Posts tagged as Lithuanian parliament

Discussions on EU’s recovery fund move to Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The discussions on the recovery fund, which the EU leaders recently agreed on, are moving to the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Wednesday. The national parliaments of the 27 EU member states will have to decide over the coming months whether to endorse the European Commission’s plan to borrow 750 billion euros in the international markets to provide assistance to the coronavirus-affected countries. “The EU’s recovery instrument will mean changes to…

Chinese ambassador incensed after Taiwan representative speaks in Lithuanian parliament

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Chinese Ambassador Shen Zhifei has asked an explanation from Lithuania about a recent speech of Taiwan’s representative at the country’s parliament. Andy Chin, the head of Taiwan’s mission in the Baltic states, was invited to the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, to take part in a discussion on the coronavirus last Thursday. Ambassador Shen Zhifei met with Juozas Bernatonis, the chairman of the parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs, to discuss it on…

Lithuania’s crisis response ‘timely’, but future remains uncertain

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Lithuania may be looking to the deepest economic downturn in a century in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, even though the government has handled the crisis well, according to politicians. However, trade unions warn that the negative effects will be felt for a long time. The head of the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation Inga Ruginienė cautioned that although the quarantine in Lithuania is nearing its end, the future for…

Lithuanian parliament ups the ante on Belarus nuclear plant

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament has called on the government to take even more active steps to block electricity from the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets from the Lithuanian market. The country has consistently maintained that the facility, to be launched near the Lithuanian border and only about 50 kilometres from Vilnius, breach international safety and environmental regulations. Minsk has been rejecting the criticism. The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, passed a resolution…

Lithuanian parliament approves pay rise for medics

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, unanimously approved a pay rise of 60–100 percent for healthcare workers, including residents, working in  coronavirus   hotspots during the quarantine. The pay rise will be in effect from the beginning of the quarantine on March 16. The new amendments were drafted after the Seimas last week failed to pass the previous version of the bill due to a dispute between the ruling party and the…

Lithuanian parliament approves intelligence chief for second term

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament backed the appointment of Darius Jauniškis as director of the country’s State Security Department (VSD) for a second term. On Tuesday, 109 MPs voted in favour of his re-appointment, four voted against and five abstained. The VSD director is appointed and dismissed by the president with the parliament’s approval. Dainius Gaižauskas, the chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, said earlier the intelligence agency’s…

Lithuanian parliament: No interference in politics by state security

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament will not continue investigating claims of unlawful interference in  politic by the country’s intelligence services, the parliamentary committee on security and defence said on Tuesday. MP Vytautas Bakas and the former chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK) claimed he received information on “alleged unlawful influence on the country’s internal political processes” by a state security body. The politician said he turned to…

Three musketeers running for Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A new party emerging in the Lithuanian parliament will use a modified slogan from the Three Musketeers, “one for all, and all for Lithuania”. The new party Freedom and Justice uses a slogan is similar to the one used by characters in Alexander Dumas’ Three Musketeers, “one for all, all for one”  Read more:  Birds and beavers in Lithuanian politics     The new party to be established in May…

Lithuanian PM: ‘Anti-Semitism has no place in Lithuania’

Monday, January 27, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has urged to refrain from attempts to rewrite World War 2 history, especially as Holocaust remains an “open wound of Europe”. “On his visit to Israel, March 1, 1995, President Algirdas Brazauskas apologised to the members of the Knesset for ‘those Lithuanians who mercilessly killed, shot, deported and plundered Jews’,” Skvernelis said in a statement on Friday. “No legislative or other initiatives can change that.…

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…