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2020.05.21 17:01

There's no legal basis for budget review, Lithuanian PM says

BNS2020.05.21 17:01

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis insists there is no need to review this year's budget following the government's multi-billion coronavirus aid package.

"We need a legal basis. [...] There's nothing to worry about. […] All ongoing expenses are being accounted for. If we need to do an intervention into this year's budget, speaking of long-term commitments, everything will be done," the prime minister told MPs on Thursday.

Vitas Vasiliauskas, board chairman of the central Bank of Lithuania, says the government's coronavirus aid plan should "be transferred into the budget". Members of the opposition are also urging the government to review this year's budget.

Meanwhile, the prime minister says budget amendments will be put before the Seimas once they are necessary.

"When we see the need to make those changes, they will be brought in," Skvernelis said. Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka also says there's no need to review this year's budget.