Posts tagged as parliament

Estonian parliament to vote on granting Reform’s Kallas power to form government

Monday, April 15, 2019

Head of Estonia’s election-winning Reform Party Kaja Kallas is to appear on Monday before the parliament, which will vote on whether or not to grant Kallas the authorization to form a government coalition. The Reform Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) made public on Saturday a document regarding the foundations for government formation that describes the principles according to which a government led by Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas would…

EU-British talks «constructive», while May’s party shrinks in UK parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following three British MPs leaving the ruling Conservative Party amid Brexit impasse, British head of government held more talks with the European Union that were constructive according to both Pirme Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. American news agency AP reports that no breakthrough on United Kingdom’s demands over legally-binding changes to the so-called Irish backstop was announced from the dinner meeting at EU headquarters held on…

Lithuanian opposition seeks top court’s opinion on referendum to cut size of parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lithuania’s opposition lawmakers have collected signatures on a petition asking for Constitutional Court’s opinion on a new law on referendum and the ruling bloc’s decision to hold a referendum on cutting the number of seats in the Seimas.  “We are turning to the Constitutional Court, because the court itself has noted that the Law on Referendum, which was amended last December, might not comply with the Constitution,” Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the conservative…

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…