SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                          
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
         ON THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                       General Provisions                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1.   The  Government of  the Republic  of  Lithuania               
shall be  the highest institution of governance of the Lithuanian               
State.                                                                          
     Executive power of the Republic of Lithuania shall be vested               
in the  Government of  the Republic of Lithuania. It shall be the               
highest institution of governance of the Lithuanian State.                      
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall be vested               
with the  right to  resolve all questions of state government if,               
in accordance  with the  Constitution (Provisional  Basic Law) of               
Lithuania, they are not assigned to the competence of the Supreme               
Council of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  its  Presidium,  or  the               
President of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania.                  
     Pursuant to  the laws of the Republic of Lithuania and other               
resolutions of  the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania,               
the Government  shall adopt  resolutions, issue  directives,  and               
organize and supervise their enforcement.                                       
     Resolutions and directives of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania  shall be  enforceable on the whole territory of the               
Republic.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 2. Main Directions of Activity of the Government of                
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     Within the limits of its powers, the Government of Lithuania               
shall:                                                                          
     (1) concern itself with the preservation and increase of the               
property of  the  Republic  and  guarantee  freedom  of  economic               
activity to  all subjects  of property,  types of  ownership, and               
their equality in rights;                                                       
     (2) implement  the policy  of national  security and  direct               
national defense;                                                               
     (3)  address  economic  questions,  guiding  itself  by  the               
principles of  economic management and the laws of market economy               
while  also  taking  into  consideration  the  interests  of  the               
people;                                                                         
       (4) implement national scientific-technological policy and               
address questions  related to  state  management  of  scientific-               
technological progress;                                                         
     (5) work  out conceptions and programmes for the development               
of Lithuania's economy;                                                         
     (6) strive  to ensure  social justice and to ensure that the               
income of each individual depends upon social value of  work;                   
     (7)  ensure   conditions  for   the  improvement  of  living               
standards and  for satisfying cultural and spiritual requirements               
of the population;                                                              
     (8) implement comprehensive health-care policy;                            
     (9) develop  commodity and money relations and also economic               
ties with other states on the basis of contracts;                               
     (10) ensure rational utilization and preservation of natural               
resources,  and   also  the  protection  of  the  population  and               
environment;                                                                    
     (11) ensure  the enforcement of law and protection of public               
order, and defend the rights and freedoms of citizens;                          
     (12) within the limits of its powers conduct foreign policy;               
and                                                                             
     (13) propose  legislation to  the  Supreme  Council  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 3. Basic Principles of Activity of the Government of               
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
                                                                                
