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Week in Lithuania. President proposes amendments to restrict bailiffs' remuneration

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is putting forward amendments aimed at restricting bailiffs’ financial remuneration to up to 15 per cent of the amount recovered.

According to the presidential office, the amendments are aimed at ensuring «fair and adequate» prices of bailiffs’ services and preventing «artificially inflated salaries, bailiffs’ extortion, lawlessness and the impoverishing of people».

The presidential amendments propose reducing the amount of necessary execution costs for bailiffs, ban excessive action and set a 15-per cent salary limit from the amount recovered. Now in Lithuania, bailiffs often take up to 100 per cent of the amount recovered, and large mark-ups are often set on small amounts.

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«Soapy» Kinder chocolate eggs recalled in Lithuania

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Lithuania’s Akmenė awaiting big investment

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MP won’t run in conservatives’ presidential primaries

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Juozaitis to run for Lithuanian president

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