Politics

Lawyer appointed to head election watchdog

Friday, June 23, 2017 09:53
The Lithuanian parliament has appointed Laura Matjošaitytė, deputy to incumbent chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, to head the election watchdog. The commission was approved two members short of its full line-up.

Transparency International urges President to veto lobbyism law

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:39
Transparency International Lithuania on Tuesday urged President Dalia Grybauskaitė to veto the law on lobbyist activities adopted by the country's parliament earlier in the day.

Polish MP angered by refused registration of group for ties with Belarus

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:34
Jaroslav Narkevič, a member of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Union of Christian Families, has expressed indignation over the refusal to register a group for ties with Belarus.

Conservatives to openly pick mayoral candidates in key cities

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:46
The opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) decided at its council meeting on Saturday that the party would pick mayoral candidates in open elections in the country's three largest cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda prior to the 2019 elections to local governments.

3 ministers lost public confidence - poll

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:35
Three ministers of Lithuania's current government – education and science, health and agriculture – no longer enjoy confidence of the society, as more people view them negatively than positively, shows a Vilmorus poll published in Lietuvos Rytas daily on Saturday.

Government okays liberal bill on name-spelling

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:21
Government okays liberal bill on name-spelling
Organizatorių archyvas
Lithuania's government on Monday gave a green light to amendments that would pave way of non-Lithuanian spelling of first and last names on the main page of the passport.

State property overhaul would save Lithuania EUR 20 mln per year - PM

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:17
An overhaul of the management of state-owned real estate would allow Lithuania to save 20 million euros in the first year and that amount would increase in subsequent years, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday.

Lithuania's conservatives almost catch up with ruling LFGU in popularity poll

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:13
The opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) have nearly caught up with the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union in terms of popularity, shows a Vilmorus survey published in the Lietuvos Rytas daily on Saturday.

Lithuanian opposition collects signatures to open probe into claims involving MP Skardzius

Friday, June 16, 2017 09:12
Eugenijus Gentvilas
Mindaugas Milinis
Signatures have been collected at the Lithuanian parliament to authorize the Seimas Anti-Corruption Commission to conduct a parliamentary probe into the interests of Social Democratic MP Arturas Skardzius, a member of the Energy Commission.

Audrius Navickas sworn in as MP

Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:52
Andrius Navickas of the conservative Homeland Union-Christian Democrats on Thursday was sworn in as a member of the parliament.

MP Sakaliene leaves ruling party's group in parliament to join Liberals

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:57
MP Dovile Sakaliene has decided to leave the political group of the ruling Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) in the Seimas and joint the group of the opposition Liberal Movement.

PM calls for parliamentary probe into allegations involving MP Skardzius

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:53
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis calls for a parliamentary probe into allegations that Arturas Skardzius, a member of the Seimas' Energy Commission, represents the interests of wind energy companies he leases land to, and for a broader analysis of business groups' influence on lawmakers.

European Parliament lifts Lithuanian MEP Paksas' immunity

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 14:30
The European Parliament on Wednesday lifted the legal immunity of Lithuanian MEP Rolandas Paksas.

Parliamentary speaker: Invaders wanted to make us deaf, blind

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:13
For five decades, Lithuanians were not allowed to talk about deportations and imprisonment in labor camps, says Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

Prime Minister, government losing popularity - Delfi/Spinter poll

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 09:32
The popularity of Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and his government is declining, shows a poll published on delfi.lt news portal on Wednesday.

Navickas to replace late MP Rokas Zilinskas in parliament - watchdog

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 13:07
Andrius Navickas, a religious expert and publicist, will replace Rokas Zilinskas, who passed away last week, as a member of the parliament.

EP committee proposes to lift Lithuanian MEP Paksas' immunity

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 09:02
The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs proposes to lift the legal immunity of Lithuanian MEP Rolandas Paksas in an influence peddling case.

Court closes case over Lithuanian ex-air force commander's suspension

Monday, June 12, 2017 14:50
Colonel Audronis Navickas
Augustas Didžgalvis
A Vilnius court on Monday closed a case in which Colonel Audronis Navickas challenged his suspension from his duties as the Lithuanian Air Force commander.

Lithuania's ex-MP Paulauskas founding movement with other Labor members

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:41
Arturas Paulauskas, a member of the Labor Party, is founding a public movement, which will be a new center-left political force to unite former and current members of the party, as well as non-affiliated individuals.

Ex-president Adamkus has pacemaker replaced

Friday, June 9, 2017 09:18
Lithuania's former president Valdas Adamkus underwent a planned surgery on Tuesday to have his heart pacemaker replaced, delfi.lt news portal said.

12 Lithuanian MPs failed to apply for access to classified info

Thursday, June 8, 2017 16:44
Thirteen Lithuanian parliamentarians have not applied for permits to work with classified information, although they should have the permits to perform their functions, Darius Jauniškis, director of the State Security Department, said on Thursday.

Analysts see president's address as rather critical of Government

Thursday, June 8, 2017 15:23
In her annual State of the Nation Address to the Seimas, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday was rather critical of the ruling coalition and unexpectedly voiced her support for traditional parties, political scientists told BNS.

Stable state needs transparent, mature party system - President

Thursday, June 8, 2017 15:17
A stable democratic state needs a transparent, mature and strong party system, and blurred party responsibility and accountability allow populism to thrive in a variety of forms, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says.

President calls for enhanced counter-corruption efforts

Thursday, June 8, 2017 15:12
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has criticized the country's ruling politicians for insufficient efforts against corruption, stating that mechanisms to protect those reporting corruption were not yet in place.

President precisely pointed to trouble of ruling bloc – Seimas opposition

Thursday, June 8, 2017 14:41
The eighth annual state of the nation by Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė precisely specified the faults of the ruling bloc and revealed the threats, say members of the parliamentary opposition.

President voiced her expectations, rather than criticism - PM

Thursday, June 8, 2017 13:30
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė voiced her expectations, rather than criticism, in her State of the National Address to the parliament on Thursday, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.