Posts tagged as Seimas

Lithuanians hit the polls to elect new parliament

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Lithuania is holding a parliamentary election on Sunday amid coronavirus pandemic. The polls open at 7:00 and close at 20:00 local time (GMT 3). Voters have been urged to wear personal protective equipment covering their nose and mouth, to bring their own pens and a personal ID document when arriving at the polling station. One hundred and forty-one lawmakers are being elected to the Lithuanian Seimas for a four-year term.…

Discussions on EU’s recovery fund move to Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The discussions on the recovery fund, which the EU leaders recently agreed on, are moving to the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Wednesday. The national parliaments of the 27 EU member states will have to decide over the coming months whether to endorse the European Commission’s plan to borrow 750 billion euros in the international markets to provide assistance to the coronavirus-affected countries. “The EU’s recovery instrument will mean changes to…

Looking for Lithuania’s president

By Vaidotas Beniušis on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Last week, Lithuanian president Gitanas Nausėda marked the one-year anniversary since his inauguration. Vaidotas Beniušis, editor-in-chief of the BNS news agency, gives an overview of the president’s achievements over the first year. In conversation with Lithuanian expats in London in December 2019, Nausėda confessed: “I cannot manage to do everything […] due to workload.“ Nausėda also admitted that Valdas Adamkus, an ex-president and his role model, criticised him for his…

Lithuanian Seimas speaker urged to step down after throwing his lot with opposition party

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lithuania’s Parliament Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis should step down from the position, since it should be occupied by someone representing the ruling party, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said. Pranckietis announced on Tuesday that he would be running for parliament in October’s elections with the opposition Liberal Movement party. “I believe the political tradition […] would require that he step down,” the prime minister told reporters on Tuesday. Pranckietis gave up…

Public bank gets go-ahead from Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, has given its initial backing to establish a state-owned bank, a proposal put forth by the ruling coalition and backed by the president. On Tuesday, MPs voted 69 to 12, with 15 abstentions, to allow the government make preparations for turning an existing fund or agency into a national development bank. Authors of the initiative argue that a state-owned bank would create competition in the market currently…

Lithuanian families to receive one-off child benefits as part of pandemic mitigation

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Tuesday approved the president’s proposal to pay one-off child benefits to support families during the coronavirus pandemic. Three lawmakers voted against, four abstained, and 101 were in favour to pay 120 euros per child to most families, and 200 euros to families on low income and those raising children with disabilities. The money is to be transferred by July 31. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said…

Lithuania’s parliament will not impeach MP Rozova over ties with Russia

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, rejected an initiative to start impeachment proceedings against MP Irina Rozova over her undisclosed ties with Russian diplomats. The proposal from the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK) was rejected by the majority of 62 votes, against 41 votes in favour of the impeachment proceedings. “I would like to thank all fellow Seimas members for this vote. I believe that we can express our…

Seimas committee found that the State Security Department acted lawfully

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The State Security Department (VSD) did not break the law by collecting information about presidential candidates, a Lithuanian parliamentary committee found after investigating allegations against the intelligence agency of meddling in  politics  . However, the VSD must abandon the practice of giving verbal assignments to its staff to vet people, the Seimas’ Committee on National Security and Defence said on Monday. “The committee found that the VSD acted lawfully, in…

Seimas moves to impeach Lithuanian MP over links with Russian displomats

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Lithuanian parliamentarians have collected 44 signatures to initiate impeachment proceedings against MP Irina Rozova over her undisclosed ties with Russian diplomats. “There is sufficient reason to conclude that Rozova was probably not open and honest [and] deliberately tried to conceal her ties with representatives of Russia’s diplomatic corps […] from the State Security Department’s officials,” MP Laurynas Kasčiūnas, one of the initiators, told BNS. The motion was signed by Ramūnas…

Bank tax hike may be unconstitutional, Seimas lawyers warn

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The proposed hike in the corporate income tax rate for banks, currently under debate in the Lithuanian parliament, may run counter to the constitutional principle of equality, the Seimas’ lawyers have concluded. The draft amendments that passed the second reading in the parliament on Tuesday propose taxing a bank’s earnings above 2 million euros at a 20 percent rate, up from the current 15 percent. The amendment was tabled in…