REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                               LAW                                              
                        ON THE GOVERNMENT                                       
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                       GENERAL PROVISIONS                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Composition of the Government of the                            
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall consist of               
the Prime Minister and Ministers.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 2. The Powers of the Government of the                             
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall implement               
the executive power in Lithuania.                                               
     The powers  of  the  Government  shall  be  defined  by  the               
Constitution and laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                             
                                                                                
     Article 3. The Legal Ground of the 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 of the Republic of               
Lithuania, laws  of the  Republic of  Lithuania, other legal acts               
adopted by  the Seimas  and the  decrees of  the President of the               
Republic, as well as by this Law.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 4. Basic Principles of Activity of the                             
               Government of the Republic of Lithuania                          
                                                                                
     In  its   activities  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania  shall   proceed  from  the  principles  of  democracy,               
lawfulness and openness.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 5. Responsibility and Accountability of the                        
               Government of the Republic of Lithuania                          
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall be jointly               
responsible to  the Seimas  for the  general  activities  of  the               
Government.  The   Government  shall   present  an   account   of               
implementation of  the programme  of the Government to the Seimas               
at least once a year.                                                           
     The  Ministers   of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  shall  be               
responsible to  the Seimas,  the President  of the  Republic  and               
directly subordinate to the Prime Minister.                                     
     Upon the request of the Seimas, the Government or individual               
Ministers shall  account to  the Seimas  for their  activities in               
accordance with  the procedure  established by the Statute of the               
Seimas.                                                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
    FORMATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Prime Minister of the Republic of                           
               Lithuania shall, with the approval of the                        
               Seimas, be appointed and dismissed by the                        
               President of the Republic.                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The Ministers  shall  be  appointed  and  dismissed  by  the               
President  of  the  Republic  on  the  nomination  of  the  Prime               
Minister. While  temporarily acting  for  the  President  of  the               
Republic, The  Seimas Speaker  may not  dismiss  or  appoint  the               
Ministers without the approval of the Seimas.                                   
     Upon refusal of the President of the Republic to appoint the               
recommended candidate  to the  post  of  a  minister,  the  Prime               
Minister shall  within 10  days present  a  new  candidate  of  a               
minister.                                                                       
     The Prime Minister, within 15 days of being appointed, shall               
present the  Government which  he or she has formed and which has               
been approved  by the President of the Republic to the Seimas and               
shall submit  the programme  of its  activities to the Seimas for               
consideration. In  the event  that this programme is not approved               
by the motivated decision of the Seimas, the Prime Minister shall               
present a new programme for consideration within 15 days from the               
date on  which it  has not  been approved.  Upon  their  request,               
ministries  and   other  state   institutions  must  provide  the               
material,  which   is  necessary   for  the  preparation  of  the               
Government  programme,  to  the  newly  appointed  Ministers  and               
contribute to the preparation of the said programme.                            
     The new  Government shall  be granted  authorization to  act               
after the  Seimas approves  its programme by majority vote of the               
Seimas members present at the sitting. During the drafting of the               
Budget  Law,   the  Government  programme  shall  be  accordingly               
revised.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 7. Swearing in of the Prim% MInister and                           
               Ministers of the Republic of Lithuania                           
                                                                                
     On entering  upon  their  duties,  the  Prime  Minister  and               
Ministers shall  take an  oath during  the sitting of the Seimas.               
The text of the oath shall read as follows:                                     
                                                                                
     "I (full name),                                                            
                                                                                
     swear to be faithful to the Republic of Lithuania;                         
                                                                                
