Lithuanian parlt to resume normal work – deputy speaker

  • 2020-04-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Seimas of Lithuania is set to resume normal work after a quarantine-forced adjournment, with sittings planned next and the following weeks, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas Rima Baskiene said on Thursday.

"The schedule has been confirmed with sittings planned on April 21 and 23, and further on the 28 and 30th," she told BNS. "We have also planned the whole months of May and June to have those non-working weeks to prepare for plenary sittings, pursuant to the Statute, moved from May and June to that Easter period. The whole further period will be filled with intensive plenary sittings."

On Wednesday, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the opposition leader representing the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, turned to Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and members of the Board of the Seimas, calling on them to resume regular parliament work.

In his words, since Lithuania was placed under quarantine, "bad tendencies are being observed as the Seimas of a parliamentary and democratic country is going through passive isolation".

In his address to the Board of the Seimas, a member of which he also is, Landsbergis stressed that due to the absence of regular Seimas sitting, some regular procedures provided for by the Statute of the Seimas have been renounced.

"Some restrictions of the Seimas' work can be understandable due to the quarantine, but in the long term, it starts to distort the legal foundations of state management," Landsbergis said.

Lithuania was placed under quarantine on March 16 and it was further extended until April 27.During this time, the Seimas has held only several sitting under its regular schedule to adopt quarantine-related legislation.