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2019.07.24 14:34

President's advisers lambaste poor quality of Seimas legislation

Saulius Jakučionis, BNS2019.07.24 14:34

The team of Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, who was sworn in just a couple of weeks ago, says it has already seen significant problems with the quality of laws adopted by the parliament, Seimas, a presidential adviser said after the president vetoed two bills over the first 12 days in office.

“What we saw in the very beginning is that there are really problems with the quality of laws. We can say it's average,” Simonas Krėpšta, who heads the economic and social policy group, told BNS on Wednesday.

In his words, the vetoed amendments were passed in parliament despite objections from the government and the parliamentary committee. “As we can see, there's not enough strategic attitude,” Krėpšta said.

On Tuesday, President Nausėda vetoed legislative amendments allowing political parties to continue using state-owned or municipal property free of charge.

And on Monday, he vetoed amendments allowing chambers of commerce, industry and crafts to continue leasing offices from the state or municipalities rent-free.

According to Krėpšta, letting political parties and chambers of commerce, industry and crafts to continue using state-owned buildings free of charge runs counter to the principles of responsible management and rational use of assets.

“From our side, we respond to those irregularities and unreasonable exceptions. We will continue to do so,” the presidential adviser said.

According to Krėpšta, some 80 bills have now been submitted for the president to sign into laws, and some of them contain “several sticking points” and might be vetoed.

The parliamentary Committee on Audit backed Nausėda's veto on Wednesday, and the Seimas will make the final decision on whether to reject the presidential veto, which would need at least 71 votes.

If the Seimas approves the parliamentary committees' conclusion, political parties and chambers of commerce, industry and crafts will no longer be able to use state-owned buildings free of charge as of October 1.

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