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               SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                              
                             STATUTE                                            
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                    17 February 1994 No.I-399                                   
                             Vilnius                                            
                                                                                
                             PART 1                                             
                                                                                
                   STATUS OF THE SEIMAS MEMBER                                  
                                                                                
       Chapter 1. The Powers and Oath of the Seimas Member                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1.  The main  rights and  duties of  a member of the               
Seimas of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall be  defined  by  the               
Constitution of  the Republic  of Lithuania  and by this Statute,               
and other  rights and  duties of  a Seimas  member shall  also be               
established by other laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                         
     In carrying  out his  duties, a  Seimas member  shall act in               
compliance with  the Constitution  of the  Republic of Lithuania,               
the interests  of the State, and his own consciences, and may not               
be restricted by any mandates.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 2.  The term  of office  of a  Seimas  member  shall               
commence from  the day that the newly-elected Seimas convenes for               
the first  sitting. The  powers of  the previously elected Seimas               
member shall expire upon commencement of said sitting.                          
     Elected Seimas  member shall  only acquire all of the rights               
of a  representative of  the nation  upon taking  an oath  in the               
Seimas to  be loyal to the Republic of Lithuania. A Seimas member               
who has  not taken  an oath  shall not  be entitled to the rights               
provided for  in Chapter 2 of this Statute, shall not be provided               
with maintenance  and guarantees  of his activities under Chapter               
3, and shall not receive the salary of a Seimas member.                         
                                                                                
     Article 3.  The text of the oath of the Seimas member of the               
Republic of Lithuania 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, and               
to protect the integrity of its territory,                                      
       swear  to  the  best  of  my  ability  to  strengthen  the               
independence  of  Lithuania,  and  to  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.                          
                                                                                
     Article  4.   The  oath   of  the  Seimas  member  shall  be               
administered by  the Chairperson  of the  Constitutional Court of               
the Republic  of Lithuania, or, in the absence of the Chairperson               
or in  the event  that the  Chairperson is  temporarily unable to               
discharge  his  or  her  duties,  by  the  acting  judge  of  the               
Constitutional Court.                                                           
     Each Seimas  member shall  take the  oath while  standing in               
front of the person who is administering the oath 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, each Seimas member               
shall sign the nominal oath sheet.                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Nominal oath  sheets shall  be handed over to the officer of               
the Constitutional Court who administered the oath. Upon checking               
the nominal  oath sheets,  said officer  shall read  the list  of               
those Seimas  members who  have acquired  all of  the rights of a               
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representative of the nation.                                                   
                                                                                
 Article  5. The  Seimas member who does not take the oath in the               
manner prescribed  by law,  or who take a conditional oath, shall               
lose the  mandate of  the Seimas member. The Seimas shall adopt a               
resolution thereon.                                                             
     The text  of the oath may not be amended or changed with the               
exception of the omission of the last sentence. The Seimas member               
who do  not comply  with this  provision, who  refuse to sign the               
nominal oath  sheet, or  who sign  the sheet  with a stipulation,               
shall not  be considered  to have  taken the oath. In such cases,               
the Seimas  member shall  lose the mandate pursuant to Article 59               
of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.                               
     The Seimas  member whose  powers were terminated pursuant to               
the Constitution  and laws  of the  Republic of Lithuania and who               
has again become a Seimas member must take the oath again.                      
                                                                                
     A Seimas  member must  take an  oath not later than within a               
month from the first sitting attended by him.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 6. The duties of a Seimas member, with the exception               
of his/her  duties in  the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any               
other duties  or jobs  in State institutions and organisations as               
well as  in business,  commercial and  other private institutions               
and enterprises. For the term of office, a Seimas member shall be               
exempt from the duty to perform national defence service.                       
                                                                                
     A Seimas  member may  be appointed only as Prime Minister or               
Minister.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 7.  A Seimas  member shall  have a certificate and a               
Seimas member badge which shall be presented to him/her after the               
oath and  which shall  be used  by him/her  during the  period of               
his/her term of office.                                                         
                                                                                
     Samples of  the Seimas member certificate and badge shall be               
approved by the Seimas Board.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article  8.   The  powers   of  a  Seimas  member  shall  be               
terminated:                                                                     
     1) upon  the expiration  of the  term of  his/her powers, or               
when the  Seimas elected  in preterm  elections convenes  for its               
first sitting;                                                                  
     2) upon his/ her death;                                                    
     3) upon his or her resignation;                                            
     4) if he or she is declared legally incapable by the court;                
     5) if  the Seimas  revokes his  or her mandate in accordance               
with impeachment proceedings;                                                   
     6) if  the election  is recognised as invalid, or if the law               
on election is grossly violated;                                                
     7) if  he or  she takes a job, or does not resign from a job               
which is incompatible with the duties of a Seimas member within 3               
months;                                                                         
     8) if  he or  she is deprived of citizenship of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
         Chapter 2. The Activities of the Seimas Member                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 9.  A member  of  the  Seimas  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall have the right to:                                              
     1) vote  on all  issues considered  at the  sittings of  the               
Seimas or the committee of which he/she is a member;                            
     2) elect  and be  elected to  any institution  of the Seimas               
according to the procedure established by this Statute;                         
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     3) participate  in discussions  concerning all  issues under               
consideration,  and   express  his/her  opinion,  vocally  or  in               
writing;                                                                        
     4) submit  the texts  of their  speeches to the chair of the               
sitting for inclusion into the shorthand record of the sitting;                 
     5) propose the consideration of an issues to the Seimas;                   
     6) prepare  and submit for consideration adequately prepared               
drafts of laws and other legal acts as well as to propose motions               
relative to the laws which are to be debated in the Seimas;                     
     7)  pose,  during  sittings  of  the  Seimas,  questions  to               
reporters and supplementary reporters;                                          
     8) make  statements and  remarks, speak  on voting  motives,               
propose motions  relative to  the conduct  of  the  sitting,  the               
procedure, prejudicial questions.                                               
     9) obtain,  directly or through an assistant, copies of laws               
and bills,  as well  as copies of laws and other documents passed               
by the  Seimas, the  Seimas Speaker, the Board, or the meeting of               
Spokespersons.                                                                  
     10) participate  in  the  sittings  of  all  committees  and               
commissions of  the Seimas and as necessary to participate in the               
sittings of  the state power and government institutions at which               
issues submitted  by him/her  are  discussed,  as  well  as  upon               
advance notice,  in the  sittings of  the Government  without the               
right to vote, except the sittings associated with state secrets,               
the procedure  for the consideration thereof shall be established               
by laws;                                                                        
     11) submit  inquiries to  the members  of the Government and               
the heads of other state institutions, and to submit questions to               
them and to the Seimas officers;                                                
     12) no  more frequently  than once  in a  month make  use of               
state radio  and television  on issues  of his activities free of               
charge.                                                                         
     The procedure  for the  implementation of  these  and  other               
rights shall be established by other Articles of this Statute.                  
                                                                                
     Article 10.  The Seimas  member must  participate in  Seimas               
sittings during  votings which  were planned in advance. A voting               
which was  announced at  least two  days prior  to the day of the               
voting shall be considered to have been planned in advance.                     
     Each member of the Seimas, with the exception of the members               
of the  Seimas Board  and the  Government, must  be a member of a               
committee and must participate in the work thereof, and must also               
be an  alternate member  of another committee. The Speaker of the               
Seimas may  not be a member or alternate member of a committee. A               
single Seimas member may be a member of only one committee.                     
                                                                                
     Article 11.  While participating  in sittings  of the Seimas               
and the committees, Seimas members must adhere to this Statute.                 
     If a  Seimas member  cannot attend  a sitting  of the Seimas               
during which  a voting  has been  planned for in advance, he/ she               
must inform  the secretariat of the sittings thereof, stating the               
reason for absence.                                                             
     If a  Seimas member cannot attend a sitting of the committee               
or  commission,   he/she  must  inform  the  chairperson  of  the               
committee or  commission, and in the chairperson's absence -- the               
deputy chairperson.                                                             
     During a  session Seimas members must notify the chairperson               
(in the  absence of the chairperson -- the deputy chairperson) of               
the committee  of which  they are  members of  all of their trips               
beyond the  boundaries of  the Republic  of Lithuania, and during               
the sittings of the Seimas -- of their trips within the territory               
of the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
     Upon returning  from a  business trip,  a Seimas member must               
present a  report to  the Seimas  Board or the committee on which               
he/she is a member concerning the fulfillment of assignments.                   
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     Article 12.  The Seimas  member must regularly hold meetings               
with his/her  constituents. He/she shall have the right to invite               
officials of  state institutions  and local government bodies and               
deputies to participate in the meetings.                                        
     A  Seimas  member  shall  consider  proposals,  appeals  and               
complaints and,  as necessary,  shall refer  them to  appropriate               
state institutions for consideration.                                           
     Officials to  whom a  Seimas member's  appeal was  addressed               
including proposals,  appeals and  complaints  of  citizens  must               
consider said appeals within 20 days of the receipt thereof.                    
                                                                                
Chapter 3. Maintenance and Guarantees of the Activities of Seimas               
                             Members                                            
                                                                                
     Article 13. Local governments and their executive bodies, as               
well  as   heads   of   state   enterprises,   institutions   and               
organisations,  must   provide  Seimas  members  with  conditions               
enabling them  to meet with constituents, must notify them of the               
time and place of such meetings, and must provide them with other               
necessary assistance and information.                                           
     Respective  local   governments  must   allot  and  maintain               
permanent premises  for  Seimas  members  elected  in  a  single-               
candidate areas  to receive  constituents.  As  necessary,  local               
governments must  allot properly  arranged  premises  for  Seimas               
members elected  in multi-candidate  electoral areas  to  receive               
constituents and hold meetings                                                  
     The Seimas  member shall  have the  right to  demand  to  be               
received without  delay at  state enterprises,  institutions  and               
organisations  concerning   issues  which   pertain  to   his/her               
activities, as  well as  the right  to be provided with necessary               
information.                                                                    
     The Seimas  member shall  have  the  right  to  unrestricted               
access of  all enterprises,  institutions and  organisations. The               
visitation   procedure    for   enterprises,   institutions   and               
organisations whose  activities are associated with state secrets               
shall be established by laws.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 14.  Upon establishing  that civil  rights and  laws               
have been  violated, a  Seimas member  shall have  the  right  to               
directly demand  that the  violation be corrected, or may address               
the appropriate  institutions and  officers. Violations  shall be               
indicated in  the minutes taken together with the representatives               
of law enforcement or control body.                                             
     If the legitimate demands of a Seimas member are not carried               
out, a  disciplinary punishment  may, according  to the procedure               
established by law, be imposed on the officer who is responsible;               
                                                                                
     Article 15.  Compensation for the work of the Seimas member,               
as well  as expenses related with their parliamentary activities,               
shall be covered by the State Budget.                                           
     The salary  of Seimas  members and the procedure for payment               
thereof shall  be established  by the  Seimas. Resolutions of the               
Seimas concerning changes in the salaries of Seimas members shall               
become effective  only from the day that the newly-elected Seimas               
convenes for the first sitting.                                                 
     Seimas members  who at  the same  time hold  office  at  the               
Seimas shall  be paid  supplemental salaries, the amount of which               
shall be  established by  the Seimas,  for their work. The Seimas               
member may  not receive  any other  salary, with the exception of               
payment for  creative activities. Payments made to Seimas members               
for creative  activities shall include royalties for works of art               
and literature,  for radio  and television  programmes as well as               
hourly salaries for educational, scientific and consultative work               
performed by  Seimas members  not  during  the  sittings  of  the               
Seimas, its committees and commissions.                                         
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     Article 16.  The Seimas  member shall  be entitled  to  have               
personal secretary-assistants  or joint secretary-assistants with               
other members  of their  respective parliamentary  groups,  whose               
salaries shall  be paid  from the  State Budget;  they  are  also               
entitled to have assistants who work on a voluntary basis.                      
     Seimas members  shall be  allocated additional funds for the               
reimbursement   of    office,   postal,   telephone,   telegraph,               
transportation, and  other expenses  incurred from  parliamentary               
activities --  the amount  and the  procedure for payment thereof               
shall be established by the Seimas Board.                                       
     Seimas members  who do  not have  a place  of  residence  in               
Vilnius  or   who  have  the  right  to  state  support  for  the               
acquisition  of  a  place  of  residence  in  Vilnius,  shall  be               
provided, free of charge and together with their families, with a               
place of residence in Vilnius for the term of office. At the same               
time said  members shall  retain the right to use rented quarters               
in their permanent place of residence.                                          
     Seimas members  who have  the right to state support for the               
acquisition of  a place  of residence shall retain this right and               
may remain on the list to acquire state support.                                
     Seimas members  shall have  the right  to use  all forms  of               
state transportation  within the  territory of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, with  the exception  of taxis,  free of  charge;  they               
shall also have the right to acquire hotel rooms out of turn.                   
     The Seimas  member shall  use diplomatic  passports on trips               
abroad and Lithuanian diplomatic missions abroad must provide him               
with necessary assistance.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 17. Upon expiration of the term of office and in the               
cases specified  in paragraphs  1 and  3 of  Article  8  of  this               
Statute, Seimas  members must  be provided with the job or office               
which  they   held  in   state  institutions,   enterprises   and               
organisations prior  to the  elections, except  to be  elected to               
governmental institutions  and be a member of the Government, and               
if such  is not possible due to the abolition of former office or               
the liquidation  of the enterprise, institution, or organisation,               
the Seimas  member shall  be provided with another equivalent job               
or office  in the  same institution, enterprise, or organisation,               
or,  if   the  Seimas  members  agrees,  in  another  enterprise,               
institution, or organisation.                                                   
     The period of parliamentary activity of Seimas members shall               
be included in the total length of service.                                     
     The  election   of  Seimas   members  shall   not  interrupt               
membership in creative unions or in unions of free professions.                 
                                                                                
     Article 18. Persons and officers who prevent a Seimas member               
from carrying  out his  or her  powers, or  who encroach upon the               
life  health,   honor,  or  dignity  of  a  Seimas  member  as  a               
representative of the people, shall be liable according to laws.                
                                                                                
                                                                                
      Chapter 4. Discipline and Immunity of Seimas Members                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 19. It shall be prohibited to use the mandate of the               
Seimas member  for purposes  other  than  the  interests  of  the               
Nation, State and the constituents.                                             
     This provision violating the activities of the Seimas member               
must be  analysed by the Commission of Ethics and Procedures or a               
special investigation  commission set up for this purpose and for               
the preparation of findings.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 20.  The Commission  of Ethics  and Procedures shall               
analise  the  reasons  for  which  the  Seimas  members  are  not               
participating during  planned voting  or voting taking place at a               
planned  time   and  shall   decide  whether   such  reasons  are               
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justifiable; The salaries of such Seimas members may be decreased               
according to  the procedure  established by  the Seimas, and upon               
the decision  of the  Commission of  Ethics and  procedure, their               
names may be announced in the press.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 21.  If during  a sitting  a Seimas member begins to               
argue with Seimas members or other participants in the sitting or               
creates a  disturbance in  the hall,  he or  she may be called to               
order by the officer presiding over the sitting.                                
     If said  persons does  not heed  the warning  of the officer               
presiding over  the sitting,  the warning  may be recorded in the               
minutes of  the sitting.  Warnings recorded in the minutes of the               
sitting may be immediately administered to the Seimas member as a               
public threat  to colleagues,  as assault of a Seimas member or a               
group thereof,  or as  dishonesty in  voting or  violation of the               
principle of personal voting.                                                   
     Such warnings shall be administered by the officer presiding               
over the  Seimas sitting  or on  the motion  of the Commission of               
Ethics and  Procedures without debate and by simple majority vote               
of the  Seimas members  participating in  the sitting.  A  Seimas               
member to  whom administration of such warning is proposed, shall               
have the  right to explain his or her actions to the Seimas for a               
maximum of 3 minutes prior to the voting.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 22.  The Seimas  may temporarily  dismiss  a  Seimas               
member from the chamber if he or she:                                           
     1) continues,  after being called to order, to interrupt the               
work of the Seimas;                                                             
     2) during  a sitting,  calls for the use coercion or uses it               
personally;                                                                     
     3) publicly  assaults or  threatens  the  President  of  the               
Republic, the  Seimas, the Speaker of the Seimas, Seimas members,               
the Government, or the Prime Minister during a sitting.                         
     Decisions concerning  the expulsion  of a Seimas member from               
the chamber  shall  be  adopted  without  debate  and  by  simple               
majority vote  of the  members of the Seimas participating in the               
sitting on the proposal of the officer presiding over the sitting               
or of the Commission of Ethics and Procedures.                                  
     The term  of temporary  expulsion from  the chamber shall be               
established by  the Seimas in each case, but may not be more than               
2 day  of a  sitting. If  the term  is not indicated, it shall be               
assumed that  the Seimas  member is expelled until the end of the               
sitting.                                                                        
     During  the  period  of  expulsion  from  the  chamber,  the               
expelled Seimas member may not participate in voting.                           
     If a  Seimas member  who has been dismissed from the chamber               
refuses to  heed the  order, the  sitting  shall  be  temporarily               
interrupted and security officers shall escort said Seimas member               
to the  chamber door.  In such a case, the term of expulsion from               
the chamber may be extended for the period of 5 sittings.                       
                                                                                
     Article  23.   The  person  of  a  Seimas  member  shall  be               
inviolable.                                                                     
     A Seimas  member may not be persecuted for his or her voting               
or  speeches  in  the  Seimas,  however,  legal  actions  may  be               
instituted  against  Seimas  members  according  to  the  general               
procedure if they are guilty of personal insult or slander.                     
     A Seimas member may not be found criminally responsible, may               
not  be   arrested,  and  may  not  be  subjected  to  any  other               
restrictions of  personal freedom  without  the  consent  of  the               
Seimas, except  in cases  when he  or she is caught in the act of               
                                                                                
committing a  crime (in  flagranti). In such cases the Prosecutor               
General must immediately notify the Seimas thereof.                             
     A Seimas  member who  refuses to give evidence in a criminal               
case, shall,  on the  decision of the Seimas, be brought to court               
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to give evidence.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article  24.   For  the  consideration  of  motions  of  the               
Prosecutor   General    concerning   the   deprivation   of   the               
inviolability of  the person of a Seimas member, an investigatory               
commission shall  be formed  according to  the procedure provided               
for in  Article 77  of this  Statute. When  investigating  issues               
concerning the  deprivation of the inviolability of the person of               
a Seimas  member, the  commission must hear said Seimas member or               
other Seimas  member authorised thereby and a representative from               
the Prosecutor's Office.                                                        
     After  the   investigatory  commission   has  prepared   and               
announced its  note and  the draft  resolution, issues concerning               
the deprivation  of the  inviolability of  the person of a Seimas               
member shall  be included  on  the  agenda  of  the  next  Seimas               
sitting.                                                                        
     Consideration of  this issue,  as well  as of  the submitted               
resolution,  shall   be  limited   only  to  the  interpretation,               
assessment or definition of facts provided for in the motion.                   
Discussions concerning draft resolutions shall be attended by the               
reporter of  the  commission,  the  concerned  Seimas  member  or               
another Seimas  member representing  him, and  no more  than  two               
Seimas members  who speak  out "in  favour" and  two members  who               
speak out "against" the draft resolution. If the draft resolution               
provides for  the satisfaction  of the  motion of  the Prosecutor               
General, it  may be  adopted if  more than  half  of  the  Seimas               
members vote in favour of the draft.                                            
     Upon the  receipt of  the consent of the Seimas to institute               
criminal proceedings  against a Seimas member, said Seimas member               
may not be arrested within the house of the Seimas.                             
                                                                                
                             PART 2                                             
                     STRUCTURE OF THE SEIMAS                                    
             Chapter 5. General Issues of Structure                             
                                                                                
     Article 25. Sittings of the Seimas shall be presided over by               
the Speaker  of the  Seimas or  a Deputy  Speaker. There shall be               
three Deputy  Speakers. The  competence of the Seimas Speaker and               
Deputy Speakers  shall be  defined by  the Constitution  and this               
Statute. The  drafting of  the Seimas documents and consideration               
of drafts shall be monitored by the Chancellor of the Seimas.                   
     If a  member of  the Seimas  who is  elected Speaker  or  is               
serving  as   acting  Speaker   he  or   she  must   suspend  all               
parliamentary group activities.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 26.  The Seimas shall form committees from among its               
members for  the consideration  of draft  laws and  other  issues               
assigned to  its competence  by the Constitution. The list of the               
committees shall be established by this Statute.                                
     A Commission  of Ethics  and Procedure and an Administrative               
Commission shall  be formed  in the  Seimas. For resolving short-               
term issues  or issues  of narrower  scope and  for carrying  out               
concrete assignments,  the Seimas  may, from  among its  members,               
form investigative,  control, auditing, preparatory, drafting and               
other ad hoc commissions.                                                       
     The work of the committees and commissions shall be directed               
by the respective chairpersons thereof.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 27.  Members of  the Seimas  may form  parliamentary               
groups according to the procedure established by this Statute for               
implementing their political goals. Parliamentary groups shall be               
headed and  represented in  the Seimas by Spokespersons or deputy               
Spokespersons;  every  member  of  the  Seimas  authorised  by  a               
parliamentary group  may speak  out on  behalf of  the group. The               
rights of  parliamentary group  members shall  be established  by               
this Statute.                             8                                     
     Seimas members who have not been registered in parliamentary               
groups shall  be considered  as members  of one  mixed  group  of               
Seimas members.  The mixed  group  of  Seimas  members  shall  be               
granted all  of the  rights of a parliamentary group provided for               
in this Statute.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 28.  The Seimas  shall have  a Board,  the principle               
task whereof shall be to settle organisational issues of the work               
of the Seimas.                                                                  
     The Board  of the Seimas shall consist of the Speaker, three               
Deputy Speakers, and the Chancellor of the Seimas.                              
                                                                                
     Article 29.  An Assembly of Spokespersons, comprising of the               
members  of   the  Seimas   Board  and   representatives  of  the               
parliamentary  groups,  shall  be  formed  in  the  Seimas.  Each               
parliamentary group  shall appoint  one representative  for every               
ten members  of the  group. Groups  consisting of  less than  ten               
members shall  each appoint one representative to the Assembly of               
Spokespersons.                                                                  
     The principle task of the Assembly of Spokespersons shall be               
to consider and approve the work programmes of the Seimas session               
and the  agendas of sittings, to coordinate issues concerning the               
organisation of the work of the Seimas Committees and groups, and               
to submit  drafts of  the decisions  of said issues to the Seimas               
and the Board.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Chapter 6. The Seimas Speaker, Deputy Speakers, Chancellor,                
                            and Board                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 30.  The Speaker  of the  Seimas of  the Republic of               
Lithuania shall:                                                                
     1) direct the work of the Seimas and represent the Seimas;                 
     2) certify  with his  or her  signature the  authenticity of               
laws passed  by the  Seimas and  referred to the President of the               
Republic; sign  the resolutions of the Seimas, the Statute of the               
Seimas and  amendments thereto,  the minutes  of sittings  of the               
Seimas, the  resolutions of  the Seimas  Board, other acts of the               
Seimas, as  well as  laws of  the Republic of Lithuania which are               
not signed  by the  President of the Republic and not returned to               
the Seimas  for repeat consideration within 10 days from the date               
on which they were submitted to the President of the Republic;                  
     3) temporarily  carry out the duties of the President of the               
Republic and  temporarily  fill  in  for  the  President  of  the               
Republic  in   the  cases   specified  in   Article  89   of  the               
Constitution;                                                                   
     4) propose  candidates to  the posts  of Deputy Speakers and               
the Chancellor of the Seimas to the Seimas;                                     
     5) propose  candidates to Constitutional Court judges to the               
Seimas in  accordance  with  the  procedure  established  by  the               
Constitution;                                                                   
     6) nominate  to the  Seimas the  candidatures of  the Seimas               
ombudsmen and  the head  of the  Seimas  ombudsmen's  office  for               
appointment;                                                                    
     7) submit  candidates for  appointment to the posts of heads               
of State  institutions to the Seimas, unless the Constitution and               
laws provide otherwise;                                                         
     8) preside  over the  sittings of  the Seimas and the Seimas               
Board;                                                                          
     9) submit  drafts of  the work  programmes of  a session and               
draft agendas  of week-  or day-long  sittings to the Assembly of               
Spokespersons; and                                                              
     10) submit  draft agendas  of the  sittings  of  the  Seimas               
Board.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 31.  In carrying  out his or her duties, the Speaker               
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of the Seimas shall issue decrees.                                              
     The Speaker  of the  Seimas,  or,  in  the  absence  of  the               
Speaker, the  Deputy Speaker, may voice his or her opinion or the               
opinion of  the Seimas Board on the issue under consideration out               
of turn,  provided that  he or  she is  not  presiding  over  the               
sitting.                                                                        
     The Speaker  of the  Seimas, the  Deputy  Speakers  and  the               
Chancellor of  the Seimas shall, during a session at least once a               
month,  answer  questions  submitted  in  writing  beforehand  by               
members of the Seimas concerning the performance of their duties.               
                                                                                
