Posts tagged as Lithuanian parliament

Seimas fails to overturn president’s veto on election rule change

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament has failed to overturn the president’s veto on electoral rules change. The bill on lowering electoral threshold from 5 to 3 percent was passed in December, but President Gitanas Nausėda refused to sign it into law. On Tuesday, the parliament, Seimas, moved to reject the president’s veto, but came one vote short. Seventy MPs supported the bill, 51 opposed and two abstained. However, 71 votes is needed…

Seimas group collapses, leaving Lithuania’s ruling coalition without majority

Monday, January 13, 2020

The political group ‘For Lithuania’s Welfare’ in the Lithuanian parliament, which is part of the ruling coalition, has collapsed after MP Kęstutis Bartkevičius left it. A parliamentary group requires at least seven members to exist, which ‘For Lithuania’s Welfare’ no longer has. “Since there are no seven members, the group no longer exists and all its members become members of the non-attached group until another group is formed,” Deputy Speaker…

Belarus’ nuclear energy ban endorsed by Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A proposal by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on how to block electricity imports from the Belarus’ nuclear plant has been endorsed by the Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday. Under the amendments, companies will not get permits to import electricity from Belarus, and a government commission will be able to suspend licenses if an importer is deemed a threat to national security. In 2017, the Seimas recognised the Belarusian Astravyets nuclear plant…

Lithuanian parliament backs home-schooling as of September

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, has allowed families to choose home-schooling as an option for their children. The law states that a child can be home-schooled if the family signs a contract with a chosen schoold, and the education received at home is equivalent to the one received at school. The adopted changes makes it mandatory for schools to check the education conditions in a family.The changes will come into force…

Lithuanian parliament passes spy swap bill

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament has adopted an amendment to the Criminal Code that details the president’s right to pardon a convict involved in a spy swap deal. The amendment was passed on Thursday in a vote of 76 to two with eight abstentions and will take effect after it is signed into law by President Gitanas Nausėda. Nausėda, who is visiting Italy on Thursday and Friday, plans to sign the amendment…

Legislative amendments to prepare for no-deal Brexit go to Lithuanian parliament

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius is to introduce a package of legislative amendments aimed at preparing for a no-deal Brexit before the Seimas on Tuesday. The government has asked the parliament to adopt the legislation under a fast-track procedure, the minister’s spokeswoman, Rasa Jakilaitiene, told BNS. The draft amendments, which cover education, social security, health, tax and other areas, are aimed at mitigating possible negative effects of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal…

Lithuanian Seimas debates proposal on referendum to cut size of parliament

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Seimas is on Thursday debating whether to hold a referendum on reducing the number of seats in the Lithuanian parliament to 121, from the current 141 seats. The respective draft resolution passed the first reading with 57 votes in favor, 41 against and four abstentions. The parliament backed the ruling bloc’s proposal to debate the resolution under the so-called special urgency procedure, which means that its final decision on the referendum…

Seimas names 2020 as Year of Vilnius Gaon and History of Lithuanian Jews

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Lithuanian parliament has designated 2020 as the Year of the Vilnius Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania, informs LETA/BNS. The Seimas on Thursday passed the respective resolution unanimously, with 92 votes in favor. 2020 will mark 300 years since the birth of Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, known as the Gaon of Vilna, or Vilnius. In the resolution, the parliament underlines that the Jews have been…