     swear to  respect and  observe its Constitution and 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.                          
     The Prime  Minister and Ministers shall take the oath during               
the Seimas  sitting, in  President's presence.  The oath shall be               
administered by the Seimas Speaker, or, in his or her absence, by               
the Deputy Seimas Speaker, substituting for the Seimas Speaker.                 
     The Prime  Minister and  each Minister  shall take  the oath               
while standing  in front  of the  Seimas Speaker or Deputy Seimas               
Speaker and  reading the  oath, holding  his or  her hand  on the               
Constitution of  the Republic  of  Lithuania.  Upon  reading  the               
entire text  of  the  oath,  the  Prime  Minister  or  individual               
Minister shall sign the nominal oath sheet.                                     
     The text  of the  oath shall not be amended and changed with               
the exception  of the  omission of  the last  sentence. The Prime               
Minister or  individual Minister  who does  not comply  with this               
provision, who  refuses to  sign the  nominal oath  sheet, or who               
signs the  sheet with  a stipulation,  shall not be considered to               
have taken the oath and cannot hold his or her office.                          
     Nominal oath  sheets shall  be handed  over  to  the  Seimas               
Speaker.                                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
                 RETURNING OF THE POWERS OF THE                                 
                   GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC                                   
                OF LITHUANIA AND ITS RESIGNATION                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 8. Returning of the Powers of the Government of                    
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
                                                                                
     Upon the  election of  a new  Seimas, the  Government of the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  within 3  days return its powers to               
the President  of the  Republic.  Upon  the  election  of  a  new               
President, the Government shall within 5 days return its powers.                
     The President  of  the  Republic  shall  accept  the  powers               
returned by  the Government  and charge it to continue exercising               
its functions until a new Government is formed.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 9. Resignation of the Government of the                            
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  announce  its  resignation  to  the  President  of  the               
Republic. Such an application shall be presented in writing.                    
     When more  than half  of the  Ministers, including those who               
have resigned  and those  who have  been removed  from office, as               
well as the Ministers of newly founded or reorganized Ministries,               
are changed, the Government must be re-invested with authority by               
the Seimas. Otherwise, the Government must resign.                              
     The Government must also resign if:                                        
                                                                                
     1) the  Seimas disapproves  two times  in succession  of the               
programme of the newly-formed Government;                                       
     2) the  majority of all the Seimas members express a lack of               
confidence in the Government or in the Prime Minister in a secret               
ballot vote;                                                                    
     3) the Prime Minister resigns or dies;                                     
     4) after  the Seimas  elections, when  a new  Government  is               
formed; or                                                                      
     5) upon  approval  of  the  Seimas,  the  President  of  the               
Republic removes the Prime Minister from office.                                
     The President  of the  Republic shall accept resignations of               
the  Government   and,  as   necessary,  charge  it  to  continue               
exercising its  functions or  charge  one  of  the  Ministers  to               
exercise  the  functions  of  the  Prime  Minister  until  a  new               
Government is formed.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 10. Resignation of the Minister of the Republic                    
               of Lithuania                                                     
                                                                                
     Every Minister  shall have  the right  to resign. A Minister               
shall inform  the President  of the  Republic about  his  or  her               
resignation in writing.                                                         
     A Minister  must resign  if more than half of all the Seimas               
members express, in a secret ballot vote, a lack of confidence in               
him or her.                                                                     
     The President  of the  Republic shall accept the resignation               
of a  Minister and  commission him  or her  to continue in office               
until a new Minister is appointed.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 11. Submitting an Interpellation to the Prime                      
               Minister or an Individual Minister or                            
               Submitting a Draft of a Resolution concerning                    
               Non-Confidence in the Government.                                
                                                                                
     During a  session, a  group of  at least  1/5 of  the Seimas               
members may  submit an interpellation to the Prime Minister or an               
individual Minister,  as well  as, submit a draft of a resolution               
wherein non-confidence in the Government is declared.                           
     Upon considering  the response  of the  Prime Minister or an               
individual Minister  to the  interpellation, or  the reply of the               
Government  to  the  draft  of  the  resolution  concerning  non-               
confidence, the  Seimas may  decide  that  the  response  is  not               
satisfactory and  by a  majority vote  of half  of all the Seimas               
members, express  non-confidence in  the  Prime  Minister  or  an               
individual Minister, or the Government; said voting shall be done               
by secret ballot.                                                               
     Upon the declaration of non-confidence in the Prime Minister               
or  an   individual  Minister,   or  the  Government,  they  must               
immediately resign.                                                             
     When  the   Seimas  declares  non-confidence  in  the  Prime               
Minister, the  President of  the Republic shall charge one of the               
Government  members  to  exercise  the  functions  of  the  Prime               
Minister until  a new  Government  is  formed.  When  the  Seimas               
declares non-confidence  in an individual Minister, the President               
of the  Republic shall  charge one  of  the  other  Ministers  to               
exercise temporarily  the said  functions until a new Minister is               
approved and  sworn in.  In this  case, the  Prime Minister shall               
within 15  days present  to the  President of  the Republic a new               
candidate for minister.                                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
              GUARANTEES OF THE GOVERNMENT MEMBERS                              
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 12. Guarantees for Inviolability of the Prime                      
               Minister and the Ministers                                       
                                                                                
