Lithuania’s deputy healthcare minister in double scandal

Gediminas Černiauskas
V.Cesevičiūtės nuotr.

MP Agnė Bilotaitė, chairwoman of the Seimas parliamentary group For Corruption-Free Lithuania, has asked the Chief Official Ethics Commission (VTEK) to assess whether Černiauskas mixed up private and public interests when he chaired the ministry’s Coordination Commission which works on allocating funds from State Investment Programme, EU’s structural and other international assistance.

“Following the advisory conclusion made by the commission led by Černiauskas, the then minister of health Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis in June 2014 allocated LTL 1.442,708 (EUR 418,000) to the company Sveikatos Ekonomikos Centras UAB, whose shareholder and former director is Černiauskas himself. Also, during the funding period, the deputy minister’s wife was working at the company,” said MP Bilotaitė.

The deputy minister has also been accused of protectionism in a separate story.

Černiauskas, a social democrat, allegedly interfered in selection procedures to appoint a head for an institution subordinate to the ministry. He told Nora Riboikienė, advisor to the health minister who had won the competition, to withdraw in favour of another candidate, Černiauskas’ party colleague Vilija Vertelienė.

MP Bilotaitė, of the conservative Homeland Union, turned to the VTEK when an audio recording where Černiauskas admits trying to influence the competition results was made public.

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