Edmundas Vaitekūnas is stepping down as chairman of the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK), saying that his English is not good enough for the post.
Edmundas Vaitiekūnas
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

"Over the past few years, we have adopted a lot of decisions that are unprecedented in EU member states. These issue are being discussed in many foreign countries. Experts and politicians are paying us visits and we are taking part in various EU expert task groups, where we are invited at the highest level, which means that they want the head to come and provide explanations," Vaitekūnas told BNS.

"I can't go, simply because I don't speak the EU's official foreign languages or I'm not fluent enough," he said. "I don't want to represent our authority and our state that way. I believe there are young people who can perfectly do the job."

Vaitekunas confirmed that he had handed in his resignation to the commission and forwarded it to Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the parliament's Committee on Culture.

He said he was staying on as a member of the commission.

Vaitekūnas was appointed as LRTK chairman in 2013 and was in March 2015 reappointed for a new four-year term of office.

The LRTK head is appointed and dismissed by the Seimas on the recommendation of the head of the Committee on Culture.

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

Lithuanian police wrap up probe into hacking of beauty clinic

The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office and police have wrapped up their investigation into the...

Seimas accepts Vaitekūnas' resignation as head of radio and TV watchdog

The Seimas accepted on Thursday the resignation of Edmundas Vaitekūnas as chairman of the...

Over 60 foreign experts to assess Lithuania's scientific research performance

An international expert assessment of Lithuania's scientific research performance is getting underway,...

Lithuania posts modest results in combatting foreign bribery, but is on right track

Lithuania has, so far, achieved modest results in combating bribery in international business...

Plane makes emergency landing in Vilnius as passenger dies

A Boeing 757 plane made an emergency landing in Vilnius on Tuesday after a male passenger died aboard...