     The Prime  Minister and  the  Ministers  may  not  be  found               
criminally responsible,  may not  be arrested,  and  may  not  be               
subjected to  any restrictions  of personal  freedom without  the               
preliminary consent  of the  Seimas, or,  if the Seimas is not in               
session, of the President of the Republic.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 13. Social Guarantees of the Prime Minister and                    
               the Ministers                                                    
                                                                                
     Health and  life insurances  of the  Prime Minister  and the               
Ministers shall be provided from the state funds.                               
     Upon expiration  of the term of office of the Prime Minister               
or  the  Ministers,  their  resignation  or  dismissal  from  the               
respective office  due to  the reorganization  of the Government,               
they shall be provided with the following social guarantees:                    
     1) upon  the completion  of transfer  of their duties, their               
severance pay to be equal to 6 average monthly work payments; and               
     2) whenever  possible, to  return to  their previously  held               
position or job, or, provided with an equivalent job or office in               
state institutions and organizations.                                           
     The family  of the  Prime Minister or an individual Minister               
shall receive a lump-sum compensation equal to five years salary,               
according to  the respective  office, in the event that the Prime               
Minister or  individual Minister  accidentally loses  his or  her               
life while  discharging his  or her  duties. Burial costs for the               
Prime Minister  or an individual Minister shall be covered by the               
State. In  the event  that the  Prime Minister  or an  individual               
Minister has  been injured  while discharging  his or her duties,               
they shall be paid the compensation equal to his or her salary of               
                                                                                
one to  five years,  taking  into  consideration  the  degree  of               
injuries.                                                                       
     The social  guarantees specified  in part  2 of this Article               
shall be applied to the persons who have worked in the Government               
for more  than one year. They shall not be applied to the persons               
who have  resigned due  to non-confidence in them declared in the               
procedure established in Article 11 of this Law.                                
     Funds for social guarantees shall be provided from the state               
budget.                                                                         
     The Government  members shall  not  be  entitled  to  social               
privileges.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 14. Prohibition for the Prime Minister and the                     
               Ministers to Hold Office Subject to                              
               Nomination or Election and to Engage in any                      
               other Labour Activities                                          
                                                                                
     The Prime  Minister and the Ministers may not hold any other               
office subject  to nomination  or election,  except the duties of               
the Seimas  members; may  not be employed in business, commercial               
and other  private  institutions  or  enterprises,  and  may  not               
receive any  remuneration other  than the  salary established for               
their respective  Government offices  and payments  for  creative               
activities. Payments  made to  the member  of the  Government for               
creative activities  shall include royalties for works of art and               
their performance, for radio and television programmes as well as               
hourly salaries for educational, scientific and consultative work               
performed by the member of the Government not during the sittings               
of the Government or the Government committees.                                 
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
             SPECIAL RELATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF                             
                 THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA WITH                                 
          THE SEIMAS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC                          
                                                                                
     Article 15. The Right of the Government of the Republic                    
               of Lithuania to Present a Proposal for Pre-                      
               Term Elections to the Seimas                                     
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  present to  the President of the Republic a proposal to               
announce  pre-term   elections  to  the  Seimas,  if  the  Seimas               
expresses direct non-confidence in the Government.                              
                                                                                
     Article 16. The Right of the Government of the Republic                    
               of Lithuania to Announce Elections of the                        
               President of the Republic                                        
                                                                                
     In the  cases specified  in part  1 of  Article  89  of  the               
Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, when the Seimas cannot               
convene and  announce elections of the President of the Republic,               
the elections shall be announced by the Government.                             
     The Electoral  Committee for  Elections of  the President of               
the Seimas  shall be  commissioned with  implementation  of  this               
decision.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 17. Participation of the Prime Minister and the                    
               Ministers in the Work of the Seimas                              
                                                                                