     Article 32.  At the  behest of  the Speaker  of the  Seimas,               
Deputy Speakers  shall perform  certain functions of the Speaker.               
The Seimas  Speaker may  charge the  Deputy  Speaker  to  perform               
certain functions of the Seimas Chancellor in his or her absence,               
but for  no longer  than one week. The Seimas Board may determine               
the guidelines of the activities of the Deputy Speakers.                        
     In the  event that  the Speaker of the Seimas is temporarily               
absent or  has fallen  ill and  by reason  thereof is  unable  to               
fulfill his or her duties of office, the duties of the Speaker of               
the Seimas,  at the  behest of  the Seimas, shall be performed by               
one of the Deputy Speakers for a specified period.                              
     If,  in   the  cases   specified  in   Article  89   of  the               
Constitution, the  Speaker of  the Seimas is temporarily carrying               
out the  duties of the President of the Republic, and as a result               
thereof has  lost his  or her powers in the Seimas, the duties of               
the Speaker  of the  Seimas shall be temporarily carried out by a               
Deputy Speaker at the behest of the Seimas.                                     
     Resolutions (preliminary  or adopted  for a  concrete  case)               
concerning the temporary performance of the duties of the Speaker               
of the  Seimas or substituting the Speaker of the Seimas shall be               
adopted by the Seimas on the motion of the Seimas Speaker.                      
                                                                                
     Article 33. The Seimas Chancellor shall:                                   
     1) supervise  the consideration  of draft  laws submitted to               
the Seimas  and the  drafting of  the documents of the Seimas and               
the Board thereof;                                                              
     2) supervise  the consideration  of  issues,  inquiries  and               
interpellations submitted  to the  Government and  the  heads  of               
other State institutions;                                                       
     3) consider  the issues  raised by  members  of  the  Seimas               
concerning the functioning of the Seimas apparatus; supervise the               
implementation of  the decisions  of  the  Seimas  Board  by  the               
divisions of  the Seimas  apparatus as  well as  their compliance               
with  the  provisions  and  internal  rules  which  regulate  the               
functioning thereof;                                                            
     4) assist  the Speaker  of the Seimas in preparing the draft               
of the  session work programme as well as draft agendas for week-               
and day-long sittings;                                                          
     5) assist  the Speaker  of the  Seimas  in  preparing  draft               
agendas for  sittings of the Seimas Board as well as the material               
on issues subject to consideration;                                             
     6) work out draft agendas for the Assembly of Spokespersons;               
     7) visa official documents prior to their being submitted to               
the Speaker  of the  Seimas for signing and, within the limits of               
his or her competence, sign official documents;                                 
     8) be responsible for the use and keeping of the Seimas Seal               
bearing the State Emblem;                                                       
     9) propose  members to the tellers' group in accordance with               
the procedure provided for in this Statute;                                     
     10) regularly  submit information  summaries to  the  Seimas               
concerning proposals, wishes and letters received from voters;                  
     11) in conjunction with representatives of the parliamentary               
groups, arrange  the seats  in the chamber for the members of the               
parliamentary groups  and for  those members of the Seimas who do               
not belong  to any  parliamentary group and allocate premises for               
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the sittings of the parliamentary groups; and                                   
     12) consider  issues concerning  the employment or dismissal               
of assistants/secretaries of Seimas members.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 34.  The sittings  of  the  Seimas  Board  shall  be               
convened and presided over by the Speaker of the Seimas.                        
     Other  members   of  the   Seimas,  as   well  as  permanent               
representatives  of   the  President  of  the  Republic  and  the               
Government, may  participate in  the sittings  of  the  Board  as               
observers. Other  individuals may  also be invited to sittings of               
the Board.                                                                      
     Issues for  consideration may  be submitted  to  the  Seimas               
Board by  the Board  members, committees,  parliamentary  groups,               
Administrative commission, Commission of Ethics and Procedure and               
the Head of Seimas Personnel.                                                   
     Draft documents  of the Seimas Board which are submitted for               
consideration shall be signed by their initiators and handed over               
to the  Chancellor of  the Seimas who shall prepare the agenda of               
the sitting based thereon.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 35.  Decisions of  the Seimas Board shall be adopted               
by ordinary  vote and  simple majority  of those  in  attendance,               
provided that  the sitting  of the Seimas Board is attended by at               
least three  Board members.  A tie  vote shall  be decided by the               
vote of  the Speaker  or, in  the absence  of the Speaker, of the               
Deputy Speaker who is presiding over the sitting.                               
     The members of the Seimas shall be informed of the decisions               
of the  Seimas Board  through the  committees  and  parliamentary               
groups within  three working  days from  the  day  on  which  the               
decision was  adopted during  a session  or within  a week of the               
beginning of the next session.                                                  
     Committees and  parliamentary groups may submit proposals to               
the Seimas concerning the consideration of resolutions adopted by               
the Seimas Board which they disapprove of.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 36. The Seimas Board shall:                                        
     1) distribute  funds; discuss and approve estimated expenses               
of the Seimas;                                                                  
     2) on  the motion  of the  committees, consider and send the               
Seimas members  on business  trips with  tasks of the Seimas, the               
Board, and committees;                                                          
     3) on  the motion  of parliamentary  committees and  groups,               
consider and  either approve  or disapprove  of trips  of  Seimas               
members during  session which  are not financed from the funds of               
the Seimas;                                                                     
     4) when  necessary, consider  draft work  programmes of  the               
Seimas session  and draft  agendas for  forthcoming week- or day-               
long sessions,  and submit  recommendations to  the  Assembly  of               
Spokespersons or the Seimas;                                                    
     5) when necessary, form working groups for drafting laws and               
carrying out the instructions of the Seimas or the Seimas Board;                
     6) submit  draft laws  and other draft acts of the Seimas to               
committees for  consideration and  presentation of  findings  and               
proposals thereon;                                                              
     7) assist  in organising  the joint  work of  committees  on               
issues which fall within the competence of several committees;                  
     8) appoint  and dismiss  the Head  of Seimas  Personnel, who               
shall be responsible and accountable to the Board;                              
     9) approve  the structure of the Seimas apparatus, draw up a               
list of  the staff  of the Seimas apparatus, and fix the salaries               
thereof;                                                                        
                                                                                
     10) on  the motion  of the Head of Seimas Personnel, appoint               
and dismiss  the heads  and deputy  heads of  all the  structural               
units of the Seimas;                                                            
     11) approve  the bylaws  of  the  structural  units  of  the               
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Seimas,  the   regulations  of   internal  activities   and   the               
instructions for office-work; and                                               
     12) settle  other issues  related to the organisation of the               
activities  of  the  Seimas  which  are  not  ascribed  to  other               
institutions or  officials  of  the  Seimas  by  virtue  of  this               
Statute.                                                                        
                                                                                
           Chapter 4. Assembly of Seimas Spokespersons                          
                                                                                
     Article 37.  During session, the sittings of the Assembly of               
Spokespersons shall  be organised regularly, usually twice a week               
at a  time specially  allocated for  this purpose.  Extraordinary               
sittings of  the Assembly  of Spokespersons shall be organised at               
the request  of  the  Speaker  of  the  Seimas,  the  Board,  the               
Chairperson of  the Assembly of Spokespersons, or at least 1/3 of               
the members  of the Assembly of Spokespersons. The members of the               
Assembly of  Spokespersons shall  be given notice of the time and               
agenda of  extraordinary sittings  at least  6 hours prior to the               
beginning thereof.                                                              
     Sittings of  the Assembly  of Spokespersons shall be chaired               
by the  chairperson; the  duties of the chairperson, according to               
the schedule  approved by the Assembly of Spokespersons, shall be               
discharged in  turn by  the spokespersons  of each  parliamentary               
group for  one week.  The opening  sitting  of  the  Assembly  of               
Spokespersons held  during the first session shall be presided by               
the eldest parliamentary group spokesperson.                                    
                                                                                
     Article  38.   During  its   sittings,   the   Assembly   of               
Spokespersons shall:                                                            
     1) consider  and coordinate rising contradictions related to               
the work programme of a session;                                                
     2) consider and approve the agendas of the forthcoming week-               
or day-long sittings;                                                           
     3) consider  and coordinate  contradictions concerning other               
organizational issues of the work of the Seimas;                                
     4) hear  the proposals of the chairpersons of committees and               
Spokespersons of  the parliamentary  groups on  mutual  relations               
between committees  and parliamentary groups and submit proposals               
thereon to the Seimas or the Board;                                             
     5) submit recommendations to the Seimas Board concerning the               
resolution of issues which are ascribed to its competence; and                  
     6) perform  the function  of a  coordinative  (conciliatory)               
committee in  the event of principal disagreements concerning top               
priorities considered in the Seimas.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 39. With the exception of resolutions concerning the               
agendas of  the  forthcoming  week-  or  day-long  sittings,  the               
resolutions  of   the  Assembly   of   Spokespersons   shall   be               
consultative with regard to the Seimas and the Seimas Board.                    
     Consultative resolutions of the Assembly of Spokespersons as               
well as  resolutions concerning  the organisation  of the work of               
the Assembly  itself shall  be adopted by simple majority vote of               
the members of the Seimas taking part in the sitting. Resolutions               
concerning the  draft work  programme of  the Seimas  session, as               
well as  draft agendas  of the  forthcoming week-  or  day-  long               
sittings shall  be adopted  provided that  they are opposed by no               
more than  1/3 of  the member  of the  Assembly of  Spokespersons               
participating in the sitting of the Assembly of Spokespersons. If               
any item  of the  agenda is  adopted by  majority  vote,  but  is               
opposed by  more than  1/3 of  the members  of  the  Assembly  of               
Spokespersons,  they   shall  be   submitted  to  the  Seimas  as               
recommendations.                                                                
     Resolutions of the sittings of the Assembly of Spokespersons               
shall be  recorded in  the minutes of the sitting, which shall be               
signed by  the chairperson  of the  sitting of  the  Assembly  of               
Spokespersons.                            12                                    
     Questions for  consideration ascribed  to the  competence of               
the Assembly  of Spokespersons  may be  proposed and submitted to               
the  Seimas   Chancellor  by  the  members  of  the  Assembly  of               
Spokespersons, the  Government, as  well as  other members of the               
Seimas who submit draft laws. The draft agenda of sittings of the               
Assembly of  Spokespersons shall be drawn up by the Chancellor of               
the Seimas according to such proposals.                                         
     Other  members   of  the   Seimas  as   well  as   permanent               
representatives  of  the  President  and  Government  may  attend               
sittings of  the Assembly  of Spokespersons  with  the  right  of               
observers. Other  individuals may  also be invited to sittings of               
the Assembly of Spokespersons.                                                  
                                                                                
          Chapter 8. Parliamentary Groups of the Seimas                         
                                                                                
     Article 40.  Seimas members  shall form parliamentary groups               
voluntarily, not restricted by any mandates. Parliamentary groups               
may not  be established  on the basis of professional or internal               
interests.                                                                      
     A parliamentary group shall consist of at least three Seimas               
members. A  member of  the Seimas  may be  a member  of only  one               
parliamentary group.                                                            
     The  spokesperson   of  the   parliamentary  group,   deputy               
spokesperson or  the member of the parliamentary group authorized               
by it shall have the right to represent in the Seimas such a part               
of the  Seimas members,  established by this Statute, which their               
parliamentary group forms in the Seimas.                                        
     Parliamentary  groups  shall  establish  their  own  working               
procedure, provided that it does not contradict this Statute.                   
     Parliamentary groups  may join into coalitions which may act               
as one parliamentary group.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 41.  Seimas members who wish to form a parliamentary               
group shall  present an  application signed by them to the Seimas               
Speaker during  the session. The name of the parliamentary group,               
as well as the names of the spokesperson and deputy spokespersons               
must be stated in this application.                                             
     If a  parliamentary group  formed by Seimas members complies               
with the  requirements of  this Statute,  the Seimas Speaker must               
within one  week announce the establishment of this parliamentary               
group at the Seimas sitting.                                                    
     The Seimas  Speaker shall  be notified  in  writing  of  any               
changes  in   the  composition,   leadership,  or   name   of   a               
parliamentary group,  of the  termination of  the activities of a               
parliamentary group or of its breakts                                           
-up,  as   well  as   of  formation   of  the  coalition  of  the               
parliamentary groups  no later than on the following working day;               
the Seimas  Speaker shall  announce such  information at the next               
Seimas sitting.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 42.  Parliamentary groups  or their coalitions which               
disagree with  the Governmental  programme may declare themselves               
opposition parliamentary groups.                                                
     To this  effect, opposition  parliamentary groups  or  their               
coalitions shall  proclaim in  the Seimas  political declarations               
where the  provisions distinguishing  them from the parliamentary               
majority shall  be set  forth. Opposition parliamentary groups or               
their  coalitions   shall   announce   alternative   Governmental               
programmes.                                                                     
     Opposition parliamentary groups or their coalitions shall be               
guaranteed all  the rights  of parliamentary groups or coalitions               
                                                                                
which are provided for in this Statute. No reason may provide for               
the restriction of such rights.                                                 
     The spokesperson  of one  parliamentary group constituting a               
part of  an opposition coalition may be elected the leader of the               
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opposition coalition;  the Seimas  shall be given a public notice               
of such election.                                                               
                                                                                
                             PART 3                                             
            COMMITTEES and COMMISSIONS of the SEIMAS                            
                                                                                
       Chapter 9. Seimas Committees and the Procedure for                       
                    the Establishment thereof                                   
                                                                                
     Article 43.  Committees of  the Seimas  of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall be formed during the first session.                             
     At the  beginning of  each regular  session, reports  on the               
work of  the committee shall be heard, and, as necessary, changes               
in the  membership of  the committee shall be made by adhering to               
the principle  of proportional representation of the majority and               
the minority  ( opposition  and other  parliamentary groups other               
than the  Seimas majority  and  mixed  parliamentary  groups)  or               
committees shall be formed anew.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 44.  Committees shall  be made  up of no less than 7               
and no  more than  17 members  of the  Seimas  according  to  the               
proportional principle  of representation.  The exact  number  of               
members of  each committee  shall be  determined by a decision of               
the Seimas.  Seats in  the committees  shall be distributed among               
parliamentary groups during the Assembly of the Spokespersons.                  
The minority ( the opposition and parliamentary groups other than               
the  Seimas   majority  and  mixed  parliamentary  groups)  shall               
distribute among themselves seats in the committees, according to               
the number of seats approved by Assembly of the Spokespersons.                  
     Parliamentary groups, taking into consideration the requests               
and  competence   of  their   members,  shall  recommend  to  the               
committees as  many members as they are accorded seats as well as               
the same  number of  alternate committee members. Applications of               
parliamentary groups bearing the signatures of recommended Seimas               
members shall be submitted to the Seimas Chancellor.                            
     Each parliamentary  group shall submit its candidates to the               
alternate members  of the  committees having  registered them  in               
numerical order.                                                                
     The members  and alternate  members of  committees shall  be               
approved by  the Seimas  by voting  for the  entire list  of  the               
members and  alternate members  of the  committee. If the list is               
not approved, the entire procedure shall begin anew.                            
                                                                                
     Article  45.   When  a   member  of  a  committee  does  not               
participate in  a sitting  of the  committee,  all  of  the  said               
member's rights  shall be  given to  the alternate  member of the               
committee of the same parliamentary group who is the first in the               
list of alternate members.                                                      
     The Seimas  member who  is substituting  for a member of his               
parliamentary group  in a  given committee  may not  serve as the               
chairperson or vice-chairperson of that committee while doing so.               
                                                                                
     Article 46.  Committees shall  elect their  chairpersons and               
deputy   chairpersons.    Committee   chairpersons   and   deputy               
chairpersons shall be approved by the Seimas.                                   
     In the  event that  the Seimas does not approve the proposed               
candidate, the  committee must  select another candidate. Usually               
the committee chairperson and deputy chairperson are elected from               
the representatives  of different  parliamentary groups,  and the               
total number  of chairpersons  and  deputy  chairpersons  of  the               
committees accorded  to the  majority and the minority must be in               
proportion to the number of Seimas members belonging to them.                   
     Members of  the Seimas  Board, members of the Seimas and the               
Government, and  commission chairpersons  and deputy chairpersons               
may not serve as a committee chairpersons or deputy chairpersons.               
     When a  committee is  being reorganised, the chairperson and               
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deputy  chairperson  of  the  committee  shall  be  reelected.  A               
committee may  reelect the  chairperson or  deputy chairperson at               
any other  time by applying to the Seimas for approval of the new               
chairperson or  deputy chairperson.  In the event that the Seimas               
does not  approve the  new chairperson or deputy chairperson, the               
former chairperson shall remain, and the committee may only apply               
to the  Seimas concerning  the same issue during the next regular               
session.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article  47.   For  the  execution  of  their  main  duties,               
committees may form subcommittees from their members.                           
     Subcommittee must  comprise at least 5 members. Subcommittee               
chairpersons shall be elected by the committee.                                 
     The regulations  of the  subcommittees shall  be approved by               
the committees.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 48.  The following  committees shall be appointed in               
the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania:                                        
     1) Agriculture;                                                            
     2) Budget and Finance;                                                     
     3) Economics;                                                              
     4) Environmental Protection;                                               
     5) National Security;                                                      
     6) Municipal Government                                                    
     7) Health, Social Affairs and Labour                                       
     8) Education, Science and Culture                                          
     9)Foreign Affairs                                                          
     10) State and Law                                                          
     11) Human and Civil Rights and Nationality Affairs.                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
    Chapter 10. Powers and Procedure of the Seimas Committees                   
                                                                                
     Article 49.  The trends  of activities  of committees of the               
Seimas of  the Republic of Lithuania, as well as their powers and               
procedure shall  be established by this Statute and other laws of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     Seimas committees  shall report  and be  accountable to  the               
Seimas.                                                                         
     During the  time established to discuss and present findings               
on matters  given to  them  for  consideration,  committees  must               
perform other tasks assigned to them by the Seimas.                             
     The activities of the committees shall be coordinated by the               
Chairperson and  Chancellor of  the Seimas in accordance with the               
session work programmes and committee work plans.                               
                                                                                
     Article 50.  The main  powers of the committees with respect               
to issues within their competence are:                                          
     1) to debate bills, prepare conclusions, and consider issues               
referred to the committee;                                                      
     2) on  its own initiative or at the behest of the Seimas, to               
prepare drafts  of the  Laws of  the Republic of Lithuania and of               
other legal  acts, and  to establish in due time the necessity of               
new laws or the amendments to laws in effect;                                   
     3) seeking  to improve  the laws,  to prepare  and  consider               
issues related  to state,  economic, social and cultural matters,               
and to present proposals subject to debate in the Seimas;                       
     4) to consider the Government Programme;                                   
     5) to  discuss candidates  for heads  of state  institutions               
which are appointed by the Seimas or for the appointment of which               
the approval  of the  Seimas is necessary, as well as to consider               
their dismissal from office;                                                    
     7) to  preliminarily discuss the chapters of the State draft               
budget of  the Republic  of  Lithuania  and  accounts  on  budget               
performance;                                                                    
     8)  while  performing  parliamentary  supervision,  to  hear               
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information and  reports furnished  by ministries and other state               
institutions  on   the  manner   by  which  the  laws  are  being               
implemented;                                                                    
     9) to  consider proposals  of individual  persons and public               
organisations and,  as necessary,  to refer  them alongside  with               
recommendations to state institutions;                                          
     10) to  prepare work plans of the committee coordinated with               
the session work programme;                                                     
     11) prepare  the  estimate  of  the  committee  expenditures               
within the amount appropriated for the committee;                               
     12) to take part in the inter-parliamentary relations of the               
Seimas.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 51.  In discussing  issues  that  are  within  their               
competence,  the   committees  shall   have  equal   rights   and               
responsibilities,  and   shall  be  responsible  for  the  timely               
discussion of certain laws, for the initiation of the preparation               
of  these  laws,  and  the  commission  of  detailed  conclusions               
relative to draft laws.                                                         
     Issues which are within the competence of several committees               
may be  prepared and  discussed by  these committees  jointly  on               
their own initiative or at the behest of the Seimas or its Board.               
For this purpose they may set up joint working groups, hold joint               
committee  sittings   which  shall   be  presided   over  by  the               
chairpersons of these committees in succession.                                 
     Committees shall  have the  right to submit proposals to the               
Seimas or  its Board  concerning the  passing over  of the issues               
under discussion to another committee for consideration.                        
     Committees shall have the right to present their comments on               
issues discussed  by another committee, as well as to ask another               
committee to  present its  conclusions, which  must be  submitted               
within 15 days.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 52.  The committees of the Seimas of the Republic of               
Lithuania shall  work according to committee-approved plans which               
must be  coordinated with  the work program of the session of the               
Seimas. Responsible  executers and  the terms  of  implementation               
shall be  indicated in these work plans. Committee work plans and               
the agenda  of the  sittings  shall  be  publicly  announced  and               
distributed to the Chairperson of the Seimas, the Chancellor, and               
the subdivisions of the Seimas apparatus.                                       
     Committees may confirm the rules of their procedure provided               
that they do not contradict this statute.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 53.  Committee members  shall have  the right  of  a               
decisive vote on all issues within the committee's jurisdiction.                
     Committee members  shall also  have  the  right  to  propose               
issues for  consideration, and  to participate in the preparation               
and consideration thereof; to propose to invite necessary persons               
to  committee   sittings;  to  submit  proposals  concerning  the               
inspection  of  state  institutions  and  the  hearing  of  their               
information. Committee  members  shall  have  the  right  to  get               
acquainted with  all documents  and  material  belonging  to  the               
committee and, as necessary, to make use of them in their work.                 
                                                                                
     Article 54. The chairperson of the committee shall:                        
     1) convene  sittings of the committee and see that necessary               
documents and other material be prepared for them;                              
     2)  assign,   according  to  the  approved  work  plans  and               
decisions of  the committee,  tasks to the committee members, and               
provide  them   with  material  and  documents  relating  to  the               
activities of the committee;                                                    
     3) for  the execution  of the  work plan  of the  committee,               
organise  members   of  the  committee  to  work  in  preparatory               
commissions and  working groups,  and to discharge other tasks of               
the committee;                            16                                    
     4) invite  necessary persons  to participate in the sittings               
of the committee;                                                               
     5) preside over sittings of the committee;                                 
                                                                                
     6) sign  the resolutions  of the committee, the findings and               
minutes of  the sittings,  as well  as the draft laws prepared by               
the committee which are submitted to the Seimas or the public for               
consideration, and  shall visa  adopted laws and other legal acts               
of the Seimas prepared by the committee;                                        
                                                                                
     7) represent  the committee  in its  work with  other  state               
institutions and public organisations;                                          
                                                                                
     8)  organise   the   implementation   of   the   committee's               
resolutions;                                                                    
                                                                                
     9) regularly notify members of the committee of received law               
drafts, new  assignments for  the committee, the execution of the               
resolutions   of    the   committee,   consideration   of   their               
recommendations, and work in representing the committee.                        
                                                                                
     10) notify the Commission of Ethics and Procedure of members               
who do  not attend  sittings of  the committee  and who  are  not               
fulfilling the  assignments set  forth in  paragraph  2  of  this               
Article;                                                                        
                                                                                
     11) coordinate  the activities  of the  subcommittees of the               
committee.                                                                      
                                                                                
      At  the behest of the chairperson of the committee, a vice-               
chairperson shall discharge certain functions of the chairperson.               
The vice-chairperson  shall fill  in for the chairperson when the               
chairperson cannot  discharge his  or her  functions  because  of               
temporary absence or illness.                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article  55.   Committee  sittings  shall  be  organized  as               
necessary during  sessions, but at least once a week and normally               
on Wednesdays.  Committee sittings  shall not be organized during               
sittings of  the Seimas. Between ordinary sessions of the Seimas,               
there shall normally be one-month adjournments in the work of the               
committees, although committees may have sitting between sessions               
as necessary.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Committee sittings  shall be called on the initiative of the               
committee chairperson  or of more than one third of the committee               
members, or upon the instruction of the Seimas or the Board.                    
                                                                                
