Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has pledged to sign legal amendments on reforms of the forestry sector, giving a critical opinion of the process of their adoption.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

The president also downplayed the frictions within the ruling coalition, saying that the line-up of the ruling majority would be visible in fall. In her words, the decision-making is the most important thing.

"I will sign the amendments to the Law on Forests, and I am critical of the (adoption) process. I believe the entire spring session is a lesson for the ruling majority that the time has come to shift from arrogant bulldozer-type policies to political processes and being politicians," Grybauskaitė told journalists in Vilnius on Thursday.

Asked to comment on the situation in the ruling coalition, the president replied: "The important thing is that the ruling majority, regardless of what it is, should be able to pass decisions and laws, and time will show the company we have in fall, what matters to me is that the necessary decisions are made."

Frictions within the coalition heightened after the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) failed to secure support of their coalition partners, the Social Democrats, for the forestry reform and signed an agreement with the opposition conservatives, which stipulated their support to the amendments to the Law on Forests in return for a lower VAT tariff for heating. The Social Democrats dismissed the deal as "going beyond the coalition agreement" and "influence peddling", pledging to reconsider their future in the ruling bloc.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Ex-Lithuanian finmin Šimonytė to run for president

Lithuania's MP and former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė on Monday announced her decision to...

Nausėda will not take part in Lithuania's TS-LKD primaries

Financial analyst Gitanas Nausėda on Monday announced his decision not to take part in the...

Ex-Lithuanian finmin to announce decision on presidential race (1)

Lithuania's former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė will announce later on Monday whether she...

Prosecutor charges Paksas of agreeing to take bribe for his party

The public prosecutor in the influence peddling trial of Rolandas Paksas and Gedvydas Vainauskas ,...

I will stand for president election in any case, Paksas says - media

Rolandas Paksas , the former leader of Lithuania's Order and Justice party and now a MEP, say he...