Trečiokas, of the Order and Justice party, has been named in an investigation centring on a government decree adopted last September that lifted zoning requirements and allegedly allowed to legalize a construction in Druskininkai linked to the town’s mayor Ričardas Malinauskas. Investigators have dropped the investigation, but released transcripts of phone conversations between Trečiokas and Malinauskas about rushing the decree through.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė has publicly voiced doubts about Trečiokas’ suitability to continue in his post, while Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has resisted her calls to dismiss the minister.
Last week, Butkevičius, a social democrat, asked government lawyers to look into the environment minister’s public statements during the investigation. He said the lawyers’ report indicated that Trečiokas had not broken any laws, but suggested that his actions could have been “morally and ethically” reprehensible.