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Lithuania: Military Conscription Reinstated

(Dec. 16, 2016)  On September 1, 2016, the Law on Compulsory Military Duty, which was signed by the President of Lithuania in June, entered into force, and it will be valid for the next five years.  The Law will require legislative reauthorization every five years in order to remain in effect.  (Press Release, Office of […]

European Union; Lithuania: Euro Zone Membership on January 1, 2015

(Dec. 18, 2014) Lithuania, after a long and arduous process, has been found by the European Commission and the European Central Bank to meet the required criteria and will join the euro zone on January 1, 2015; as of that date it will also adopt the euro as its currency. With the addition of Lithuania, […]

European Union; Lithuania: Lithuania in Charge of European Council Presidency

(July 12, 2013) On July 1, 2013, Lithuania assumed the rotating Presidency of the European Council for the first time. There is an ambitious agenda to achieve a number of objectives during the six-month period of the Presidency. Highlights of its priorities were discussed with Members of the European Parliament. (Press Release, European Parliament, Lithuanian […]

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, […]

Lithuania: Denial of Soviet Occupation Criminalized

(Oct. 5, 2009) On September 30, 2009, the Parliament of Lithuania adopted amendments to the nation's Criminal Code that introduce criminal responsibility for denial or justification of crimes against humanity committed by the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany. These amendments were passed in order to meet the requirements of the European Council Framework Decision on […]

Lithuania: Return of Jewish Property Confiscated by the Soviets

(July 8, 2009) On June 25, 2009, the Government of Lithuania submitted to the Parliament its draft Law on Compensation to the Jewish Community for Non-Return of Property Confiscated During the Soviet Period. The Law provides for the allocation of an amount equal to US$50 million for this purpose. The bill does not address the […]

Lithuania: Fines for Littering

(May 18, 2009) On May 13, 2009, the Mayor of the City of Vilnius, which is the capital of Lithuania, issued a decree that introduces hefty fines for those who litter the city streets. For example, individuals who drop cigarette butts on the sidewalk will be fined in an amount equal to US$145 on the […]

Lithuania: Ban on Nazi and Soviet Symbols

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted amendments to several domestic laws that regulate the implementation of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, to prohibit public display of Soviet and Nazi German flags, coats of arms, and national anthems. Under the amendments, during public rallies and other mass gatherings, the […]

Lithuania: Telecom Providers Required to Monitor All Customers

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the Parliament of Lithuania adopted amendments to the nation's Law on Electronic Communications, which obligate the providers of regular and mobile telephone services to obtain and preserve information on use of these means of communications by customers. According to the amendments, all phone and mobile companies must locate […]