- September 25, 2014
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania rejected an act concerning national minorities submitted by the conservatives
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania quashed the variant of the act on national minorities suggested by the conservatives, which for example prohibited bilingual plates.
In favor of the act on the rights of minorities and national communities voted in the first reading 40 Members of Parliament, 8 was against, and 43 refrained.
At the end of the spring session the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania in the first reading passed the act on national minorities which was prepared by the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania, but with some amendments.
There was a mention of bilingual plates in the project; however this point was removed on the initiative of conservatives.
Earlier the Parliament declared that the act on national minorities will be passed during the autumn session; however after the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania exited the coalition, chairwoman of the Seimas Loreta Graužinienė confirmed, while presenting the priority works of the Seimas for the autumn session, that this act was not on the list.
Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania still registered one more national minorities act, which includes wider usage of the language of national minorities, bilingual plates and the obligation of the state to provide support for the national minorities.
Translated by Anna Wójcik within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.