We need to respect COEC decision but that won’t convince people – Lithuanian president

  • 2020-06-04
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – As Lithuania's Chief Official Ethics Commission rehabilitated Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Thursday, the country's President Gitanas Nauseda says the decision should be respected, adding, however, that it will not convince people waiting for the asphalt-paving of their streets.

"The COEC has made a decision on the circumstances of the asphalting of the road to the house of Prime Minister Skvernelis. It was favorable to the prime minister. In a democratic state, we must respect the conclusion of a state-mandated institution. A full-stop could be put here but… The rights of politicians and public figures in matters of this kind are not equal to those of ordinary citizens. They have to be smaller!," Nauseda posted on Facebook.

In his words, those rights could be the same "only if we had enough funds and asphalt in Lithuania to be able to immediately pave the roads to the homes of each of us".

"And until that is not the case, we are paving one place, while in other parts of Lithuania, people have been waiting for years for road workers "discover" their area as well. And no one will be able to convince them that everything is fine here," the president said.

Earlier in the day, the COEC concluded there's no sufficient evidence to conclude that Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis might have put himself in a conflict of interests during the adoption by the government of the decision to allocate funding for the asphalting of the street he lives in.