Posts tagged as parliament

President Levits urges annual language report to parliament

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Latvian President Egils Levits on April 26 released the text of a letter he has written to the government demanding more action to promote the use of the Latvian language and repeatedly reiterating that it is the only language in which official business should be carried out. While signing into law amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions adopted by the Saeima that allow greater use of the official European Union…

Holocaust revisionist confirmed as new head of state-sponsored ‘Genocide center’ in Lithuania

Friday, April 23, 2021

A revisionist historian whose work on World War II has been harshly criticized by Jewish experts on the Holocaust in Lithuania has been confirmed as head of the country’s state-sponsored Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center (LGGRTC). Dr. Arūnas Bubnys, currently the head of the LGGRTC’s research department, was approved as its new director by a vote of the Seimas, Lithuania’s parliament, on Thursday. A total of 76 parliamentarians voted…

Lithuania’s parliament OKs new PM, then closes due to virus

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament approved Tuesday conservative Ingrida Simonyte as the Baltic country’s next prime minister before shutting down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country Simonyte, 46, will head a three-party center-right coalition after winning in a 62-10 vote in the 141-seat legislature, which is called the Seimas. Another 41 lawmakers abstained, and 28 others were absent mostly due to the coronavirus resurgence. The southernmost Baltic…

Digital transformation of the Lithuanian Parliament

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ensuring safe continuation of its activities, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania convened and voted remotely for the first time amidst the turmoil of Covid-19. It was the successful cooperation of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania with Microsoft, the global leader in cloud services, and its joint team of partners, which includes Fortevento, Avalytics and Ondato, that has allowed access to remote work and voting thus facilitating…

Lithuanian MP shoked by conditions at Vilnius Covid-19 wards

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lithuanian MP Vilija Targamadzė, who has been hospitalised with Covid-19 in Vilnius, has shared images of broken beds and bathrooms, calling into question the preparations of the country’s capital for the second wave of the pandemic, wrote LRT. “I couldn’t imagine that Covid-19 patients are being treated in such conditions,” she posted on Facebook on Wednesday. In a room of four beds, three were broken, she said, and the toilets…

Lithuanian parliament adopts 2021 budget

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament adopted the 2021 budget with 77 votes in favour, two votes against, and 49 abstentions. The budget provides for a general government deficit of 7 percent of GDP, mostly due to the 934 million euros allocated to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The government may submit a revised budget next year if more funds are need to cope with the crisis, according to Prime Minister Ingrida…

Lithuanian parliament approves new government

Friday, December 11, 2020

On Friday, the Lithuanian parliament approved the new government of Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.. The motion was passed with 78 votes in favour, 30 against and 20 abstentions. The 18th government will take office after its members are sworn in. The new cabinet was formed by the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and two liberal parties – the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party. Šymontytė previously said…

Lithuanian parliament thanks retiring US congressman for contribution to Baltic freedom

Monday, November 23, 2020

In a resolution adopted unanimously on Monday, the Lithuanian parliament has expressed gratitude to the long-standing US congressman John Shimkus. In appreciation of his contribution “to the freedom cause of the Baltic states […] the Seimas expressed […] its utmost gratitude to him for his steady 23-year-long concern for Lithuania’s security”, MP Emanuelis Zingeris of the conservative Homeland Union (TS-LKD) said when presenting the resolution. Shimkus, a Republican, announced earlier…

Lithuanian parliament to go on break due to Covid-19 outbreak

Monday, November 23, 2020

On Monday, the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, decided to cancel two sittings and adjourn until December 3 to stem the spread of the coronavirus among MPs. “The Seimas needs to work uninterruptedly, but we also need to ensure the safety of both chancellery staff and MPs,” Speaker of the Parliament Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen said on Monday. Until remote voting is not legalised, “only the most important, urgent issues” will be decided during…

Lithuanian opposition party leader resigns from parliament, accusing opponents of ‘political farce’

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the opposition Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), is giving up his seat in the parliament in protest of the ruling coalition recently snubbing the party in parliament leadership elections. Earlier this week, the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, voted down the LVŽS’s candidate for one of the six deputy speaker positions. Two of the positions are traditionally reserved for the opposition. As the biggest opposition group…