- February 8, 2013
Butkevičius wants to explain why the Sejm in 2010 rejected bill which would allow for original spelling of names
On Friday, Algirdas Butkevičius, the leader of social democrats and the Lithuanian Prime Minister, issued an order to explain the reasons why the Sejm in 2010 rejected the bill which would allow for original spelling of names in official documents.
In 2010, Algirdas Butkevičius, who was then an ordinary MP, also voted against the draft. “Today, I have issued an order to explain the reasons why that project was rejected. I very much want to explain why we voted against it. As far as I remember, I voted against the project, too,” the Prime Minister has said in an interview for the “Znad Wilii” radio.
In 2010, the project was supported by only one social democrat, the former prime minister, Gedeminas Kirkilas. Three social democrats voted against the project whereas the rest of the party abstained from voting.
That project was drafted by the Andrius Kubilius’ government. It was supported by 9 conservatives, 11 voted against it and 15 abstained from voting.
The government is going to set up a working party which is made up of the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Edward Trusewicz, the deputy minister of culture and an MP of EAPL, will be in charge of the group.
Tłumaczenie Patrycja Olszówka w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Patrycja Olszówka the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.