The Lithuanian government has criticized lawmakers' proposal that relations between people living together be regulated by agreements on joint activity, rather than by partnership agreements.
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The Seimas currently debates draft amendments to the Civil Code that would allow people who live together or have joint property to conclude joint activity agreements.

Under the amendments, which were tabled by a group of MPs of the ruling Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and two lawmakers of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, such agreements could be concluded by all adults living in a household: opposite-sex persons, same-sex persons, relatives and others.

The Justice Ministry says in its conclusion on the proposal that the institute of joint activity, by its nature, is not intended to regulate relations between persons living together and that such agreements are a form of commercial cooperation.

LFGU MP Agne Širinskienė, an initiator of the amendments, underlines that joint activity agreements would not legally recognize partnerships as family relations, saying that what they propose is to regulate property relations.

Partnership as a form of cohabitation without registering a marriage is envisaged in the Civil Code, in effect since 2001, but a special law needed for it to actually work has not yet been passed.

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