     In the  manner established  by the Seimas Statute, the Prime               
Minister and  the Ministers shall be entitled to take part in the               
sittings  of   the  Seimas,   its  Committees,   Commissions  and               
parliamentary groups  and to convey their opinion on issues under               
consideration.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 18. Procedure for Replying by the Government                       
          members of the Republic of Lithuania to Inquiries                     
          of the Seimas Members                                                 
                                                                                
     The Prime  Minister or  an individual  Minister to  whom  an               
inquiry about  the activities  of the  Government, Ministries  or               
other  governmental  institutions  is  addressed  by  the  Seimas               
member,  must  reply  orally  or  in  writing  in  the  procedure               
established by the Seimas Statute.                                              
     At the  Seimas session,  in the  established  procedure  the               
Prime Minister and the Ministers shall answer the questions posed               
by the Seimas members.                                                          
     On the invitation of the Seimas Committee or Commission, the               
Ministers or  an officer  authorized by  the individual  Minister               
must  participate   in  the  sitting  of  the  committee  or  the               
commission  and   provide  explanations   on  the   issues  under               
consideration by the committee.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 19. The Duty of the Prime Minister and the                         
               Ministers to Countersign the Decrees of the                      
               President of the Republic                                        
                                                                                
     The Prime Minister or an appropriate Minister shall within 3               
days sign the Decrees of the President of the Republic concerning               
the issues  specified in  Article 85  of the  Constitution of the               
Republic of  Lithuania. Responsibility  for such decree shall lie               
with the Prime Minister or Minister who signed it.                              
                                                                                
     Article 20. The Right of Legislative Initiative of the                     
               Government of the Republic of Lithuania                          
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right of legislative initiative in the Seimas.                                  
     The Government  shall enact  a resolution  concerning  draft               
laws submitted to the Seimas.                                                   
                                                                                
                            Chapter 6                                           
                                                                                
    THE POWERS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 21. Basic Powers of the Government of the                          
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
     1) protect the constitutional order and inviolability of the               
territory of the Republic of Lithuania, administer the affairs of               
the country, ensure State security and public order;                            
     2) implement  laws and  resolution of  the Seimas concerning               
the implementation  of laws,  as  well  as  the  decrees  of  the               
President of the Republic;                                                      
     3) coordinate  the activities  of the  ministries and  other               
governmental institutions;                                                      
     4) prepare  the draft  budget of  the State and submit it to               
the  Seimas;   execute  the   State  budget  and  report  on  the               
fulfillment of the budget to the Seimas;                                        
     5) hold,  use and dispose of the State property according to               
the procedures and situations established by law;                               
     6) draft  bills and  other legal acts and submit them to the               
Seimas for consideration;                                                       
     7) submit  proposals to  the Seimas to establish and abolish               
ministries;                                                                     
     8)  if   necessary,  establish   and  abolish   governmental               
institutions;                                                                   
                                                                                
     9)  approve   regulations  of  ministries  and  governmental               
institutions;                                                                   
     10) establish  diplomatic relations  and maintain  relations               
with foreign  countries and  international organizations,  submit               
proposals to  the President  of the Republic to appoint or recall               
diplomatic  representatives  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  in               
foreign states and international organizations;                                 
     11) organize governing in upper administrative units;                      
     12) propose  to the Seimas to establish the direct governing               
on the territory of a local government in cases provided by law;                
     13) discharge  other duties  prescribed to the Government by               
the Constitution, this and other laws; and                                      
     14) have  the right to address the Constitutional Court with               
a request  to investigate  the conformity of laws of the Republic               
of Lithuania  and other  acts adopted  by  the  Seimas  with  the               
Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 22. Relations of the Government of the Republic                    
               of Lithuania with Local Governments                              
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall:                         
     1) through  its appointed  representatives monitor the local               
governments' adherence  to  the  Constitution  and  laws  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania and implementation of the decisions of the               
Government; and                                                                 
     2)  together   with  local   governments  establish  general               
directions  of   the  development  of  social  security,  health,               
education and culture.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 7                                           
                                                                                