     Committees may have closed sittings.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 56. Committee sittings shall be presided over by the               
chairperson of  the committee or by a deputy chairperson upon the               
instruction of the chairperson. Prior to the Seimas's approval of               
a committee  chairperson, sittings  shall be presided over by the               
eldest member  of the committee. In committee sittings, including               
closed sittings, members of the Seimas who are not members of the               
committee may participate with the right of deliberative vote.                  
                                                                                
     The committees may invite to their sittings other members of               
the  Seimas,   as  well   as  members   of  municipal   councils,               
representatives of  ministries, other  state institutions, public               
                                                                                
organisations and  other necessary  persons having coordinated it               
with heads of these institutions.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 57.  The sittings  of the  Committee shall be deemed               
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lawful when  more than  half of the committee members are present               
at the sitting.                                                                 
     Committee  decisions   shall  be  adopted  by  open,  simple               
majority vote  of the  committee  members  participating  in  the               
sitting. In  the event of a tie vote, the vote of the chairperson               
of the committee shall be decisive.                                             
     If the  committee minority, which consists of at least three               
Seimas members,  expresses a separate opinion concerning an issue               
discussed by  the  committee,  this  opinion  must  be  announced               
together with the decision of the committee.                                    
     Decisions shall  be adopted  in joint  sittings  of  several               
committees if  each committee  expresses their  support  for  the               
decision.                                                                       
     Committee decisions  and conclusions  shall be  presented to               
the Seimas in writing.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 58.  For state  institutions, decisions  adopted  by               
Committees  shall   be   recommendatory.   When   sending   their               
recommendations and  proposals to  state institutions, Committees               
shall inform  the Seimas Board about this and, if necessary - the               
Government.                                                                     
     Upon receipt  of recommendations  and  proposals  of  Seimas               
Committees, state  institutions, except  courts,  shall  have  to               
consider them.  The Committees must be informed about the results               
of such  consideration and  measures which have been taken within               
15 days  from the receipt of the proposals or within other period               
of time established by the Committees.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 59.  The Committees  shall have the right to control               
due to their competence how laws of the Republic of Lithuania are               
observed and  recommendations and proposals of the Committees are               
taken into consideration.                                                       
     They  shall   also  have   the  right  to  invite  heads  or               
representatives of  state institutions,  except courts,  to their               
sittings at  a time  coordinated with  them  and  to  hear  their               
information.                                                                    
     If a  Committee decides  that it  is necessary  to hear  the               
information of  a Government representative, it shall address the               
Seimas Speaker  who informs  the Prime Minister about it. In this               
event, a  Government representative  shall have to participate in               
the Committee sitting.                                                          
     The Committees  shall have the right due to their competence               
to demand  and obtain from state institutions, except courts, and               
officers documents,  conclusions in  writing, as  well as reports               
and other necessary material.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 60. The Committee shall make reports during sittings               
of the  Seimas on  issues which  it prepared or was the principal               
Committee  while  examining  them  and  shall  make  supplemental               
reports on  issues which  were  referred  to  the  Committee  for               
examination. For  this purpose, the Committee shall appoint, from               
among  their   members,  speakers   or  supplementary   speakers.               
Committee members  shall participate  in discussions on all other               
issues according to general procedure.                                          
     Concerning issues  which were  jointly prepared and examined               
by several  committees, committees  may either make joint reports               
and  supplementary   reports  or  may  present  observations  and               
proposals separately.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article  61.   For   the   preparation   of   issues   under               
consideration  committees   may,   from   their   members,   form               
preparatory working  groups. Included in these working groups may               
be other  Seimas members,  representatives of  state institutions               
and public  organizations, experts and scholars, upon the consent               
thereof. Funds  for  the  activities  of  such  groups  shall  be               
allotted  from   an  approved  estimate  of  expenditure  of  the               
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committee. If funds are not sufficient, the committee shall apply               
to the Seimas Board.                                                            
     The Committees  shall have  the right  to  propose  to  make               
contracts with  employees who assist in Committee activities, but               
not exceeding the estimate of expenditure allotted to them.                     
                                                                                
      Chapter 11. Trends of Activities of the Seimas Committees                 
                                                                                
     Article 62.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Agriculture shall be:                                                           
     1) to prepare draft laws and other legal acts regulating the               
activities of  the agricultural  and food industry and to present               
findings on  drafts referred  to the committee for preliminary or               
additional consideration;                                                       
     2)  to  prepare  and  consider  proposals  relative  to  the               
formation of the agrarian policy, the determination of the trends               
of agricultural science and training, and the drawing up of legal               
acts necessary for that purpose;                                                
     3) to discuss and present findings relative to the drafts of               
laws and  programmes presented  by the  Government,  as  well  as               
chapters of  the State draft budget pertaining to the agriculture               
and food  industry, their  material- technical  supply,  and  the               
development of social basis in the countryside;                                 
     4) to carry out the examination of draft laws regulating the               
Lithuanian economy from the standpoint of the agrarian policy and               
to submit recommendations and findings;                                         
     5)  to   carry  out   parliamentary  control   of   agrarian               
institutions and the food industry;                                             
     6)  to   coordinate  the  work  of  state  institutions  and               
organisations concerned  in preparing  draft laws  regulating the               
activities of agricultural and food industry.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 63.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Budget and Finance shall be:                                                    
     1) to consider the draft budget of the Republic submitted by               
the Government  to the  Seimas for  its approval  and to  present               
summarised findings of all the committees relative thereto;                     
     2) to  carry out general and continuous review of the budget               
performance;                                                                    
     3) together  with  other  committees,  to  prepare  findings               
relative to the State budget performance accounts;                              
     4) to  prepare drafts  of laws and other legal acts relative               
to budget and finance;                                                          
     5) to  prepare and submit findings concerning the draft laws               
which have an effect on the State budget revenue and expenditure;               
and                                                                             
     6) to  discuss and  prepare findings  as well  as to present               
proposals concerning  the draft  laws on taxes and special funds,               
the  review  of  the  State  budget  performance,  the  financing               
procedure of  institutions and  organisations maintained from the               
budget,  the  norms  of  their  expenditure,  the  norms  of  the               
formation of the local government budgets, the budget allocations               
for the  implementation of various programmes, as well as for the               
financing of the Seimas and its staff;                                          
     7) to  carry out  parliamentary control  of the use of state               
property and  the activities  of the  Bank of  Lithuania, and  to               
present proposals and recommendations relative thereto.                         
                                                                                
     Article 64.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Economics shall be:                                                             
     1) to  consider and submit findings related to draft laws of               
economic reform, other legal acts, and Government's programmes;                 
     2)  to   prepare  and   consider  proposals  concerning  the               
formation of  a policy  for the  development  of  the  Lithuanian               
economy and technical progress;                                                 
     3)  to  prepare  drafts  of  laws,  other  legal  acts,  and               
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proposals  concerning   the  planning   of  economic  and  social               
development;                                                                    
     4) to  consider draft  programs for  anti-monopoly  actions,               
improvement of  the economic  mechanism, and  the development  of               
foreign relations, and submit findings to the Seimas; and                       
     5)  to   perform  parliamentary  control  of  administrative               
institutions of  energy, communications  and transport; to submit               
proposals  and  recommendations  concerning  improvement  of  the               
activities of  said institutions,;  and  to  participate  in  the               
preparation of draft laws relative thereto.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 65.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Environmental Protection shall be:                                              
     1) to prepare drafts of laws and other legal acts and submit               
proposals on  issues concerning environmental protection, the use               
of resources, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife;                                
     2) to  coordinate the  work of interested state institutions               
and other  organizations in  preparing draft  laws on issues that               
are in the capacity of the committee;                                           
     3) to consider, from an environmental protection standpoint,               
draft laws  and other  legal  acts  which  are  referred  to  the               
committee;                                                                      
     4)  to   prepare  and   consider  proposals  concerning  the               
formation of an environmental protection policy in Lithuania; and               
     5)  to   carry  out   parliamentary  control  of  the  state               
institutions  of   environmental  protection,   and  to   present               
proposals  and   recommendations  for   the  improvement  of  the               
activities of  theses institutions  and organisations  which  are               
related to environmental protection and the use of resources.                   
                                                                                
     Article 66.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
National Security shall be:                                                     
     1) to  consider and  prepare drafts  of laws and other legal               
acts on  issues of  national defense, State security and internal               
affairs;                                                                        
     2) to  coordinate the  work of interested state institutions               
in preparing draft laws on issues that are in the capacity of the               
committee;                                                                      
     3)  to   consider  and   present  proposals  concerning  the               
formation of  a national  defense policy  and  the  creation  and               
improvement of appropriate structures;                                          
     4) to prepare proposals concerning the implementation of the               
reform of the system of internal affairs;                                       
     5) to carry out parliamentary control of the institutions of               
national defense,  State security,  and internal  affairs, and to               
present proposals  and recommendations concerning the improvement               
of their activities.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 67.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Local Governments shall be:                                                     
     1) to  prepare and  consider draft laws and other legal acts               
on  issues   concerning  the   organization  of   work  of  local               
governments, and to present findings thereon;                                   
     2) to  prepare recommendations concerning the administrative               
and territorial division of the Republic of Lithuania;                          
     3) to  submit proposals  concerning the dissolution of local               
government councils and the organisation of elections thereto;                  
     4) in  conjunction with  other committees, to resolve issues               
of  economic,  social  and  organisational  activities  of  local               
governments; and                                                                
     5) to  provide methodological assistance to local government               
councils.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 68.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Health, Social Affairs and Labor shall be:                                      
     1) to  prepare drafts  of laws  and other  legal acts  which               
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regulate individual  health  protection,  sanitary  environmental               
condition, employment, labor relations, social care and provision               
of living  space, and to present findings relative to these draft               
laws and other legal acts which are referred to the committee;                  
     2) to  coordinate the  work of  interested institutions  and               
organizations in  preparing draft  laws on issues that are in the               
capacity of the committee;                                                      
          3) to  consider and  present proposals  concerning  the               
formation of the health protection policy; and                                  
     4) to  carry out  parliamentary control  of institutions  of               
health care  and social  security, and  to submit  proposals  and               
recommendations for the improvement of the activities thereof.                  
                                                                                
     Article 69.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Education, Science and Culture shall be:                                        
     1) to  prepare and  consider drafts  of laws, directives and               
other legislation which regulates education, science, culture and               
public information, and to present proposals relative thereto;                  
     2) to  consider and  present findings  on draft  legislation               
related to  education, science,  culture and  public  information               
which are  referred to  the committee, as well as other projects,               
while keeping  the compliance  thereof with the government policy               
related to these issues in mind;                                                
     3)  to   prepare  proposals   and  recommendations  for  the               
Government and  local governments  concerning education, science,               
culture and public information; and                                             
     4)  to   provide  support   to  persons,  organisations  and               
institutions engaged in cultural activities.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 70.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Foreign Affairs shall be:                                                       
     1) to  prepare conclusions  concerning the  ratification and               
denouncement of  international  agreements  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania as  well as  other issues  of foreign  policy which are               
considered in the Seimas;                                                       
     2)  to  prepare  and  consider  drafts  of  laws  and  other               
legislative acts  related to  foreign affairs,  to consider  them               
from the  standpoint of  the foreign  policy of  the Republic  of               
Lithuania and  international law,  and to  submit the conclusions               
thereon;                                                                        
     3) to  review the  activities of  the  Ministry  of  Foreign               
Affairs of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  as well  as of state and               
public  organizations   which  maintain  relations  with  foreign               
countries, to submit proposals and recommendations, and to notify               
the Seimas thereof;                                                             
     4)  to   coordinate  and   discuss  the  activities  of  the               
delegations of  the Seimas  in  international  organizations  and               
forums  and   the  activities  of  inter-parliamentary  relations               
groups, and to submit recommendations and proposals thereto;                    
     5) to  analyse and  submit proposals relative to information               
and  propaganda   activities  of   mass  media  and  other  state               
organizations meant for foreign countries;                                      
     6) in  conjunction with government and public organizations,               
to maintain  and develop  relations with Lithuanian emigrants and               
their organisations,  as well  as with the Lithuanians autochtons               
residing beyond the boundaries of the Republic of Lithuania;                    
     7)  together   with  other   committees,  to   consider  the               
regulation of  migration problems  and to  submit  proposals  and               
conclusions thereon;                                                            
     8) to  consider and  submit recommendations and proposals to               
the  Government   concerning  the   establishment  of  diplomatic               
                                                                                
relations of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and  the  opening  of               
Lithuanian embassies abroad;                                                    
     9) to  consider proposals  and submit conclusions related to               
the appointment of diplomatic representatives in foreign states.                
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     Article 71. The trends of the activities of the Committee on               
State and Law shall be:                                                         
     1) to  consider and  make proposals concerning the formation               
of state legal policy;                                                          
     2) to prepare and help carry out reform of the legal system;               
     3) to  consider and  present conclusions  concerning project               
proposals  for   the  supplementation   and  amendment   of   the               
Constitution  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  as  well  as  the               
compliance of  drafts of laws which are under discussion with the               
Constitution;                                                                   
     4) to prepare proposals and drafts of laws which are related               
to  issues   concerning  the   realization  of  justice  and  the               
strengthening of legality and law and order;                                    
     5) to  consider  and  present  conclusions  and  suggestions               
concerning institutional reforms;                                               
     6) to  present legal  findings  concerning  drafts  of  laws               
prepared by other committees and other legal acts;                              
     7) to  coordinate the  preparation of  draft laws  which are               
related to  the realization  of justice  and the strengthening of               
legality and law and order;                                                     
     8) to consider candidacies to judges and chairpersons of the               
Constitutional Court,  the Supreme  Court, and other courts which               
are appointed  by the  Seimas or  whose nomination  requires  the               
approval  of  the  Seimas,  as  well  as  issues  concerning  the               
dismissal of said judges;                                                       
     9) to  carry out  parliamentary control of the activities of               
law enforcement  institutions, with  the exception of the courts,               
and to prepare conclusions and proposals related thereto;                       
     10) to  prepare and  present conclusions and recommendations               
to the  Seimas concerning  the  activities  of  the  Ministry  of               
Justice,  General   Office  of   the  Prosecutor  and  other  law               
enforcement bodies;                                                             
     11) to  prepare draft  laws and  suggestions concerning  the               
improvement of the system of state control; and                                 
     12)  to   supervise,  without   interfering  in  operational               
activities, the work of the State Control Department.                           
                                                                                
     Article 72.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Human and Citizens' Rights and Nationalities Affairs shall be:                  
     1) to  prepare and  consider drafts  of laws and other legal               
acts as  well as proposals which are related to the guarantees of               
civil rights  and the  regulation of  ethnic relations  among the               
nationalities living in Lithuania;                                              
     2) to  present recommendations  and proposals to ministries,               
government  institutions,   other   organizations,   and   Seimas               
committees on  issues concerning  the protection  of civil rights               
and the improvement of ethnic relations;                                        
     3) to  submit proposals in the established manner concerning               
the  structure,   staff  and  funding  of  the  Seimas  ombudsmen               
institution;                                                                    
     4) to  consider complaints  and proposals  referred  to  the               
Seimas concerning the work of the Seimas ombudsmen;                             
     5) as  necessary, to prepare draft resolution on the vote of               
non-confidence in  the Seimas  ombudsmen and  to submit it to the               
Seimas for consideration as well as to submit findings concerning               
such resolutions to the Seimas when such resolutions are prepared               
by other committees; and                                                        
     6)  to   consider  the  material  submitted  by  the  Seimas               
ombudsmen concerning  the breach  of law  by ministers  and other               
officers answerable  to the Seimas and submit its findings to the               
Seimas for consideration.                                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
                 Chapter 12. Seimas Commissions                                 
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     Article 73.  A standing  Commission on  Ethics and Procedure               
shall be  formed in  the Seimas  to which  at least  1/10 of  the               
Seimas  members   may  recommend  one  representative.  Proposals               
relative to  the candidates to that commission shall be submitted               
in writing  to the  Chancellor of  the Seimas. Upon rejecting the               
first and  second candidate  proposed by the same Seimas members,               
the third  shall become a commission member without approval from               
the Seimas.                                                                     
     The  Seimas   shall  approve   the  chairperson  and  deputy               
chairperson of  the Commission on Ethics and Procedure from among               
its members.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 74.  The trend  of activities  of the  Commission on               
Ethics and Procedure shall be:                                                  
     1) to prepare drafts of legal acts and proposals which                     
are related to the activities and ethics of Seimas members;                     
     2) in  observance of ethic norms, to help the Seimas, Seimas               
divisions, and  Seimas members  foster democracy,  to  coordinate               
various points  of view  and convictions,  to  strive  for  moral               
harmony, and to humanize relations between Seimas members;                      
     3) to  supervise the observance of the Statute of the Seimas               
of the  Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts which regulate               
the activities  of Seimas  members.  Upon  the  proposal  of  the               
Speaker  of   the  Seimas,   deputy  Speakers   of  the   Seimas,               
chairpersons  of  committees  or  commissions,  or  other  Seimas               
members, or on its own initiative, to examine violations of these               
legal acts  or ethics,  to consider conflicts which arise between               
Seimas members,  and, if necessary, to present conclusions to the               
Seimas, the Seimas Speaker, or the Seimas Board;                                
     4) to  examine and present conclusions concerning procedural               
disagreements upon  the instruction  of the  Seimas,  the  Seimas               
Speaker, or the Seimas Board;                                                   
     5) to  examine information  presented by the law enforcement               
bodies  of   the  Republic   of  Lithuania   concerning  personal               
activities of  Seimas members  which contradict  the laws  of the               
Republic of  Lithuania, and  to present conclusions to the Seimas               
thereon;                                                                        
     6) to  analyse the  reasons for which Seimas members are not               
participating in sittings of the Seimas and the Seimas committees               
and  commissions   and  to   provide  information  to  the  press               
concerning  Seimas  members  who  have  missed  sittings  without               
justified reason,  who did  not participate  in voting  which was               
announced beforehand, or who did not carry out instructions; and                
     7)  to  examine  the  letters  and  proposals  of  citizens,               
government  institutions,  and  social  organizations  on  issues               
concerning the activities of Seimas members.                                    
                                                                                
     Article  75.   In  the   Seimas  a  standing  administrative               
commission shall  be  formed  dealing  with  working  and  living               
conditions of  the Seimas  members  and  other  matters  relative               
thereto.                                                                        
     Administrative commission  shall be  formed according to the               
provisions set forth in Article 77 of this Statute.                             
     The Seimas  Chancellor shall be on this commission and shall               
head it ex officio.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 76.  The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, having               
acknowledged the  necessity to do so, may form research, control,               
auditing, preparatory,  editing, and  other temporary commissions               
to investigate  or prepare  any given issue or to carry out other               
assignments of the Seimas.                                                      
                                                                                
     If  a  commission's  authorization  period  is  not  clearly               
defined during  the time  of formation,  the  activities  of  the               
commission shall  be discontinued  by a  resolution of the Seimas               
once the given tasks have been carried out.                                     
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     The Seimas  shall also  form  inter-parliamentary  relations               
groups   and    parliamentary   delegations    in   international               
organizations  and  forums  which  shall  have  the  same  rights               
thereof.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 77.  In forming  an ad  hoc  commission,  first  the               
number  of  members  of  the  commission  shall  be  established.               
Thereafter,  the   norms  for   proportional  representation   of               
parliamentary groups  shall be  established, as  well as the term               
for candidacy  proposals of  commissions  members.  The  minority               
shall distribute among themselves the number of seats assigned to               
them.  If   the  compiled   list  of  committee  members  is  not               
sufficient, committees  may each  orally propose  one  additional               
candidate during  the sitting,  and after them each Seimas member               
may do so until the number of candidates is sufficient.                         
     Each of  the proposed  candidates must  give oral consent to               
participate in  the work of the commission. The Seimas shall vote               
for the  entire list  of commission members formed in such a way.               
If the list is not approved, the procedure shall be repeated.                   
     When candidates  are nominated  to  a  commission  during  a               
Seimas  sitting   not  according   to  the   norms  allocated  to               
parliamentary group,  those for  whom at least two Seimas members               
express doubt  shall be  voted for individually. If the number of               
candidates nominated  to a commission during a sitting is greater               
than the  established number of commission members and all of the               
nominated candidates agree to work in the commission, there shall               
be an open-ballot vote with the list of candidates.                             
     In certain cases, the Seimas may establish another procedure               
for the  formation of commissions, although commissions may never               
be formed  by representatives  of one  parliamentary group or one               
region.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 78.  If the  term of  office of a commission is more               
than six  months, a commission chairperson and deputy chairperson               
shall  be   elected  and  approved  according  to  the  procedure               
established  for  the  committees.  The  chairperson  and  deputy               
chairperson of  a commission  may not  be members  of the  Seimas               
Board, members  of the  Government,  or  chairpersons  or  deputy               
chairpersons  of   any  other   commission  or   committee.  This               
restriction is  not applicable  to inter-parliamentary  relations               
groups or parliamentary delegations.                                            
     As a  rule, the Seimas Board shall o approve the estimate of               
expenditure of a commission and to resolve other issues which are               
related to its activities.                                                      
     If the  Seimas  does  not  resolve  otherwise,  commissions,               
during their  period of authorization, shall observe the rules of               
committee procedure.  If the authorization period of a commission               
is longer  than six  months, it  shall have all of the rights and               
duties of  a committee,  with  the  exception  of  the  right  to               
consider candidatures of Seimas officials or propose that they be               
cancelled.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                             PART 4                                             
                     SESSIONS OF THE SEIMAS                                     
           Chapter 13. The First Session of the Seimas                          
                                                                                
     Article 79.  The Seimas  shall be  deemed elected  after the               
Central Electoral  Commission announces  that  at  least  3/5  of               
Seimas members  have been  elected. The  opening sitting  of  the               
newly-elected Seimas must be held no later than 15 days after the               
election of  the Seimas and shall be convened by the President of               
the Republic.  If the  opening  sitting  of  the  Seimas  is  not               
convened by  the President  of the  Republic, the  Seimas members               
shall themselves  convene on the next day after the expiration of               
the 15-day period.                        24                                    
     As a  rule, the  opening sitting of the newly-elected Seimas               
shall open at 12 o'clock noon in the building of the Seimas.                    
                                                                                
     Article 80.  The opening  sitting of  the  Seimas  shall  be               
commenced by  the eldest  member of the Seimas. In the event that               
he or  she is  unable or refuses to open the sitting, it shall be               
opened by  the next  eldest member of the Seimas. He or she shall               
preside over the meeting until the Speaker is elected.                          
     Three Deputy Speakers and the Chancellor of the Seimas shall               
thereafter be elected.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 81.  Upon the  commencement of  the first session of               
the  Seimas,   time  shall  be  assigned  for  the  formation  of               
parliamentary  groups   and  the   Assembly   of   Spokespersons.               
Thereafter, as a rule, the Seimas, in the following order, shall:               
     1) approve  or reject  the candidature  for  Prime  Minister               
nominated by the President of the Republic;                                     
     2) form  the Committees  of the  Seimas  and  approve  their               
respective Chairpersons;                                                        
     3) consider the Programme of the Government submitted by the               
Prime Minister and decide whether or not to approve it; and                     
     4) draw  up a  work programme  for the session in accordance               
with the procedure established by the Statute of the Seimas.                    
                                                                                
