Lithuania’s ruling parties to go back to individual Constitutional claim

Constitutional Court
DELFI / Domantas Pipas

A third of Lithuania’s 141 parliamentarians, mainly members of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party, earlier this month registered a Constitutional amendment on the matter.

According to the bill, every resident of Lithuania will be able to turn to the Constitutional Court over compliance of laws and acts of the parliament, the president and the government, if decisions taken on grounds of the legal acts violated the person’s constitutional rights or freedoms. Before this step, the person must have used all other measures of legal defence.

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Similar amendments were already heard during the spring session, however, came in four votes short during the first vote in June. The change of the Constitution was then supported by 90 parliamentarians.

Ramūnas Karbauskis, elder of the parliament’s biggest LFGU group, says the new bill had been improved in cooperation with lawyers, expressing hope that “parliamentarians will have enough political will for maximum right for citizens to defend themselves.”

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