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Lithuania: Dual Citizenship Law Vetoed

(Nov. 23, 2010) On November 18, 2010, Dalia Grybauskaite, the President of Lithuania, vetoed a new Law on Citizenship that would have permitted dual citizenship in more cases than is currently allowed. (President Vetoes Dual Citizenship, THE LITHUANIA TRIBUNE (Nov. 18, 2010),
.) The amendment had been adopted by the legislature on November 4, 2010, by a vote of 88 to 8, with 25 abstentions. (New Dual Citizenship Law Adopted. To Be Continued…, THE LITHUANIA TRIBUNE (Nov. 4, 2010),

The reason for the veto was the view that although some of the reforms in the legislation were valuable, the President did not support permitting those who have acquired passports of other European Union or NATO Member States to have dual citizenship with Lithuania. “According to the Constitution, dual citizenship is a rare exception, not a common case. Expanding the opportunities for dual citizenship can only be done by amending the Constitution,” Grybauskaite said. (President Vetoes Dual Citizenship, supra.) At present only those Lithuanian citizens who moved to other nations before March 11, 1990, could be considered for dual citizenship; the revision would have extended that possibility to those who emigrated after that date. (New Dual Citizenship Law Adopted. To Be Continued …, supra.)

The Lithuanian Constitution states in article 12 that only in “individual cases provided for by law” can dual citizenship be permitted. (Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania (adopted on Oct. 25, 1992, in force from Nov. 2, 1992) [in English], (last visited Nov. 22, 2010).)