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.

State forest reform not a matter of confidence in Government

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:09
Lithuania's much-contested state forest management reform is not a matter of confidence in the government and it will be carried out in one or another way, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday.

Minster of Foreign Affairs spars with Russia Today journalist at Vilnius conference

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:51
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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius sparred with a journalist of the Kremlin-financed television channel Russia Today over propaganda and journalists working for state-controlled media during an international conference on the safety of journalists in Vilnius on Monday.

PM plans to stay on, if parlt fails to approve forestry reform

Monday, July 3, 2017 16:07
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Monday denied media reports about his plans to resign, if the parliament fails to give a green light to the restructuring of forestry companies.

President signs new lobbyism bill into law

Monday, July 3, 2017 12:20
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Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has signed the parliament-approved bill on lobbyist operations into law.

2 new suspects in January 13 coup trial, probe dropped in connected to 7 more

Monday, July 3, 2017 11:21
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office said it had handed to court another part of the January 13 case of attempted coup to court on Monday, with charges brought against two more individuals.

Lithuania should better inform emigrant about return possibilities - President

Monday, July 3, 2017 10:50
Lithuania's government and ambassadors should be more efficient in provision of information emigrants about their possibilities to return, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said at a Monday's meeting with heads of the country's diplomatic missions abroad.

PM fires back at President's criticism of government

Monday, July 3, 2017 09:10
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Friday fired back after President Dalia Grybauskaitė accused the government of "political arrogance" in carrying out reforms.

Seimas panel okays 'W' in passports for foreign spouses, but not for Poles

Friday, June 30, 2017 14:37
There is growing support in the corridors of power for an initiative to allow the original spelling of non-Lithuanian surnames on the main page of passports for people married to foreigners, but not for ethnic Poles living in Lithuania.

Farmers wants Seimas panel to look at why state forest reform stalls

Friday, June 30, 2017 09:10
The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) wants the Seimas to set up a parliamentary investigation commission to look into who, and why, stand in the way of the Environment Ministry's planned state forest management reform.

Individual constitutional complaint amendment fails to pass 1st hurdle in Seimas

Thursday, June 29, 2017 13:16
A constitutional amendment to allow an individual access to the Lithuanian Constitutional Court on Thursday failed to clear the first hurdle in the parliament.