     In  its   activities  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall:                                                                
     be bound  by the  Constitution (Provisional  Basic  Law)  of               
Lithuania and other laws of the Republic of Lithuania;                          
       proceed  from the  principles of democracy, lawfulness and               
public benefit;                                                                 
     ensure openness of its activity;                                           
     collectively consider  questions, pass  decisions and ensure               
personal responsibility  of the  members of the Government of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 4. Composition of the Government of the Republic of                
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
         The Order of Formation of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall be               
composed of  the Chairman  of the  Government (Prime Minister) of               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  his deputies,  and ministers  of the               
Republic  of   Lithuania.  The  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania may  have a  minister without  portfolio.  (Amended  22               
January 1991)                                                                   
     Only citizens of the Republic of Lithuania shall be eligible               
to the  office of  the member of the  Government.  Members of the               
Government shall  be appointed for no longer than two consecutive               
terms.                                                                          
     The Chairman  of the  Government  (Prime  Minister)  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  be appointed by the Supreme Council               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania upon  the  recommendation  of  the               
President of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania.                  
     Upon the  recommendation of  the Chairman  of the Government               
(Prime Minister)  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania,  taking  into               
consideration the  conclusions of  the standing committees of the               
Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, the Supreme Council               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall appoint or remove from their               
respective posts  members of  the Government  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania. (Amended 23 October 1990)                                            
     Upon refusal  of the  Supreme Council  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania to  appoint the  recommended candidate to the post of a               
member of  the Government,  the Chairman of the Government (Prime               
Minister) of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall recommend  to the               
Supreme Council  of the  Republic of Lithuania a new candidate to               
the post. (Amended 23 October 1990)                                             
     The Supreme  Council of the Republic of Lithuania shall form               
the Government  of the Republic of Lithuania no later than within               
a month  from the  handing over  of the  mandate by  the previous               
Government.  If   within  a  month  from  the  recommendation  of               
candidates to  the members  of the Government the Supreme Council               
does not  appoint two-thirds of the members of the Government, or               
if within  two months from the handing over of the mandate by the               
previous Government  the Supreme Council does not appoint all the               
members of  the Government,  the  Prime  Minister  shall  resign.               
(Amended 23 October 1990)                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 5. The Program of Activity of the Government of the                
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     The newly  formed Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania               
shall present the programme of its future activities for its term               
of office  for the  consideration and  approval  of  the  Supreme               
Council of the Republic of Lithuania.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 6. Handing over the Mandate of the Government of the               
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall hand over               
its mandate  to the newly elected Supreme Council of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
     Upon the  decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of               
Lithuania the  Government of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  shall               
continue to  execute its  powers until  the formation  of  a  new               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 6a. Swearing in of the Government of the Republic of               
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
      Newly  appointed members  of the  Government shall take the               
following oath:                                                                 
     "I, (full  name), in  your presence, Swear to be faithful to               
the Republic of Lithuania;                                                      
     Swear to  respect and  observe  its  laws,  to  protect  the               
integrity of its territories;                                                   
     Swear  to   the  best   of  my  ability  to  strengthen  the               
independence of  Lithuania, conscientiously  serve  my  Homeland,               
Democracy, and the well-being of the people of Lithuania. So help               
me God."                                                                        
     The oath  may be  taken omitting the last sentence. (Amended               
11 April 1990)                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 7. Responsibility and Accountability of the                        
               Government of the Republic of Lithuania                          
                                                                                
     The  Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  shall  be               
responsible  and  accountable  to  the  Supreme  Council  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania. Members of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania  shall be responsible in accordance with the laws of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall account               
for its  work to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania               
at least once a year.                                                           
     Upon the  decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of               
Lithuania a member of the Government shall account to the Council               
for his work. (Amended 23 October 1990)                                         
     Upon receiving  from a  deputy of the Supreme Council of the               
Republic of  Lithuania an  inquiry concerning the activity of the               
Government of  the Republic of Lithuania or bodies subordinate to               
it, the  Government of  the Republic of Lithuania or the minister               
to whom  the inquiry  is addressed  at the session of the Supreme               
Council of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall  make  an  oral  or               
written reply in accordance with the procedure established by the               
Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania.                                   
     During the session of the Supreme Council of the Republic of               
Lithuania members  of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania               
shall assign  one hour  a week to answering questions of deputies               
on current issues.                                                              
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall consider               
recommendations of  committees of  the  Supreme  Council  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania and  also proposals relating to actions of               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or bodies subordinate               
to it,  and inform them within the established time period of the               
results or actions effected to improve the activities.                          
                                                                                
     Article 8. The Right of the Government of the Republic of                  
               Lithuania to Resign                                              
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  announce its  resignation to the Supreme Council of the               
Republic of  Lithuania  if  it  deems  itself  not  competent  to               
implement the  programme of  activities of  the Government of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
     Every minister  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to resign.                                                                
     Upon the  resignation of  the  Chairman  of  the  Government               
(Prime  Minister)  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania,  the  entire               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall  hand  over  its               
mandate.                                                                        
     Upon its  resignation the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania at  the behest of the Supreme Council shall continue to               
exercise its  functions until  the new Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania is formed. (Amended 23 October 1990)                               
                                                                                
     Article 9. Non-confidence in the Government of the Republic                
               of Lithuania                                                     
                                                                                
     The Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania may issue a               
vote of  no confidence  to the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania or to one individual member of the Government. (Amended               
9 January 1991)                                                                 
     The decision  of no  confidence in  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  be passed by a majority vote of the               
total number  of deputies  by secret  ballot. (Amended  9 January               
1991)                                                                           
     Upon the  issuance of  a vote  of no  confidence the  entire               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania or an individual minister               
of the Republic of Lithuania shall resign.                                      
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania or the minister               
at the  behest of  the Supreme Council shall continue to exercise               
their respective functions until a new Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania  is formed  or a  new member  of the  Government  is               
appointed. (Amended 9 January 1991)                                             
                                                                                
