Lithuanian MP Žygimantas Pavilionis has proposed for the country’s parliament to have a permanent representative at the US Congress, replacing the existing post in Brussels.
“For the past 19 years already, the Seimas has had its only representative in the European Union,” Pavilionis, who is head of the Seimas Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Friday.
“There are national parliaments whose influence [...] on Lithuania's future and interests is sometimes several times greater than that of the European Parliament. I have the US Congress in mind in this case," he said while presenting the initiative.
The decisions made at the US Congress often have influence on Lithuania’s future, according to Pavilionis.
“As far as I know, China has some 700 people working with the Congress. The Brits have 100 and Poland has ten. We have [...] a diplomat who also covers many other issues,” he added.
The proposal received initial backing from 89 lawmakers, two were against and 20 abstained. It will now go to parliamentary committees for further consideration.