2020.03.10 09:39

Lithuanian parliament opens spring session: judicial appointments, climate change and Brexit on agenda

BNS2020.03.10 09:39

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, is opening its last full session of the current tenure on Tuesday.

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will present the programme of the spring session at the first sitting.

Tuesday's agenda also includes presenting candidates for three positions in the Constitutional Court and a candidate for the president of the Lithuanian Supreme Court.

Judge Algis Norkūnas of the Supreme Court, lawyer Giedrė Lastauskienė, and Ingrida Danėlienė, the Constitutional Court's chancellor, are proposed for Constitutional Court justices.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is nominating Sigita Rudėnaitė, currently the Supreme Court's acting president, for the position permanently.

The spring session's programme contains over 580 draft bills, with 147 proposed by the government, nine tabled by President Nausėda, and around 30 initiated by MPs and the parliament's political groups.

Some of the bills were submitted during previous sessions.

Nausėda will deliver his first State of the Nation address and the government will present its annual report for 2019 to the parliament during the spring session.

“What is very important is that we will discuss climate change, an issue at the top of the global agenda, as well as pollution and renewable energy,” Pranckietis said, commenting on the session's key priorities.

“We will also discuss the issue of Brexit and how it will affect our expatriates,” he said. “Of course, education remains a priority: we will look for the best funding and governance model, seek free undergraduate education, and complete the reorganisation of higher education institutions.”

Under the Constitution, the parliament's regular spring session starts on March 10 and ends on June 30. It will be the last full session of the 12th Seimas.

Lithuania will hold the next parliamentary election in October and the new parliament will be sworn in in November.