    STRUCTURE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 23. The Prime Minister of the Republic of                          
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     The Prime  Minister  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  shall               
represent the  Government of the Republic of Lithuania and direct               
its activities.                                                                 
     The Prime Minister shall:                                                  
     1) form  the Government  and submit  its composition for the               
approval of the President of the Government;                                    
     2) submit  proposals to the President of the Republic on the               
appointment and dismissal of the individual Ministers;                          
     3) appoint and dismiss the Government secretary;                           
     4) convene the Government sittings and preside over them;                  
     5) appoint and dismiss from office the heads of governmental               
institutions, upon the recommendation of the individual Ministers               
appoint and  dismiss under secretaries of appropriate Ministries,               
as well as impose disciplinary penalties on heads of governmental               
institutions  and  upon  the  recommendation  of  the  individual               
Ministers impose  disciplinary penalties on the under secretaries               
of appropriate Ministries;                                                      
     6)  provide   material  inducements   for   the   heads   of               
governmental institutions;                                                      
     7) form  working groups  for drafting  laws and  other legal               
acts;                                                                           
     8) in  the  cases  specified  by  the  Constitution  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania submit  to the  President of  the Republic               
proposals to  commission one  of the  Ministers to substitute for               
the Prime Minister; and                                                         
     9) discharge  other duties  prescribed to the Prime Minister               
by the  Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, this and other               
laws.                                                                           
     In the  event of  a disagreement  between the Prime Minister               
and the  Ministers on  fundamental questions  pertaining  to  the               
activity of  the Government,  the Prime  Minister shall  have the               
right to  submit to  the  President  of  the  Republic  proposals               
concerning dismissal of certain Ministers.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 24. Powers of the Minister who Exercises the                       
               Functions of the Prime Minister or                               
               Substitutes for the Prime Minister                               
                                                                                
     The Minister  who  exercises  the  functions  of  the  Prime               
Minister shall  be entitled  to the  same  powers  as  the  Prime               
Minister.                                                                       
     The Minister who substitutes for the Prime Minister shall be               
entitled to  the same  powers as  the Prime  Minister,  with  the               
exception of the powers provided for in Article 9 and items 1 and               
2 of Article 23.                                                                
     The Minister  who  exercises  the  functions  of  the  Prime               
Minister or substitutes for the Prime Minister shall indicate his               
or her  own duties  and make  an entry "acting Prime Minister" or               
"substituting for the Prime Minister".                                          
                                                                                
     Article 25. The Ministers of the Republic of Lithuania                     
                                                                                
     The  Ministers   of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  shall  be               
personally  responsible   for  the   spheres  of   administration               
entrusted to them.                                                              
     A Minister  may be  temporarily substituted  only by another               
member of the Government appointed by the Prime Minister.                       
     A Minister shall:                                                          
     1) be  responsible for  the fulfillment of tasks assigned to               
the respective Ministry;                                                        
     2) ensure  the enforcement of laws, decrees of the President               
of the Republic, directives of the Prime Minister and other legal               
acts;                                                                           
     3) submit  to the  Government drafts of laws and other legal               
acts  in   the  procedure  established  by  the  Government  work               
regulations;                                                                    
     4) carry  out instructions  of the  Government and the Prime               
Minister;                                                                       
     5) issue  orders and  other legal  acts approved  by orders,               
exercise control  over the  enforcement of them. Orders and other               
legal acts  issued by  a Minister  shall  be  registered  in  the               
procedure established by the Government work regulations.                       
     As needed  several Ministers may issue joint orders or other               
legal acts approved by the order;                                               
     6) submit  to the  Government or the Prime Minister a report               
on the  activities of  a Ministry  and render  an account  of his               
activities upon the request of the Prime Minister;                              
     7) submit  to the  Prime Minister  his proposals  concerning               
appointment and dismissal from office of the under secretaries of               
Ministries and imposing disciplinary penalties on them;                         
     8) approve the structure of a Ministry and the roll of staff               
not exceeding the established annual wage fund;                                 
     9) approve  regulations (rules)  of structural  units of the               
Ministry,  departments,   services  and   inspectorates  in   the               
Ministry,  other   institutions  and   organizations  under   its               
jurisdiction, as  well as  of state  enterprises assigned  to the               
sphere of its regulation;                                                       
     10) appoint  and dismiss  heads of  structural units  of the               
Ministry,  departments,   services  and   inspectorates  in   the               
Ministry,  other   institutions  and   organizations  under   its               
jurisdiction, as  well as  of state  enterprises assigned  to the               
sphere of its regulation; and                                                   
     11) exercise other powers prescribed to him by laws.                       
                                                                                
