Posts tagged as MP

Rimantas Sinkevičius appointed Lithuania’s economy minister

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Lithuanian president has appointed MP Rimantas Sinkevičius as the country’s new minister of economy and innovation. The minister is expected to show “strong leadership in distributing support to crisis-stricken businesses, creating a more transparent system of public procurement, ensuring professional management of state and municipal enterprises and in strengthening regional economies”, President Gitanas Nausėda’s office said in a statement. The Economy Ministry had been without a leader since last…

Lithuanian MPs dine in cafeteria despite quarantine bans

Friday, April 10, 2020

Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has criticised MPs who had lunch in the parliament’s cafeteria despite the nationwide quarantine. “It’s a shame that the MPs didn’t think about that, but I’d like to recall that the catering services cannot organise such activities, because it is forbidden,” Veryga told reporters on Thursday. Under the nationwide quarantine rules, only takeaway services are permitted, and cafes and restaurants have been forced to close…

Lithuanian MP claims information on corruption was censored

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lithuanian MP Vytautas Bakas claimed the information he provided on alleged unlawful actions by a country’s state security institution were classified by the authorities. He said the information he received last year revealed interference by one of the country’s state security institutions into the private lives of citizens, unlawful influence on elections and the violation of high-ranking officials’ neutrality. Bakas also said the information included evidence of alleged corruption during…

Former Lithuanian MP found guilty of sexual harassment

Saturday, February 22, 2020

A court in Lithuania upheld the guilty verdict against former Lithuanian MP Kęstutis Pūkas in sexual harassment case. He was also found guilty of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. “The defendant has been found guilty on two counts, including sexual harassment against the victim who worked as his assistant, and also the violation of the rules on the possession of firearms and ammunition,” Judge Gabriele Juodkaite-Granskiene said on Thursday.…

Estonian MP asks minister about plans to end funding of Russian propaganda channels

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Reform Party parliamentary group deputy chairwoman Keit Pentus-Rosimannus has asked Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) regarding the kinds of legislative amendments the Ministry of the Interior plans to submit to end the channeling of Estonian taxpayers’ money to channels linked to Russian influencing activity and participation in the financing of hostile channels this way. “An absurd situation currently exists in Estonia in which security authorities are fighting channels…

Estonian MPs learn about priorities of new European Commission in Brussels

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Altogether 18 members of the Estonian parliament are in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the European Commissioner for Energy, the Estonian members of the European Parliament and the Estonian officials to discuss the issues relating to the European Green Deal and the Fair Transition Fund as well as the European Union’s regional policy. The new multiannual financial framework of the EU, the spread of false information in Europe and…

MPs propose replacing May 1 holiday with January 13 in Lithuania

Monday, January 20, 2020

Two lawmakers from the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats have proposed making the Freedom Defenders’ Day on January 13 a public holiday instead of the International Workers’ Day on May 1. On January 13, 1991, 14 civilians were killed when Soviet troops tried to topple Lithuania’s government after the country declared independence on March 11, 1990. The day “lets all generations to realise that freedom should not…

Lithuanian intelligence investigated MP with Russia-links for years

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament’s security committee (NSGK) has received enough information from the State Security Department (VSD) to conduct a parliamentary investigation into MP Irina Rozova’s alleged ties with Russia, the panel’s chairman said on Wednesday.  “The information we have now received is certainly sufficient to launch an investigation,” Dainius Gaižauskas told reporters after the first part of the committee’s meeting that was held behind closed doors. According to him, NSGK members…

MPs draft constitutional amendment to allow impeached president Paksas to run for parliament

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lithuanian MPs drafted a constitutional amendment to allow the country’s impeached president Rolandas Paksas to run for parliament. The proposed amendment, registered on Thursday, paves the way for a person who has been impeached and removed from office to stand for election again, but no sooner than a decade after the removal. The bill would not, however, allow an impeached individual to run for president or assume any other office…

Lithuanian MPs collecting signatures for impeachment of four judges

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lithuanian lawmakers said on Wednesday they are about to finish collecting signatures in favor of launching impeachment proceedings against several corruption-suspected judges. Lawmakers are proposing launching impeachment proceedings against Egidijus Lauzikas, a Supreme Court judge, and the Court of Appeal’s judges Valdimaras Bavejanas, Viktoras Kazys and Konstantin Gurin. “Today we have drafted the proposal and are initiating the process of constitutional liability,” MP Vytautas Bakas told journalists at the parliament…