A Vilnius court has put the Lithuanian capital's migration authorities under the obligation of issuing a new passport to Alexia Gorecki-Mickiewicz, great granddaughter of poet Adomas Mickevičius (Adam Mickiewicz), with the original spelling of her first and last names.
Warsaw str. sign in Polish in Vilnius
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

The European Foundation of Human Rights, which ensures court representation individuals who seek to get original spelling of their names in documents, said Alexia, an underage Lithuanian citizen, had been living in Lithuania for 11 years and has been identified in all registers, school and health care institutions by her original name. Alexia's father is French citizen Roman Gorecki- Mickiewicz is the grandson of the Lithuanian-Polish poet.

According to the press release, Alexia has Lithuanian documents – a birth certificate and passport with non-Lithuanian letters x and w, however, the Migration Board of the Vilnius police had refused issue of updated documents with the characters that are not contained in the Lithuanian alphabet.

The organization said that the Vilnius court had already ordered the Civil Registry Office of the Vilnius municipality to spell the name of Lithuanian citizen married to a Dutch citizen, Ouwens, with a w in her marriage certificate, with an analogous decision made in connection to the family's child.

The foundation currently represents Lithuanian citizens in more than 20 cases.

Legal acts in effect in Lithuania stipulate that first and last names of Lithuanian citizens should be spelled in Lithuanian characters in identification documents. The name-spelling issues have often been raised by Poles living in Lithuania and Warsaw politicians.

Lithuania's parliament has been discussing two alternative bills, with one allowing the Latin characters w, x and q in identification documents, while the other would envisage the original spelling on an additional page of a passport. The discussions are yet to be resumed.

Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania celebrates its Independence Day

All Lithuania has celebrated its national day on February 16 . On this occasion we would like to...

Police seize hashish cargo worth 20 mln EUR

The Lithuanian police announced on Wednesday that they have seized 1.5 tons of hashish shipment...

Lithuanian residents are happier (1)

A survey of the emotional climate in Lithuania has shown that residents of the country feel much...

Europe of different medicines: fewer medicines sold in Lithuania and at higher prices than in larger countries (1)

Fewer medicines are sold in Lithuania and their costs are greater than in larger European Union...

Flu epidemic declared in seven municipalities

The first death from flu complications. The elderly woman, who died in Šiauliai, was suffering from a...