The Lithuanian Seimas

Seimas passes 2016 budget, giving 7.7 million more for border protection and raising minimum wage

The Lithuanian Seimas (parliament) has adopted its state budget for 2016 and its expenditures exceed its revenues by 640 million Euros. The deficit budget was adopted in a vote of 76 for, 34 against, and 14 abstentions. The budget’s revenue, together with the European Union’s funds, is expected to amount to 8.046 billion Euros. Expenditures, on the other hand, are projected to reach 8.686 billion Euros. […]


Seimas speaker wants Public Procurement Office to inspect AFV purchase tender

After former chief of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Valdas Tutkus expressed his doubts about the transparency of the armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) purchase tender, Seimas Speaker Loreta Graužinienė says that he should have involved relevant institutions. The politician has also asked the Public Procurement Office (VPT) to evaluate the tender. The VPT says, however, that it will not look into the purchase as it falls under an exception envisaged for military contracts. […]

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European Union

Baltic States and Poland ask EU to ease trade restrictions on pig farmers

The ministers of agriculture of the Baltic States and Poland submitted a joint petition to the European Commissioner in charge of health care and food safety to ease trade restrictions on pig farmers and pork handlers in the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak region. […]

Mykolas Majauskas ir Remigijus Šimašius

Vilnius Council coalition talks continue

On Tuesday, at the headquarters of the Liberal Movement, a round of negotiations was held over the establishment of the ruling coalition in Vilnius City Council. […]


Lithuania’s State Tourism Department gets new chief

Jurgita Kazlauskienė has been selected to head the State Tourism Department (VTD). Up until now, she worked as the deputy president of the European Spas Association, also led the Lithuanian Spas Association. […]

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Lithuanian parliament allocates additional 130 million for national defence

The Seimas of Lithuania adopted budget amendments which allow to increase spending on national defence by LTL 130 million (EUR 37.6 million). 100 MPs voted in favour of the proposal, none voted against and 2 abstained. […]