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 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.

President discusses political issues with SocDems' new leader

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:47
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė held an unannounced meeting with Gintautas Paluckas, the newly-elected leader of the Social Democratic Party, at the President's Office on Wednesday.

Seimas lacks political will to fight corruption - president (1)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 16:20
Lithuania's new parliament of the 2016-2020 term also lacks will to fight corruption, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after the parliament on Tuesday overruled her veto on internal deals in municipalities. This was the first presidential veto rejected by the new parliament.

Seimas panel in favor of impeachment of MP Pūkas

Friday, April 28, 2017 15:15
he Lithuanian parliament's ad hoc commission has proposed initiating impeachment proceedings against MP Kėstutis Pūkas charged with sexual harassment, the commission's chairperson Dovilė Šakalienė of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union confirmed to BNS.

MP Steponavičius leaving Liberal Movement but keeps MP mandate

Friday, April 28, 2017 13:35
MP Gintaras Steponavičius is withdrawing from the Lithuanian Liberal Movement and its political group after suspicions of abuse of powers, however, will keep his MP mandate.

Liberal Movement urges Steponavičius to resign Seimas, party - secretary (1)

Friday, April 28, 2017 12:10
Leadership of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement have urged Gintaras Steponavičius to resign from the parliament and the party after being faced with suspicions, Renaldas Vaisbrodas, the party's executive secretary said.

Political corruption suspicions brought against Lithuanian MP Steponavičius

Friday, April 28, 2017 11:35
Suspicions in case of political corruption have been brought against MP Gintaras Steponavičius of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement, the Special Investigation Service (STT) and the party's secretariat confirmed to BNS.

Government not giving up plans to move EnvironMin, AgriMin to Kaunas - PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:31
Saulius Skvernelis, prime minister delegated by the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says that the plans of moving the ministries of Environment and Agriculture to Kaunas had not been discarded, regardless of the party's group voting against the proposal of the conservatives earlier on Thursday.

Seimas rejects proposal to move environment, agriculture ministries to Kaunas

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:08
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday rejected a proposal to relocate the ministries for environment and agriculture from the capital of Vilnius to the second-biggest city of Kaunas.

PM sees no reasons for ruling coalition to break up

Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:19
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that he sees no reasons for the ruling coalition of the Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the Social Democratic Party (LSDP) to break up.

SocDems' new leader says relations with LFGU improve

Thursday, April 27, 2017 09:28
Gintautas Paluckas, the newly-elected leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), said after Wednesday's meeting with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) leaders that relations with the coalition partners had improved.