Lithuania's ethics watchdog has decided not to investigate Education Minister Audronė Pitrėnienė who caused controversy by taking her husband on an official trip to London.
Audronė Pitrėnienė
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The Chief Institutional Ethics Commission decided on Wednesday that there was no "legal basis" to open an investigation.

"We have concluded that Pitrėnienė did not abuse her office in this situation for personal gain, since she covered travel expenses of her spouse from personal funds," the commission said in a statement. It added that, in the future, the minister should avoid situations where the public might have doubts about her conduct.

Pitrėnienė led an official delegation of the Ministry of Education and Science which went to the World Education Forum in the United Kingdom last week. Her husband Aurelijus Pitrėnas, who works at a school in Skuodas, was part of the delegation.

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