     Article 10. Participation of the Government of the Republic                
               of Lithuania in the work of the Supreme Council of               
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
                                                                                
     The Chairman  of the  Government  (Prime  Minister)  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania and  members  of  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  be entitled  to take  part  in  the               
sessions of  the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, in               
the sittings of committees of the Supreme Council of the Republic               
of Lithuania,  and  to  convey  their  opinion  on  issues  under               
discussion.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 11. Social Guarantees of the Members of the                        
               Government of the Republic of Lithuania                          
                                                                                
     Members of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
be afforded  equal social guarantees and shall not be entitled to               
social privileges.                                                              
     Upon the reorganisation of the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania or  resignation of  the entire  Government  or  of  its               
individual members,  and also  upon the expiration of the term of               
office of  the members  of the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, social  guarantees prescribed  by a separate law shall               
be applicable to them.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 12. Prohibition for Members of the Government of the               
               Republic of Lithuania to Engage in Economic                      
               Activities                                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Members of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
be prohibited  from engaging  in commercial-economic activity and               
to take part in the management of economic organisations.                       
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
    The Powers of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 13. General Questions within the Limits of Powers of               
               the Government of the Republic of Lithuania                      
                                                                                
     Within the  limits of  its  powers  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania shall:                                                    
     (1)  implement  the  domestic  and  foreign  policy  of  the               
Lithuanian State;                                                               
     (2) direct  the bodies  of national defense and of state and               
civilian security;                                                              
     (3) implement  economic and  social development  programmes,               
and create conditions for the functioning of local governments;                 
     (4) prepare  the draft  budget of  the Republic of Lithuania               
and, upon its approval, implement it;                                           
     (5) define  the functions  of the ministries of the Republic               
of Lithuania  and  bodies  subordinate  to  them,  determine  and               
enforce  their   budgets,  and   control  and   coordinate  their               
activities;                                                                     
     (6) organise  control over  the enforcement  of laws  of the               
Republic   of   Lithuania   and     exercise   control  over  the               
implementation of Government instructions.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 14. Basic Powers of the Government of the Republic                 
               of Lithuania in the Spheres of Social Maintenance,               
               Education, Science, Culture, and Health Care                     
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
                                                                                
     (1) effect  measures guaranteeing  the minimum  standard  of               
living and  minimum wage  corresponding to  the current  level of               
economic development;                                                           
     (2)   implement   state   policies   regulating   population               
migration, protection of the family, and provision of mother-and-               
child care;                                                                     
     (3) strive to ensure the employment of all employable people               
in the  Republic, and guarantee safe and secure labour conditions               
and favourable conditions for rest;                                             
     (4) implement  a general  policy  of  social  security,  and               
introduce measures to improve health care and to develop physical               
education and sports;                                                           
     (5) ensure  economic conditions  and possibilities  for  all               
citizens of  the Republic  to receive  the education they desire,               
and to  acquire their  chosen  profession  or  qualifications  in               
accordance with the needs of the Republic;                                      
     (6) promote  the development of science in the Republic, and               
concern itself  with the  preservation of  Lithuanian and ethnic-               
minority heritage, including Lithuanian communities                             
residing abroad; and                                                            
     (7)  implement   measures  to  supply  the  population  with               
foodstuffs and  manufactured goods  and also  with  services  and               
housing.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 15. Basic Powers of the Government of the Republic                 
               of Lithuania in the Economy                                      
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
     (1) on  the  instruction  of  the  Supreme  Council  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania carry  out the  functions of  the owner of               
Sate  property,   and  ensure   conditions  necessary   for   the               
development of private and collective ownership;                                
      (2) regulate by economic and legal means the functioning of               
all branches  of the  economy and the activity of all subjects of               
ownership on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania;                        
       (3)  establish rational  proportions between  the  use  of               
national  revenue   and  the  development  of  the  economy,  and               
coordinate and  implement the  programme of  economic and  social               
development of the Republic;                                                    
     (4) prepare  the  draft  budget  of  the  Lithuanian  State,               
establish the  order of  price formation,  and implement  general               
policy of remuneration for work;                                                
     (5) within the limits of its powers adopt resolutions on the               
implementation  of   state  policy  in  the  sphere  of  currency               
circulation and credits;                                                        
     (6)  organise   and  regulate   the  international  economic               
activity of the Republic of Lithuania;                                          
     (7) in accordance with its powers issue permits for economic               
activity and licenses, and fix quotas and customs duties;                       
     (8) coordinate  economic cooperation  with Baltic  and other               
states; and                                                                     
     (9) be  responsible for  the management of natural resources               
of the  Republic in  accordance with  the established  limits and               
norms. (Amended 17 July 1990)                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 16. Basic Powers of the Republic of Lithuania in Law               
               Enforcement                                                      
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
     (1) effect  measures to  ensure the  rights and  freedoms of               
citizens, safeguard state interests, and maintain public order;                 
     (2) exercise  control over  the observance  of laws  by  the               
ministries of  the Republic  of Lithuania  and other bodies under               
the  jurisdiction   of  the   Government,  and   determine  basic               
trends of legislation in the economy of Lithuania; and                          
       (3) concern itself with the perfection of legal regulation               
of the spheres of economy and social welfare.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 17. Basic Powers of the Government of the Republic                 
               of Lithuania in National Defence                                 
                                                                                
     In  accordance  with  its  powers,  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania shall implement measures to ensure national               
defence, organise  national defence  services, and  control their               
activity.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 18. Basic Powers of the Government of the Republic                 
               of Lithuania in Foreign Policy                                   
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
                                                                                
     (1) conclude  treaties with foreign states and international               
organisations   and    enforce   measures    to   ensure    their               
implementation;                                                                 
     (2) develop  relations between the Republic of Lithuania and               
foreign states and international organisations;                                 
     (3) submit  proposals to the Supreme Council of the Republic               
of Lithuania  to establish diplomatic missions of the Republic of               
Lithuanian in foreign states, and to establish foreign diplomatic               
missions in the Republic; and                                                   
      (4) in accordance with its powers represent the Republic of               
Lithuania in international relations.                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
  Relations of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania with                 
                     other Governing Bodies                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 19. Relations of the Government of the Republic of                 
               Lithuania with Administrative Bodies of Local                    
               Government                                                       
                                                                                
     In accordance with its powers the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania shall:                                                             
                                                                                
     (1) monitor  the local  governments' implementation  of  the               
laws of  the Republic  of Lithuania  and of the directives of the               
Government;                                                                     
     (2) have  the right  to suspend and protest the decisions of               
upper local  governments at the council of those respective local               
governments,     if     said     decisions     contradict     the               
Constitution (Provisional Basic Law) of the Republic of Lithuania               
or other  laws of  the Republic;  in the  event of  a dispute the               
final decision  on the  issue shall  rest with the Council of the               
Republic of Lithuania;                                                          
     (3) organise  jointly with  local governments the management               
of objects  of state  importance (industrial infrastructure); and               
     (4) establish  general  directions  of  the  development  of               
social welfare,  health care,  education and culture. (Amended 17               
July 1990)                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 20. Administration of Ministries of the Republic of                
               Lithuania and other Bodies under the Jurisdiction                
               of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania                   
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
     (1) direct  the  work  of  ministries  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania and  committees of  the Government  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania,   and   guide   and   control   the   performance   of               
Government  services   and  inspectorates   of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania;                                                                      
      (2) submit proposals to the Supreme Council of the Republic               
of Lithuania  on the establishment, reorganisation, and abolition               
of ministries of the Republic of Lithuania;                                     
     (3) as  needed, establish Government services, inspectorates               
of the Republic of Lithuania, and                                               
     Government committees of the Republic of Lithuania, and also               
effect reorganisation and abolition of such bodies; and                         
     (4) approve  regulations for  the ministries of the Republic               
of  Lithuania,  state  services,  inspectorates,  and  Government               
committees of  the Republic  of Lithuania.  (Amended  23  October               
1990)                                                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 21. Ministries of the Republic of Lithuania                        
                                                                                
     Ministries of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall be  central               
bodies of executive power.                                                      
     Ministries of  the Republic  of Lithuania shall be headed by               
ministers of  the Republic  of Lithuania  who shall be personally               
responsible for  the  fulfillment  of  tasks  assigned  to  their               
respective ministries.                                                          
     Ministries of  the Republic of Lithuania, in accordance with               
their powers,  shall give  effect to  the Government  policy  and               
also, on  the basis  of laws  of the  Republic of  Lithuania  and               
resolutions and  directives of  the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania, shall  be in  charge of  the spheres of administration               
                                                                                
entrusted to  them, and  exercise control over the enforcement of               
the said resolutions and directives.                                            
     Further responsibilities  of ministries  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania shall  include  the  provision  of  forecasts  for  the               
development of  their respective  spheres of  activity, study  of               
world standards  and conditions,  drawing up  of  programmes  for               
scientific-technological progress,  and concern  for  the  social               
security and training of their respective personnel.                            
     Ministries of the Republic of Lithuania within the limits of               
their powers shall adopt laws and other acts.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 22. Government Services and Inspectorates of the                   
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     For   the   solution   of   questions   related   to   state               
administration, organisation  of sectors of the economy and other               
issues  not   assigned  to   the  functions  of  ministries,  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania shall set up Government               
services and inspectorates of the Republic of Lithuania.                        
     Government services  and inspectorates  of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania in  accordance with  their  powers  shall  control  the               
enforcement  of  laws  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and  the               
implementation of  resolutions of  the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 23. Government Committees of the Republic of                       
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  appoint, when  it is  deemed necessary, standing and ad               
hoc  committees   composed  of   ministers  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, scientists, and specialists in appropriate spheres.                  
     The work  of the  committees shall  be presided  over by the               
Chairman of  the Government  (Prime Minister)  of the Republic of               
Lithuania, the  Deputy Prime Minister, a minister of the Republic               
of  Lithuania   appointed  by   the  Government  or,  on  certain               
occasions, other persons.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 24. Control Exercised by the Government of the                     
               Republic of Lithuania over the Bodies under its                  
               Jurisdiction                                                     
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall exercise               
control over  the activities  of ministries  of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania and other bodies under its jurisdiction.                              
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  repeal acts  of ministries of the Republic of Lithuania               
and other  bodies under  its jurisdiction if they contradict laws               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania, or  resolutions and directives of               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
     The Government  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania  may  impose               
disciplinary  penalties   upon  ministries  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
                                                                                
         List of Ministries of the Republic of Lithuania                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 25.  The Ministries  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
shall be as follows: (Amended 3 April 1990)                                     
     Ministry of Economy;                                                       
     Ministry of Energy;                                                        
     Ministry of Finance;                                                       
     Ministry of Culture and Education;                                         
     Ministry of Material Supply;                                               
     Ministry of Forestry;                                                      
     Ministry of Industry;                                                      
     Ministry of Commerce;                                                      
     Ministry of Communications;                                                
     Ministry of Construction and Urban Planning;                               
     Ministry of Social Security;                                               
     Ministry of Health;                                                        
     Ministry of Justice;                                                       
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs;                                               
     Ministry of Internal Affairs;                                              
     Ministry of Agriculture. (Amended 3 April 1990)                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
  Organisation of the Work of the Government of the Republic of                 
                            Lithuania                                           
                                                                                
     Article 26. Sessions of the Government of the Republic of                  
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     Sessions of  the Government  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
shall be held when it is deemed necessary.                                      
     Sessions of  the government  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
shall be considered valid if attended by no less than half of the               
Government members.                                                             
     Decisions at  sessions of  the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania shall  be adopted  by a majority vote of the Government               
members. In  the event  of a tie, the vote of the Chairman of the               
Government (Prime  Minister) of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  is               
decisive.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 27. Issues Resolved at Sessions of the Government of               
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
                                                                                
     At sessions  of the  Government of the Republic of Lithuania               
issues  related  to  the  execution  of  state  policy  shall  be               
resolved, and  programmes of  economic and  social development of               
the Republic  and the  draft budget  of the  Lithuanian State and               
their implementation  shall be  considered. Such  sessions  shall               
also  consider  the  enforcement  of  laws  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania and  directives of  the Government  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 28. The Chairman of the Government (Prime Minister)                
               of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
                                                                                
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall be headed               
and its  activity shall  be coordinated  by the  Chairman of  the               
Government (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Lithuania.                       
     The Chairman  of the  Government  (Prime  Minister)  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  represent  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
     The Chairman  of the  Government  (Prime  Minister)  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania shall:                                                    
     (1) form  the composition  of the Government of the Republic               
of  Lithuania  and  within  the  established  time  limit  submit               
appropriate proposals  to the  Supreme Council  of  the  Republic               
of Lithuania;                                                                   
     (2) submit proposals on the reorganisation of the Government               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania to  the  Supreme  Council  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania;                                                          
     (3) conduct  and preside over the sessions of the Government               
of the Republic of Lithuania;                                                   
     (4) appoint  and dismiss from office deputy ministers of the               
Republic  of   Lithuania,  heads   of  Government  services,  and               
inspectorates  of   the   Republic   of   Lithuania   and   their               
respective deputies;                                                            
     (5) in  cases of emergency adopt decisions on issues related               
to state  government within  the limits  of  the  powers  of  the               
Government  of   the  Republic   of  Lithuania,  and  notify  the               
Government at the regular sessions; and                                         
     (6) impose disciplinary penalties on deputy ministers of the               
Republic   of    Lithuania,   heads   of   Government   services,               
inspectorates, and also on their respective deputies.                           
     In the  event of  a  disagreement  between  members  of  the               
Government of  the Republic of Lithuania on fundamental questions               
pertaining to  the activity  of the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania, the Chairman of the Government (Prime Minister) of the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  have the  right to  submit  to  the               
Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania proposals concerning               
changes in  designation of  certain members  of the Government of               
the Republic of Lithuania or resignation of the entire Government               
and formation of a new Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                 
     When the  Chairman of the Government (Prime Minister) of the               
Republic of Lithuania is absent the duties of the Chairman of the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall be discharged by               
one of his deputies.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 29. Resolutions and Directives of the Government of                
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
                                                                                
     Standard decisions  or decisions  urgent for  the economy of               
the  Republic  shall  be  issued  in  the  form  of  resolutions.               
Resolutions of  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
be published  in "The  Official Reports," and, when necessary, in               
the mass media.                                                                 
     Decisions on urgent and current issues shall be published in               
the form  of directives  of the  Government of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Directives of  the Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania               
shall  be  signed  by  the  Chairman  of  the  Government  (Prime               
Minister) of  the Government  of Lithuania.  (Amended 23  October               
1990)                                                                           
     Resolutions of  the Government  of the Republic of Lithuania               
shall  be  signed  by  the  Chairman  of  the  Government  (Prime               
Minister) of  the Government  of the Republic of Lithuania or his               
deputies.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 30. The Organisational Structure of the Government                 
               of the Republic of Lithuania                                     
                                                                                
     The  organisational  structure  of  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  be headed by one of the deputies of               
the Chairman  of the  Government of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
(Prime Minister)  or by a minister without portfolio. (Amended 22               
January 1991)                                                                   
     The organisational  structure  of  the  Government  and  its               
functions shall  be approved  by the  Chairman of  the Government               
(Prime Minister)  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania.  (Amended  22               
January 1991)                                                                   
     With the  aim of providing consultations for the Chairman of               
the Government  (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Lithuania and               
members of  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  on               
important issues of state government and economic management, the               
posts of  advisers to  the  Government    and  experts  shall  be               
included in the list of staff members. (Amended 22 January 1991)                
     Advisers to  the Government shall be appointed and dismissed               
from office by the Chairman of the Government (Prime Minister) of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     The functioning  of organisations  and various  parties  and               
public movements  within  the  organisational  structure  of  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall not be permitted.                 
                                                                                
Vytautas Landsbergis                                                            
                                                                                
President                                                                       
Supreme Council                                                                 
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
                                                                                
22 March 1990                                                                   
No. I-61