Lithuanian ethics watchdog to rule on transport minister's behavior

  • 2020-01-22
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuania's Chief Official Ethics Commission (VTEK) is expected to rule on Wednesday whether Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic broke the law by allowing state-owned companies to pay for his lunch and failing to declare that his wife runs a property rental business.

VTEK's investigation, launched last November, looked at whether Narkevic placed himself in a conflict of interest situation when his dinner in Minsk was paid for by the Klaipeda port authority and Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), and his expenses in Abu Dhabi were covered by the the Lithuanian Road Administration. 

The ethics watchdog also investigated whether Narkevic properly declared his wife's property rental business and her deals exceeding 3,000 euros. 

Narkevic says that he did not break any law and that he has reimbursed the companies controlled by the Transport Ministry for their expenses, but Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has called on the minister to resign due to these circumstances. 

VTEK is also conducting a probe into the financing by the Transport Ministry of a project for asphalt paving the street leading to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' home.

Narkevic was nominated for the post of transport minister by the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance after it joined the government coalition following last year's presidential election.