       Chapter 14. General Issues of Session Organisation                       
                                                                                
     Article 82.  The Seimas shall meet biannually in two regular               
sessions (spring  and autumn).  The spring  session shall open on               
March 10  and shall  close on  June 30.  The autumn session shall               
open on  September 10  and close  on December  23. The Seimas may               
resolve to  prolong a  session. If  the day  of the  opening of a               
session is a non-working day, the session shall open on the first               
working day  following the scheduled commencement. The members of               
the  Seimas  shall  convene  into  ordinary  sessions  without  a               
separate invitation.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 83.  Extraordinary sessions shall be convened by the               
Speaker of  the Seimas on the written proposal of at least 1/3 of               
all members  of the Seimas, or, in cases provided for in Articles               
142 and  144  of  the  Constitution,  by  the  President  of  the               
Republic. The  Seimas Board must notify all of the Seimas members               
of extraordinary  sessions at  least 2 days before the opening of               
the session. Only issues submitted by the Seimas members on whose               
initiative  the  extraordinary  session  was  convened  shall  be               
considered at  the session.  The work  programme of extraordinary               
sessions shall  be  approved  by  the  Seimas.  The  duration  of               
extraordinary  sessions   may  not   exceed  15   days.   Between               
extraordinary sessions  the Seimas  shall adjourn for at least 10               
days.                                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 84.  Sessions of  the  Seimas  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall be held in the Seimas building in Vilnius. In the               
event that  the Seimas  cannot convene  in the  building  of  the               
Seimas, the Seimas Board may temporarily assign another place for               
sittings to  be held.  All members of the Seimas must be notified               
of such  a decision. Having convened in a place designated by the               
Seimas Board for a sitting, the Seimas shall hear the information               
of the  Seimas Board  concerning the reasons which compelled them               
to change the place of the sitting.                                             
     In sittings,  sessions shall  open and  close with the State               
anthem.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 85. The Secretariat of Seimas sittings shall provide               
technical services  during sittings  and shall fulfil the related               
assignments of  the Seimas  Speaker, his  or her deputies and the               
Chancellor. The  Secretariat shall  be  formed  of  Seimas  staff               
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members.                                                                        
     The Secretariat of Seimas sittings shall:                                  
     1) attend  to adequate technical preparation of the sittings               
and provide assistance to Seimas members during sittings;                       
     2) be  responsible that  material required  for a sitting be               
presented to  Seimas members  and the  officer presiding over the               
sitting in adequate time;                                                       
     3) register  all of  the Seimas  members participating  in a               
sitting, receive  applications of Seimas members concerning their               
inability to  take part  in a  sitting during  voting planned  in               
advance and  held according to schedule, and inform the presiding               
officer and the Seimas Speaker thereof;                                         
     4) accept  written requests  of Seimas  members asking to be               
given  the  floor  and  deliver  said  requests  to  the  officer               
presiding over the sitting;                                                     
     5) accept  and register  questions  and  interpellations  of               
Seimas members  addressed to  heads of  State institutions,  hand               
them over,  as required,  either to  the Seimas  Speaker  or  the               
Chancellor;                                                                     
     6) during  a  session,  accept  from  Seimas  members  other               
written statements,  proposals, protests  or requests and deliver               
them to the addressees;                                                         
     7) see  that translations  of the  work of  the  sitting  be               
provided;                                                                       
     8)  provide   divisions  of   the  Seimas   apparatus   with               
information concerning the sitting;                                             
     9) register drafts of laws which are submitted; and                        
     10) carry out other assignments of the Seimas Speaker or the               
presiding officer.                                                              
                                                                                
     Chapter 15. Session Work Programmes and Sitting Agendas                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 86.  The preparation of sessions, with the exception               
of the  first session,  shall be organised by the Seimas Speaker.               
Together with  the Seimas  Chancellor, the  Speaker shall prepare               
drafts of  the work programme of the session and of the agenda of               
sittings held  during the  first week.  Seimas members may obtain               
said drafts  at the Secretariat of Seimas sittings 2 working days               
before  the   opening  of  the  session.  The  Seimas  Committees               
responsible for the issues included in the programme and the date               
on which  an issue is planned to be presented at a Seimas sitting               
must be specified in the draft work programme of the session. The               
draft work  programme shall  be delivered to the President of the               
Republic and the Government.                                                    
     The draft  of the session work programme shall be considered               
by the  Assembly of  Spokespersons  upon  receiving  the  written               
proposals of  the Government  and the  President of the Republic.               
The Assembly  may amend  and supplement  the draft  in the manner               
established in  Part 2  of Article 39 of this Statute. The draft,               
along with the amendments and supplements and the recommendations               
made by  the Assembly of Spokespersons, shall be submitted to the               
Seimas for debate.                                                              
     At the  first session  after the election, the Seimas shall,               
as a  rule, consider  and approve  the work programme at the time               
specified in  Article 81  of this  Statute. Other  sessions shall               
open with  the discussion and approval of the work programme. The               
Seimas may later revise the work programme in accordance with the               
procedure established in this Statute.                                          
     Individual items  of the  work programme  shall be discussed               
and put  to vote at the Seimas according to the same procedure as               
the articles of laws during their passing.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 87.  In accordance  with the approved work programme               
of the session, the Seimas Speaker, together with the Chancellor,               
shall prepare  a detailed draft agenda of the week's sittings and               
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submit it  to the Assembly of Spokespersons for debate. Proposals               
shall be  submitted by  members of  the  Board,  members  of  the               
Assembly of  Spokespersons,  committees,  other  members  of  the               
Seimas, and  the Government. The time of the sittings, the issues               
under discussion,  the draft  registration number,  the stage  of               
debate, and  the speakers and extra speakers must be specified in               
the agenda.  The Seimas  must also be informed of proposals which               
were not  accepted. If  the time  limit proves  insufficient  for               
analysing any of the issues during a week's sittings, said issues               
shall be included without voting in the agenda of the next week.                
     With the  exception of cases specified in this Statute, only               
issues which are on the session work programme and with regard to               
which, in  accordance with  the requirements set forth in Chapter               
19 of  this Statute,  drafts of  laws, resolutions  or other acts               
have been  adequately drawn  up shall  be included  in the week's               
agenda.                                                                         
     The Assembly  of Spokespersons  shall decide  at its sitting               
whether or  not to  approve each  item of the presented agenda in               
accordance with the procedure established in Part 2 of Article 39               
of this  Statute. In  the event that any of the items are adopted               
only by  majority vote,  they shall be presented to the Seimas as               
recommendations.                                                                
     If a decision is passed to work one day a week, the Assembly               
of Spokespersons  may simultaneously  present the  agenda of  the               
next day  of sittings. In such a case, requirements applicable to               
the agenda's  preparation, adoption  and amendment  shall be  the               
same as  those which  apply  to  the  preparation,  adoption  and               
amendment of an agenda of a week's sitting.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 88.  Draft agenda  of a  week's sittings approved at               
the Assembly  of Spokespersons  shall be  put to  the vote at the               
Seimas sitting without preliminary discussion thereon.                          
     The items  of the agenda presented as recommendations by the               
Assembly of  Spokespersons as  well as  the entire  draft agenda,               
provided that  it was  not approved by vote at the Seimas, may be               
discussed at  sittings of  the Seimas.  In such a case, proposals               
may  be  submitted  by  the  Seimas  Board  members,  committees,               
parliamentary groups, and the Government.                                       
     If, for some reason, the Assembly of Spokespersons could not               
approve the draft agenda of a week's sittings, the Seimas Speaker               
may submit  it to  a sitting of the Seimas. In such an event, the               
procedure established in Part 2 hereof shall be applied.                        
                                                                                
     Article 89.  At the  written request  of a group of at least               
1/3 of  the Seimas  members, inclusion of an issue in the session               
work programme or in the agenda of the week or the next day shall               
be mandatory,  provided that  the issue  has  been  prepared  and               
adequate  provisions   for  its  discussion  have  been  made  in               
accordance with  the procedure  established in  this Statute.  No               
more than  1.5 hours  shall be  assigned for debating such issues               
unless the Seimas decides to prolong the discussion period.                     
                                                                                
     Article 90.  In conjunction  with the Seimas Chancellor, the               
Seimas Speaker shall prepare, on the basis of the approved agenda               
of the  week's sittings,  a detailed draft agenda of every day of               
the sitting in which the speaker and the time of debate or voting               
on every issue must be provided separately.                                     
     The above  draft agenda  shall be  considered and adopted at               
the Seimas  on the  day preceding  the sitting. In the event that               
the draft  agenda of  a day's sitting is approved at the Assembly               
of Spokespersons,  the agenda  shall be  considered in accordance               
with the  procedure established  in Article  88. In  the contrary               
case, members  of the  Seimas  Board,  committees,  parliamentary               
groups and the Government may present additional proposals but on               
condition  they  adhere  to  the  approved  agenda  of  a  week's               
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     Article 91.  The Seimas Board, the Assembly of Spokespersons               
and the  Government shall  have the  right to  propose to include               
additional issues  in the  adopted agenda  of a week's or a day's               
sittings. Such  a proposal  may be  adopted provided  that it  is               
voted for  by the  majority of  the Seimas members present at the               
sitting. In  the event  that such  a proposal is not approved, it               
may be repeatedly presented only the next day.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 92. At the request of the President of the Republic,               
the issues  and reports presented by him shall be included in the               
agenda of a sitting in the mandatory manner (without voting).                   
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  request that the Government's report on an urgent issue               
be included in the agenda of the week's sittings. On the decision               
of the Seimas, a discussion may follow such a report.                           
                                                                                
               Chapter 16. Sittings of the Seimas                               
                                                                                
     Article 93.  The sittings  of the  Seimas and its committees               
shall be  held in  the Lithuanian  language. Guests,  experts  or               
witnesses who  do not  know the  language shall have the right to               
speak in  another language,  provided they notify the Secretariat               
of Seimas  sittings thereof  no later  than before  6 hours;  the               
Secretariat must see to it that translation is provided.                        
                                                                                
     Article 94. As a rule, 4 sittings a week -- 2 on Tuesday and               
2 on Thursday -- shall be held during the Seimas session, whereas               
every 3  weeks plenary  sittings of the Seimas shall be adjourned               
for a week.                                                                     
     On Thursday,  the evening  sitting shall  be assigned to the               
Government,  interpellations,  as  well  as  to  replies  to  the               
questions of  Seimas members  given by  Seimas officers, heads of               
State institutions,  with the  exception  of  the  Constitutional               
Court and the Supreme Court.                                                    
     On other  days of  the week  and in the week when no plenary               
sittings are  held, sittings of the Seimas Board, the Assembly of               
Spokespersons, parliamentary  groups, committees  and commissions               
as well  as meetings  of members  of the  Seimas with electors or               
representatives of  local governments  shall be  held; members of               
the Seimas may also go on business trips.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 95.  The last  half  hour  of  every  day's  evening               
sitting shall  be assigned  for  the  statements  of  the  Seimas               
members  on   urgent  issues  of  electoral  areas  or  state  or               
international problems. Persons desiring to speak shall submit to               
the Seimas Chancellor a written request during the sitting of the               
previous days  giving a  brief characterisation of the issue they               
would like  to speak  about. The  Secretariat of  Seimas sittings               
shall generalise the requests and present them to the Chancellor.               
The Chancellor  shall prepare  a supplement  to the agenda of the               
sitting specifying  those wishing  to speak  and the problems put               
forward by  them. No  discussion shall be held on the statements.               
The Seimas  may without discussion approve the speaker's proposal               
to charge  an  appropriate  Seimas  committee  or  commission  to               
investigate the problem.                                                        
     The agendas of every third Thursday evening sitting shall be               
drawn up  by the  parliamentary groups  of the opposition. A week               
before the  opening of such sitting the Seimas Board, taking into               
consideration the principle of proportional representation of the               
parliamentary  groups   of  the   opposition,  shall   appoint  a               
parliamentary group  or a  coalition of  parliamentary groups who               
shall be  responsible for  the agenda of such sitting. In such an               
event, the agenda shall not be approved at the Seimas sitting.                  
                                                                                
     Article 96.  The morning  sitting of  the Seimas  shall as a               
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rule be  held from  10.00 a.m.  and the afternoon sitting -- from               
3.00 p.m..                                                                      
     The Seimas  members shall  be registered at the beginning of               
every sitting and before the voting planned in advance.                         
                                                                                
     Article 97.  A sitting  which is  not provided  for  in  the               
week's work programme must be held provided that its is requested               
by the  President of the Republic or 1/3 of the Seimas members or               
the Seimas Board.                                                               
     The issues  submitted by the persons on whose initiative the               
meeting is  held shall  be considered  at such  a  sitting.  Said               
persons shall  no later  than 6  hours before  the opening of the               
sitting inform  the Seimas  members in  the manner established by               
the Seimas  Board of  the sitting  and the  issues  proposed  for               
discussion.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 98. Sittings of the Seimas shall be presided over by               
the Seimas Speaker or a Deputy Speaker.                                         
     The person presiding over the Seimas sitting:                              
     1) shall,  by word and by the banging of the gavel, announce               
the opening and closing of a sitting, as necessary, he or she may               
also announce a recess not provided for in the agenda;                          
     2) shall attend to the order of work of the Seimas sittings,               
supervise that  this Statute  be  adhered  to  at  the  sittings,               
control the  performance of  their respective duties by the group               
of tellers and the Secretariat of sittings;                                     
     3) shall  not take  part in  discussions and  may not in any               
other way  influence the  Seimas members as regards the decisions               
which are being adopted;                                                        
     4) shall  grant the  floor to the Seimas members, direct the               
discussions, when  specifying the  essence of  proposals may pose               
questions to the Seimas members;                                                
     5) shall  watch over  the duration  of speeches, and, if the               
time limit  is exceeded,  shall warn the speaker, and may cut him               
or her off after the second warning;                                            
     6) may  prolong the  time of a speech delivered on an urgent               
issue provided that the Seimas does not object;                                 
     7) may  warn the  speaker or  cut him  or her  off after the               
second warning  in the  event that the speaker is speaking not to               
the point;                                                                      
     8) may  also grant  the floor to other persons provided that               
the Seimas doe not object;                                                      
     9) on  the basis  of  discussion  results,  shall  formulate               
questions to  be put  to the vote; pursuant to this Statute shall               
establish the voting procedure; by word and by the banging of the               
gavel shall  announce the beginning of voting, and, in accordance               
with the  information  presented  by  the  group  of  tellers  or               
electronic voting  machines, shall  announce the  results of  the               
voting;                                                                         
     10) shall  call to  order the  Seimas members if they do not               
adhere to  the Statute,  make noise  in the  chamber, insult  the               
President of  the Republic,  the Seimas,  the Speaker, the Seimas               
members, the Government, the Prime Minister or ministers, and may               
submit proposals  concerning the recording of the warnings in the               
minutes or  examination thereof  in the  Commission on Ethics and               
Procedures or elimination of the Seimas member from the hall;                   
     11) shall  take a  decision to  expel from  the chamber  the               
invited persons  or the correspondents if they interfere with the               
sitting;                                                                        
     12) when  adopting decisions,  at the  request of the Seimas               
members, shall  announce the  article of the Statute he or she is               
acting in pursuance of; and                                                     
     13) shall  sign the  minutes of  the Seimas  sitting and the               
official report  on the sitting, and shall also visa the laws and               
other acts passed at the sitting.                                               
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     Article 99.  As a  rule, the sittings of the Seimas shall be               
public. The President of the Republic, members of the Government,               
the Chairperson  of the  Constitutional Court, the Chairperson of               
the Supreme  Court and  heads of State institutions formed by the               
Seimas may  attend the  sittings without a special invitation and               
state their  opinion during  discussions where  issues  connected               
with their  work are  considered. Signatories  of the Act "On the               
Re-establishment of  the State  of Lithuania"  of 11  March 1990,               
permanent representatives  of the  President of  the Republic and               
the  Government   may   attend   the   sittings   as   observers.               
Participation of  other persons in the sittings is established in               
Articles 100 and 101 of this Statute.                                           
     On the  decision of  the Seimas as well as at the request of               
Seimas Speaker,  the President  of  the  Republic  or  the  Prime               
Minister, a closed sitting may be held by way of exception which,               
in addition  to Seimas  members, may  be attended only by persons               
specially invited  to the  sitting  and,  as  necessary,  by  the               
personnel of  the Secretariat  of sittings. The Seimas Board, the               
Government, parliamentary  groups and  committees shall  have the               
right to  propose to  hold a  closed sitting; a substantiation of               
the proposal shall be requisite.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 100.  The Seimas  Speaker or  the Seimas  Board  may               
invite the  most prominent  guests of the Republic of Lithuania -               
heads  of  foreign  states,  members  of  governments,  heads  of               
parliamentary delegations,  chairpersons of  Lithuanian  emigrant               
organisations -  to speak  at the  sittings. Other  distinguished               
guests may invited as observers of the sittings of a session.                   
                                                                                
     Article 101.  Open sittings  of the  Seimas shall be public.               
They may  be attended  by the  assistants secretaries  of  Seimas               
members, employees  of the  Seimas apparatus,  representatives of               
public organisations  who have  received invitations,  as well as               
radio, television and press journalists accredited to the Seimas.               
The procedure  for issuing  invitations and  accrediting shall be               
established by the Seimas Board.                                                
     Only members  of the Seimas, employees of the Secretariat of               
sittings and  persons who  have been  granted the  floor  may  be               
present in the front of the chamber.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 102.  The Seimas  may convene  a meeting  of all the               
Seimas members for preliminary discussion of issues; the rules of               
this Statute  shall not  be valid  at such meetings. No decisions               
shall be  adopted by  the Seimas  at such  meetings.  The  Seimas               
members shall  elect the  chairperson  of  the  meeting  and  may               
establish provisional rules of procedure of the meeting.                        
                                                                                
     Article 103.  All reports  shall be  read at Seimas sittings               
from the  dais. In the cases set forth in Par. 2 of Article 93 of               
this Statute,  Seimas members  may speak from their seats or into               
the microphones installed in the chamber.                                       
     Speaking during  sittings  shall  be  allowed  only  on  the               
permission of the presiding officer.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 104.  As  a  rule,  one  principal  report  and  one               
additional report shall be made on every issue on the agenda. The               
duration of  a report  shall be fixed by the presiding officer in               
coordination with  the person  delivering the report. Ordinarily,               
reports should not exceed 30 minutes. Additional reports shall be               
allotted a  duration  of  up  to  15  minutes;  final  words  and               
commentary on  behalf of  the Government  or a committee shall be               
granted up  to 10  minutes; speaking on behalf on a parliamentary               
group -  up to  7 minutes,  and speeches  said on  behalf of  the               
speaker himself shall be given up to 5 minutes.                                 
     After reports,  during the  presentation of  the draft, time               
for  answering   questions  shall  be  allocated  in  the  manner               
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established in  this Statute.  An answer to a single question may               
not exceed  3 minutes,  whereas the  question itself may not take               
longer than  1 minute.  Only one question shall be permitted at a               
time. A  person shall  be allowed  to ask  a second question only               
once it  is again  his or her turn to ask. On the decision of the               
Seimas, question and answer sessions may be terminated before the               
fixed time, provided that at least one other member of the Seimas               
supports such a proposal.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 105.  Registration of persons wishing to speak shall               
begin an  hour before  the first  sitting of the day the issue is               
planned to  be discussed  and shall  close by the commencement of               
discussion of  the issue.  Upon completion  of registration,  the               
officer presiding  over the  sitting must  announce the  list  of               
persons  participating   in  the   discussion.  Registration  for               
speaking shall  be carried  out by submitting applications to the               
Secretariat of sittings.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 106.  Time allotted  for discussion on each issue on               
the agenda shall be, as a rule, divided in half to the members of               
the majority  and minority.  In the  event  that  representatives               
either of  the majority  or the  minority do  not use up the time               
allotted to them, the discussion shall be shortened.                            
     Speakers shall  be  granted  the  floor  during  discussions               
according to  the order  in which  they registered  to speak. The               
presiding officer  may change  the order  for reason  of ensuring               
proportional   representation   of   parliamentary   groups   and               
Committees, and for presenting arguments "for" and "against". The               
Seimas members may change the order of speaking.                                
     A speaker  may waive  his or her right to take the floor. If               
the speaker leaves the chamber without giving prior notice to the               
presiding officer  and is  not present when called upon to speak,               
he or she shall be deemed to have waived his or her right to take               
the floor.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 107.  The President  of  the  Republic,  the  Seimas               
Speaker, and  the Prime Minister shall have the right to take the               
floor out of turn one time in a discussion.                                     
     If members  of the  Government or  no less  than 1/5  of the               
Seimas members  or a  representative named  by a Committee notify               
the Secretariat  of the  sittings of their wish to be granted the               
floor prior to the termination of a discussion, they shall retain               
the right  to take  the floor even if it is resolved to terminate               
the debate.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 108.  During debates,  the Seimas members shall have               
the right  to take the floor not more than once for every item on               
the agenda.                                                                     
     Questions, remarks,  and speeches  concerning the motives or               
procedure of  voting, prejudicial issues or issues related to the               
termination of  debate, and  proposals to  reject or postpone the               
issue under  consideration shall constitute an exception. In said               
cases no  advance registration  shall be required. However, every               
member of  the Seimas  shall have  the right  to make an inquiry,               
speech, or  remark only  once on  each given issue on the agenda,               
and concerning  the motives of voting - once before every voting.               
Speaking on  issues concerning  procedure, termination of debate,               
or postponement  or rejection  of an  issue shall have precedence               
over the  issue under consideration. In said cases, members shall               
be granted  the floor  for no  longer than  2 minutes  after  the               
speaker has finished his or her speech. In the cases specified in               
the Statute,  a vote  must be  taken after  such speeches. If the               
speaker speaks on an issue other than the one for which he or she               
was granted  the floor,  the presiding  officer may revoke his or               
her right to speak.                                                             
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     Article 109.  Debates shall be terminated on the decision of               
the Seimas,  with  the  exception  of  cases  where  the  Statute               
provides for  a different  procedure for  the  termination  of  a               
debate. Proposals to terminate a debate may be submitted after at               
least two  speakers have  been given  the floor and may be put to               
the vote  without holding  a discussion  thereon provided that at               
least one other member of the Seimas supports the proposal. Prior               
to that, the presiding officer must announce how many persons are               
registered to speak and how many have already spoken.                           
     Upon resolving  to terminate a debate, the presiding officer               
must grant  the floor, according to the order, to one more member               
of the  Seimas as  well as to everyone who still has the right to               
be granted  the floor pursuant to Article 107 of this Statute. In               
addition, the  speaker may  be granted  the floor  for concluding               
remarks.                                                                        
     The Seimas may in advance limit both the general duration of               
debates on  each issue and the number of speakers. In such cases,               
proposals to terminate a debate shall not be accepted.                          
                                                                                
     Article 110. In discussing each issue, the Seimas shall take               
an unscheduled  recess of  no less  than half an hour and no more               
than  an  hour  prior  to  the  commencement  of  voting  or  the               
discussion of  the issue  may be postponed to the next sitting if               
the  presiding   officer,   the   principal   committee,   or   a               
parliamentary group  so requests  and the request is supported by               
no less  than 1/3  Seimas members  present  at  the  sitting.  In               
discussing an  issue, such  recesses and debate postponements may               
only be  done twice.  Only one unscheduled recess may be taken in               
the same sitting.                                                               
     If the Statute has been expressly violated during discussion               
of an issue, the committee which prepared the draft of the law or               
other legal  act, a  parliamentary group,  or the  Commission  on               
Ethics and  Procedure shall  have the  right to  request that the               
discussion of  the issue be postponed, but for no longer than one               
week.                                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 111.  If the conduct or words of a Seimas member are               
presented in  a distorted  manner by  other speakers,  he or  she               
shall have  the right to request that the presiding officer grant               
him or  her the  floor to  speak on  a personal issue for up to 2               
minutes. If  the presiding  officer does  not oblige the request,               
the Seimas  member shall have the right to request that the issue               
of whether  or not he or she should be granted the floor to speak               
on a personal question be put to the vote.                                      
     Seimas members  shall be  granted  the  floor  to  speak  on               
personal issues at the end of the sitting.                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
             Chapter 17. Voting and Vote Calculation                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 112. Voting on issues under debate shall be open, by               
raising voting cards, with the exception of cases provided for in               
this Statute.                                                                   
     On the  decision of  the Seimas  or the presiding officer, a               
vote may be taken either by standing up or by using an electronic               
vote tallying  system rather  than by  raising a card. As a rule,               
the electronic  vote tallying  system shall be used when taking a               
vote on  separate  provisions  of  the  issue  under  debate,  on               
separate articles  or statements  of a law, and on resolutions of               
the sitting  and  issues  concerning  the  work  procedure  of  a               
session. A  separate instruction  approved by  the  Seimas  Board               
shall establish  the procedure  for  using  the  electronic  vote               
tallying system.                                                                
     Seimas members  shall vote personally. The right to vote may               
not be delegated to other persons.        32                                    
                                                                                
     Article 113.  After the  discussion, the  presiding  officer               
shall announce  the commencement  of the voting procedure by word               
and while  adopting a law or other act of the Seimas - by banging               
the gavel  as well.  The presiding  officer must  also inform the               
Seimas members  of the  number of votes required for the decision               
to be adopted.                                                                  
     Walking in the chamber during voting shall be prohibited. No               
issues  shall   be  discussed   until  the  voting  procedure  is               
completed, the  floor shall  be granted  only on  the motives and               
methods of  voting, except  for the  time that the results of the               
voting by roll call or by ballot are being counted.                             
                                                                                
