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On Thursday, the Seimas of Lithuania rejected amendments to the Law on Forestry, vetoed by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, and preserved the current system of state forest enterprises. Around 500 foresters staged a rally in front of the Seimas building against Grybauskaitė's veto.
Miškininkų protestas
Miškininkų protestas
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The law amendments that were adopted by the Seimas provide for an obligation to preserve 42 state forest enterprises without their amalgamation. Such proposal was supported by 103 MPs, while 8 MPs were against with 4 abstentions.

The president had vetoed the amendments saying that they are against the Government's reform of forestry and transition to efficient and centralized management of forests.

Inga Rugienė, head of the Lithuanian Federation of Forest and Wood Workers Trade Unions, says that if state forest enterprises are amalgamated, the number of jobless foresters and wood workers could exceed a thousand.

Grybauskaitė had vetoed the law amendments at the initiative of the prime minister.

"Forestry reform is the Government's responsibility. The president had vetoed the law at the request of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius," the presidential press service said after the Seimas' voting.

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