Posts tagged as Seimas

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…

Lithuanian 2020 budget package send to Seimas

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Lithuanian 2020 state budget bill and draft budgets for the national social insurance fund Sodra and the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund are to be tabled in the parliament, Seimas, for debate on Tuesday. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis describes the state’s revenue and expenditure plan as “balanced”, saying most of the spending will go toward social needs. According to Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka, next year’s budget will encourage a more…

Lithuanian president to look closely at who backs his initiatives in Seimas

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will pay particular attention to who will support his initiatives during parliamentary debates on next year’s budget, which may have an impact on his contacts with political parties after the next general election, his chief advisor said on Tuesday. “A lot will come to light during the budget debates in which a considerable part of the president’s initiatives will or will not materialize,” Povilas Maciulis told…

Lithuania’s ex-president calls pressure on parlt speaker ‘fiesta of petty-mindedness’

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lithuania’s former President Dalia Grybauskaite describes the Farmers and Greens Union’s pressure on Viktoras Pranckietis to step down as the speaker of the Seimas as “a fiesta of political petty-mindedness”.  “Looking from outside, one can see elements of revenge for (a lack of) political loyalty,” Grybauskaite said in an interview aired by Lithuanian Radio on Wednesday. “There are not and will not be any concrete accusations against him; he is a decent person. Looking from…

Lithuanian PM says government mulls new taxes on property, polluting cars

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says the government is considering broadening the property tax base and taxing polluting cars. “We’ll have to adopt decisions related to taxes that have no direct impact on our fiscal discipline and spending, that is, property taxes (and) transport-linked environmental taxes,” he told the parliament on Thursday after President Gitanas Nauseda nominated him to continue as prime minister. Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers…

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…

Over 40 MPs propose narrowing down legal immunity

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and over 40 lawmakers are proposing narrowing down the legal immunity of MPs, judges, prime minister and ministers. They have drafted constitutional amendments stating that a member of the Seimas, judge, minister and prime minister could be prosecuted without the Seimas or presidential consent, if they are suspected of having committed a less serious or serious crime. Currently, there’s no such an exception…

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…

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas to discuss security issues at tripartite assembly in Ukraine

Friday, June 7, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and his Ukrainian and Polish counterparts will open the 10th session of the tripartite parliamentary assembly in Ukraine on Friday. This year, the session’s participants will focus on expanding cooperation in the area of security and democracy, the Lithuanian Seimas’ press service said. Established in May, 2005 in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine will hold…

Seimas specified the procedure for organising a referendum

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Seimas adopted amendments to the Referendum Law (draft No XIIIP-2559(2)), specifying the provisions for the procedure for organising a referendum, a referendum campaign, and vote counting; increasing the number of polling stations abroad; and providing for payment of salaries to members of voting commissions. According to the amended Law, the services of the public enterprise Lietuvos paštas (Lithuanian Post) will no longer be used and the postal functions will…