Elonas Šatas, a deputy chairman of Lithuania's Competition Council, pushed for backing MG Baltic business group's bid to acquire shares of Alita, one of the largest alcohol producers in Lithuania, according to a report by the country's State Security department.
Alita sparking wine
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

The report states that "the need to have "its own man" on the Competition Council arouse for MG Baltic since the group wanted to buy Alita shares since 2008.

"Incumbent Council member Satas became that man after serving as head of the Competitions Council's Law and Competition Department," the SSD says.

MG Baltic says this information is "complete misunderstanding" as part of it is based on "information provided by competitors".

"What if the SSD's activities were judged based on the KGB's information and that information was taken seriously?' Tadas Marciukaitis, spokesman for MG Baltic, told BNS Lithuania.

Meanwhile, Šarūnas Keserauskas, chairman of the Competition Council, says he trusts his deputy.

"Our country is not large, people talk. I trust Elonas as a colleague and believe that he's aware of what is allowed and what is not. There's been a lot of business communication related to these companies' deals. We all collectively made decisions, not Elonas alone. I did not see any reason for distrust, all the more so nobody warned me that there's something that might affect our decision," Keserauskas told BNS Lithuania.

BNS
Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Ambassador to Russia remains recalled 'until separate decision' (1)

Remigijus Motuzas , Lithuania's ambassador to Russia, remains recalled from Moscow "until a...

Constitutional Court: intelligence data can be used in official misconduct probes

The Lithuanian Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that criminal intelligence data can be used...

'Church show' case goes to court (1)

A criminal case in which four people are charged with disturbing a religious service at a church in...

European Union to reform the rules on Schengen visas

The European Parliament adopted the Commission's proposal to reform the rules on Schengen visas ,...

Prime Minister sees no reason to fire Motuzas as ambassador to Russia

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday that he sees no reason for dismissing...