary speaker Česlovas Juršėnas – insist that the party should stay in the bloc.

Govt to keep coordination body for Lithuanians living abroad

Friday, August 4, 2017 13:18
The Lithuanian government has heard the voice of the communities living abroad and has reversed its decision to scrap the Commission for Coordination of Affairs of Lithuanians Living Abroad.

Restructuring would leave Lithuania with public service staff of 20,000 - intermin

Friday, August 4, 2017 10:37
Reform of the public service in Lithuania would leave the country with about 20,000 civil servants, Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas said.

Lithuania's DefMin appoints directors of defense, capacities, weaponry

Thursday, August 3, 2017 15:30
Lithuania's Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has appointed a new defense policy director and the director general for capabilities and munitions as of Tuesday.

Lithuanian president: Govt-proposed tax reform will raise heating prices, income of rich

Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:14
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the government-proposed tax changes should ensure more social justice, while the current proposals will raise heating prices and the new ceiling on social insurance payments will further increase the income of those making the highest salaries.

Lithuania's Minister of Agriculture sacking land service chief

Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:32
Lithuania's Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas has decided to sack Danielius Kuprys from the post of director of the National Land Service.

Lithuania's penal system rather rotten – PM

Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:25
The penal system in Lithuania is rather rotten and in need of radical reforms, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after reports about new violations in the Kaunas Remand Prison.

Lithuania's Minister of Culture sacks adviser

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 18:30
Lithuania's Culture Minister Liana Ruokytė-Johnsson has reversed her Tuesday's decision of not refusing to accept resignation from her adviser Linas Kontrimas, announcing plans to dismiss him.

"New old" chiefs of remand prison in Lithuania continue covering breaches - CFO

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 17:25
The Kaunas Remand Prison, which was recently scrutinized by a few control institutions and checked by the Lithuanian Justice Ministry, has been subjected to new checks after its chief accountant Rasa Kazėnienė again turned to the ministry.

Lithuania's ex-edumin breached law by working in supervised center - ethics guards

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 16:55
Lithuania's former education and science minister Audronė Pitrėnienė confused her public and private interest by taking care of the premises of King Mindaugas Vocational Education Center and later taking a post in the center, the Chief Official Ethics Commission found on Wednesday.

Lithuania's coalition stable, consistent - Seimas Speaker after ruling bloc's meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 15:46
Lithuania's ruling coalition is working in a stable and consistent manner, Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis after a meeting of the coalition's political council.

Public service reform in Lithuania may be just as challenging as forestry changes - PM

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 10:16
The restructuring of the Lithuanian public service to be initiated this fall could be just as challenging as the recent forestry reform, which triggered heated disputes and tensions, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.

Lithuania's formin urges SocDems to stay in ruling bloc

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 15:56
The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party should remain in the ruling coalition to keep stability in the state, says the party's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, adding that the decision to turn to the party's branches aimed at shirking responsibility.

Lithuanian president signs amendments not granting family rights to partners

Monday, July 31, 2017 09:13
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė this week signed an amendment moving the European Union's (EU) directive to the national law, however, not granting family rights to partners.

Proposed bill to allow original name-spelling for Lithuania's Poles - Seimas speaker

Friday, July 28, 2017 15:10
The proposed version will allow original name-spelling with non-Lithuanian characters on the main page of the passport for the local Polish community, says Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

13 in 19 SocDems political group want to stay in Lithuania's ruling bloc - portal

Friday, July 28, 2017 12:50
Thirteen of the 19 members of the political group of the Social Democratic Party do not want to leave the ruling coalition with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says Andrius Palionis, the leader of the political group.

Seimas speaker and Minister of Justice to mull proposals on name-spelling

Friday, July 28, 2017 12:02
Lithuanian ID card
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Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting on Friday with Justice Minister Milda Vainiūtė to discuss the initiatives discussed at the parliament that would pave way to the use of non-Lithuanian letters in ID documents.

Lithuania's parties still in debt for 2016 general elections - daily

Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:15
Financial obligations of Lithuania's political parties that ran for the 2016 general elections have narrowed by a factor of three, however, the total debt remains at an impressive 482,000 euros, Lietuvos Rytas daily said, citing data from the Central Electoral Commission.

Uspaskich's return to head Labor Party would have no future - Lithuanian PM

Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:07
Viktor Uspaskich
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Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the return of MEP Viktor Uspaskich to head the Labor Party would not be a promising step.

Lithuania's deputy justmin in charge of prisons system resigns

Thursday, July 27, 2017 09:00
Lithuania's Justice Vice-Minister Donatas Matuiza in charge of the prisons system resigned on Wednesday, the justice minister's spokeswoman confirmed to BNS.