Posts tagged as party

Estonian state budget party ‘protection money’ recipients announced late November

Thursday, October 8, 2020

While recipients of the state’s controversial “protection money” (Katuseraha) for 2021, part of the state budget process, have not been decided yet, the practise is likely to continue, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Wednesday evening. “Naturally I proposed both last year and in the [state budget] negotiations this year that the coalition should not issue this six million (this year’s figure – ed.), but put that money somewhere…

Coronavirus: medical worker confirmed infected after party in restaurant

Thursday, June 25, 2020

One new case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday, according to the National Public Health Centre. A medical worker from Santaros Clinics in Vilnius, who had already been in self-isolation due to coming in contact with an infected person, was confirmed ill with Covid-19. “[The person] was already isolated after an event at Beer House restaurant, where medics were holding a celebration on June 12,” said…

Seimas to reduce party election thresholds in Lithuania

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian parliament is considering lowering the election threshold for political parties. The proposals are backed by President Gitanas Nausėda. Now parties need to exceed the 3 percent threshold in the multi-member constituency to get into the country’s parliament, and there’s a 7 percent threshold for coalitions. The proposals to adjust the thresholds were backed by the parliamentary Committee on State Administration and Local Authorities, but politicians from the ruling block…

Move to sack Seimas speaker fails in blow to ruling party leader

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A vote to remove the Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis, failed when only a few MPs showed up for it on Tuesday night. Eleven out of 141 lawmakers took part in a secret ballot and three voted in favour of dismissing Pranckietis, seven were against and one ballot paper was invalidated. At least 71 votes are needed to pass a no-confidence motion. The move is seen as a…

Lithuanian ruling party proposes Economy Minister Sinkevicius for EU commissioner

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union’s political group in the parliament has decided to propose Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevicius as the country’s candidate to be a member of the next European Commission.  “We had a vote today on a candidate for European commission. The group unanimously supports the candidature of Virginijus Sinkevicius,” Ramunas Karbauskis, the ruling party’s leader, told reporters on Thursday. 

Lithuanian parlt speaker faces no-confidence vote after his party approves coalition deal

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament to remove him from office after the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has approved a new coalition agreement. In an open ballot vote on Monday evening, the LFGU council supported the agreement with 68 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions, Ramunas Karbauskis, the party’s leader, told reporters in Kaunas. “We can say this…

Estonian businessman Ossinovski donates to son’s Social Democratic party

Friday, July 12, 2019

Estonian businessman mired in corruption scandals Olegs Ossinovski has donated EUR 25 000 to Estonia’s Social Democratic Party when his son Jevgeni Ossinovski was the party’s chair, as reported by Estonian public media ERR. When Ossinovski because charged with bribery in the 2015 criminal case against then the head of Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis, Ossinovski Jr. denied receiving any donations to the part from his father, adding that the party would be cutting ties with…

Latvia’s party financing problem may be resolved in autumn

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The topic regarding financing of political parties may receive a resolution in autumn 2019, said Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks after a meeting of the Cooperation Council on Tuesday, 2 July. Pabriks said coalition parties discussed the way the topic regarding financing of political parties should be handled. «This is a serious topic because in Latvia support for parties’ activities is minimal. We lose the democratic process because of that,»…

Lithuania’s EAPL-CFA will take part in talks on ruling coalition

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance will take part in the ongoing talks on a new ruling coalition, its leader said after the party’s council meeting in Vilnius on Friday. “It made the decision to officially start talks on a future coalition,” Tomasevski told journalists after the council meeting. “We agreed that program provisions are key and from that point we start to talk. If…

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…