     Article 114.  Laws of the Republic of Lithuania, resolutions               
of the Seimas, and other decisions of the Seimas shall be adopted               
at sittings of the Seimas by simple majority vote (i.e. more than               
half) of  the Seimas  members participating  in the sitting, with               
the exception  of special  cases provided for in the Constitution               
and this Statute.                                                               
     In voting  on the  resolutions  of  the  Seimas  (which  are               
recorded in  the minutes), separate provisions of the issue under               
debate, separate  articles or  statements of  a law, or questions               
concerning the  work procedure of the session, decisions shall be               
adopted by majority vote of all the voting Seimas members, or may               
also be passed without voting (by unanimous consent), i.e., if no               
member responds to the presiding officer's question "Is there any               
objection  to...?",   the  presiding   officer   shall   announce               
"Adopted."                                                                      
     Prior to  the first  voting of  every sitting, the presiding               
officer must  check the  number of  Seimas members  present.  If,               
prior to  a voting,  the presiding  officer or  any parliamentary               
group has not requested to check the number of the Seimas members               
present at  the sitting, no doubts may later be raised concerning               
this. The  last number  of Seimas members determined at a sitting               
shall be  considered the  number of Seimas members present at the               
sitting.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 115.  In adopting laws of the Republic of Lithuania,               
resolutions of  the Seimas,  or other acts, with the exception of               
personnel issues,  roll call  voting is  permitted if  it  is  so               
requested by  a  parliamentary  group  and  this  requirement  is               
supported by  no less  than 1/3  of all Seimas members present at               
the  sitting.   Such  a   request  may   be  submitted   by   the               
representative of  a parliamentary group only upon the closing up               
of a debate on the issue and prior to voting on the entire draft.               
     In such  a case,  ballot papers  shall be distributed to the               
Seimas members  prior to the commencement of voting for roll call               
voting; upon  receipt of  said ballot  papers, the Seimas members               
shall sign  the record of issued ballot papers. Upon announcement               
of the  commencement of voting, every Seimas member shall fill in               
the ballot  paper, sign  it, and  hand it  over to  the  tellers'               
group. Upon  tallying the  votes,  the  presiding  officer  shall               
announce the vote of every Seimas member.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 116.  Issues concerning  the election  of the Seimas               
Speaker, deputy  Speakers, Seimas  Chancellor, non-confidence  in               
the Government,  the Prime  Minister or  an individual  minister,               
non-confidence in  any officer  of the Seimas or dismissal of the               
head of  a state  institution appointed  by the  Seimas shall  be               
voted on  only by  secret ballot.  On the decision of the Seimas,               
other personnel issues may also be voted on by secret ballot.                   
                                                                                
     In this  manner, voting  shall be done during recess. Ballot               
papers shall  be stamped  and distributed  by the tellers' group.               
Upon receiving their ballot papers, Seimas members shall sign the               
record of issued ballot papers.           33                                    
     There must  be a  secret voting  booth and ballot box in the               
voting place. The ballot box must be put in such a way that, upon               
approaching it,  the members  casting their  votes can  cross the               
secret voting booth.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 117. Voting shall be done by open ballots when it is               
necessary to elect several candidates to some posts from a larger               
number of candidates and when it has not been resolved to vote by               
secret ballot.                                                                  
     In open  voting, the  procedure for  voting and establishing               
the results  shall be  the same  as in  voting by  secret  ballot               
except that  secret ballot  voting booths  shall not  be used and               
ballot papers  shall be  filled out  in the  chamber. It  is  not               
necessary to sign the ballot papers.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 118.  A standard  ballot paper  for secret  and open               
voting shall be approved by the Seimas prior to voting.                         
     Issues concerning the dismissal of an officer or declaration               
of non-confidence  in an  officer shall  be voted  on with ballot               
papers on  which the  propositions "Dismiss" and "Not dismiss" or               
"Confidence" and  "Non-confidence" shall  be inscribed.  With one               
ballot paper  it is only possible to vote on either the dismissal               
of  an   officer  or  the  declaration  of  non-confidence  in  a               
collective institution or one of its members, or the removal from               
his post of an officer.                                                         
     On one  ballot paper  it  is  only  possible  to  write  the               
surnames, in  alphabetical order, of candidates to the same post.               
In all  cases, ballot  papers must  have a  heading which clearly               
indicates the  issue being  voted on.  On the  ballot paper,  the               
member casting his or her vote shall cross out the surname of the               
candidates against  which he  or she is voting or the proposition               
which he or she does not accept.                                                
     Ballot papers  which are not of the approved sample, as well               
as ballot  papers on  which more  surnames  than  the  number  of               
officers being  elected or  more than  one proposition  given for               
election is  left, shall  be deemed  invalid. Additional surnames               
and propositions which are written in shall not be counted.                     
     The record of calculation of votes by ballot papers shall be               
signed by the chairperson of the tellers' group and the presiding               
officer.                                                                        
     Voting ballot  papers  shall  be  preserved  in  the  Seimas               
archives until the end of the term of office of the Seimas.                     
                                                                                
     Article 119.  One or  two alternative  propositions  may  be               
presented to  be voted  upon. If one proposition is presented, it               
shall be voted "for", "against" or "abstain". If two propositions               
are presented,  voting shall  be "for  the first  proposition" or               
"for the second proposition".                                                   
     Alternative propositions  shall be  voted for  in the  order               
that they  were presented  for discussion. If there are more than               
two propositions, the presiding officer must group them according               
to purport  so that they are all decided upon after several votes               
for one  or two  propositions. The proposition which collects the               
most  votes  shall  be  adopted  if  the  necessary  majority  is               
collected; otherwise, it shall be presented for additional voting               
to confirm  the decision.  If this  fails to  be done, the Seimas               
members may either propose a compromise or postpone the issue.                  
     At his  or her  own initiative or at the request of at least               
two Seimas  members, the presiding officer shall divide the issue               
being put to the vote into two.                                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 120.  The decision  of whether to postpone or reject               
an issue shall be voted on before voting on the main point of the               
issue.  Numbers  shall  be  voted  on  in  increasing  order.  If               
necessary, the  presiding officer  may change the order of voting               
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if those who made the proposals do not object.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 121.  Votes may  be explained  after  the  presiding               
officer announces what is being voted on and asks if anyone would               
like to explain his or her vote.                                                
     In voting for an entire issue or the passing of a draft law,               
no more  than four  Seimas members  may explain their votes "for"               
and no  more than four -- "against". In other cases, no more than               
one Seimas members may explain their votes "for" and no more than               
one -- "against".                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 122.  When the  electronic tallying  system  is  not               
being used,  the tellers'  group shall  organise the  voting  and               
count the  votes.  The  tellers'  group  shall  also  assist  the               
presiding officer in checking how many Seimas members are present               
in the chamber and in revising their registration.                              
     Members of  the tellers'  group shall  vote according to the               
general procedure.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 123.  The Seimas  shall alphabetically  appoint  the               
tellers' group  for the  period of one month upon the proposal of               
the Seimas  Chancellor. The  group may  not be  made up solely of               
members of  one parliamentary group. Members of the Seimas Board,               
chairpersons of  Committees  and  commissions,  Spokespersons  of               
parliamentary groups,  and members of the Government shall not be               
assigned to  the tellers' group. The tellers' group shall elect a               
chairperson from its members.                                                   
     The Seimas  may he  declare non-confidence  in the  tellers'               
group or  one of  its members  by majority  vote  of  the  Seimas               
members present  at the sitting. In such an event, a new group or               
group member  shall  be  appointed.  Upon  the  decision  of  the               
presiding officer  or the  request of a parliamentary group which               
is supported by no less than 1/3 of Seimas members present at the               
sitting, the  voting which  took place  before the declaration of               
non-confidence may be repeated.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 124. The results of voting shall be announced by the               
presiding officer  based  on  the  information  provided  by  the               
tellers' group  or by  the indicators  of the electronic tallying               
system.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 125.  Before another item on the agenda has begun to               
be discussed, voting carried out by raising cards or by using the               
electronic system  may be  repeated once  if so  requested by the               
presiding officer  or  a  parliamentary  group  and  the  request               
thereof is  supported by  no less  than  1/3  of  Seimas  members               
present at the sitting. This may be requested if the issue put up               
to vote was not properly and clearly formulated.                                
                                                                                
  Chapter 18. Official Registration and Announcement of Seimas                  
                            Documents                                           
                                                                                
     Article 126.  Minutes of  Seimas sittings  shall be compiled               
and announced  by the  Documentation Department of the Seimas and               
shall be  signed by  the  presiding  officer.  Issues  which  are               
discussed, speakers,  adopted  resolutions,  and  voting  results               
shall be  recorded in  the minutes. The full texts of resolutions               
adopted  during  sittings  shall  be  recorded  in  the  minutes.               
Supplementary materials  (data  concerning  the  registration  of               
Seimas members,  results of  voting by  roll call,  statements of               
Seimas members, etc.) shall be appended to the minutes.                         
                                                                                
     Minutes shall be distributed to Committees and parliamentary               
groups no later than the next workday after the sitting.                        
     Seimas members may state their claims concerning the minutes               
at the  end of the first Seimas sitting of the next day. If there               
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are disputable  questions, the  Seimas  shall  adopt  a  decision               
thereon by  simple majority  vote of  the voting  members after a               
short explanation has been given by the officer who presided over               
the previous sitting.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article  127.  The  Seimas  Documentation  Department  shall               
compile and  publish verbatim  records of  the  Seimas  sittings.               
Their originals shall not be edited and shall be preserved in the               
Documentation Department.  Tape-recordings of the Seimas sittings               
shall be  preserved in  the Documentation Department for a period               
of at least one month.                                                          
     Members of the Seimas and other persons who were granted the               
floor during  a sitting  shall have  the right to check, within a               
fortnight after the Seimas sitting, the verbatim records of their               
speeches edited  for publication.  Upon checking the text against               
the tape-recording,  they may  revise the  edited version  of the               
verbatim record  of their speech provided that they do not change               
the essence  of the  speech. If  the speaker does not present any               
claims concerning  the text  of the  verbatim record, it shall be               
assumed that he or she agrees with the text.                                    
     In the event of disputes or misunderstandings concerning the               
edited text  of a  verbatim record,  a decision  thereon shall be               
adopted by the presiding officer of the respective sitting.                     
                                                                                
     Article 128.  Verbatim records  of closed sittings shall not               
be published;  only members  of  the  Seimas  shall  have  access               
thereto.  The  Seimas  Chancellor  shall  preserve  the  verbatim               
records of closed sittings and shall create conditions for Seimas               
members to  familiarize themselves with said records. A speech of               
a Seimas  member may  be publicly  quoted or  comment on from the               
verbatim record of a closed sitting only with his or her consent.               
                                                                                
     Article 129.  Minutes shall  be taken  at  sittings  of  the               
Seimas Board  and Assembly  of Spokespersons; no verbatim records               
shall be  taken  of  the  above  sittings.  Participants  in  the               
sitting,  issues   which   are   discussed,   speakers,   adopted               
resolutions, and  voting results  shall be listed in the minutes.               
The minutes shall be signed by the chairperson of that sitting.                 
     Seimas  members   shall  familiarize  themselves  with  said               
minutes through Committees and parliamentary groups.                            
                                                                                
     Article 130.  Seimas Committees  and commissions shall takes               
minutes  at   their  own   sittings.  Committee   and  commission               
resolutions, conclusions, and minutes of sittings shall be signed               
by the respective chairperson.                                                  
     The minutes  of sittings  of committees  and commissions are               
official internal  documents which may only be used by members of               
the Seimas.  Other persons  may use  these minutes  only with the               
consent of  the chairperson  of the Committee or commission. Upon               
the completion  of the calendar year, the minutes of sittings and               
other documents  of Committees and commissions shall be preserved               
in the  Committees or  commission  for  the  period  of  a  year;               
thereafter they shall be transferred to the Seimas archives.                    
     All documents  of ad  hoc commissions must be transferred to               
the Seimas  archives within  10 days  of the  expiration  of  the               
authorized period of said commission.                                           
                                                                                
     Article  131.  Draft  laws  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
submitted for  public consideration  shall be  published  in  the               
press using  State funds. In publishing such drafts, the names of               
the persons who prepared and initiated them must be indicated.                  
                                                                                
     Draft laws  given over to be published must be signed by the               
chairperson of  the Committee  to which  the draft  was given for               
preparation as well as by the Seimas Chancellor.                                
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     Article 132.  Before being  given to  the President  of  the               
Republic to  be signed, adopted laws of the Republic of Lithuania               
and other  acts of  the Seimas  shall, together with the visas of               
the chairperson  of the Committee which prepared the draft and of               
the Seimas  Chancellor, as  well as  of the  officer who presided               
over the  sitting whereat  the act was adopted if the sitting was               
not presided  over by  the Seimas  Speaker, be  presented to  the               
Seimas Speaker to be given a visa or to be signed.                              
     Adopted laws which have a visa from the Seimas Speaker shall               
immediately be  given to  the President  of the  Republic  to  be               
signed.                                                                         
     The Seimas  Speaker shall  sign acts  adopted by  the Seimas               
Board after they have been given a visa by the Seimas Chancellor.               
     Upon signing  an act, the Seimas Speaker shall transfer said               
act to the Seimas Chancellor to be promulgated.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 133.  Laws of  the Republic  of Lithuania  and other               
documents of  the Seimas  shall be  promulgated and  shall become               
effective pursuant  to the Law "On the Procedure for Promulgating               
and Enforcing  the Laws  of the  Republic of  Lithuania and other               
Legal Acts."                                                                    
     Laws of the Republic of Lithuania signed by the President of               
the Republic  as well  as resolutions of the Seimas shall be sent               
to the  Government, the  Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court,               
the State  Controller, and, as necessary, to heads of other State               
institutions as  well as  to local  governments within  3 working               
days after their signing.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 134.  The Seimas  of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
have two  seals with the Lithuanian State emblem - the great seal               
which is  38 mm in diameter, and the small seal which is 27 mm in               
diameter. The  Seimas Chancellor shall be responsible for the use               
and preservation of the Seimas seals.                                           
     The great  seal of  the Seimas  with  the  Lithuanian  State               
emblem shall  be imprinted  on the  laws, resolutions  and  other               
official documents  of the  Seimas,  as  well  as  on  documents,               
international treaties  and other  documents signed by the Seimas               
Speaker which  are  sent  to  institutions  of  State  power  and               
government of foreign states.                                                   
     The small  seal of  the Seimas  with  the  Lithuanian  State               
emblem shall  be imprinted on the identification certificates and               
other  documents  signed  by  the  Seimas  Speaker,  his  or  her               
deputies, or the Seimas Chancellor.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 135.  The Seimas  Speaker, his  or her deputies, and               
the Seimas  Chancellor shall have the right to speak on behalf of               
the Seimas. The Seimas may also authorize heads of delegations to               
the international  organizations who  are appointed by the Seimas               
and a  Speaker's Spokesperson  for the  press  appointed  by  the               
Seimas Board to speak on behalf of the Seimas.                                  
     Chairpersons  of   Seimas  Committee,  their  deputies,  and               
authorised  Committee  members  may  speak  on  behalf  of  their               
respective Committees.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 136.  The  Lithuanian  Radio  and  Television  shall               
regularly prepare coverage of open sittings of the Seimas. On the               
resolution of the Seimas, separate sittings shall be broadcast in               
full on  the radio  and television  at a  time acceptable  by the               
Lithuanian Radio  and Television.  In  disputable  cases,  issues               
shall be  resolved by  the Seimas at the request of parliamentary               
groups.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Accredited journalists  shall  be  supplied  with  documents               
which are  necessary for  their job by the Seimas information and               
analysis service.                                                               
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     Article 137. Official information concerning sittings of the               
Seimas, the Seimas Board, and the Assembly of Spokespersons shall               
be prepared  and announced by the Seimas information and analysis               
service and shall be signed by the presiding officer.                           
     The  state  mass  media,  when  publishing  or  broadcasting               
coverage of  Seimas sittings,  shall also  announce  an  official               
report on these sittings. (Amended 12 October 1993)                             
                                                                                
     Article 138.  After important sittings, Committees shall, as               
a rule,  prepare reports  for the  mass media  on  the  decisions               
adopted by  the  respective  committee  and  shall  present  said               
reports to the Seimas information and analysis service.     Broad               
casting or coverage of sittings of the Seimas Board, the Assembly               
of  Spokespersons,   Committees,  commissions  and  parliamentary               
groups shall  be made  only with the consent of the chief officer               
of the respective group.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 139.  Documents intended  for  all  members  of  the               
Seimas, Committees  or parliamentary  groups shall be distributed               
by the  Secretariat  of  the  sittings.  The  documents  must  be               
registered at  the Secretariat of the sittings and must be signed               
by  at  least  one  member  of  the  Seimas.  The  procedure  for               
submitting, registering and distributing drafts of laws and other               
standard acts shall be established in Chapter 19 of this Statute.               
     Information concerning the activities of the Seimas shall be               
prepared and,  as necessary,  presented to  the Seimas members by               
the Seimas information and analysis service.                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
                             PART 5                                             
                                                                                
                      LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
  Chapter 19. Registration of Drafts of Laws and other Standard                 
                              Acts                                              
                                                                                
     Article 140. Drafts of laws of the Republic of Lithuania and               
of other  acts of the Seimas, as well as the proposals concerning               
the enactment  thereof, shall  be submitted  to  the  Seimas  for               
consideration by  the institutions  and persons  who, pursuant to               
the Constitution  of the Republic of Lithuania, have the right of               
legislative initiative.  Submitted drafts  and proposals  must be               
signed by representatives of the initiators thereof.                            
     A supporting  explanation shall  be submitted  together with               
the draft  law wherein,  as a  rule, the  following shall  be set               
forth:                                                                          
     1) the objectives and goals of the draft law;                              
     2) the  current legal procedure in accordance with which the               
issues considered in the draft law are being regulated;                         
     3) what  new provisions of legal regulation are planned, the               
positive  qualities  of  the  newly  regulated  issues,  and  the               
positive results which are foreseen;                                            
     4) possible negative consequences of the enacted law and the               
measures  which   should  be  applied  in  order  to  avoid  said               
consequences;                                                                   
     5) the incorporation of the draft law into the legal system,               
which legal  acts in  said sphere  shall remain  valid (a list of               
said acts  shall be presented), and which of the valid legal acts               
must be amended or repealed upon adoption of the draft;                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
     6) in  the event  that executive  acts are  required for the               
implementation of  the draft  law -  who should  prepare them and               
when, as well as the guidelines of said executive acts;                         
     7) the  evaluation  and  findings  of  specialists  obtained               
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during the period that the law was drafted;                                     
     8) the author or group of authors of the draft law;                        
     9) the  notional words  of the  draft law  required for  the               
inclusion of the draft into the computerised search system; and                 
     10) other substantiations and explanations which the authors               
believe to be necessary.                                                        
     If  the  initiators  of  the  draft  law  cannot  present  a               
supporting explanation,  they may  apply to the Seimas Chancellor               
with a request that the Legal Department assist in the drawing up               
of the  explanation or that they be permitted to submit the draft               
without a supporting explanation.                                               
     Findings  of   criminological  examinations  concerning  the               
possible influence of the adoption of the law on the criminogenic               
situation shall  be submitted  together with  the draft  law. The               
preparation of  the findings  of criminological examination shall               
be organised  by the  Ministry of  Justice at  the request of the               
initiators of the draft.                                                        
     As a  rule, draft laws concerning the amendment, supplement,               
or repeal of other laws which are requisite upon the enactment of               
the proposed  draft law  as well  as,  if  necessary,  the  draft               
resolution regarding the procedure of implementing the law, shall               
be submitted together with the draft law.                                       
     The  requirements  set  forth  in  this  Chapter,  with  the               
exception  of   the   requirement   concerning   the   supporting               
explanation, shall  apply to  the drafts of all laws and standard               
acts of the Seimas (in this Chapter all of the above drafts shall               
hereinafter be  referred to as draft laws), with the exception of               
special cases provided for in this Statute.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 141. All submitted draft laws and proposals shall be               
registered in  the register  of draft laws and proposals received               
by the  Secretariat of  the Seimas  sittings. When registering, a               
standard title  page of  the draft and a form shall be filled in,               
all of  the persons  who prepared or initiated the draft shall be               
specified, and  the  documentation  presented  thereby  shall  be               
itemised. The  draft shall  be indexed  in  accordance  with  the               
classifier of the areas of legislation.                                         
     During the consideration and further preparation of a draft,               
all new  versions thereof  as well as the conclusions, amendments               
and supplements  which have been put forward and the names of the               
persons who  submitted them, shall be presented to and registered               
by the  Secretariat of  the sittings.  All of  the above shall be               
executed as  a cover letter of the draft and shall be distributed               
together with the draft and the supporting explanation.                         
     The  Legal  Department  shall  furnish  conclusions  on  the               
registered draft  law, stating  whether or  not the  draft is  in               
conformity with the laws which are already in effect, and whether               
or not  it corresponds  to the  technical rules of law-making. If               
the scope of the draft is broad, the Seimas Chancellor shall have               
the  right   to  extend   this  term.  Together  with  the  above               
conclusions, the registered draft law shall be handed over to the               
Seimas Chancellor.                                                              
     The Seimas  Chancellor shall, within 3 days, refer the draft               
law together  with the  supporting explanation and conclusions of               
the Legal Department to the committees, parliamentary groups, the               
Government and  the Office  of the President of the Republic and,               
as necessary,  to appropriate  local governments.  All members of               
the Seimas  shall also  be notified  of the  draft by  a  special               
bulletin.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 142.  In the  event that  a draft  law is  submitted               
together with  amendments to the Constitution, both drafts may be               
considered concurrently;  however, a vote shall first be taken on               
the Constitutional  amendments in  accordance with  the procedure               
for amending  the Constitution.  Drafts of laws on the amendment,               
supplement or repeal of other laws requisite upon the adoption of               
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the proposed draft law shall also be discussed together with said               
draft law.                                                                      
     If several alternative drafts of one law have been received,               
they shall  be concurrently  considered prior  to and  during the               
discussion at  the sitting  of the Seimas, and one of said drafts               
shall be selected.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 143. As necessary, the Seimas Board may charge other               
Committees to  make a preliminary analysis of the draft law or to               
propose that  the Government  prepare its conclusions. The Seimas               
Board may  also form  a special  working group of Seimas members,               
representatives of State institutions, experts, and scientists to               
prepare a draft law for consideration in the Seimas.                            
                                                                                
     Article 144. The committee to which a draft law has been                   
referred for preliminary consideration and for presenting                       
conclusions, must establish:                                                    
     1) whether  or not  the draft  is  in  conformity  with  the               
Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Lithuania, and, if               
it is  not in  conformity therewith, whether or not the committee               
approves of the amendment of said laws;                                         
     2) the  approximate amount  of the  State  budget  resources               
required for the implementation of the law;                                     
     3) the expediency of the draft from political, economic, and               
social points of view;                                                          
     4) whether  or not  the concept  of the draft corresponds to               
the approved programme of the Government;                                       
     5) whether  or not  the draft  is  in  conformity  with  the               
international obligations of the Republic of Lithuania;                         
     6) whether  or not  the draft  is analogous  to other drafts               
which have been rejected within the last 6 months; and                          
     7) whether  or not  the draft corresponds to the criteria of               
efficiency, specific  character, and  completion, and  whether or               
not it is acceptable from the points of view of legal culture and               
the technical rules of law-making.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 145.  The committee  to which  a draft  law has been               
referred for  consideration and  which must  present  conclusions               
shall present a written evaluation thereof in accordance with the               
criteria set  forth in  Article 144  of this  Chapter. Refusal to               
approve a draft must be substantiated.                                          
     Approval may  be expressed  in the  three ways:  without any               
comments, with  specific  comments,  or  on  the  condition  that               
certain amendments  shall be made to the draft. In the last case,               
concretely formulated amendments may be proposed.                               
     During a  session of the Seimas, the committees must prepare               
their conclusions  within 10  days. The  initiators of  the draft               
shall be notified of the conclusions.                                           
     The Committee  which is performing additional examination of               
a draft  law may  also express  its opinion at the sitting of the               
principal committee  which is  conducting the  examination of the               
draft law upon delegating its representative to the sitting.                    
                                                                                
