Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Monday called on state institutions to give the media and the public data access, calling the recent restrictions introduced by the Center of Registers disproportionate.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

"Artificial restrictions for the media are unfounded and disproportionate and run counter to global tendencies. The majority of countries have long been taking the path of giving free access to data as free data access has a positive impact on economic development and innovation, the state's progress and people's daily lives," the president said in a statement.

"I am calling on the government to create a free and easily accessible open data portal," the head of state said.

On Sep. 14, the Center of Registers ended its long-time practice of providing the media with registry data free of charge, and te center's new director Saulius Urbanacius said there's no legal basis for such a practice.

The president, however, says "Lithuanian laws do not forbid providing the Center of Registers' information to the media and the public free of charge, and it only needs political will".

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis earlier told BNS Lithuania, the government would adopt decision on Wednesday to allow providing information to the media.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania to hold dual citizenship referendum alongside presidential vote, Seimas decides

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday decided that a referendum on dual citizenship will be held in May...

Seimas backs changes to party funding rules, LSDDP to get state subsidy

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday adopted amendments to the law on party funding, thus paving the...

Lithuanian Liberals' board annuls Vilnius branch's decision to run on committee ticket

The board of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement has annulled the Vilnius branch's decision to run in...

Ruling party's leader calls on ethics body's members to resign

Ramūnas Karbauskis , leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), on...

Opposition MPs demand further explanation from PM on deleted meeting recording

Three opposition political groups in the Lithuanian parliament have invited Prime Minister Saulius...