     Article 26. 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.                                                                 
     The work  of the  committees shall  be presided  over by the               
Prime Minister,  a Minister  or other  persons appointed  by  the               
Government.                                                                     
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish               
objectives, functions,  procedure of  activities and financing of               
the committees.  Funds for purpose-oriented financing of standing               
committees must  be provided for in the draft of the State Budget               
Law.                                                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 8                                           
                 THE MINISTRIES AND GOVERNMENTAL                                
            INSTITUTIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 27. The Ministries of the Republic of Lithuania                    
                                                                                
     The Ministries  of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall  be  as               
follows:                                                                        
     Ministry of Environmental Protection;                                      
     Ministry of Economics;                                                     
     Ministry of Energy;                                                        
     Ministry of Finance;                                                       
     Ministry of National Defence;                                              
     Ministry of Culture;                                                       
     Ministry of Forestry;                                                      
     Ministry of Industry and Trade;                                            
     Ministry of Communications and Informatics;                                
     Ministry of Social Security and Labour;                                    
     Ministry of Construction and Urban Planning;                               
     Ministry of Transport;                                                     
     Ministry of Health;                                                        
     Ministry of Education and Science;                                         
     Ministry of Justice;                                                       
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs;                                               
     Ministry  of   Public  Administration   Reforms  and   Local               
Government Affairs;                                                             
     Ministry of Internal Affairs; and                                          
     Ministry of Agriculture.                                                   
                                                                                
     On the  recommendation of  the  Government,  the  Ministries               
shall be  founded and  abolished by the Seimas of the Republic of               
Lithuania by enacting a law.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 28. Objectives, Functions and Rights of the                        
               Ministries of the Republic of Lithuania                          
                                                                                
     The  Ministries  shall  resolve  issues  assigned  to  their               
competence, and  shall also  discharge other functions prescribed               
by laws.                                                                        
     Objectives, functions  and rights of the Ministries shall be               
established in laws, and regulations of the Ministries.                         
                                                                                
     Article 29. Under Secretaries of the Ministries of the                     
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     Internal organization  of the Ministry shall be administered               
by  the  under  secretary  of  the  appropriate  Ministry  (under               
secretaries).                                                                   
                                                                                
     The under  secretary (under  secretaries) of  the Ministries               
shall be  directly responsible  to the  appropriate Minister.  If               
there are several under secretaries in the Ministry, the scope of               
their  competence   shall  be   established  by  the  appropriate               
Minister.                                                                       
     The Minister shall head the structural units of the Ministry               
directly or  through the under secretary (under secretaries), and               
the departments,  services and  inspectorates  in  the  Ministry,               
other institutions  and organizations  under the  jurisdiction of               
the Ministry - through the heads of these institutions.                         
     The under  secretary of  the Ministry shall issue directions               
concerning work  organization of  the personnel  and  office-work               
management of the respective Ministry.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 30. The Structure of the Ministries of the                         
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     Ministries shall consist of departments, divisions and other               
structural units.                                                               
     Departments, services and inspectorates may be set up in the               
Ministry.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 31. Collegia of the Ministries of the Republic                     
               of Lithuania                                                     
                                                                                
