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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian government approves rules for paying whistleblowers

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The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday, November 14, rules for financially rewarding people who provide the authorities with valuable information on illegal activities.

The government resolution, drafted by the Justice Ministry, provides for a one-time cash payment to whistleblowers who provide prosecutors with valuable information about violations and irregularities and details the procedure for granting such a payment. A whistleblower’s request for a reward for valuable information will be examined by a special commission at the Prosecutor General’s Office, with a final decision to be made by the prosecutor general or another authorized official. The amount of reward money will be set by the commission on a case-by-case basis. A whistleblower will be entitled to 1,900 euros in compensation if he or she loses his or her job, income or a part of the salary, is moved to another post or incurs legal costs.

New teachers’ pay system to be amended

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HU-LCD threatens minister with interpellation

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Prosecutors launch probe into threats, libel

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Lithuania to facilitate adoption for residing foreigners

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Parliament opens way for LSDLP to get public funding

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HU-LCD tops party rating

Lithuania’s opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD) have topped the party rating after the popularity of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union slummed, a new survey showed this week. As many as 19 per cent of people would now vote for HU-LCD and 15.2 per cent would back LFGU, compared to 19.2 and 18.3 per cent respectively in September, according to the survey carried out by Spinter Tyrimai for the delfi.lt news website. The Order and Justice party came in third with 9.2 per cent, and the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, led by Gintautas Paluckas, would receive 6.2 per cent of votes.

LSDP to appeal watchdog’s decisions

The opposition Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) says it will appeal after the Central Electoral Commission ruled on Tuesday, November 13, not to provide the party with a state grant of 505,000 for the second half of this year as a punishment for what the Commission deems is gross violations of campaign financing rules during the 2016 general elections. Among other things, the party failed to report 100,000 euros in election expenses. It declared having spent 790,000 euros on the elections, exceeding the limit of 740,000 euros, the commission said.

Over 10 Lithuanian MPs set up group of Trump’s friends

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