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Politics

In the last 2 years, number of MPs declaring their meetings with interest groups or lobbyists doubles

In the last 2 years, the number of Lithuanian MPs who declare with which interest groups or lobbyists they meet has doubled. Last year, parliamentarians also announced 1,5 times more meetings than in 2017. These figures are reported in research conducted by Transparency International Lithuania, which includes information from manosusitikimai.lt, official work calendars, and personal websites of the parliamentarians. […]

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CORPORATE

Parties take to decisive battle over municipalities: some hope to maintain positions, others aim for records

With little time left to the municipal and direct mayoral elections, political party leaders are pondering, which city and region bastions they will hold on to and where they have chances to break through. The Social Democrats, Liberal Movement and Order and Justice Party remain modest both about increases in their mayors and council members, while the Conservatives and “Farmers”, who remain the most popular parties, believe that they could reach historical victories in the elections, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis, Eugenijus Jovaiša
Politics

The search for new ministers begins. Farmers not looking among their own

Eugenijus Jovaiša, Mindaugas Puidokas, Robertas Šarknickas and Kęstutis Mažeika are “Farmer” group members, whose names are, according to lrt.lt sources, brought up among the potential candidates to the recently freed minister positions. The “Farmer” leaders do not reveal yet, what candidacies are being discussed and only emphasise that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will continue to form the cabinet out of professionals, not from colleagues working in Seimas, lrt.lt writes. […]

Rita Tamašunienė, Valdemaras Tomaševskis
Politics

Polish politicians present their vision: large children’s money and free medicine for seniors

On Tuesday, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Union (LLRA-KŠS) organised a press conference in Seimas, where they presented their position on joining the coalition government. According to the party’s representatives, so far a decision on joining has not been made and everything depends on the majority’s reception of the LLRA-KŠS’ proposals. […]

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Defence

Order and Justice party joins defense pact

Remigijus Žemaitaitis, leader of Lithuania’s Order and Justice party, on Thursday signed an agreement by the country’s political parties on defense policy for the next decade, the government said. […]

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Politics

Seimas opposition blocks bid to link subsidy to LSDDP with defense funding

The Seimas opposition blocked on Thursday the ruling bloc’s unexpected proposal to give the greenlight for the government to borrow money not only for increasing the defense budget, but also for providing funding to the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDDP). […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė
Politics

Lithuanian president slams move to lower referendum threshold as dangerous

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday criticized legislative initiatives to lower the referendum threshold as “irresponsible” and “dangerous”, calling on lawmakers to instead look for ways to encourage voters to turn out for a dual citizenship referendum. […]