Posts tagged as parliament

Lithuanian parliament outlaws ‘open beach’ on Vilnius central square

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, has passed a law saying that Lukiškių Square in Vilnius must be used to commemorate fighters for the country’s independence and not offend “good morals”. The bill was put forward in reaction to an initiative by Vilnius authorities to install a temporary beach on the square. The law was passed on Monday in a vote of 78 to 11 with four abstentions. According to it, Lukiškių Square…

Lithuania’s parliament lifts tax-free income threshold to €400

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, has lifted the tax-free income threshold by 50 euros to 400 euros. The respective amendments to the Law on Income Tax, which were initiated by President Gitanas Nausėda, were passed unanimously, with just one abstention. According to Nausėda, a higher tax-free income threshold would leave lowest-paid workers with higher disposable income. Previously, the authorities planned to lift the tax-free income threshold to 400 euros early in…

Lithuania’s anti-corruption watchdog carries out searches in parliament

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

On Tuesday, Special Investigation Service (STT) officers seized documents from the chancellery of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas. “I won’t comment anything and I can just confirm that they were here,” Marius Žiūkas, acting chancellor of Seimas, told BNS. Žiūkas said he cooperated with the officers, but could not say whether anyone from the chancellery was questioned nor what kind of documents were taken. The STT visit to the parliament followed…

Bill for intelligence watchdog thwarted at Lithuanian parliament

Friday, May 22, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament has rejected a proposal to set up an intelligence ombudsperson, with the opposition’s bill being criticised as “ruining a good idea”. The parliamentary opposition proposed establishing an omburdsperson to carry out independent oversight of the intelligence institutions. The office would also handle people’s complaints about any possible abuses. On Thursday, members of the Seimas rejected the bill, with 40 MPs voting in favour, nine against and 43 abstaining.…

Lithuanian parliament to come out of quarantine

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament is to resume normal work after its session was adjourned due to the coronavirus. The opposition leader has warned of the legislature’s “passive isolation”. Parliamentary sittings are planned for next and the following weeks, according to Seimas Deputy Speaker Rima Baškienė. “The schedule has been confirmed with sittings planned on April 21 and 23, and further on the 28 and 30th,” she told BNS, adding that the…

Coronavirus updates: Lithuania reports 4th death, parliament staffer diagnosed with Covid-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Three  coronavirus  -linked deaths have been confirmed in Lithuania over the last 24 hours, following the first death reported on March 21. The latest Covid-19 victim passed away in Panevėžys. The man had been in hospital since March 12 and belonged to a risk group, the Ministry of Health said, meaning that he was elderly or had chronic health conditions. “The patient died today at around 11:00, he had the…

Latvia’s parliament approves emergency measures

Friday, March 20, 2020

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, on March 20 gave rapid approval to the government’s latest emergency measures at an extraordinary sitting. Amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers’ Emergency Statement require tour and passenger carriers to cancel foreign travel. Business trips and missions abroad should also be canceled as far as possible. The changes also clarify that cultural, entertainment, sporting and other recreational facilities shall not commence operations before 08.00 and shall end no later…

Coronavirus: Lithuanian parliament cancels Independence Day events

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Seimas has cancelled March 11 Independence Restoration Day events at the parliament building. “There will be no March 11 events inside. There will be a flag hoisting ceremony [outside] and a short statement in the Seimas’ plenary sitting hall on March 10,” he said, adding that all indoor events at the parliamnet will be cancelled until April 30. Visits by several delegations to Lithuania will also be cancelled, Pranckietis…

The U.S. conquers new territories in Europe

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, February 7, 2020

The deputy of the Latvian parliament Nikolay Kabanov spoke this week about the plans of the government to allocate territory in the suburbs of Riga under the U.S. military base. According to him, the Parliament was expelled from the decision-making process. Kabanov said on Tuesday that the Latvian government revised the document of the Ministry of Defence, containing amendments to the agreement on cooperation between the republic and the U.S.,…

Birds and beavers in Lithuanian politics

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Where can you find a beaver, a stork and a swallow in one place? In the Lithuanian parliament, apparently, since these are the mascots of political parties. The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, currently the biggest party in the Seimas, sports a stork in its logo. The leader says that the party picked a mascot that they thought represented their ideas and values. “We picked a symbol that could be…