     A collegium  may be  founded in the Ministry of the Republic               
of Lithuania  which is  an advisory  body of  the  Minister.  The               
collegium shall  comprise the  Minister (head  of the collegium),               
under secretary of the Ministry, other employees of the Ministry,               
as well  as heads of the department, service, inspectorate in the               
Ministry. Upon  their consent,  delegates of other Ministries and               
state institutions  as well  as  scientists  may  be  invited  to               
participate in meetings of the collegium.                                       
     The Minister  shall affix  the  number  of  members  of  the               
collegium and approve its personal composition.                                 
     The collegium  of the Ministry shall consider most important               
issues concerning  the activity  of the  Ministry, drafts of most               
important orders  of the  Minister and other legal acts, hear the               
reports of  the heads  of the  structural units  of the Ministry,               
departments, services  and inspectorates  in the Ministry as well               
as other institutions under its jurisdiction, consider how proper               
employees are  chosen  and  trained  and  how  execution  of  the               
decisions is checked.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 32. Government Institutions of the Republic of                     
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     For the  solution of issues not assigned to the functions of               
ministries, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania may found               
Government    institutions     (departments,     services     and               
inspectorates).                                                                 
     Government  institutions   shall  be   headed  by  the  head               
(departments, services  - by the director, inspectorates - by the               
chief). He shall be directly subordinate to the Prime Minister.                 
     The head  of the Government institution shall resolve issues               
assigned to  the sphere of competence of the institution, as well               
as perform  other functions  prescribed by  laws  and  Government               
resolutions. The  head of  the Government  institution  shall  be               
personally responsible  that the institution would resolve issues               
assigned to it.                                                                 
     The head of the Government institution may have an assistant               
(assistants).                                                                   
     The head  of the  Government institution  shall issue orders               
and other  legal acts  approved by the order, and supervise their               
implementation.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 33. Control Exercised by the Government of the                     
               Republic of Lithuania over Ministries and                        
               other Government Institutions and the                            
               Procedure for Coming into Force of their                         
               Legal Acts                                                       
                                                                                
     The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall coordinate               
the activities  of the  Ministries  through  the  Ministers.  The               
Government shall  have the  right to  repeal legal  acts  of  the               
Ministers  and   institutions  under   the  jurisdiction  of  the               
Ministries,  as  well  as  of  Government  institutions  if  they               
contradict the  Constitution of  the Republic of Lithuania, laws,               
other legal  acts adopted by the Seimas, decrees of the President               
of the Republic, resolutions of the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania and directives of the Prime Minister.                                 
     Legal acts  of the Ministries and Government institutions in               
which legal  rules are  established, amended or declared invalid,               
shall come  into force  on the  day following  the publication of               
said acts in the "Valstybes zinios", unless a later date of their               
enforcement is set in the said legal acts.                                      
                                                                                
                            Chapter 9                                           
                                                                                
              ORGANIZATION OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE                             
             GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 34. The Work Regulations of the Government of                      
               the Republic of Lithuania                                        
                                                                                
     The work  procedure of  the Government  of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall  be established  by the  work regulations  of the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 35. Meetings of the Government of the Republic                     
               of Lithuania                                                     
                                                                                
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall resolve               
the affairs of state administration at its meetings by a majority               
vote of all Government members.                                                 
     Officials whose  right  to  participate  in  the  Government               
meetings is  provided by  the Constitution  and other laws of the               
Republic  of   Lithuania,  may   participate  in  the  Government               
meetings.                                                                       
     Other persons may be invited to the Government meetings.                   
                                                                                
     Article 36. The Procedure for Submitting Documents to                      
               the Government of the Republic of Lithuania                      
                                                                                
     Drafts  of  resolutions  and  other  legal  acts  which  are               
submitted to  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania must be               
signed by a minister.                                                           
     In cases  when an  issue belonging  to the competence of the               
minister covers the sphere of administration of another minister,               
the minister  shall coordinate  the issue  with another  minister               
before  presenting   it  to  the  Government.  In  the  event  of               
disagreement, the  minister shall  address the Prime Minister who               
makes a decision.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 37. The Procedure for Drawing up the Agenda of                     
               Meetings of the Government of the Republic of                    
               Lithuania and Consideration of Issues                            
                                                                                
     Drafts of resolutions and other legal acts of the Government               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall  be prepared, considered and               
                                                                                
