- April 21, 2015
A Pole has become the member of the Ethics and Procedure Commission.
The Lithuanian Parliament has approved the new members of the Ethics and Procedure Commission. One of the new members is Leonard Talmont, the activist of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania.
The process of appointing new members of the Commission was conducted in compliance with new rules. Currently, the members from the ruling coalition are chosen by the representatives of opposition parties, and the members from the opposition parties are chosen by the representatives of the ruling coalition.
The following coalition activists became the new members of the Commission: Saulius Bucevičius and Ričardas Sargūnas from the Labour Party, Algimantas Dumbrava from the party ‘Order and Justice’, and the social-democrats: Edmundas Jonyla, Vytautas Saulis and Orinta Leiputė. In turn, the representatives of the ruling coalition appointed the following opposition activists: Vida Marija Čigriejienė and Kazis Starkevičius (the conservatives), Arminas Lydeka (the liberal), Valerijus Simulikas (the mixed parliamentary group), and Leonard Talmont (the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania).
The formation of the new Commission has been blocked for a long time by the ruling coalition, who opposed the idea of appointing Valentinas Stundis, a conservative politician, to be the President of this Commission. The representatives of opposition parties regarded such a behavior as the revenge for ‘diligent work in the previous term of the Commision’.
Translated by Joanna Stępińska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.