Posts tagged as Seimas

Armenia Parliament Speaker to Lithuanian MPs: Azerbaijan refuses to return Armenian POWs and detainees

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Within the scope of an official visit to Lithuania, the delegation led by Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan today met with Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen and Lithuanian parliamentarians, as reported on the official website of the National Assembly. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Armenia and Lithuania, and the Speaker of the Seimas stated that she…

Lithuanian Seimas calls on Russia to stop aggression, provocations against Ukraine

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Lithuanian Seimas has adopted Resolution No. XIVP-435, in which it called on Russia to stop aggression, provocations and propaganda against Ukraine, to immediately withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border on the basis of international law and mutual respect. “The Seimas strongly condemned the unprovoked military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and other aggressive unilateral actions that grossly violate bilateral and multilateral agreements and international law and…

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…

Despite Covid-19 outbreak at parliament

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Even though over a dozen MPs and an entire party group have been forced to self-isolate due to the coronavirus, the parliament has failed to pass amendments allowing to hold sessions online. Two amendments to the Seimas Statute, which regulates legislative procedures in the parliament, were proposed by the ruling conservative-liberal bloc, but both failed to muster enough votes to pass. One of the proposals got 70 votes in favour…

Lithuanian parties pledge to stop bickering – but will they keep the promise?

Monday, November 9, 2020

Parties forming the new centre-right coalition of the Lithuanian parliament Seimas have promised a change in political culture – to be more polite and constructive. But can it actually happen? The results of the parliamentary election demonstrated that people voted for a different political culture, Gabrielius Landsbergis, chairman of the winning Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), told LRT TV. “I hope that there will be less bullying [in…

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…