     Article 146.  The Seimas  Chancellor shall not present draft               
laws for  consideration in  the Seimas if the Seimas Committee on               
State and  Law comes  to the  conclusion that the laws are not in               
conformity with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and               
no draft  amendments to  the Constitution  have been presented in               
the established  manner. In  the event that the same draft law or               
another draft  law of  analogous content has been rejected by the               
Seimas within  the last 6 months, the draft shall not be accepted               
for repeat consideration.                                                       
     Draft laws submitted by entities who are not vested with the               
right of  legislative initiative  shall be  registered, but shall               
not be forwarded for consideration; however, competent committees               
shall be familiarized therewith.          40                                    
     In all  of the above cases, drafts with a corresponding visa               
of the  Seimas Chancellor shall be returned to the Secretariat of               
the sittings;  at the Secretariat, the draft shall be recorded in               
the register  of rejected  draft laws  and  proposals  and  shall               
thereafter be  sent to  the archives.  An  announcement  to  this               
effect must  be made  at the  Seimas sitting,  and the person who               
presented the draft must be notified thereof.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 147.  The initiators  of a  draft law shall have the               
right to  recall said  draft before it is considered at a sitting               
of the  Seimas. Said  persons must  immediately notify the Seimas               
Chancellor of  the decision,  and the  Chancellor must notify the               
Seimas. In  such an  case, a  copy of the draft law shall be left               
with the principal Committee and the Legal Department.                          
     However, in  the  event  that  the  recalled  draft  law  is               
officially supported  and submitted no later than the next day by               
another entity  vested with  the right of legislative initiative,               
the consideration procedure of such draft shall be continued. The               
above provision  shall not be applied to drafts of laws submitted               
by the President or Government of the Republic.                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
  Chapter 20. Presentation of Drafts of Laws and other Standard                 
                 Acts at Sittings of the Seimas                                 
                                                                                
     Article 148.   The   initiator    of   a    draft   law   or               
representative thereof  shall be invited to attend the sitting of               
the Seimas  where the  draft is  presented.  Said  representative               
shall give  a brief  (maximum of  10 minutes) characterisation of               
the draft  and shall  answer questions  of  the  Seimas  members.               
Thereafter, the  presiding officer  shall familiarize the members               
with the  conclusions of  the Legal  Department and  also of  the               
Government, provided  that such  conclusions have  been received,               
and shall propose that a vote be taken on the proposals.                        
     The Seimas must decide whether or not to include in the work               
programme of  the session  the draft laws which have not yet been               
included therein  and to  commence the procedure of consideration               
and commence  the procedure  of consideration,  whether or not to               
reject the draft, and whether or not to postpone consideration.                 
     If  the   Seimas  decides   to  commence  the  procedure  of               
consideration, a  decision may  be taken  on whether to apply the               
urgency procedure or the special urgency procedure.                             
                                                                                
     Article  149.   All  decisions   on  the   presentation  and               
consideration of  a draft  law at the sitting of the Seimas shall               
be adopted by a simple majority vote of those present and voting,               
with the exception of decisions to reject a draft, or to announce               
a draft for public consideration, which shall be adopted provided               
that at  least 1/3  of all  the Seimas  members  vote  in  favour               
thereof.                                                                        
     Application for  the urgency  or special  urgency procedures               
shall be established in Chapter 24 of this Statute.                             
                                                                                
     Article  150.   The  procedure   for  consideration  may  be               
commenced only  concerning drafts  which are included in the work               
programme of  the  session.  The  consideration  procedure  shall               
consist of  the following  stages: consideration at the principal               
Committee, consideration  at  the  sitting  of  the  Seimas,  and               
passage.                                                                        
     Upon deciding  to commence the procedure of consideration of               
a draft  law, the  Seimas must  at the  same sitting  appoint  an               
approximate date  of consideration  at the  sitting of the Seimas               
(no earlier  than after  a week,  and no later than by the end of               
the  session),   and  the   principal   Committee   for   further               
consideration or revision of the draft.                                         
     A decision  to propose that a draft law be made available to               
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the public may also be adopted at the sitting.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 151. In the event that State funding is required for               
the implementation  of a  law, the proposals of the initiators of               
the draft  and the  conclusions of  the Committee  on Budget  and               
Finance and  the Government  concerning the  possible sources  of               
funding must  be presented  during further  consideration of  the               
draft.                                                                          
     If amending the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is               
required to enact the draft law, the conclusions of the Committee               
on State  and Law  must be presented during further consideration               
of the draft.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 152.  If an initiative group for the announcement of               
a referendum on the draft law has been formed, the issue shall be               
considered at  the next  Seimas sitting during the Seimas session               
after  it   has  been  confirmed  that  the  required  number  of               
signatures has  been collected. Representatives of the initiators               
of the referendum shall be invited to attend the sitting.                       
 Should  the Seimas establish that the draft of the provisions of               
the law  presented for  the referendum  is not in conformity with               
the Constitution  of the  Republic of  Lithuania,  the  issue  of               
amending the Constitution must be considered first.                             
     If the  Seimas decides  to discuss  and  enact  a  submitted               
provisions of  the law, the announcement of the referendum may be               
postponed; however,  the referendum  must  be  announced  at  the               
sitting at  which the  Seimas rejects the submitted provisions of               
the law.                                                                        
                                                                                
    Chapter 21. Consideration of Draft Laws in the Principal                    
                            Committee                                           
                                                                                
     Article 153.  The committee  which has been appointed by the               
Seimas as  the principal  committee for  the examination  of  the               
draft of  a law,  in respect  whereof the consideration procedure               
has been  commenced, must,  within one week, discuss at a sitting               
the preparedness  to examine  the draft in the committee. For the               
above purpose,  responsible committee members and experts must be               
assigned,  additional  conclusions  may  be  requested  of  other               
committees  and   State  institutions,   and  other   preliminary               
decisions may  be adopted.  If the committee is charged to revise               
the draft,  a working  group may  be formed  for said purpose. As               
necessary, the  Committee may  also discuss issues concerning the               
preparedness to consider the draft at other sittings.                           
                                                                                
     Article 154. The principal committee must send the draft law               
to all interested State institutions and, as necessary, to public               
organisations, so  that said  institutions and  organisations can               
send their evaluations.                                                         
     All material  which has been received concerning a draft law               
shall be  evaluated and summarized by the principal committee. If               
it has  been resolved  in the  Seimas to consider the text of the               
draft presented  by the initiators, the principal committee shall               
be  entitled   to  present   alongside  its   own   version   for               
consideration at the Seimas sitting.                                            
     If a  draft  law  has  been  announced  to  the  public  for               
consideration, the  received proposals  shall be  referred to the               
principal committee.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 155.  Each draft  law  must  be  considered  by  the               
principal committee  no  later  than  5  workdays  prior  to  the               
consideration thereof  at a  sitting of  the Seimas. The time and               
place of such deliberations must be announced at a sitting of the               
Seimas.                                                                         
     Representatives   of    the   initiators   of   the   draft,               
representatives of  the committees which are preparing additional               
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conclusions, and experts shall be invited to the deliberations by               
the principal  committee. Said  persons must be granted the floor               
at the sitting of the committee.                                                
     Representatives of  other interested  State institutions and               
public organisations may also be invited to the sitting. Upon the               
consent of  the presiding  officer, they,  as well  as members of               
other committees  present at the sitting, may also be granted the               
floor.                                                                          
     In the  event that  the principal committee fails to examine               
the draft law within the established time period, it must address               
the Seimas Speaker with a request to prolong the period.                        
                                                                                
     Article 156.  One of the following decisions must be adopted               
during deliberations in the principal committee:                                
     1) to approve of a draft law submitted by the initiators, or               
of a draft law revised by the committee;                                        
     2) to approve of an alternative draft law;                                 
     3) to approve of a draft with stipulations;                                
     4) to announce the draft to the public for consideration;                  
     5) to return the draft to its initiators for revision; or                  
     6) to reject the draft.                                                    
     The adopted decision shall be presented for consideration of               
the draft at the Seimas sitting.                                                
     After deliberations  by the  principal committee,  the draft               
which has  been submitted  by the  initiators or  revised by  the               
committee shall  be forwarded to the Documentation Department for               
editing.  The   edited  draft   shall  be   coordinated  with   a               
representative of the initiators thereof.                                       
     The edited  text of  the draft must be distributed among the               
Seimas members  and delivered  to the  Government no later than 2               
days prior  to deliberations  at the  Seimas sitting.  Additional               
data together  with a cover letter shall be distributed among the               
Seimas  members   no  later   than  1   workday  prior  to  above               
deliberations.                                                                  
     The  Seimas  Speaker  must  be  notified  of  the  principal               
committee  reporter  no  later  than  2  workdays  prior  to  the               
consideration of the draft law at the sitting of the Seimas.                    
     When  possible,   a  recording  shall  be  made  during  the               
deliberations in  the principal  committee, and  minutes shall be               
kept of the speeches which are made.                                            
                                                                                
   Chapter 22. Consideration of Draft Laws at Seimas Sittings                   
                                                                                
     Article 157.  During  consideration  at  a  sitting  of  the               
Seimas, the  expediency, conception  and the basic provisions and               
principles of  the draft  law shall  be  discussed  and  all  the               
received amendments  and supplements  shall be  presented. At the               
Seimas sitting,  the draft  law shall  be considered according to               
the following procedure:                                                        
     1) report  of the principal Committee which is examining the               
draft law;                                                                      
     2) a  vote, should the principal Committee propose to return               
the draft to its initiators or to reject it;                                    
     3) reports  by representatives  of initiators of alternative               
drafts, should such be presented;                                               
     4) additional reports by other Committees;                                 
     5) a general discussion of the basic provisions of the draft               
law  --   statements  of   the  Government,   other   Committees,               
parliamentary group members, and individual Seimas members;                     
     6)  a   special  discussion  of  the  structure,  individual               
sections, paragraphs,  and articles of the draft. Should there be               
no proposals to hold a special discussion, the Seimas may abandon               
said discussion  or hold it together with the general discussion;               
and                                                                             
     7)  a   concluding  word   by  the   principal  speaker  and               
representatives of the initiators of alternative drafts.                        
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 The  time allotted to the special and general discussions in the               
Seimas sitting  agenda  shall  be  divided  into  two  parts  for               
representatives  of   the   majority   and   minority.   If   the               
representatives of the Seimas majority or minority have not fully               
used the  time allotted  for discussion,  the discussion shall be               
completed prior to expiration of the allotted time.                             
                                                                                
     Article 158. After consideration, the Seimas shall decide:                 
     1) whether  or not  to approve  the draft  prepared  by  the               
initiators or revised by the Committee, or one of the alternative               
drafts, and  whether or not to appoint the date of passage of the               
law after  at least  4  workdays.  If  necessary,  the  principal               
Committee shall  be charged  to make the necessary amendments and               
supplements in  accordance with  the comments  voiced during  the               
discussion. In  this case,  the  passage  of  the  law  shall  be               
prepared no sooner than after 8 days;                                           
     2)  whether   or  not  to  announce  the  draft  for  public               
consideration provided  that the  proposals specified  in Par.  1               
hereof have  been adopted.  The results  obtained from  the above               
consideration shall  be summarised by the principal Committee and               
the  entire  procedure  shall  be  repeated  beginning  from  the               
consideration in  this Committee. As a rule, the draft of one and               
the same  law shall  not be  announced for  public  consideration               
twice;                                                                          
     3) whether  or not  to return  the draft for revision to the               
principal Committee  examining it.  In such a case, the procedure               
shall  be  repeated  beginning  from  the  consideration  in  the               
principal Committee.  The above decision may be adopted only once               
during the consideration of the draft;                                          
     4) whether  or not to adjourn the consideration of the draft               
in the event that the consideration has not been completed at one               
sitting,  if  it  transpires  that  the  Seimas  members  require               
additional information  for the  passage of  the law,  or in  the               
cases provided for in Article 110 of this Statute;                              
     5) whether  or not to return the draft to its initiators for               
fundamental revision.  In such  a case,  the  full  procedure  of               
considering the revised draft law shall be repeated; and                        
     6) whether  or  not  to  reject  the  draft  or  charge  the               
preparation of a new draft.                                                     
     Upon adopting  a decision  specified in  Pars. 2  or 3,  the               
Seimas may  charge the principal Committee or other Committees to               
examine the draft additionally.                                                 
                                                                                
   Chapter 23. The Passage of a Draft Law at a Seimas Sitting                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 159.  If the  Committee  presents  a  newly  revised               
version of  a draft  for adoption, said draft must be distributed               
among the Seimas members and delivered to the Government at least               
2 workdays before the sitting.                                                  
     If there  are essential  amendments and  supplements in  the               
draft, the  criminological examination  provided for in part 4 of               
Article 140 must be carried out.                                                
     The Seimas members, parliamentary groups, Committees and the               
Government must  present all  proposed deletions,  amendments and               
supplements to  the draft law with their respective signatures to               
the Secretariat  of the  sittings at  least 24  hours before  the               
commencement of  the sitting whereat the passage of the draft law               
is planned.  The Secretariat of the sittings shall hand the above               
amendments, supplements  and  deletions  over  to  the  principal               
Committee which  is examining the law, shall make copies thereof,               
and shall distribute them to all of the Seimas members.                         
     An amendment or supplement must be adequately formulated and               
conform to  the substance  of the  draft, and  may not exceed one               
article in volume.                                                              
     During the  passage of  the law, new amendments, supplements               
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and deletions  shall not  be  accepted,  with  the  exception  of               
editorial corrections which shall be neither discussed nor put to               
vote, but  which shall  be submitted  in writing to the principal               
Committee which examined the draft law.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 160.  During the passage of a draft law the reporter               
shall give  a brief  notification of  the amendments  made by the               
Committee  and   shall  discuss   the  additional  proposals  and               
amendments which  have been  received,  naming  the  persons  who               
submitted them.                                                                 
     Thereafter,  separate  parts  of  the  draft  law  shall  be               
considered and  voted on.  The sections, chapters and articles of               
the draft  shall be  discussed and  voted on  according to  their               
sequence,  unless  the  Seimas  decides  otherwise.  The  officer               
presiding over  the sitting  may put the articles which condition               
the principles  and structure  of the draft to vote before voting               
on other  articles. Articles  to which  no  proposals  have  been               
submitted may  be passed without vote, provided that not a single               
member of  the Seimas  objects thereto.  In other  cases, a  vote               
shall be taken on each article, chapter, and section.                           
     During passage, the floor may only be granted to the authors               
of the  submitted amendments and supplements (for up to 3 minutes               
on each  proposal), the reporter, and the members speaking on the               
motives of voting; the reporter shall not be asked any questions.               
Upon  being   granted  the   floor  concerning  an  amendment  or               
supplement, the  author thereof  may not  speak on the motives of               
voting.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article  161.  A  separate  article  of  the  law  shall  be               
considered and passed in accordance with the following procedure:               
     1) the  reporter shall  announce the  proposals received  in               
writing --  either to  amend the  entire article,  to alter  some               
statements of  the article,  to supplement the article, to delete               
some statements of the article, as well as may briefly comment on               
each proposal (for a maximum of 2 minutes each);                                
     2) during  voting, alternative  proposals shall  be  chosen.               
When several proposals concerning one article have been received,               
voting shall  be conducted according to the sequence specified in               
Par.1 hereof,  and in  the case  of  the  specified  sequence  --               
according to  the sequence  in  which  the  proposals  have  been               
submitted. Amendments  or supplements  to the  amendment shall be               
voted on  prior to  voting on  the  amendment  itself.  Proposals               
contradicting those  previously adopted shall be rejected without               
voting by  the officer  presiding  over  the  sitting.  When  the               
reporter announces  that the  principal Committee is adopting the               
proposal, a  vote is  not necessary,  provided that no members of               
the  Seimas   object  thereto.  Before  voting,  the  person  who               
submitted the proposal may retract it; and                                      
     3) the entire article shall be put to vote.                                
     Additional articles  of the  draft law  which are  submitted               
shall be  considered and  adopted according to the same procedure               
as for all the other articles of the draft law.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 162.  If the  reporter believes that it is necessary               
to hold one more sitting of the Committee for the coordination of               
the adopted  proposals and  so demands,  passage may be adjourned               
after voting  on all  articles, but  for no longer than until the               
next day of the Seimas sitting. After adjournment, amendments and               
supplements made  by the  Committee which must not contradict the               
content of the adopted articles shall be discussed and put to the               
vote.  During   the  discussion,   other   proposals   concerning               
amendments and supplements shall not be accepted.                               
     In  the   event  that   the  articles  which  condition  the               
principles and structure of the law, as well as separate sections               
or chapters,  are not  adopted during  voting, the  reporter  may               
propose to  amend the  draft prior  to voting on the entire draft               
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law. If  the Seimas  adopts said proposal, the procedure shall be               
continued  from  the  consideration  of  the  draft  law  at  the               
principal Committee.  During consideration  of a  draft law,  the               
above alternative may only be used once.                                        
     When voting  for articles of the draft law on taxes or other               
laws which  regulate taxes  or due to which the State revenue can               
change immensely,  the passage  shall be  adjourned till the next               
day  of   the  sitting   if  the  member  of  the  Government,  a               
representative of  the Government  at  the  Seimas  or  a  person               
authorized by  the head  or member  of the  Government demands so               
during the passage of a law.                                                    
     When  continuing  passage  of  the  law,  the  procedure  of               
adopting the last article before the adjourn shall be repeated.                 
                                                                                
     Article 163.  During the  passage of  a  law,  proposals  to               
reject the draft shall not be accepted. The draft may be rejected               
only if it does not receive the required number of votes.                       
     After all  the articles of the law have been considered, the               
entire draft  law shall  be put  to the  vote. If  the law is not               
passed, the  Seimas may charge the initiators of the draft or the               
principal Committee to work out a new draft.                                    
     As necessary, a resolution concerning the enforcement of the               
law shall  be considered  and  passed,  and  laws  on  amendment,               
supplement and  repeal of other laws or their articles related to               
the enacted  law shall  be  considered  and  adopted  during  the               
passage of the law.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 164. The Seimas Speaker, a Committee or no less than               
1/5 of  Seimas members  may address  the Seimas  with a justified               
petition concerning  the violations of the Statute of the Seimas,               
committed, in  their opinion during the passage of a law, as long               
as the  law has  not yet  been signed  by the  President  of  the               
Republic. Should  such a  petition be received, the Commission on               
Ethics and  Procedures must present its conclusions and proposals               
to the  Seimas within  5 workdays. Until the Commission on Ethics               
and Procedures  presents such  conclusions,  the  Seimas  Speaker               
shall not  hand the law over to the President of the Republic for               
signing.                                                                        
     In the  event that  the Commission  on Ethics and Procedures               
states that  the legislative  procedure or  any other significant               
provisions of  this Statute  have been grossly violated, and that               
this conditioned  the decision  of the  Seimas, the  Seimas shall               
decide by  vote whether to revoke the disputed law or to leave it               
in effect.                                                                      
     Should the  Seimas revoke its former decision concerning the               
draft, the  consideration thereof may be continued from the stage               
when the violation was committed.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 165. If the draft law or the proposal concerning the               
passing thereof is rejected at any stage of consideration, it may               
be submitted again, but no sooner than 6 months thereafter.                     
                                                                                
Chapter 24. Consideration of Draft Law according to Procedures of               
                   Urgency or Special Urgency                                   
                                                                                
      Article 166. Projects of Seimas resolutions and, should the               
Seimas so decide, draft laws, shall be considered according to                  
the procedure of urgency.                                                       
     The  above  procedure  shall  be  used  upon  the  justified               
proposal of  the President  of the  Republic, the Seimas Speaker,               
the Seimas  Board, the principal Committee, parliamentary groups,               
or the Government. The decision to consider a draft law according               
to the  procedure of  urgency may as a rule be adopted during the               
presentation of  a draft  law by  a majority  of voting  members,               
provided that  said majority  is more  than 1/4 of all the Seimas               
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     Article 167.  If the  urgent procedure  of consideration  is               
applied, the  time period  between the  stages of consideration--               
consideration in  the principal  Committee, consideration  in the               
Seimas sitting,  and passage  -- shall  be shortened.  Said  time               
periods must  not be  shorter than  1 workday  or longer  than  3               
workdays. The  Seimas shall  establish the concrete terms in each               
case separately,  however, in  each case,  the  draft  law  under               
consideration must  be distributed to the Seimas members at least               
1 day  prior to  the sitting  at which  it will  be considered or               
passed.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 168.  On  the  proposal  of  the  President  of  the               
Republic, the  Seimas Speaker  or the  Government, drafts of laws               
and resolutions  of the Seimas may be considered according to the               
procedure of  special urgency.  The decision  to apply  the above               
procedure shall  be adopted  by a majority vote of all the Seimas               
members participating in the sitting, provided that said majority               
is more than 1/3 of all the Seimas members.                                     
     According to  the above  procedure, if  the draft  has  been               
distributed to the Seimas members and the requirements prescribed               
in  Chapter  19  of  this  Statute  have  been  implemented,  the               
procedure  of  passage  may  be  commenced  immediately  and  the               
requirements of  parts 1,  2 and  3 of Article 159 of the Statute               
shall not  be applied,  however, all amendments must be presented               
in writing  not later  than 2  hours prior to the commencement of               
the passage procedure.                                                          
                                                                                
Chapter 25. Consideration at Seimas Sittings of the Law which has               
         been Returned by the President of the Republic                         
                                                                                
     Article 169.  If, pursuant  to Par.  1 of  Article 71 of the               
Constitution, the  President of  the Republic returns a draft law               
which has  been passed  by the  Seimas to  the Seimas  for repeat               
consideration, the Seimas Speaker shall notify the Seimas thereof               
at the next sitting.                                                            
     The Seimas  must decide  by voting  whether to  consider the               
returned law  anew, or whether to deem the law as not having been               
passed. In  the latter  case, the  Seimas may  charge one  of the               
Committees to  prepare a  new draft  of the law or form a working               
group for the above purpose. A discussion may precede voting.                   
     Should the  decision be made to consider the draft law anew,               
the Seimas  must decide  at the same sitting which Committees the               
returned draft  law as  well as  the amendments  and  supplements               
submitted by  the President  of the Republic shall be referred to               
for examination.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 170.  Consideration  of  the  returned  law  in  the               
Committees and  at  the  Seimas  sitting  shall  be  prepared  in               
accordance with  the requirements  set forth  in Part  5 of  this               
Statute. However, said law may not be considered according to the               
procedure of  special urgency,  and constitutional  laws may also               
not be considered according to the procedure of urgency.                        
     During the above consideration a decision shall be passed on               
whether to accept all of the amendments and supplements submitted               
by the President of the Republic or whether to vote on the entire               
draft law without amendments.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 171.  During passage  of the  returned law,  a  vote               
shall first  of all  be taken  on whether  to pass the entire law               
without amendments  or whether to adopt all of the amendments and               
supplements submitted by the President of the Republic.                         
     A law  which has  been repeatedly  considered by  the Seimas               
shall be  deemed passed provided that more than half (in the case               
of a  constitutional law  -- at  least 3/5)  of all of the Seimas               
members voted in favour thereof.          47                                    
     If  during  consideration  the  Seimas  adopts  all  of  the               
amendments and  supplements submitted  by the  President  of  the               
Republic, the  repeatedly considered  law shall be deemed to have               
been passed  provided that  the majority  of the  Seimas  members               
participating in the sitting (in the case of a constitutional law               
-- more  than half  of all  the Seimas  members) voted  in favour               
thereof.                                                                        
                                                                                
  Chapter 25. Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of                 
    Lithuania and Consideration of Draft Constitutional Laws                    
                                                                                
     Article 172. The following shall be deemed to be                           
constitutional laws:                                                            
     1) laws  provided for  in Article 150 of the Constitution as               
well  as   Constitutional  amendments.  The  procedure  of  their               
consideration and  passage shall  be established in Chapter 14 of               
the Constitution  and this  Chapter of the Statute of the Seimas;               
and                                                                             
     2) laws  which are directly specified in the Constitution as               
well  as   other  laws   which  give   concrete   expression   to               
constitutional norms  and are set forth in the Law on the list of               
constitutional laws.  The procedure  of their  consideration  and               
passage shall be defined in Article 69 of the Constitution and in               
this Chapter of the Statute.                                                    
     The list  of constitutional laws shall be established by the               
Seimas by  a 3/5  majority vote of the Seimas members. Laws which               
have already  been passed may also be included in the list if the               
Seimas arrives at the conclusion that said laws are, according to               
their content and significance, constitutional.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 173.  Consideration of the draft Law on Amendment of               
the Constitution  shall commence consideration in the Seimas only               
in cases  when the  draft is submitted by a group of at least 1/4               
of the  Seimas members  or at  least 300,000  electors  who  have               
expressed their  will by  putting their signatures under the text               
of the  proposed amendment,  with the exception of cases provided               
for  in   the  Constitution   which  provide  for  Constitutional               
amendment only by referendum.                                                   
     The Constitution  may not  be  amended  during  a  state  of               
emergency or martial law.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 174.  Drafts of  constitutional amendments and other               
constitutional laws  shall be  registered, submitted, considered,               
and passed according to the procedure established in Chapters 19-               
25 of this Statute, with the exception of provisions set forth in               
this Chapter.  Said drafts may not be considered according to the               
procedures of urgency or special urgency.                                       
     Before commencing  consideration of such a draft at a Seimas               
sitting, the  draft must be considered by the principal Committee               
which is  examining said  draft within  the 10-day  period  prior               
thereto, and  distributed to  the Seimas members and delivered to               
the Government  within the  7-day  period  prior  thereto.  After               
consideration at the Seimas sitting, the procedure of passing the               
law shall commence no sooner than 10 days thereafter.                           
     The Committee  on State  and  Law  shall  be  the  principal               
Committee  examining   drafts  of   laws  on   amendment  of  the               
Constitution.                                                                   
     It shall  be  prohibited  to  restrict  discussions  on  the               
constitutional  law   which  is  under  consideration,  with  the               
exception of  cases when such a decision is adopted by a majority               
vote of at least 1/3 of all of the Seimas members.                              
                                                                                
