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Lithuanian Parliamentary Mirror. Newsletter. 2012 July/August No 6(6)

 

 

IN THE ISSUE

·         SEIMAS APPROVED A CONSULTATIVE (ADVISORY) REFERENDUM ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

·         SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS: NOT ONLY LITHUANIA MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF POTENTIALLY UNSAFE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN THE VICINITY OF THE EU

·         25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST UNSANCTIONED PUBLIC RALLY IN THE SOVIET PERIOD

 

 

  PREPARATION OF THE SEIMAS FOR THE LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL

 

COMMITTEE ON EUROPEAN AFFAIRS APPROVED

THE SEIMAS AS THE VENUE OF ALL PARLIAMENTARY EVENTS OF THE LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL

 

 

 

 

 

On 27 June 2012, the Seimas Committee on European Affairs considered the information by the Government and the Office of the Seimas about the preparation for the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2013. The Committee noted considerable progress made and in principle approved the organisational chart and calendar of parliamentary events preliminarily scheduled by the Secretary General of the Seimas for the Lithuanian Presidency. The Committee approved the Seimas as the venue of all parliamentary dimension events to be organised during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 

THE SEIMAS IS READY TO TAKE PART IN MULTILINGUAL VIDEO CONFERENCES

 

 

A new and unique video conferencing facility was successfully tested at the Seimas on 12 July 2012. The Parliaments of the Netherlands, Portugal, and Lithuania connected to a live pilot video conference. The conference was chaired by the representatives of the European Parliament, the initiator of this unique project. The aim of the project is to engage in multilingual interactions between several national Parliaments in future and thus ensure the effectiveness of parliamentary discussions, reduce the administrative burden, and save funds.

 

 

 

 

MRS DEGUTIENĖ, SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS, DISCUSSES THE LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AT HER MEETING WITH DIPLOMATS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

 

On 20 July 2012, Mrs Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas, attended an annual meeting in Vilnius with the representatives of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Lithuania and made an overview of the Seimas foreign policy achievements, including agreements signed by the Lithuanian parliamentary parties on the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council and on defence policy in 2012–2016, adoption of laws on energy security, and a particular focus on the policy of preservation of historical memory.

 

 

 

  PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS

 

 

 

THE SEIMAS CONVENED FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY SESSION:

A CONSULTATIVE (ADVISORY) REFERENDUM ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

TO BE HELD

 

Having convened (upon the initiative of Mrs Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas, in view of the request of 55 MPs) for an extraordinary session on 16 July 2012, the Seimas resolved to hold a consultative (advisory) referendum on the construction of the new nuclear power plant in Lithuania. The initiators of the referendum stressed the right of Lithuanian citizens to participate directly in dealing with the national issues of key importance which result in tax payers’ long-term commitments that can have an effect on the security of their lives.

 

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS GREETED THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE WORLD LITHUANIAN YOUTH

 

 

 

On 14 July 2012, Mrs Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas, paid a visit to Prienai District where the first meeting of the World Lithuanian Youth was held and greeted its participants.

 

On the occasion of the visit, the biggest historical flag of Lithuania was hoisted on the hill near the venue of the event and the national anthem was sung. “Our national anthem holds the following words, “Let unity blossom”. This place, this event bears that unity – the unity of the World Lithuanian Youth. I would like to thank all of you on behalf of my generation. Your participation in today’s meeting is a move which shows that your care for Lithuania,” Mrs Degutienė said.

  

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS WELCOMED THE 14TH SEIMAS OF THE LITHUANIAN WORLD COMMUNITY

 

Press release, 7 August 2012

 

Mrs Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas, welcomed the participants in and guests at the 14th Seimas of the Lithuanian World Community and highlighted that she was particularly pleased to greet such a great number of representatives of Lithuanians from around the world meeting in Lithuania to address issues of paramount importance to the communities and the nation at large.

 

Mrs Degutienė observed that this time quite a large delegation came from the neighbouring country Russia. “When we speak of Lithuanians living abroad, we often refer only to the ones living in the West. This large delegation from Russia, however, reminds us of the times when lots of Lithuanians were forced to emigrate to the West and when many people were deported to the East, Siberia. Greetings to you all who have survived and who have been cherishing and continuing the hallowed traditions of your parents and grandparents”, Mrs Degutienė said.

 

 

 

  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS: NOT ONLY LITHUANIA MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF POTENTIALLY UNSAFE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN THE VICINITY OF THE EU

 

At the traditional annual Nordic-Baltic (NB8) Speakers Conference, the Speaker of the Seimas, Mrs Irena Degutienė, invited the countries to immediately engage in closer cooperation in order to prevent the development of potentially unsafe nuclear energy projects in the vicinity of the EU.

   

“The lack of attention on the part of the international community enables the construction of unsafe nuclear power plants at the borders of the European Union. Therefore, the European Union must find means to promote the neighbouring countries to engage in closer cooperation on the issues of nuclear safety. One of the instruments may be to consider the possibility of restricting electricity imports from third countries if the neighbouring countries fail to comply with the international nuclear safety standards”, Mrs Degutienė said.

 

 

NEW ZEALAND STATES IT HAS NEVER RECOGNISED LITHUANIA’S ANNEXATION

 

While commemorating the 73rd sad anniversary of Molotov-Ribbentrov Pact which divided Europe and pushed the Baltic States into the clench of the Soviet Empire, and paying tribute to all the victims of the former Soviet regime as well as fighters for Lithuania’s freedom and independence, we must not forget the late Stasys Lozoraitis and other Lithuanian diplomats in exile who fought for non-recognition of the annexation of the Baltic States.

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS: RELATIONS BETWEEN LITHUANIA AND RUSSIA SHOULD BE DEVELOPED IN THE SPIRIT INSPIRED BY BORIS YELTSIN

 

Press release, 27 August 2012

 

After her meeting with Naina Yeltsina, widow of the former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Irena Degutienė, Speaker of the Seimas, argues that the Lithuanian-Russian relations should be based on the spirit inspired by Boris Yeltsin.

 

“Lithuanians know the Russian nation well and are well aware of how sincere the Russian people are in general. I think the late President Boris Yeltsin contributed to this perception significantly. We genuinely hope that both current and future cooperation between Lithuania and Russia will be based on the relations inspired by the revival period and the personality of Boris Yeltsin. We must understand that Lithuanians, Russians, and other nations were equally affected by the brutality of criminal regimes. With this in mind, we need to move forward,” Degutienė said.

 

 

 

 

  ANNIVERSARY

 

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST UNSANCTIONED PUBLIC RALLY IN THE SOVIET PERIOD

 

 

 

On 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Non-Aggression Pact and the same year, on 28 September, they signed the Agreement on Friendship and Borders which included a secret protocol better known as Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. That was how two aggressive dictators, Hitler and Stalin, divided Eastern and Central European countries into spheres of influence. This subsequently determined the occupation of the Baltic States and their forcible incorporation into the USSR in 1940…

 

 

 

 

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