President Dalia Grybauskaitė warned on Tuesday that the nearing Seimas spring session will be beset by tensions over the coming presidential and European Parliament elections and also criticised the cabinet for lack of progress on reforms, lrt.lt writes.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
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"This session will be special because it is an election session. Tension will linger in discussions and legislative processes, legislation itself will be influenced by various opinions and desire to speak up as actively as possible in the run up to elections," D. Grybauskaitė said after her meeting with the Seimas board.

The Seimas spring session will start on March 10 and will end on June 30. The presidential and European Parliament elections will be held in May.

D. Grybauskaitė also criticised the cabinet for lack of progress on pension and education reform and when speaking of tax reform stated that it "really does not reduce poverty and only shifted state funds from one pocket to another."

"The reforms that were started are so far only in their starting stage and thus numerous questions arise, very are very many unclear matters," the president spoke.

"There is a lack of explanation, lack of administrative abilities as is usual for this cabinet and I am very happy that the Seimas will continue parliamentary control of the cabinet, will seek to obtain reports from individual ministers, will want to see how reforms are progressing," she added.

The head of state said she did not want to criticise the work of Seimas, stating, "We are all on the same boat, everyone will have to work together in this difficult pre-election period."

She also stated that the Sunday municipal elections were in part "the evaluation of a little over two years of work by the majority."

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