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2014.04.15 11:28

Two original name spelling bills to be put before the Seimas

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.04.15 11:28

(BNS) Two alternative bills on the original spelling of names will be submitted for consideration of the Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday.

 (BNS) Two alternative bills on the original spelling of names will be submitted for consideration of the Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday.

The bill drafted by Social Democrats Irena Šiaulienė and Gediminas Kirkilas will allow the original spelling of a name using non-Lithuanian Latin-based characters on the main passport page.

Meanwhile under an alternative bill drafted by a group of lawmakers, the original name spelling would be allowed on a separate passport page. Conservative MP Valentinas Stundys, one of the authors of the latter bill, says it is a compromise solution as it would be more easily compatible with the status of the Lithuanian language as the state language and subsequent requirements.

The Polish minority in Lithuania has long demanded the right to spell their names in their original form as well as the right to use bilingual location signs in areas with large Polish populations.

Lithuanian-Polish relations have been tense in recent years due to their different evaluation of the ethnic minority situation.

Meanwhile Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says the name spelling bill drafted by the Social Democrats is meant not only for one specific ethnic minority. In his words, the existing name spelling rules cause problems for part of Lithuania’s citizens married to foreign national when they need to resolve property or other legal issues.

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