Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), says that lawmakers' vacations must be formally regulated by law and that this issue will be addressed while reviewing the Seimas Statute.
Ramūnas Karbauskis at the DELFI TV conference
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

"Now it looks as if members of the Seimas do not have the right to vacations. Every Lithuanian citizen has this right, but (parliamentarians') vacations are not regulated by law," he told the Žinių Radijas station on December 27.

Karbauskis, who heads the parliament's largest political group, said that this issue would be dealt with as part of a comprehensive revision of the Seimas Statute.

Members of the Seimas currently have no official vacations. The parliament's spring session opens on March 10 and closes on June 30 and the autumn session opens on September 10 and closes on December 23. In the period between the sessions, lawmakers plan their activities on their own and are free to travel within the European Union. However, they need the Seimas Board's consent for trips outside the EU.

The Constitutional Court ruled back in 2004 that the duration of lawmakers' paid annual leave should be set by law and that periods between the sessions should not be treated as rest periods.

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to comply with the ruling.

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