Commission rejects lobbying accusations

  • 2005-07-14
  • By TBT staff
VILNIUS - The Vilnius city municipality did not lobby the interests of Eksimeta, a company intending to establish the firm Lietuvos Prekybos Namai (Lithuanian Trade House) in Moscow, the Chief Official Ethics Commission stated on July 14.

The commission concluded that "there is not enough data that Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas violated the law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the public service by signing a letter to Alexander Baburin, minister of the Moscow government, on Dec. 15, 2005, and a Jan. 21, 2004, letter to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov about the company Eksimeta."

"We admit that no violations of the law have been recorded. If there was some additional data, we would have a possibility to resume the investigation," Algirdas Meskauskas, chairman of the commission, told journalists.

Labor Party leader and former Economy Minister Viktor Uspaskich earlier accused Zuokas, leader of the Liberal and Center Union, of pulling strings for Eksimeta. The company was seeking to establish a Lithuanian Trade House in Moscow. An ad hoc commission was formed to investigate possible corruption.