Seimas upholds presidential veto, drops Civil Code amendments

Press conference at the Presidential palace
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

In the vote on President Dalia Grybauskaitė‘s veto on Tuesday, the Seimas decided to leave the amendments passed in early December unadopted. The move was supported by 87 of the country’s 141 parliamentarians.

Under the Seimas statute, in case of a presidential veto, the parliament must vote and decide whether the vetoed law should be discussed again or left unadopted.

Grybauskaitė on Monday vetoed the Civil Code amendments on insults of public figures. Her decision came following consultations with lawyers, representatives of media local governance institutions and journalists.

On December 8, the parliament adopted the changes, saying that, with insults excluded from the Penal Code, it has to be punishable by civil liability. Media figures criticized the move the exclude the provision, which exempts a person from civil liability for spreading false information about a public figure and his or her state or public activities if that person proves that he or she acted in good faith with the aim of informing the general public about that public figure and his or her activities.

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