2020.02.18 11:00

Lithuanian president yet to approve state award to Poland's Kaczyński

BNS2020.02.18 11:00

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has yet to decide on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' proposal to give a top state award to Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland's conservative Law and Justice party.

Last year, Skvernelis proposed to award Kaczyński for his "outstanding merits" in developing Lithuanian–Polish relations, as well as for the help integrating "Lithuania and the whole Baltic region into Western military and energy security structures".

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However, Kaczyński was not among the other nominees who received state awards from Nausėda on February 16.

Antanas Bubnelis, the president's spokesman, said the consultative Council for State Awards made no decision on awarding Kaczyński, but he did not elaborate on the reasons.

"Before the president makes decisions on awarding state decorations, the nominees and other related issues are discussed by the Council for the State Awards. It then submits its opinion to the president who makes the final decision," said Antanas Bubnelis, the president's spokesman.

Lolita Jablonskienė, the council's chairwoman, told BNS that she was not authorised to provide information either about the advisory body's agenda or its decisions.

"We are only a consultative council, and the final decisions are made by the president," she said.

The Lithuanian government nominated Kaczyński for the state award four days before Poland's parliamentary election.

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CORRECTION: The earlier version of this article incorrectly named Jarosław Kaczyński as the Polish prime minister.

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