adopted at  the Government  meetings in the procedure established               
by the Government work regulations.                                             
     The Government  Secretary shall submit to the Prime Minister               
proposals concerning  the discussion of a draft resolution of the               
Government or other legal act at the Government meeting.                        
     The Government  secretary shall  draw up the draft agenda of               
the Government meeting, name speakers and present it to the Prime               
Minister together with the appropriate material.                                
     When the  Prime Minister approves the agenda of the meeting,               
the Government  secretary shall  no later  than 3 days before the               
meeting deliver  the meeting  material to  the Government members               
and speakers.                                                                   
     The Prime  Minister shall have the right to propose that new               
issues be included into the agenda during the Government meeting.               
     A report  and opinions  of the  Government members  shall be               
heard at  the Government meeting. At the permission of the person               
presiding over  the meeting,  other persons  participating in the               
meeting may express their opinion.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 38. Resolutions of the Government of the                           
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     Resolutions and  decisions of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania  shall be  passed at  the Government  meetings by  a               
majority vote of all Government members.                                        
     Government resolutions shall be signed by the Prime Minister               
and the  appropriate Minister.  In the  cases when  a  resolution               
covers several  spheres of  administration, it shall be signed by               
the prime  Minister and the Minister who has submitted the draft.               
Government resolutions  shall be signed within three working days               
after they  have been  passed, unless a different term of signing               
is set by the Government.                                                       
     Government resolutions in which legal rules are established,               
amended or  declared invalid  shall become effective the next day               
after they,  signed by  the Prime  Minister and  the  appropriate               
Minister, have been published in the "Valstybes zinios", unless a               
later date of their enforcement is set in the said resolutions.                 
     Government  resolutions   in  which   legal  rules  are  not               
established, amended  or declared invalid, shall come into effect               
on the  day they  are  passed,  unless  a  later  date  of  their               
enforcement is set in the said resolutions.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 39. Minutes of the Meetings of the Government                      
               of the Republic of Lithuania                                     
                                                                                
     Minutes shall  be taken  at  the  Government  meetings.  The               
number of  a meeting,  as well  as persons  participating at  the               
meeting shall  be specified  in the minutes. The reporter who has               
submitted the  issue for  consideration as well as speakers shall               
be named  and the  adopted decision  shall be  specified  in  the               
minutes. The minutes shall be signed by the Prime Minister.                     
                                                                                
     Article 40. Directives of the Prime Minister of the                        
               Republic of Lithuania                                            
                                                                                
     Within  his   competence  the  Prime  Minister  shall  issue               
directives concerning the organization of the Government work and               
personnel matters.                                                              
     Directives of  the Prime  Minister shall become effective on               
the day  of their  signing, unless a later date of enforcement is               
set in the said directives.                                                     
                                                                                
                           Chapter 10                                           
                   THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE                                  
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 41. The Prime Minister's Office of the Republic                    
               of Lithuania                                                     
                                                                                
     The Prime  Minister's office  of the  Republic of  Lithuania               
shall serve the Prime Minister and the Government.                              
     The structure  of  the  Prime  Minister's  office  shall  be               
approved by  the Prime  Minister on  the  recommendation  of  the               
Government secretary.                                                           
     The  Prime   Minister's  office   shall  be  headed  by  the               
Government secretary.                                                           
     Heads and  advisers on  separate matters  of the  structural               
units of  the Prime  Minister's office  shall  be  appointed  and               
dismissed by  the Prime  Minister on  the recommendation  of  the               
Government secretary.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 42. The Government Secretary of the Republic of                    
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     The Government  secretary shall arrange Government meetings,               
participate in them and ensure recording of the meetings, as well               
as publishing of the Government resolutions and directives of the               
Prime Minister in the "Valstybes zinios".                                       
     The Government  secretary shall  be responsible  for the use               
and preservation of the Government seal.                                        
     The Government secretary shall appoint and dismiss employees               
of the  Prime Minister's  office and  heads of  the  institutions               
which provide  services for the Government, with the exception of               
the cases specified in Paragraph 4 of Article 41 of this Law.                   
                                                                                
     Article 43. Procedure for Preservation of the Documents                    
               of the Government of the Republic of                             
               Lithuania                                                        
                                                                                
     Laws of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania,  resolutions  of  the               
Seimas, decrees  of the  President of  the Republic, decisions of               
the Constitutional  Court, drafts and originals of resolutions of               
the Government  and directives  of the Prime Minister, as well as               
minutes of  the Government  meetings shall  be preserved  in  the               
Prime Minister's office.                                                        
     The Prime Minister's office shall ensure the translation and               
authenticity  into   foreign  languages  of  resolutions  of  the               
Government and directives of the Prime Minister.                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law enacted by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
President of the Republic               Algirdas Brazauskas                     
                                                                                
19 May 1994, No.I-464                                                           
Vilnius                                                                         
                                                                                
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