aA
The European Commission has warned Lithuania that it may take it to court over restrictions to citizens of other EU member states to join political parties.
Voting in the Naujoji Vilnia
Voting in the Naujoji Vilnia
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

In Brussels' opinion, Lithuania's existing law that requires foreigners to live in the country without interruption for at least five years clearly discriminates against non-Lithuanians.

"The Lithuanian law currently does not allow citizens of other EU countries living in Lithuania to join a political party under the same conditions as Lithuanians," the EU's executive body said in a press release on Thursday.

"There is clear discrimination against non-national EU citizens, in particular those who have been resident for less than five years or whose residence has been interrupted," it said.

The Commission warned that it may refer the case to the EU Court of Justice if Lithuania's authorities fail to act within two months.

"The Commission hopes that this issue can be solved before the next elections to the Municipal Councils which take place in February of 2019 in order to allow all EU citizens living in Lithuania to participate in the democratic life in Lithuania," it said.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuania set to purchase COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Lithuania plans to purchase remdesivir , an antiviral drug used for the treatment of COVID-19 , the...

Franciscan monk in Kretinga tests positive for coronavirus

A Franciscan monk living in a Franciscan monastery in Kretinga, Western Lithuania, had tested positive...

3 new coronavirus cases

On Monday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, there have been 1844 detected...

Foreigners from Sweden, Luxembourg, Portugal banned from entering

Foreigners from Sweden , Luxembourg and Portugal will be banned from coming to Lithuania next...

Survey: more Lithuanians view Belarus as unfriendly state (3)

The number of Lithuanian residents considering Belarus to be an unfriendly state is rising amid...

Top news

Lithuania set to purchase COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Lithuania plans to purchase remdesivir , an antiviral drug used for the treatment of COVID-19 , the...

Franciscan monk in Kretinga tests positive for coronavirus

A Franciscan monk living in a Franciscan monastery in Kretinga, Western Lithuania, had tested positive...

3 new coronavirus cases

On Monday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, there have been 1844 detected...

Air Baltic launches flights from Vilnius

Air Baltic launched flights between Vilnius and the Croatian resort of Dubrovnik on Monday.

Chinese guide fluent in Lithuanian: difficult language but worth learning (1)

Fluent in Lithuanian, Chinese national Yi Zhang says it was difficult to learn the Lithuanian...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina