aA
The Lithuanian Cabinet on Wednesday decided to sack Jonas Milius, the head of the State Food and Veterinary Service, the prime minister's spokesman Mindaugas Janulionis told journalists at the government.
Jonas Milius
Jonas Milius
© DELFI

According to the government resolution, Milius will be dismissed from his post as of October 5.

Votes of at least eight of Lithuania's 15 ministers were needed to sack the chief veterinary officer.

"I wanted an honorable explanation of the reasons," Milius told journalists after the government's meeting.

He said he was not yet considering of going to court for compensations over the allegedly unlawful dismissal from office.

The chief veterinary officer said that Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, while explaining the reasons of the sacking, had brought up his telephone conversations.

"Due to the telephone calls, especially to other countries. I have indeed called heads (of veterinary services) of Japan, the United States of America and Russia," said Milius.

Asked about the conversations with Russians, he said he had not violated any laws.

"I called my colleague, businessmen wanted to meet and talk about the obstacles in the country and what can be done there to prevent detection of, for instance, listeria," said the chief veterinary officer.

According to information available to BNS, prosecutors are also investigating the suspicions of impact upon officers in charge of food safety after Russia found listeria bacteria in frozen dumplings made by Judex. Russia, just as the US, apply the principle of zero tolerance for the bacteria, which is not regulated in the EU.

Subject to pre-trial investigation, the veterinary officer was dismissed after the government rejected his report of operations, which provides sufficient grounds for sacking the head of a state institution under the government law.

Milius' suitability for the post came in question after the law-enforcement brought suspicions against him of abuse of office and document forgery. He has denied the suspicions and aimed to stay on, regardless of the calls from Lithuania's top officials for him to step down.

Lithuanian prosecutors suspect that Judex producer of frozen food products aimed to influence the State Food and Veterinary Service via MP Petras Gražulis of the Order and Justice party to avoid penalties for violations.

Milius and Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitienė drew controversial reactions for participation in a dinner and hunting activity with businessmen. The suspected conflict of interests under probe by the Chief Official Ethics Commission.


|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

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...

Nauseda congratulates Duda on re-election

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Monday congratulated Polish President Andrzej Duda on his...

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...

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...

Polish voters in Vilnius support Trzaskowski by large margin

A large majority of Polish citizens who cast their votes in Vilnius in Poland 's presidential...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina