Posts tagged as parliament

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…

Lithuanian parliament to vote on changes to child rights protection system in March

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament will vote on proposed changes to the children’s rights protection system at the start of its spring session in March, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) said on Tuesday. “Given the enormous scope, we spoke to all organizations and interested groups (and agreed) not to rush into adopting (the bill) on Thursday, (but to do so) on, let’s say, March 12,” Ramunas Karbauskis told…

Lithuanian parliament speaker, president to discuss environmin situation

Monday, February 11, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaite to discuss the existing situation after the head of state refused to appoint the prime minister’s nominated candidate for environment minister. Daiva Ulbinaite, spokeswoman for the president, has confirmed that the meeting will take place at the Seimas speaker’s initiative. Last week, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite refused to appoint Irma Gudziunaite, a justice vice minister and member…

It’s better to reform than destroy EU – EPP Chairman Weber

Friday, February 1, 2019

It is better to reform the European Union (EU) than to abandon or destroy it, Manfred Weber, Chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, told LETA. The bloc’s future in in the hands of its citizens, not bureaucrats, he said. Weber also emphasized the significance of the upcoming European Parliament elections which are expected to help answer the fundamental question whether we as European are…

Estonian child benefits may mean financial crisis for Latvian border town

Saturday, January 19, 2019

According to local media, some 1,300 of the inhabitants of Valka, the Latvian border town just across from Valga on the Estonian side, are already registered as Estonian residents. And their number is increasing. The strategy of the residents in question is to register in Estonia and go on living in Latvia. This allows them to claim Estonian benefits and makes looking for work, while they can go on living…

Seimas Ombudsman calls Parliament to avoid initiatives limiting independence of national broadcaster

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Seimas Ombudsman has called the Parliament to avoid any initiatives limiting the independence of the national broadcaster. The Seimas Ombudsman, Augustinas Normantas, has urged the Parliament to avoid the initiatives that would have a political and/or economic influence on the public broadcaster, thus violating the provisions of Article 10 of the ECtHR. Without assessing the specific proposals of the Seimas temporary investigation commission, formulated in Project No. XIIIP-2656, the…

British PM stays after no-confidence vote, attends EU summit

Thursday, December 13, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote in her ruling Conservative Party and on Thursday attends a summit of the European Union. British public broadcaster BBC reports that in the evening of Thursday, December 12, in the British Parliament, 117 Conservative members of the House of Commons voted against her in the office, while 200 other members voted for her to remain. Responding to the anger of…

Lithuanian lawmakers voted to raise the outlay for defence to up to 2.05 percent

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lithuania’s parliament approved a 2019 budget on Tuesday that boosts defence spending but does not meet demands of teachers who have gone on strike to demand higher wages. Revenues are expected to be 17.2 billion euros ($19.6 billion) and expenditures 17.0 billion euros next year, including 1.9 billion euros in EU support. The government expects a surplus of 1.5 billion euros by year-end. Lawmakers voted to raise the outlay for…

Parliament allows Lithuania to send more troops to international operations

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The parliament unanimously adopted a resolution giving the green light for up to 520 Lithuanian military and civilian national defense personnel to participate in international operations and serve in NATO and EU military headquarters in 2019 and up to 670 in 2020. The existing Seimas resolution, in force until December 31, 2018, allowed Lithuania to contribute up to 455 military and civilian national defense personnel to these missions and headquarters. The…

We’ll reject presidential veto, law drafted based on her proposal, LSDDP leader says

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Lithuanian parliament will reject the president’s veto blocking plans to provide a state subsidy to the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania this year, the party’s leader Gediminas Kirkilas says. “We will reject it. If we had enough votes to adopt the amendments, we will have enough of them to reject the veto,” Kirkilas told BNS Lithuania on Friday. At least 71 votes out of 141 are needed for…