• August 19, 2015
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Referendum on dual citizenship. The Ministry gives the all clear.

On Wednesday, the Lithuanian parliament agreed with the Ministry of Justice’s proposal about accepting the offer given by the group of deputies in the matter of organising the referendum on dual citizenship together with the election that will take place on 19th October 2016 in Lithuania.

 The prime movers of the referendum want to abolish article 12 section 2 of the Constitution, that says: “Except particular cases mentioned in the act, nobody can be a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania and other nation at the same time”

 The Ministry proposes little changes to this record in the Constitution.

 „Our wording give priority to maintain the Lithuanian citizenship by the citizens who emigrate and their children” – in the statement of the Ministry, Juozas Bernatonis, the Minister of Justice, is quoted.

 The Ministry offers such a wording of article 12 section 2 of the Constitution: “The native citizens of Lithuania after obtaining the citizenship of other nation, maintain the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania. Except particular cases mentioned in the act, another people cannot be citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and other nation at the same time”

Translated by Paulina Lipińska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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