Govt favours cutting MP seats, bringing general election date forwardFREE

Thursday, April 6, 2017 09:20
The Lithuanian government on Wednesday voiced its support for a proposal currently under debate in the Seimas to cut the number of seats in the parliament and to hold general elections earlier than in October.

Direct voting in Lithuanian SocDems' leadership election beginsFREE

Thursday, April 6, 2017 09:18
Members of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) on Thursday start voting in the party's first-ever direct leadership election.

Seimas panel wants more info declassified in MP Bastys' ties probeFREE

Thursday, April 6, 2017 09:11
The Lithuanian parliament's committee that is probing Social Democratic MP Mindaugas Bastys' ties with Russia's businesses and security services and Lithuania's underworld is asking the State Security Department to make public some additional information about the politician.

Some 874 Lithuanian nationals, 1,040 foreigners under intelligence surveillance in 2016 (1)FREE

Thursday, April 6, 2017 09:01
The Lithuanian State Security Department has said that last year it had 874 Lithuanian nationals and 1,040 foreign nationals under surveillance.

Half of MPs propose bill to allow non-Lithuanian alphabet in personal documents (1)FREE

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 11:28
Half of Lithuania's parliamentarians have proposed a bill on spelling of first and last names that would allow the use of non-Lithuanian letters of the Latin alphabet in personal documents.

Lithuania should have 121 MPs - Seimas speakerFREE

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:15
Lithuania should have 121 parliamentarians, says Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

PM, opposition leader meet at govt, discuss emigrationFREE

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:09
Following disagreements among some of the members of the ruling political group of the Farmers and Greens Union and the government, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Tuesday met with Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the opposition conservatives.

Proposed agreement on emigration not directed against govt - KarbauskisFREE

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 14:33
The Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union's initiative for an agreement between political parties and public organizations on stemming migration is not directed against the government, the ruling party's leader said on Tuesday.

Karbauskis plays down as 'emotions' PM's hints about split in Farmers' Seimas groupFREE

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:31
Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union (LFGU), has played down as "emotions" Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' hints about a possible split in the ruling party's political group in the parliament, saying that not a single member of the group currently wants to leave it.

Ambassador to Germany to be appointed as PM's foreign policy adviserFREE

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 09:55
Lithuania's Ambassador to Germany Deividas Matulionis will be appointed as foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Rosatom seeks EU favors on Astravyets, Gazprom retains influence in LithuaniaFREE

Monday, April 3, 2017 14:17
Russia's nuclear energy corporation Rosatom seeks to form a positive image of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus by way of drawing the European Commission to its side. Furthermore, the Russian Gazprom concern continues its efforts, via mediators, to preserve the influence on the Lithuanian gas market, the Lithuanian State Security Department said.

Security officers considered subjecting MP Bastys to polygraph testFREE

Friday, March 31, 2017 14:50
Lithuania's embattled lawmaker Mindaugas Bastys says that the State Security Department's decision not to grant him a top security clearance was subjective and that his contacts with people representing the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom's interests were not regular.

MEP Uspaskich questioned as special witness in Alstom trialFREE

Friday, March 31, 2017 14:41
Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich was on Friday questioned by the Special Investigation Service (STT) as special witness. According to information available to BNS, he was questioned in the probe of large-scale bribery and corruption involving French engineering group Alstom that conducted projects estimated at millions of euros in Lithuania.

President advises parties to discuss reforms in ruling blocFREE

Thursday, March 30, 2017 15:16
Before quarrels on reforms in public, the ruling majority should discuss them within the coalition, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after the ruling coalition's conflict over restructuring of the higher education sector.

PM says 'situation serious', but ruling Farmers isn't splitting upFREE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 17:02
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis describes disagreements between the government and lawmakers on the planned higher education reform as a serious situation, but says that the ruling Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) is not facing a split.

Seimas to discuss bid of 90% of TV content to be provided in EU languagesFREE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:07
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Lithuania's parliament has opened discussions in the requirement submitted by the opposition conservatives, suggesting that at least 90 percent of rebroadcast television content should be dubbed or subtitled in languages of the European Union (EU), however, voted down the amendment to earmark half of television air to European production.

Farmers want public groups, parties to sign agreement to curb emigrationFREE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:00
The largest parliamentary Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union will seek that the agreement to curb emigration is signed by both political parties and public organizations and associated structures.

Panel probing MP Bastys' work halts operations until committee's conclusionsFREE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 09:36
The impeachment commission for Lithuanian MP Mindaugas Bastys is suspending its operations until the investigation into the possible national security threats is completed by the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee operating as an ad hoc commission.

Lithuania can still fulfill its refugee commitment, but not at any cost - PMFREE

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:35
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Lithuania can still fulfill its commitment to accept over 1,100 refugees by the end of this year, but adds that this will not be done "at any cost".