- April 4, 2014
The Lithuanian Prime Minister promises to support the amendments to the original spelling of names
The Lithuanian Prime Minister, the social democrat Algirdas Butkevičius, announced that he would vote in favour of the project about original spelling of names, that has been registered in Sejm this week by the social democratic party’s members. In the voting on a similar project during the previous term of the Lithuanian parliament A. Butkevičius refrained from voting.
“I abstained from voting then due to a negative opinion of the Constitutional Court. Now, the act was registered only after the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which is completely different “- said the Prime Minister of Lithuania.
According to the head of the government, registering the new project in the Sejm and the A. Butkevičius’ meeting with the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk have nothing in common.
“As far as I know, it was registered on that day because on that day there was a meeting with the Chairwoman of the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. I was present at that meeting. We asked her about her opinion, which she promised to formulate in writing. During the meeting, she said that she agreed with such a content of the bill, and that was why this project was registered “- explained the Prime Minister.
A. Butkevičius added that the project is important not only for the Polish minority, but also for Lithuanian women who are in mixed marriages.
“We hear allegations also from Lithuanian women who married foreigners” – said the Prime Minister.
During the voting on the bill on non-Lithuanian spelling of names, which was held during the previous term of the Lithuanian parliament, Algirdas Butkevičius refrained from voting.
Tłumaczenie by Magdalena Kaczmarek w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Magdalena Kaczmarek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.