• October 3, 2018
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Nekrošius: problem of original spelling of surnames is more complicated

The meeting with members of Polish Parliament was very productive and probably Polish-Lithuanian Parliamentary Assembly will take place this year – declared the Member of the Seimas Arvydas Nekrošius, who was in Warsaw with delegation yesterday.

‘We had a very warm conversation, discussed many important issues which were almost frozen and beyond the public discussions for decades. We came to the conclusion that the Parliamentary Assembly can take place this year’ – said Arvydas Nekrošius.

Polish-Lithuanian Parliamentary Assembly was deliberated on May 11, 2009 in recent times.  ‘ The Assembly did not discuss misunderstandings concerning a national minority, education. We are confident that we have to discuss diffucult issues because we are neighbors and we have common interests. That is why the continuation of discussions is something very important’ –  the Member of the Seimas stressed. Nekrošius informed that the willingness of continuation of discussions is on both sides of the border.

The most recent issues are connected with education, national minorities rights. Hence we are preparing the answers to the questions of Polish side. But in turn,  we will point our own problems’ – the politician declared.

Currently, the educational reform in Poland is underway and Lithuanian side would like to keep the network of its schools. During the Warsaw meeting the Lithuanian delegation declared that Lithuania will prepare the plan concerning the possibility of including the examination in Polish into the list of obligatory examinations.

Nekrošius said that probably the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania will look into the issues of original spelling of surnames even during the autumn session. ‘The problem of original spelling of surnames is more complicated because two bills were drafted in the Seimas.  We will soon receive the expert review, so we are expecting that those aforementioned bills shall be processed in this parliamentary session. Especially as the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis would prefer that the bills are accepted’ – the politician added.

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

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