Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis has expressed hope for the Constitutional Court to revise its doctrine and to allow broader dual citizenship possibilities by law rather than amendment of the country's Organic Law.
Constitutional Court
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

"I believe there will be an address to the Constitutional Court, the doctrine may form differently under different conditions, it may also be different from 2003 or 2004 due to changes in the environment, judges changed and the interpretation may have also changed along with the stance on the Constitution – many things depend on the attitude, too," Pranckietis told Žinių Radijas news radio on Wednesday.

The parliamentary speaker said the possibility for a broader circle of Lithuanian citizens to have two passports was one of the ways of curbing emigration.

The draft amendments to the Law on Citizenship, which were signed by 114 members of the parliament, would allow people who left the country after Mar. 11, 1990 and acquired citizenship of any other EU or NATO member state to preserve their Lithuanian citizenship.

The Constitutional Court has ruled that dual citizenship is only possible in individual cases and that broadening dual citizenship requires amending the Constitution through a referendum. President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said that the newly-registered amendments "openly run counter to the Constitutional doctrine."

Currently, dual citizenship is only allowed for the citizens who left Lithuania before the country regained independence in 1990 and their descendants, however, is not granted to those who emigrated during the independence period. Dual citizenship is also allowed for children who were born abroad and acquired foreign citizenship by birth, as well as those who acquired foreign citizenship by way of marriage to a foreigner.

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

Presidential election campaign kicks off in Lithuania

The campaign for presidential election in Lithuania officially started on Monday with seven candidates...

Ruling party moves to cut MP seats to 121

Lawmakers of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) say that will table a new draft...

Health minister to table new hospital network reform amendments

Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and several lawmakers said on Friday they are submitting...

Agrokoncernas pledges to stop buying fertilizers from Rotenberg

Agrokoncernas , a business group owned by Ramūnas Karbauskis , leader of the ruling Lithuanian...

ForMin advises against having business with sanctioned Russians

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Lithuanian companies to refrain from business deals...