aA
A journalist investigation has uncovered facts that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Minister of Economy Virginijus Sinkevičius, running in respectively the presidential and municipal elections, are constantly and systematically consulted by public relations consultant Darius Gudelis, the owner of the company VIP Viešosios Informacijos Partneriai, without having officially declared it. The aforementioned company has been winning numerous publicity tenders by ministries and institutions subordinate to the cabinet, part of which are evaluated by the prime minister’s political confidence advisor, which raises doubts for the Conservatives on whether there is no abuse of office and if state institution publicity tenders are organised transparently, a press release states according to lrt.lt.
Saulius Skvernelis
Saulius Skvernelis
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The Conservatives question whether this is not recompense for undeclared consultations by D. Gudelis and upcoming work during campaigning. The opposition also finds the number of tenders won by the company, their scale and links to the ruling party, which the businessman consulted during the Seimas elections, to be suspect.

The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrat (TS-LKD) Seimas group is initiating an investigation on potentially non-transparent organisation of state publicity tenders, abuse of office and potentially non-transparent electoral campaign financing, as well as illegal lobbying.

The opposition party has contacted the Seimas Anti-Corruption Commission and also plan to appeal to the Public Procurement Service and Central Electoral Commission.

"The question arises whether D. Gudelis has not become the same to the current prime minister as Yuri Borisov was to Rolandas Paksas and this question should be thoroughly reviewed," TS-LKD group prefect Gabrielius Landsbergis stated.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Interior minister sees no need for tighter controls on returnees

Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene currently sees no need for tightening controls on people returning...

Only 1 new coronavirus case

On Monday, only 1 new COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Lithuania. In total, Lithuania has already...

Rzeczpospolita editor: Polish president sees Nauseda as his personal ally

Polish President Andrzej Duda regards Lithuania as a strategic partner and considers President...

Minister: facemasks to become mandatory again if coronavirus cases spike

The Lithuanian government would consider making facemasks mandatory in public again if coronavirus...

Lithuania sends medical supply to US for combating COVID-19 pandemic

On 15 July, Lithuania will send essential medical supplies for combating the coronavirus disease...

Top news

Rzeczpospolita editor: Polish president sees Nauseda as his personal ally

Polish President Andrzej Duda regards Lithuania as a strategic partner and considers President...

Interior minister sees no need for tighter controls on returnees

Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene currently sees no need for tightening controls on people returning...

Zalgiris Kaunas names Austria's Schiller as head coach

Zalgiris Kaunas has named Martin Schiller , a 38-year-old Austrian specialist, as its head coach,...

Minister: facemasks to become mandatory again if coronavirus cases spike

The Lithuanian government would consider making facemasks mandatory in public again if coronavirus...

Only 1 new coronavirus case

On Monday, only 1 new COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Lithuania. In total, Lithuania has already...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina