Politics

Janušienė appointed as Lithuania's new tax chief

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:27
Edita Janušienė, former chief auditor at the central Bank of Lithuania, has been appointed to head the country's State Tax Inspectorate (STI) for the next four years.

Pinskuvienė steps down from leadership of Lithuania's Labor Party

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:07
Živilė Pinskuvienė
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov
Živilė Pinskuvienė, the leader of the Labor Party that has no mandates in Lithuania's parliament, announced resignation from the post during a meeting of party's council on Tuesday evening.

Lithuanian PM urges SocDems to speed up coalition decision, wants MPs to stay

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 09:59
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has warned the Social Democratic Party against procrastinating their decision on future in the ruling coalition. Delegated by the Farmers and Greens Union, the PM said he would work to secure alternative support without a formal decision of coalition partners, if they tried to put off the discussions until the budget adoption.

Culture Ministry Tuesday calling competition for Opera House director

Monday, July 24, 2017 12:17
Lithuania's Culture Ministry will Tuesday call a competition for director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater (LNOBT).

Social Ministry proposes additional compensation for refugees

Monday, July 24, 2017 10:49
Lithuania's Social Security and Labor Ministry has proposed paying one more benefit to asylum beneficiaries intended for rent of housing.

Ruling Farmers party to circulate 300,000 copies of party paper

Monday, July 24, 2017 10:41
The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) pledges to kick off the next political season with solution of the party's main problem – communication faults, which, in the words of the party's leader Ramūnas Karbauskis, has so far kept the political force from proper presentation of the decisions taken by the parliament and the government to the public.

Farmers' leader says relations with SocDems are good

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:39
The leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) says that his party's relations with its ruling coalition partner, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), are good, adding that the position of LSDP Chairman Gintautas Paluckas, who has said that the Social Democrats may consider pulling out of the coalition, differs from that of the party's parliamentarians.

Farmers' leadership meeting to discuss coalition future

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:34
Leadership of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union is Wednesday gathering to discuss the future of the ruling two-party coalition, Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis said.

Influence peddling suspicions brought against Lithuanian MEP Paksas

Monday, July 17, 2017 16:53
Formal suspicions of trading in influence were brought on Monday against Rolandas Paksas, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Uspaskich returning to Labor Party

Monday, July 17, 2017 10:51
MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the founder of the Labor Party
Kas vyksta Kaune
MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the founder of the Labor Party, has announced plans of returning to the party and sent a membership application to the party's Kėdainiai branch, the Labor Party's information center said.

Popularity of ruling Lithuanian Farmers, Greens Union further down – poll

Monday, July 17, 2017 10:15
The popularity of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) declined further in July, allowing the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) to secure a slight lead, shows a poll published by Lietuvos Rytas daily.

Bill on whistleblower protection drafted in Lithuania

Friday, July 14, 2017 15:08
A bill has been drafted in the Lithuanian parliament to protect a person reporting an irregularity in an organization.

Conservatives catching up in popularity with ruling Farmers

Friday, July 14, 2017 12:15
The opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats are catching up in popularity with the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), according to a survey conducted by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

SocDems branches asked to give opinion on coalition with Farmers

Friday, July 14, 2017 11:02
The presidium of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) has asked all 60 branches of the party to discuss future prospects for the ruling coalition with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU).

President downplays frictions in ruling bloc

Thursday, July 13, 2017 16:07
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has pledged to sign legal amendments on reforms of the forestry sector, giving a critical opinion of the process of their adoption.

Prosecutors ask Government to look into how Gediminas Hill was maintained

Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:59
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office is not opening, at least for now, a public interest case over damage done to Gediminas Hill in downtown Vilnius, but is asking the government to initiative a comprehensive assessment of the circumstances.

Social Democrats' leaders to discuss situation in Government coalition

Thursday, July 13, 2017 09:14
Members of the presidium of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) plan to meet in Vilnius on Thursday to discuss the situation in the ruling coalition.

Gay League asks president to veto amendments to law on equal opportunities

Thursday, July 13, 2017 09:07
The Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) said on Wednesday that it had asked President Dalia Grybauskaitė to veto the parliament's decision to transpose into national law an EU directive without listing partners as family members.

Social Democrats to decide on staying in Government coalition in late September or early October

Thursday, July 13, 2017 09:01
The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) will likely decide in late September or early October whether or not to stay in the ruling coalition with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), Gintautas Paluckas, the LSDP chairman, said on Wednesday.

Seimas okays forestry sector restructuring initiated by Farmers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 09:10
Work in a forest
Stopkadras / DELFI.TV
After the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union promised to the opposition conservatives to bring back the value-added tax (VAT) discount, the parliament on Tuesday approved the restructuring scheme of the country's forestry sector that has triggered heated debates in the society.

Social Democrat accuses Farmers, Homeland Union of trading in influence

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 13:29
Juozas Olekas, a member of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's (LSDP) political group in the Seimas, has accused the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), the senior coalition partner, and the opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats of trading in influence.

Government coalition unchanged after Farmers, Conservatives agree on forest reform

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:59
The leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) says that the makeup of the government coalition remains unchanged after the senior coalition partner on Tuesday signed a deal with the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats under which the opposition party will back the government's planned state forest management reform in exchange for a reduced VAT rate on district heating and hot water services.

Russian nationalist Gorsky to apply for political asylum in Lithuania

Monday, July 10, 2017 15:55
Yuri Gorsky, an organizer of "Russian Marches", plans to apply for political asylum in Lithuania after fleeing Russia.

Ušackas ending diplomatic service to enter Lithuanian politics - interview

Monday, July 10, 2017 11:16
Lithuanian diplomat Vygaudas Ušackas, the European Union's (EU) ambassador to Russia, says he will shortly end his diplomatic service in Moscow and engage in analytical work and politics upon return to Lithuania, listing the demographic crisis as the key challenge in his home country.

MPs turn to experts over name-spelling (1)

Monday, July 10, 2017 10:40
Expert conclusions will be requested in connection to the legal amendments that would allow the original spelling of first and last names in ID documents of Lithuanian citizens.

Former chief of Go Vilnius - Mayor was under political pressure to sack me (2)FREE

Friday, July 7, 2017 14:53
Vilnius City Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has dismissed Go Vilnius CEO Darius Udrys from office.

EU directive stalls at Seimas after refused partnership (1)

Friday, July 7, 2017 09:53
Partners were deleted from the definition of family members at the Lithuanian parliament following this week's discussions to shift the European Union's (EU) directive to ban discrimination on grounds of citizenship.

Lithuanian court to pronounce verdict for Russian FSB spying suspect

Friday, July 7, 2017 09:11
A Vilnius court will Friday pronounce a verdict for Russian citizen Nikolai Filipchenko charged with spying.

PM sees Social Democrats' initiative on VAT on heating as 'slap in the face'

Thursday, July 6, 2017 09:37
A draft amendment tabled by the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union's junior ruling coalition partner, to reintroduce a reduced VAT rate on district heating and hot water services is "a slap in the face", Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.

Seimas extends session until July 13 due to forest reform

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:48
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday extended its spring session until July 13.