Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė will not comment on Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis' candidates to take ministerial posts in his Cabinet only after she has personally met with them, the president's spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Dalia Grybauskaitė meeting Liana Ruokyte – Jonsson
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

"The president has started meetings with the ministerial candidates. She will personally meet with every candidate," Daiva Ulbinaite told reporters.

Grybauskaite's key requirements for the candidates are competence and transparency, she said.

"In order to assess the reliability of the candidates and prevent corruption, all candidates will be screened as provided for by the Law on Corruption Prevention," the spokeswoman said.

The president will comment on the proposed candidatures only after she has met with all the nominees and after all of them have been screened for transparency, she added.

Skvernelis unveiled the line-up of his Cabinet, which will be made up of 14 ministers, earlier in the day.

Grybauskaitė has already met with Kęstutis Navickas, the candidate to become the environment minister, and is also scheduled to meet with Jurgita Petrauskienė, the candidate for education and science minister, Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, for culture minister, and Rokas Masiulis, for transport minister.

US court dismisses ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition appeal

A US court has dismissed an extradition appeal by Neringa Venckiene , a former Lithuanian judge and...

Survey: President tops popularity rating

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda tops the popularity rating in the country, according to the...

Lithuania joins group of countries condemning Beijing's treatment of Uighurs

Lithuania has joined a group of countries condemning China 's treatment of the Uighur ethnic...

Vilnius mayor: government not pulling out of stadium project

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius says Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has assured him...

New chief of defense: I am a realist and don’t dream about things we cannot have

Lithuania's incoming chief of defense , Major General Valdemaras Rupsys , says he will seek to...