Lithuania's new coalition to meet highest standards of political ethics – Landsbergis

  • 2020-10-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's new center-right government coalition will have to meet the highest standards of transparency and political ethics, the leader of the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats said on Wednesday. 

The conservative party came first in the recent parliamentary election and is now in talks with two liberal parties – the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party – to form a center-right coalition. 

"The presidium approved the principles that should be reflected in the future coalition agreement," Gabrielius Landsbergis said after a meeting of the Homeland Union's presidium. 

The key principles are transparency and the highest standards of political ethics, he said. 

The presidium said in its resolution that "we will regard moral and ethical criteria as equally important in our activities as the legal ones, realizing that moral reasons are sufficient for assuming political responsibility".

Landsbergis said the new coalition's first tasks after forming the Cabinet will include getting the worsening coronavirus situation under control, reviewing the outgoing government's DNA of the Future Economy plan, signing a national agreement on education, and ensuring access to all necessary health services and a complete boycott of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant.

The new government's domestic and foreign policies will be based on democratic values, freedom of speech and the rule of law, according to the conservatives' leader.

"We will actively speak out against any violations of human rights and democratic freedoms and will defend those who are fighting for freedom all over the world – from Belarus to Taiwan," he said.

In law-making, the conservatives will follow the principle of "less is more", giving priority to quality over quantity, focusing on impact assessment and discussions with public groups, and involving experts in the process, according to the resolution.  

The principles the Homeland Union pledges to follow also include respecting the constitutional rights of the media to receive and disseminate information. 

"This principle, the lack of which we have criticized, must be restored, preserved, defended and followed by the new government," Landsbergis said.

On Thursday, the Homeland Union, the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party are expected to submit their proposals regarding a coalition agreement to Ingrida Simonyte, the conservatives' candidate for prime minister.

Simonyte expects the three parties, which will have at least 74 out of 141 seats in the new Seimas, to agree on the next Cabinet in about a couple of weeks.

"I think that if we agree on the principles of the coalition, we'll probably be able to agree fairly quickly on who can implement these principles and do that work, that is, on the personal composition," she told reporters on Wednesday.