     Article 175.  Laws on  constitutional  amendments  shall  be               
considered and  voting in the Seimas thereon shall be held twice,               
with an adjournment of at least 3 months between voting.                        
     A law  on amendment  of the  Constitution shall be deemed to               
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have been  passed by the Seimas provided that at least 2/3 of all               
the Seimas  members voted  in favour  thereof during each voting,               
and that  the same text of the amendment was put to the vote each               
time.                                                                           
     A constitutional  amendment which has not been passed may be               
submitted to the Seimas for repeat consideration no sooner than 1               
year thereafter.     Other constitutional laws shall be deemed to               
have been  passed if  more than a half of the Seimas members vote               
in favour thereof.                                                              
     Amendments to  said constitutional laws or laws which repeal               
or amend the laws which have been in effect prior thereto must be               
passed by a 3/5 majority vote of all the Seimas members by taking               
a single vote thereon.                                                          
                                                                                
               Chapter 27. Adoption of Resolutions                              
                                                                                
     Article 176. A resolution shall be a non-standard act of the               
Seimas which  shall be  adopted when it is required to confirm in               
writing the  opinion of  the Seimas  on any  issue  which  is  of               
national  importance.  Other  non-standard  acts  of  the  Seimas               
(appeals, declarations, etc.) shall be adopted in the same manner               
as resolutions.                                                                 
     The right  of initiative  to submit  a resolution  shall  be               
vested in  the President  of the Republic, members of the Seimas,               
Committees,  parliamentary   groups.  Proposals   to  consider  a               
resolution may  be submitted  during the discussion of the agenda               
of a week's or a day's sittings.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 177.  The text  of the draft of a resolution must be               
presented to  the Seimas  members at  least one  day prior to the               
consideration thereof.                                                          
     During consideration,  a representative of the initiators of               
the draft  of the resolution shall be granted the floor and shall               
answer  questions;   thereafter,  a   discussion  shall  be  held               
according to the general procedure.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 178.  After consideration  the Seimas  shall resolve               
whether:                                                                        
     1) to adopt the resolution without amendments. Said proposal               
may not  be adopted if more than 1/3 of all of the Seimas members               
object thereto;                                                                 
     2) to edit the draft of the resolution; or                                 
     3) to  reject the  draft of  the resolution or to charge the               
preparation of a new draft.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 179.  Should it  be decided to edit the draft of the               
resolution, the  Seimas shall  assign the  date and  time of  its               
consideration and  shall form a drafting commission. No more than               
9 members  of the  Seimas may  be on the commission. The drafting               
commission must  include at  least one  initiator of the draft of               
the resolution.  Other members  of the  Seimas shall submit their               
written proposals to the drafting commission.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 180.  After the  drafting commission  announces  the               
revised text,  new  proposals  may  be  considered  only  on  the               
decision of the Seimas.                                                         
     Should the  drafting commission  reject the  proposals which               
have been  submitted in  advance, the Seimas shall take a vote on               
said proposals  at the  request of  the submitters  thereof. Upon               
completion of  the voting  on alternative  proposals, the  entire               
text of the resolution shall be voted on.                                       
                                                                                
              Chapter 28. Approval of State Budget                              
                                                                                
     Article 181. Upon drawing up the draft State Budget for the                
following year, the Government shall submit said draft to the                   
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Seimas Chancellor by the 17th of October. Upon receipt of the                   
draft, the Chancellor shall forward copies thereof to the                       
Committees and parliamentary groups within 2 workdays.                          
     The report  of the  Government on  the draft Budget shall be               
heard at  the next sitting of the Seimas. Thereafter, at least 10               
days shall  be assigned  for consideration of the draft Budget in               
Committees and parliamentary groups. Sittings of the Seimas shall               
not be held during the above-specified period.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 182.  The Committees  shall examine  the chapters of               
the draft  State Budget  in accordance with their competence, and               
shall formulate  their conclusions and amendments and submit them               
by the 10th of November to the Committee on Budget and Finance.                 
     Representatives of  the  Government  and  the  Committee  on               
Budget and Finance shall be invited to the sittings of Committees               
during which  the draft  State Budget  is  to  be  examined.  The               
Government must  furnish the Committees with all the data whereon               
the draft Budget is based.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 183.  At all  stages of  consideration of  the draft               
State Budget,  Committees, parliamentary  groups, and  individual               
members of the Seimas may propose an increase in the expenditures               
provided for in the draft only on condition that they specify the               
sources of financing said expenditure.                                          
     It shall  not be  permitted to  propose a  decrease  in  the               
expenditures included in the draft Budget pursuant to laws, other               
standard  acts   adopted  by   the  Seimas,   and   international               
obligations of  the Republic  of  Lithuania.  Should  the  Seimas               
desire to reduce said expenditure, it must first of all amend the               
appropriate standard acts.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 184.  Upon  receipt  of  the  conclusions  of  other               
Committees  and  of  the  opinions  and  proposed  amendments  of               
parliamentary groups,  the Committee on Budget and Finance shall,               
together   with    the   representatives   of   the   Government,               
parliamentary groups,  and other  Committees, consider  the draft               
State Budget and formulate conclusions thereon.                                 
     The Committee  on Budget  and Finance  must either adopt the               
amendments to  the Budget  Law proposed  by another  Committee if               
said amendments  are within  the  competence  of  the  respective               
Committee, or  reject said  amendments,  presenting  a  justified               
response.                                                                       
     All Committees  of the  Seimas shall  also  be  entitled  to               
submit proposals  to amend those chapters of the Budget which are               
not within  their competence.  In such an event, the Committee on               
Budget and Finance shall not be obligated to notify the Committee               
of the adopted decision.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 185.  The draft  State Budget  must be considered at               
the Seimas  sitting no later than by the 20th of November. At the               
sitting, a report of the Committee on Budget and Finance shall be               
heard, and  conclusions of  other Committees  as well as opinions               
and commentaries  of parliamentary  groups and  individual Seimas               
members, which  have been rejected by the Committee on Budget and               
Finance shall be submitted.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 186.  The second  deliberation of  the  draft  State               
Budget shall  be conducted  within  10  days  after  the  primary               
deliberation  of  the  draft;  at  the  second  deliberation  the               
Government shall present the draft revised in accordance with the               
received  proposals  and  commentaries.  During  the  sitting,  a               
representative of  the Government  shall announce which proposals               
and amendments submitted by Committees, parliamentary groups, and               
individual members  of the Seimas have been included in the draft               
Budget and  which have been rejected, shall give reasons for said               
rejections, and shall answer questions of the Seimas members.                   
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     After the  discussion, a vote shall be taken on assigning at               
one of  the next  Seimas sittings  the passage  of  a  law  which               
approves the  State Budget.  Prior to  the  commencement  of  the               
sitting, new  proposals and  amendments shall be submitted to the               
representative of  the  Government  according  to  the  procedure               
established in  Article 159  of this  Statute. Should  there be a               
great number of significant comments concerning the draft Budget,               
said draft  may be  returned to  the Government  for revision. No               
more than  10 days  shall be  allotted therefor;  thereafter, the               
procedure of second deliberation shall be resumed.                              
                                                                                
     Article 187.  Alternative proposals and amendments which are               
objected to  by the  Government but which meet the conditions set               
forth in  Article 183  of this  Chapter may be adopted only after               
more than half of all the Seimas members vote in favour thereof.                
     Upon  considering  and  adopting  decisions  concerning  the               
proposals and  amendments, the  Seimas must  vote on  the  entire               
draft State Budget.                                                             
     The  Budget  shall  be  approved  pursuant  to  the  indices               
established in the Law on Budgeting of the Republic of Lithuania.               
The  appropriations   according  to   the  chapters   of   budget               
expenditure   shall    also   be   concurrently   approved.   The               
appropriations shall be mandatory to all executors of the Budget.               
                                                                                
     Article 188.  In the event that the Seimas rejects the draft               
State Budget,  one more deliberation shall be assigned to be held               
no sooner  than 5  days, and  no later than 10 days after, during               
which a  draft revised  by the  Government in accordance with the               
comments of  the Committees, parliamentary groups, and members of               
the  Seimas   shall  be  presented.  The  deliberation  shall  be               
conducted according  to the procedure provided for in Article 186               
of this Chapter.                                                                
     Should the  Government resign  by reason  of non-approval of               
the  State   Budget,  the  draft  Budget  submitted  by  the  new               
Government shall  be considered  and approved  according  to  the               
procedure provided  for in  Articles 181-187 of this Statute. The               
time of  consideration shall  be fixed  by a  resolution  of  the               
Seimas which  shall be  adopted no  later than on the next day of               
sittings after  the new Government has been granted authorization               
to act.                                                                         
     In the  event of  failure to approve the State Budget within               
the established time limits, the monthly budgetary expenditure in               
the beginning of the budget year may not exceed 1/12 of the State               
Budget expenditure of the preceding year.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 189.  The Seimas  may revise  the Budget  during the               
budget year. The Budget shall be revised in the same procedure it               
is drawn  up, adopted  and approved. As necessary, the Seimas may               
approve an additional budget.                                                   
     In the  event that  funds which cannot be allocated from the               
Government Reserve  Fund or  additional funds  which are obtained               
during the performance of the Budget are required, the Government               
shall  submit   to  the  Seimas  a  draft  law  on  supplementary               
appropriations. The  purpose and  amount of the required funds as               
well as the source of the financing thereof shall be specified in               
the draft.                                                                      
     Adhering to the conditions stipulated in Article 183 of this               
Chapter, Committees,  parliamentary groups  or individual members               
of the  Seimas may propose a draft law on the revision of certain               
budget expenditure clauses.                                                     
     In the  above case, a law shall be passed by a majority vote               
of the  Seimas members participating in the sitting provided that               
the  Government   has  no   objections  thereto.  Otherwise,  the               
affirmative vote  of more  than a  half of all the Seimas members               
shall be required for passing the law.                                          
      Chapter 29. Ratification and Denunciation of International                
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                            Treaties                                            
                                                                                
     Article  190.  Resolutions  of  the  Seimas  concerning  the               
ratification of  a international  treaty shall  be adopted  if no               
less than  2/5 of  all of  the  Seimas  members  vote  in  favour               
thereof, and  denunciation of  international  treaties  shall  be               
adopted if  no less than 3/5 of all of the Seimas members vote in               
favour thereof. International treaties concerning the realignment               
of the  state borders  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania  shall  be               
ratified by 4/5 of all of the Seimas members.                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                             PART 6                                             
         ELECTION, APPOINTMENT, AND APPROVAL OF OFFICERS                        
                                                                                
         Chapter 30. The Procedure for Electing Members                         
                       to the Seimas Board                                      
                                                                                
     Article 191.  The Seimas  Speaker, Deputy  Speakers and  the               
Seimas Chancellor  shall be elected from among the Seimas members               
at the  first session  of the  Seimas for  the entire term during               
which the Seimas is in office.                                                  
     Upon the  resignation, demise, or dismissal by the Seimas of               
any of  the above  officers from  office, or upon the election or               
appointment thereof  to another  office, elections for an officer               
to fill  the post  shall be  held during  the next sitting of the               
Seimas in  accordance with  the procedure  provided for  in  this               
Statute.                                                                        
     Article 192.  The Seimas  Speaker shall be elected by secret               
ballot  at   the  first  sitting  of  the  Seimas  following  the               
elections.                                                                      
     Candidates to  the office of Seimas Speaker may be nominated               
by written application by at least 1/10 of the Seimas.                          
     Candidates to  the offices  of deputy  of the Seimas Speaker               
and the  Seimas Chancellor  shall  be  nominated  by  the  Seimas               
Speaker. Said officers shall be elected by secret ballot.                       
                                                                                
     Article 193.  After being  nominated to  a post,  candidates               
must, prior  to the elections, state whether or not they agree to               
run for election.                                                               
     Each candidate,  in alphabetical order, shall be granted the               
floor for  15 minutes; candidates to the office of Seimas Speaker               
shall be  entitled to  30 minutes;  corresponding amounts of time               
shall  be   allotted  for   said  persons  to  answer  questions.               
Thereafter, a  debate shall  commence if  the Seimas  members  so               
desire.                                                                         
     Article  194.  Voting  for  each  candidate  shall  be  done               
separately. If  more candidates  than necessary are nominated for               
election to  one office,  voting shall  be done  by ballot with a               
list of candidates.                                                             
     A candidate shall be deemed elected if more than half of the               
voting Seimas  members vote for him or her, with the exception of               
repeat voting  as provided for in this Chapter, in which case the               
candidate who  has received a relative majority of votes shall be               
deemed elected.                                                                 
     In  the  event  that  no  candidate  receives  the  required               
majority of  votes, or  if it is impossible to determine which of               
the candidates  have been  elected due  to a  tie, a  repeat vote               
shall be held.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 195. In voting for an empty post when there are more               
than two candidates, all of the candidates, with the exception of               
those who  received the  lowest number  of votes, shall remain on               
the ballot  for repeat balloting. If several candidates have tied               
for the least number of votes and two or more candidates received               
more votes,  the candidates  with the least number of votes shall               
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be removed from the next ballot. Otherwise, all of the candidates               
shall remain  on  the  next  ballot.  If  the  situation  remains               
unchanged after  the repeat vote, the election shall be postponed               
to another  day. If two candidates receive the required number of               
votes, the provisions of Par. 2 hereof shall apply.                             
     If there  are two  candidates for  an empty  office during a               
repeat vote,  the Seimas  member who received more votes shall be               
deemed to have been elected. In the event of a tie, a repeat vote               
shall be held the next day; if no candidate is elected during the               
repeat vote, a new election shall be held.                                      
     When  elections   to  several   unfilled  offices  are  held               
simultaneously and the number of candidates exceeds the number of               
offices, the  names of  all of  the candidates who were nominated               
but not  elected shall  be entered  on  the  ballots  for  repeat               
voting. After  the repeat  vote, the  candidates who received the               
most votes  shall be deemed to have been elected. When necessary,               
balloting shall be repeated on another day.                                     
  Chapter 31. Consideration of the Prime Minister's Candidature                 
                  and the Government Programme                                  
                                                                                
     Article 196.  In the cases provided for in the Constitution,               
the Seimas shall, upon receiving a nomination for the candidature               
of the  Prime Minister  from the  President of the Republic, give               
the President  of the  Republic an  opportunity  to  present  the               
candidate  during   the  next   sitting.  Upon   presenting   the               
candidature of  the Prime Minister, the President of the Republic               
shall not  be asked  any questions.  After the  President of  the               
Republic has presented the candidature of the Prime Minister, the               
candidate shall  be granted  the floor  (for up  to 30  minutes);               
thereafter the  candidate shall  answer questions  posed  by  the               
members of the Seimas (for up to 40 minutes).                                   
     Thereafter, the  candidature of  the Prime Minister shall be               
referred to parliamentary groups of the Seimas for consideration.               
Parliamentary groups shall have the right to invite the candidate               
to their  sittings for  a question  and answer  session at a time               
coordinated with the candidate.                                                 
     Parliamentary groups  must consider  the candidature  of the               
Prime Minister within 2 work days.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 197. Another sitting of the Seimas must be organised               
within 5  work days  from the  presentation of the candidature of               
the Prime  Minister in  order to  adopt a decision concerning the               
proposed candidacy.                                                             
     During this sitting, the conclusions of parliamentary groups               
shall be  heard first. Thereafter, a discussion shall be held, at               
the end of which the candidate shall be granted the floor (for up               
to 20 minutes), and shall also be given the opportunity to answer               
questions posed by members of the Seimas (for up to 30 minutes).                
     Once the  candidate finishes  answering  questions,  a  vote               
shall be  taken on  whether or  not the  candidature of the Prime               
Minister should be approved.                                                    
     The President  of the  Republic has  the right to revoke the               
nominated candidature  at any  time up until the beginning of the               
vote for approval.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 198.  The Prime  Minister shall,  within 15  days of               
being appointed,  present a Government which has been approved by               
the President  of the  Republic to  the  Seimas  and  submit  the               
Government programme  for consideration.  Members of  the  newly-               
formed Government  must attend  the presentation.  The Government               
programme must  be distributed  among the Seimas members at least               
24 hours prior to the sitting.                                                  
     When explaining  the programme, the Prime Minister may speak               
for up  to 40  minutes. A total of one hour shall be allotted for               
answering questions. Questions may be posed to the Prime Minister               
and any of the ministers.                 53                                    
                                                                                
     Article 199. After being presented, the Government programme               
shall be  considered by  the Seimas  parliamentary groups,  while               
appropriate  Seimas  Committees  shall  consider  the  individual               
sections thereof.                                                               
     Committees and  parliamentary groups shall have the right to               
invite  the   Prime  Minister   or  other  minister,  at  a  time               
coordinated  therewith,   to  answer   questions  concerning  the               
Government programme.                                                           
     Seimas Committees  and  parliamentary  groups  must  prepare               
their conclusions  concerning the  Government programme within 10               
days after it is presented.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article  200.   The  Seimas  must  consider  the  Government               
programme during a sitting within 15 days after it is presented.                
     Conclusions of the Committees and parliamentary groups shall               
first be  heard at  the sitting.  Thereafter, a  debate shall  be               
held, at  the termination  of which  the Prime  Minister shall be               
granted the  floor (for up to 20 minutes); the Prime Minister and               
ministers shall also be given the opportunity to answer questions               
posed by  the Seimas members one more time (for a total period of               
up to one hour).                                                                
     The  debate  concerning  the  Government  programme  may  be               
terminated by  majority vote  of more  than half  of  the  voting               
members of  the Seimas.  Such a  proposal shall  be put  to  vote               
without discussion provided that at least one other member of the               
Seimas expresses support therefor.                                              
     When the question and answer session has been completed, the               
Seimas must adopt a decision concerning the Government programme.               
The wording of the decision shall be presented in the conclusions               
of the Committees and parliamentary groups. In the event that the               
Government programme  is not  approved  or  is  returned  to  the               
Government for  improvement thereof,  a revised  version  of  the               
Government programme  must be  presented to  the Seimas within 10               
days, and  the procedure for discussion thereof shall be repeated               
in the manner established in Articles 198, 199, and 200.                        
                                                                                
     Article  201.   The  new   Government   shall   be   granted               
authorisation to  act after  the Seimas approves its programme by               
majority vote of the Seimas members present at the sitting.                     
     In  the  event  that  the  Seimas  refuses  to  approve  the               
programme of the newly-formed Government two times in succession,               
the Government must resign.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 202.  When more  than a  half of  the ministers  are               
changed, the  Government must  be regranted  authorisation by the               
Seimas. Otherwise the Government must resign.                                   
     If more  than half  of the ministers have been replaced, the               
Prime Minister must, within 7 days of the appointment of the last               
new minister,  present the  newly appointed ministers, as well as               
the amendments  to the  Government programme  if amendments  have               
been made,  during a sitting of the Seimas in order to be granted               
new authorisation;  in the  event that  said  changes  were  made               
between sessions, the Prime Minister must make said presentations               
during the first 7 days of the next Seimas session.                             
     During  the   presentation,  the  Seimas  members  may  pose               
questions to the Prime Minister and the newly appointed ministers               
(for a total of 30 minutes).                                                    
     In the event that amendments to the Government programme are               
presented,  discussion   shall  be  continued  according  to  the               
procedure established  in Articles  198 and  199 of this Statute.               
Otherwise, a  discussion shall  be  held  immediately  after  the               
presentation, whereafter  the Seimas  may take  a vote concerning               
the granting of authorisation or may decide to refer the issue to               
the Committees  and parliamentary  groups for  consideration, but               
for no longer than 7 days. In the latter case, a discussion shall               
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be held after the conclusions of the Committees and parliamentary               
groups have been presented, and a vote concerning the granting of               
authorisation shall be taken upon hearing an additional speech by               
the Prime Minister (not exceeding 15 minutes).                                  
                                                                                
    Chapter 32. Consideration of Candidatures of other State                    
 Officers, Constitutional Court Judges, and Supreme Court Judges                
                      and their Appointment                                     
                                                                                
     Article 203.  The Seimas  shall appoint  the judges  of  the               
Constitutional Court  and  the  Supreme  Court  as  well  as  the               
chairpersons of  these Courts  and shall also appoint officers of               
the  State  and  appoint  or  form  collegiate  institutions  (in               
corpore) which  are provided  for in the Constitution and laws of               
the  Republic  of  Lithuania.  The  persons  who  shall  nominate               
candidates to  the above  offices shall  be  established  by  the               
Constitution and other appropriate laws.                                        
     The Seimas  shall also  decide whether  or not to approve of               
the candidatures  of the  judges and  officers appointed  by  the               
President of  the  Republic  if  this  is  provided  for  in  the               
Constitution and laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                             
                                                                                
     Article 204.  Candidates to  offices  whereto  officers  are               
appointed by  the Seimas  or offices  for the appointment whereto               
approval of  the Seimas  is required shall be presented at Seimas               
sittings by  the person  who nominated said candidate or proposed               
the composition  of a  collegiate  institution  (in  corpore).  A               
maximum of  10 minutes  shall be allotted for the presentation of               
individual candidates,  whereas a  maximum of 20 minutes shall be               
allotted  for   the  presentation  of  members  of  a  collegiate               
institution. The  biographical data  of the  candidates  must  be               
distributed to the Seimas members prior to the presentation.                    
     Information concerning  candidatures of Constitutional Court               
and Supreme  Court judges must be published in the press at least               
two weeks before their presentation in the Seimas.                              
     Said   candidates,    including   cases    when   collegiate               
institutions (in  corpore) are  being  formed,  must  attend  the               
Seimas sitting at which they are presented.                                     
     After being  presented, candidates  to Constitutional  Court               
and Supreme  Court judges as well as candidates to heads of State               
institutions shall  be granted  the floor  (for a  maximum of  10               
minutes).  All   candidates  must,   without  exception,   answer               
questions put  to them by members of the Seimas: up to 15 minutes               
shall be  allotted to  each candidate to the Constitutional Court               
and the  Supreme Court judge as well as to every other individual               
candidate, and  up to  30 minutes shall be allotted to all of the               
candidates to a collegiate institution.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 205.  After being  presented, candidatures  shall be               
considered by  the Seimas  parliamentary groups  and  appropriate               
Committees.                                                                     
     Parliamentary groups  and Committees shall have the right to               
invite candidates,  at a  time coordinated  therewith, to  attend               
their respective sittings in order to pose questions to them.                   
     Parliamentary  groups  and  Committees  must  present  their               
conclusions concerning  candidatures to  the Seimas within 7 days               
from the presentation of the candidature.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 206.  Proposed candidatures  must be considered in a               
sitting of  the Seimas  within 10  days from  their presentation.               
This sitting  must be  attended by  the person  who presented the               
                                                                                
candidatures as  well as  the candidates, including candidates to               
collegiate institutions (in corpore).                                           
     The conclusions of parliamentary groups and Committees shall               
be heard first. Thereafter a discussion shall be held, during the               
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end whereof  members of the Seimas shall be given the opportunity               
to pose  questions to the candidates and the person who presented               
the  candidatures   (up  to  20  minutes  shall  be  allotted  to               
individual candidates  and up  to 30 minutes shall be allotted to               
collegiate  institutions).   Furthermore,   candidates   to   the               
Constitutional Court  and the  Supreme Court judges, and heads of               
State institutions  shall be  granted the floor (for a maximum of               
10 minutes) prior to being questioned.                                          
     Thereafter the  Seimas shall  take  a  vote  concerning  the               
appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court and the Supreme               
Court and  of other  officers, the  appointment or formation of a               
collegiate  institution  (in  corpore),  or  the  approval  of  a               
candidature appointed by the President of the Republic.                         
                                                                                
