Two scenarios on EconMin – new candidate or merger – Lithuanian presidential office

  • 2020-03-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The situation around the position of economy minister can be resolved two ways, spokesman for Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says. Either the prime minister nominates a new candidate, or this ministry could be merged with other ministries.

These scenarios were discussed during President Gitanas Nauseda's Monday meeting with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, presidential spokesman Antanas Bubnelis told journalists.

"Two scenarios were considered, including the nomination of a new candidate or a merger of ministries. The president believes a merger of three ministries, those of economy and innovation, energy and environment, could be discussed," Bubnelis told journalists.

In his words, specific deadlines were not discussed during the Monday meeting, but the merger process could start before the upcoming general election in October.

The position of economy and innovation minister has been vacant since December when Virginijus Sinkevicius assumed the position of a European commissioner. Last month, the Lithuanian president rejected Lukas Savickas, an adviser to the prime minister, as a candidate for economy minister.