Lithuanian anti-corruption body identifies risks in citizenship restoration process

  • 2020-01-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - There are risks of corruption in the process of restoring Lithuanian citizenship, the Special Investigation Service (STT) said on Friday.

The current time limit of "not later than six months" is too vague, which leaves room for unlawful agreements, the anti-corruption agency said. 

According to STT's press release, the law should make it possible to process application restoration requests under a fast-track procedure for an additional fee.  

The agency also recommends that the Migration Department and the Interior Ministry set specific time frames within which citizenship restoration procedures must be completed and establish in detail the procedure for verifying documented data. 

According to STT, data for citizenship restoration requests are still collected and processed manually, which prevents the efficient monitoring of the progress of these applications.  

It also calls on the authorities to consider making the process of examining citizenship restoration applications as much automated as possible, thus minimizing the human factor risk. 

The procedure for discontinuing the consideration of citizenship applications should be improved, too, and brought into line with the Law on Citizenship, according to the press release.  

The Interior Ministry has two months to inform STT about what steps it has taken to follow the recommendations in the anti-corruption assessment report.