- January 11, 2013
EAPL active and busy in Seimas since the beginning of the year
Ever since it begun, this year has been intensive for the management of the Seimas faction of EAPL. In the early days of the new year the elder and vice-elder of EAPL faction, Rita Tamašunienė and Wanda Krawczonok, met heads of culture, education, science and social welfare and employment departments.
During the meeting with the minister of culture, Šarūnas Birutis, on 2nd January, the deputies emphasised the significance and necessity of preserving and maintaining objects of cultural heritage, as well as amateur culture. They reminded that in the last decade the culture department have been allotted the least money in the Vilnius Region. “It is only thanks to efforts of local governments of Vilnius and Šalčininkai that we managed to keep our existing network of village libraries, which are important cultural objects in village areas.” said the elder of the Seimas faction of EAPL, Rita Tamašunienė.
Modernisation of cultural centres was discussed
During the discussion the deputies emphasised the need to renovate the building of the Culture Centre of Šalčininkai by registering it in the Lithuanian program of cultural centre modernisation. Both the minister and the representatives of EAPL acknowledged that the culture sector ought to obtain adequate funds in accordance with the EU financial perspective for 2014-2020.
To identify schools which need it most
On 4th January Rita Tamašunienė and Wanda Krawczonok, in conversation with Dainius Pavalkis, the minister of education, discussed the issue of the RL’s Law on Education, educational establishments in village areas, their reorganisation and transport of students. On the behalf of the EAPL, the deputies explained the budget needs of the Vilnius Region, and introduced the educational establishments which most need assistance and refurbishment.
Thinking of the orphaned
On 7th January Rita Tamašunienė and Wanda Krawczonok concentrated on the issue of providing care for orphaned children in the Vilnius Region, which they discussed with the management of the social care and employment department, minister Algimanta Pabedinskienė, deputy minister Audrius Bitinas and the ministry’s chancellor, Alvydas Puodžiukas. The local government of the Vilnius region has long applied for the establishment of an orphanage within its territory, but the management has encountered more and more impediments in recent years. A modern orphanage, as closely reminiscent of a home as possible, is to be set up in Airėnai. The local government has already submitted all the documentation required for the initiation of its establishment in the ministry. Rita Tamašunienė and Wanda Krawczonok also talked about the country’s difficult social situation, and about the new, unfavourable, system of admitting social benefits. Possible solutions to these and other pressing problems were discussed with the department’s management.
Tłumaczenie Aleksandra Christ w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Aleksandra Christ the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.