2020.06.11 11:00

Head of Lithuanian Jewish Community registers as lobbyist

BNS2020.06.11 11:00

The Chief Official Ethics Commission decided on Wednesday to add Faina Kukliansky, a lawyer who heads the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LŽB), to the list of registered lobbyists. 

Kukliansky has become the 107th registered lobbyist in the country, the watchdog said after granting her request.

"I have plans to improve laws that concern Jews, human rights, or other more vulnerable groups of people," she told BNS.

"I have [...] have never had any orders from businesses people or companies for amending laws. I'll just keep doing what I am doing, but I want everything to be done according to the letter of law," Kukliansky said.

"Maybe I won't represent NGOs anymore; maybe I'll engage in lobbying myself. It's hard to say how life is going to turn out," she added.

Lobbying activities in Lithuania have been regulated since 2000.

A large-scale lobbying scandal has engulfed Lithuania earlier this month, when the heads of Lithuanian Association of Banks (LBA and Lithuanian Business Federation (LVF) were detained as part of an anti-corruption probe.

The accusations centre on bribery, illegal lobbying and influence peddling that may have affected Lithuania’s banking legislation and the yearly budget.

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