     Article 207.  Prior to  the commencement  of work, judges of               
the Constitutional  and Supreme  Courts shall take an oath in the               
Seimas  to  be  loyal  to  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and  its               
Constitution, and  to administer  justice only in accordance with               
the laws. The State Controller, Chairman of the Board of the Bank               
of Lithuania,  as well  as other  newly-appointed officers of the               
State shall  publicly take an oath during a sitting of the Seimas               
if it  is so  provided in  the laws  regulating the activities of               
their respective State institution.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 208.  If an officer of the State or a court judge is               
dismissed, resigns,  or for  some other reason cannot continue to               
carry out  his or  her duties,  another  person  must,  during  a               
session of  the Seimas,  be appointed  or approved  to said  post               
within one month of the beginning of the vacancy or the beginning               
of the session.                                                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                             PART 7                                             
              SUPERVISORY ACTIVITIES OF THE SEIMAS                              
                                                                                
  Chapter 33. Accountability of the Government and other State                  
                     Officers to the Seimas                                     
                                                                                
     Article 209.  Within 2  workdays after  every sitting of the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  copies of the decrees               
adopted by  the Government  must be  delivered to  the Seimas for               
distribution  among  all  of  the  Committees  and  parliamentary               
groups.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 210. At the request of the Seimas, the Government or               
individual  ministers  must  account  to  the  Seimas  for  their               
respective activities.  The above  shall also  apply to  heads of               
other State  institutions who  are either appointed by the Seimas               
or for  whose appointment the approval of the Seimas is required,               
with the exception of courts.                                                   
     Persons who  are invited shall answer questions posed by the               
Seimas members,  and shall  furnish other  information concerning               
their own  activities and  the  activities  of  the  institutions               
subordinate to them.                                                            
     When drawing  up the week's work programme of the Seimas, it               
shall be  established which  State institution  head shall answer               
the questions  and interpellations  of the  Seimas  members  that               
week.                                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 211.  During a session of the Seimas, members of the               
Government of  the Republic of Lithuania shall, as a rule, answer               
questions of the Seimas members submitted through the Secretariat               
of the  sittings for  a period  of one  hour and  no later than 2               
workdays prior  to the  sitting. The  list of questions which are               
planned to  be answered  and the  sequence of  their presentation               
shall  be   established  by  the  Seimas  Speaker  and  shall  be               
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distributed among the Seimas members before the sitting.                        
     Time permitting, members of the Seimas may pose questions to               
the members of the Government participating in the sitting either               
orally or in writing.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 212. At least once a month, the State Controller and               
other heads of State institutions who are either appointed by the               
Seimas or  whose appointment requires the approval of the Seimas,               
with the  exception of  judges, must  answer the questions of the               
Seimas members  during a  sitting of  the Seimas;  said questions               
must be  submitted in  advance in written form. The procedure for               
submitting and registering the questions shall be as specified in               
Article 211.                                                                    
     Time permitting,  the  Seimas  members  may  ask  the  above               
officers other questions either orally or in writing.                           
                                                                                
     Article 213.  Criminal action  may not  be taken against the               
Prime Minister,  ministers, or  judges; said officials may not be               
arrested, or their liberty may not be in any other way restricted               
without the prior consent of the Seimas or, in the period between               
the sessions  of the  Seimas, without  the prior  consent of  the               
President of the Republic.                                                      
     Should a  motion be  submitted by  the Procurator General of               
the Republic  of  Lithuania  to  institute  criminal  proceedings               
against the  Prime Minister, an individual minister or a judge, a               
commission of  inquiry shall  be formed  and other  acts shall be               
performed pursuant to Article 24 of this Statute.                               
                                                                                
                   Chapter 34. Interpellations                                  
                                                                                
     Article 214.  A member  or group  of members  of the  Seimas               
shall  address   a  written  interpellation  to  members  of  the               
Government or  any other  heads of  State  institutions  who  are               
appointed  by  the  Seimas  or  whose  appointment  requires  the               
approval of  the Seimas, with the exception of courts, requesting               
that  said   officers  present   information   concerning   their               
activities and adopted decisions.                                               
     Only a  question of  national  or  public  significance,  in               
respect whereof  a member  or group of members of the Seimas have               
applied to  State institutions  and have  not, in  their opinion,               
been given due consideration or have been given a negative reply,               
shall be considered as an interpellation. Questions, the national               
or public significance whereof is recognised by the Seimas or the               
Seimas Board or a Committee or a parliamentary group, may also be               
considered as interpellations.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 215.  The Secretariat of the sittings shall register               
interpellations and  hand them  over to the Chancellor, who shall               
notify the Seimas thereof and shall deliver the interpellation to               
the appropriate officer.                                                        
     Persons who  submit interpellations  must name  the  officer               
whom they are addressing and specify whether they expects an oral               
or written  reply. In  the event  that the  form of  reply is not               
specified, it  shall be given in writing, shall be distributed to               
the  Committees  and  parliamentary  groups,  and  shall  not  be               
considered in a sitting of the Seimas.                                          
     Persons who  submit interpellations  shall have the right to               
withdraw them at any time.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 216.  The period  within which  a reply to a written               
interpellation must  be given may not be longer than 2 weeks and,               
                                                                                
during its  consideration in the Seimas sitting during a session,               
no longer than 3 weeks from the day of its lodging.                             
     In the  event that the officer to whom the interpellation is               
addressed cannot  reply within  the established period, he or she               
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must give  a written  substantiation thereof  and propose  a  new               
date, but  no later  than within  one month  from the  day of the               
lodging of the interpellation; however, should the interpellators               
object  to   the  substantiation,   the  consideration   of   the               
interpellation must be held at the fixed date.                                  
                                                                                
     Article  217.  During  sessions,  interpellations  shall  be               
considered at  least twice a month at the sittings of the Seimas.               
Should at  least 1/5  of the Seimas members request consideration               
of an  interpellation, the  interpellation shall be considered in               
the mandatory procedure.                                                        
     The list of interpellations shall be presented to the Seimas               
members no later than one day before the consideration thereof.                 
     The interpellators  (at least  one  representative  thereof)               
must participate  in the  consideration of the interpellation. If               
the interpellator  is absent  from the  sitting, consideration of               
the interpellation  shall be  postponed. If  the interpellator is               
absent from  the sitting without prior notice, the interpellation               
shall be annulled.                                                              
     Interpellator may  not preside  over sittings in which their               
interpellations are considered.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 218.  An interpellation  shall be  considered at the               
sitting of the Seimas according to the following procedure:                     
     1) a  speech delivered  by the  interpellator (for  up to  5               
minutes);                                                                       
     2) a  reply given  by the officer to whom the interpellation               
is addressed (for up to 15 minutes); and                                        
     3) a  discussion, should it be requested by any Committee or               
parliamentary group. During the discussion, the floor shall, as a               
rule, be  granted in  turn to  those members  of the  Seimas  who               
approve of  the reply  to the  interpellation and  to  those  who               
object thereto.  No more  than 4  members of  the Seimas shall be               
granted the  floor, unless  the Seimas  decides  to  prolong  the               
discussion.                                                                     
     In the  event that  the interpellators are dissatisfied with               
the  reply  to  the  interpellation,  they  may  submit  a  draft               
resolution for  consideration in  the Seimas;  the  Seimas  shall               
evaluate the reply and the draft therein.                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
 Chapter 35. Removal from Office of Seimas Officers and Heads of                
                    other State Institutions                                    
                                                                                
     Article 219. Proposals to dismiss a Seimas officer or a head               
of a  State institution  who is appointed by the Seimas, with the               
exception of  cases of impeachment proceedings as provided for in               
the Constitution, must be considered when they are presented by a               
justified letter  from the Seimas Board, a committee, or at least               
1/5 of  the Seimas members. A committee may not propose to remove               
the chairman of another committee from office.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 220.  Petitions concerning the removal of an officer               
from office  shall be filed with the Seimas Speaker; petitions to               
remove the  Seimas Speaker  from office  shall be lodged with the               
Seimas Chancellor.  Such petitions  must be announced in the next               
sitting of the Seimas.                                                          
     The same members of the Seimas may not request to remove the               
same officer from office more than once during a single session.                
                                                                                
     Article 221.  The officer  of the  Seimas whose removal from               
office is under discussion may not preside over that sitting.                   
     During discussions concerning the dismissal of an officer of               
the Seimas or head of a State institution, the first person to be               
granted the  floor shall  be the representative of the initiators               
of the  issue concerning  removal  from  office  (for  up  to  10               
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minutes); thereafter,  the floor  shall be granted to the officer               
whose removal  from office  is under  consideration (for up to 30               
minutes). The  latter shall  then be  given up  to 30  minutes to               
answer questions.  The subsequent  discussion shall  be continued               
according to the general procedure.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 222.  Decisions concerning  the dismissal  of Seimas               
officers or  heads of  State institutions  shall  be  adopted  by               
majority vote  of more  than a  half of  all Seimas members. Said               
voting shall be done by secret ballot.                                          
                                                                                
        Chapter 36. Interpellations and Non-Confidence in the                   
                           Government                                           
                                                                                
     Article 223.  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 requesting that said officers               
elaborate on the motives of the decisions they have adopted.                    
     No signature  may be  cancelled after the interpellation has               
been filed  with the  Seimas Chancellor,  who  shall  immediately               
register the  interpellation and  refer  it  to  the  appropriate               
member of the Government.                                                       
     The same  group of  the Seimas  members may  not  repeatedly               
interpellate  the  same  member  of  the  Government  during  one               
session.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 224.  Upon receipt of an interpellation, a member of               
the Government must deliver a written reply to the Seimas Speaker               
within two  weeks; the  Seimas members shall be familiarised with               
said reply.                                                                     
     Upon receiving a reply to an interpellation, the Seimas must               
consider said reply during a sitting within 5 workdays.                         
                                                                                
     Article 225. Interpellations shall be considered at sittings               
of the Seimas according to the following procedure:                             
     1) a  speech  by  the  representative  of  the  persons  who               
submitted the interpellation (for up to 10 minutes);                            
     2) a  reply by  the officer  who received the interpellation               
(for up to 30 minutes);                                                         
     3) answers  to questions  posed by the Seimas members to the               
officer who received the interpellation (for up to 30 minutes);                 
     4) a  discussion during which, as a rule, the floor shall be               
granted in  turn to  the members of the Seimas who approve of and               
to those who object to the reply to the interpellation;                         
     5) the  final speech  of the  officer who  has received  the               
interpellation; and                                                             
     6) the  formation of  a drafting commission according to the               
requirements set  forth in Article 77 of this Statute for drawing               
up  the   draft  resolution   of  the   Seimas   concerning   the               
interpellation. The members who submitted the interpellation must               
constitute at least 1/3 of the commission members.                              
                                                                                
     Article 226.  Draft resolutions  of  the  Seimas  concerning               
interpellations must be presented to the Seimas for consideration               
no later  than on  the next day of sittings. The Seimas' approval               
or disapproval  of the  reply of the Prime Minister or individual               
minister may  be stated  in the  draft of  the resolution  of the               
Seimas concerning the interpellation.                                           
     In the event that non-confidence in the Prime Minister or an               
individual minister  is declared  in a  draft resolution  of  the               
Seimas, said draft may be adopted by majority vote of more than a               
half of  all the  Seimas members;  said voting  shall be  done by               
secret ballot.  Should such resolution be adopted, the Government               
in corpore  or the individual minister in whom non-confidence has               
been declared must resign.                                                      
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     Article 227.  During a  session of the Seimas, a group of at               
least 1/5 of the Seimas members may submit a draft of a justified               
resolution wherein  non-confidence in the Government is declared.               
Such draft  resolution shall  be considered in the same manner as               
an interpellation to the Prime Minister.                                        
                                                                                
      Chapter 37. Ad Hoc Commissions of Control or Inquiry                      
                                                                                
     Article 228.  Ad hoc commissions of control or inquiry shall               
be formed  for exercising  control over the implementation of the               
decisions of  the Seimas,  for collecting  and presenting  to the               
Seimas information  and conclusions  required for  dealing with a               
pending problem  and adopting  a decision  thereon, as well as in               
other cases provided for in this Statute.                                       
     Ad hoc  commissions of  control or  inquiry shall  be formed               
according to  the procedure  set forth  in  Article  77  of  this               
Statute and  shall  consist  of  at  least  four  members  and  a               
chairperson. The chairperson of the commission shall be appointed               
by the Seimas.                                                                  
     For its  work the  commission may  enlist the specialists of               
appropriate spheres.                                                            
     The period  of work  of the ad hoc commissions of control or               
inquiry shall be up to 6 months.                                                
                                                                                
     Article  229.  The  right  of  initiative  to  form  ad  hoc               
commissions of  control or  inquiry shall be vested in the Seimas               
Board, Committees,  and parliamentary  groups, unless  in special               
cases  this  Statute  provides  otherwise.  The  initiators  must               
present to  the Seimas  a draft resolution concerning the forming               
of  an  ad  hoc  commission  of  control  or  inquiry,  in  which               
resolution the objective of forming the commission as well as its               
tasks and powers shall be specified.                                            
     As necessary, the Seimas Speaker must notify the Prosecutor-               
General and  the Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania of the               
initiative to form an ad hoc commission of control or inquiry. If               
the  Prosecutor-General   notifies  in   writing  that   criminal               
proceedings have  been instituted  in connection  with the  facts               
which determined  the initiative  of forming the commission, such               
commission shall  not be formed; in the event that it has already               
been formed,  its activities  must be terminated by a decision of               
the Seimas.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 230.  The sittings  of ad hoc commissions of control               
or inquiry  shall be closed to all persons, with the exception of               
those persons  who are  invited; a  list of said persons shall be               
drawn up according to the requests of the commission members. The               
information collected  by the  commission during  its work period               
shall not be made public.                                                       
     Ad hoc  commissions of  control or  inquiry shall  have  the               
right to request that enterprises, institutions and organisations               
present the  required  information  concerning  their  respective               
activities, that  the officers  of the law enforcement bodies and               
the prosecutor's  office present documents and give evidence, and               
that any citizen of the Republic of Lithuania give evidence.                    
                                                                                
     Article 231.  Upon completing  the work  it was charged with               
and collecting and summarizing the data, the ad hoc commission of               
control or  inquiry  shall  present  their  conclusions  and  the               
prepared draft resolution to the Seimas.                                        
     A resolution  shall be  adopted at the sitting of the Seimas               
concerning the  issue which  has been  considered by  the ad  hoc               
commission  of   control  or   inquiry.  Non-confidence   in  the               
Government, a  minister or  any other  head of  State institution               
appointed by the Seimas may be declared or motions concerning the               
proposed  impeachment   proceedings  may   be  presented  in  the               
resolution. In  the case  of non-confidence, the requirements set               
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forth in  Articles 222  or 226  of this  Statute shall  apply  in               
adopting the resolution.                                                        
                                                                                
        Chapter 38. Control of the State Budget Statement                       
                                                                                
     Article 266.  The general  permanent control of State Budget               
performance shall  be exercised  by the  Committee on  Budget and               
Finance.  Other   Committees  of   the  Seimas  may  control  the               
performance  of  the  Budget  chapters  which  are  within  their               
competence.                                                                     
     The State  Budget performance  shall be  considered  at  the               
sitting of  the Seimas  at least  once every 6 months. In such an               
event, the  Government shall present the State Budget performance               
statement for consideration.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 233.  The Government shall prepare and, by March 31,               
present to  the  Seimas  Speaker  the  State  Budget  performance               
statement for  the  previous  year.  The  State  Controller  must               
present to  the Seimas  Chancellor a  report on  the State Budget               
performance statement  within a  month from the date on which the               
Government presented the statement to the Seimas Speaker.                       
     The Seimas  Chancellor shall,  within  2  workdays,  present               
copies of  the above  statement and  of  the  State  Controller's               
report to  the Committee  on Budget  and Finance,  as well  as to               
other committees and parliamentary groups.                                      
     Upon receipt of the State Controller's report, the report of               
the Government  on the State Budget performance statement as well               
as an additional report of the State Controller shall be heard at               
the next sitting. Within 3 weeks from the sitting, the Committees               
shall consider the State Budget performance statement and prepare               
conclusions.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 234.  The State Budget performance statement and the               
State Controller's  report must  be considered  at the sitting of               
the Seimas by June 1.                                                           
     A report  of the  Committee on Budget and Finance as well as               
the conclusions  of  other  committees  shall  be  heard  at  the               
sitting. Upon  the completion of discussions, a resolution of the               
Seimas concerning  the performance  of the  State Budget shall be               
adopted.                                                                        
     In the  event that the statement is not approved, the Seimas               
shall resolve the issue concerning the restoration of legality of               
revenues or  expenditures. An  appropriate  resolution  shall  be               
drafted for  that purpose,  and a  vote on  non-confidence in the               
Government or an individual member thereof may be taken according               
to the procedure established in Article 226 of this Statute.                    
                                                                                
                             PART 8                                             
                                                                                
                     IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Chapter 39. The proposal to Initiate Impeachment Proceedings               
                and the Preliminary Investigation                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article  235.   Impeachment   proceedings   shall   be   the               
parliamentary procedure  which shall  be applied by the Seimas to               
members of  the Seimas  as well  as to  State  officials  of  the               
highest rank  who are specified in Article 74 of the Constitution               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania for  their actions which discredit               
the authority  of powers,  in order  to solve the question of the               
responsibility of  such individuals. In the event that a concrete               
individual is  found guilty  during this  procedure,  the  person               
shall be  dismissed from his or her post or his or her mandate as               
a Seimas member shall be abolished.       61                                    
     Article  236.   Legal  action,   in  accordance   with   the               
impeachment proceedings,  may be instituted against the President               
of the Republic, the Chairperson and judges of the Constitutional               
Court, the  Chairperson and  judges of  the  Supreme  Court,  the               
Chairperson and  judges of  the Court of Appeals, and the members               
of the Seimas.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article  237.   There  shall   be  grounds   for  initiating               
impeachment proceedings in the event that an individual specified               
in Article 236 of this Statute has:                                             
     1) grossly violated the Constitution;                                      
     2) breached an oath; or                                                    
     3) committed a felony.                                                     
     Only one  of the  grounds specified  in this  Article  shall               
suffice to initiate impeachment proceedings.                                    
                                                                                
     Article  238.   The  right  to  request  the  initiation  of               
impeachment proceedings  against a concrete for reasons specified               
in Article  237 individual  shall be  granted to,  any  group  of               
Seimas members  consisting of  at least  1/4 of all of the Seimas               
members, the  President of  the Republic and the Judges' Court of               
Honour if  the case  concerns the  Chairperson or  judges of  the               
Constitutional Court or the Court of Appeals.                                   
     The  proposal   to  the   Seimas  to   initiate   impeachment              
proceedings against  a concrete person shall not be related to the              
norms of the Article 239 of this Statute.                                       
     Article 239.  Upon establishing  that persons  referred to in              
Article 236  of this  Statute are  suspected of having committed a              
felony, the  Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania shall              
immediately inform  the  Seimas  thereon  and  submit  appropriate              
material thereto.                                                               
     In the event that the President of the Republic is suspected               
of  having  committed  a  felony,  the  Seimas  shall  carry  out               
preliminary impeachment  proceedings provided  for in Article 244               
of this Statute.                                                                
     Upon hearing  the Prosecutor  General's report  on a  felony               
committed by  other persons,  the Seimas  shall decide whether to               
give its  approval to institute legal action against the concrete               
person (according  to the procedure provided for in this Statute)               
or to initiate preliminary impeachment proceedings.                             
                                                                                
     Article 240.  While bringing a charge concerning a committed               
felony, the  statutes of limitation provided for in criminal laws               
shall be  applicable. In  other cases,  no statutes of limitation               
shall be applicable notwithstanding when the misdemeanor has been               
committed with  which an individual is charged with, however, the               
committed misdemeanor  must have  been committed  while he or she               
was in office referred to in Article 236 of this Statute.                       
                                                                                
     Article 241.  Proposal to  initiate impeachment  proceedings               
must be  submitted to  the Seimas  in writing  - in the form of a               
motion, while  proposals made  by the  President of  the Republic               
shall be  presented in  the form  of  appeal  by  indicating  the               
concrete person,  the  charge  formulated  against  said  person,               
arguments, major facts, and evidence or sources thereof.                        
     Article 242.  Normally the  proposal to initiate impeachment               
proceedings is  submitted during  sessions  of  the  Seimas.  The               
Seimas Speaker  or Deputy  Speaker shall immediately present such               
proposals to  the Seimas  members and shall, no later than within               
one week during the session or within one week from the beginning               
of the  session, submit  a proposal to the Seimas to consider the               
issue.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 243.  Upon hearing  a proposal made by the initiators              
specified in  Article 238  or their  representative concerning the              
initiation  of   impeachment  proceedings   against   a   concrete              
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individual, the  Seimas shall form a commission to investigate the              
validity and  seriousness of  the submitted charges and to prepare              
the  finding  concerning  the  proposal  to  initiate  impeachment              
proceedings. In  its work  the commission shall be governed by the              
provisions provided for in Chapter 37 of this Statute.                          
                                                                                
     Article 244.  A special  investigation commission  shall  be               
formed from the Seimas members, representatives of the initiators               
of the  impeachment proceedings,  and lawyers who are employed at               
courts, investigative  structures, or  prosecutor's office.  Such               
lawyers must  comprise no  more than  one half  of the commission               
members. While working on the commission, the lawyers shall enjoy               
equal rights  with other members of the commission, but they must               
strictly comply  with the  principle of  political  impartiality.               
There may  be no  more than 12 members on the commission. Members               
of the commission shall be proposed by the Seimas majority or the               
minority and  initiators of the impeachment proceedings according               
to the  principles set  forth in Article 77 of this Statute which               
shall be entitled to propose 1/3 of all the commission members.                 
     Along with the formation of the commission, the Seimas shall               
appoint the  commission chairperson  and deputy  chairperson, and               
shall fix  the dates for the execution of investigation. At least               
one of the heads of the commission must be a professional lawyer.               
                                                                                
     Article 245.  Sittings of  the special  Seimas investigation               
commission concerned  with impeachment proceedings shall normally               
be closed.  Only the  chairperson of  the commission  or a member               
authorised by  the chairperson  shall inform  the press and other               
mass media about the course of investigation.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 246.  The commission's sittings shall be recorded in               
the minutes.  Minutes shall  be kept  by a secretary appointed by               
the commission,  according to  the regulations of keeping minutes               
of court  sittings. The minutes of the sitting shall be signed by               
the chairperson and secretary of the commission.                                
     During sittings,  explanations as  well as  arguments of the               
initiators of  impeachment proceedings  and defendants  (or their               
representatives) shall  be heard,  witnesses shall be questioned,               
the list  of whom  shall be  made up  according to  the proposals               
submitted  by  all  the  members  of  the  special  investigation               
commission  and  the  defendant,  and  other  evidence  shall  be               
accumulated, examined  and evaluated; when necessary, experts and               
specialists shall  be invited  and discussions shall be held. The               
defendant's lawyer may also take part in the sittings.                          
                                                                                
     Article 247.  Witnesses and  experts shall  be summoned  and               
questioned in  accordance with  the rules  of the  criminal code:               
they shall  be warned  of their  responsibility for  avoiding  or               
refusing to  give evidence  as well as for giving knowingly false               
evidence; the  giving of  such warnings  shall  be  confirmed  by               
witnesses' signatures.  Minutes  concerning  the  questioning  of               
witnesses shall  be recorded  and, after a witness has read them,               
may be  supplemented or  amended, and  then must be signed by the               
witness. Experts  shall present  their findings  in writing after               
having signed them.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 248.  If the  special  investigation  commission  by               
majority vote  so proposes,  the Seimas  may pass  a decision  to               
appeal to  the Constitutional  Court  concerning  the  conclusion               
whether concrete actions of the Seimas members or state officials               
against  whom   impeachment  proceedings  are  initiated  are  in               
conformity with the Constitution.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 249.  Upon the  conclusion of the investigation, the               
special investigation commission shall present its findings which               
shall contain:                            63                                    
     1) the  essence of  the  charge,  the  place,  time,  means,               
motives  and  other  essential  circumstances  of  the  committed               
felony;                                                                         
     2) the established facts and evidence;, and                                
     3) the explanations of the defendant.                                      
                                                                                
     In the  event that  the  presented  charges  have  not  been               
proved, it  shall be indicated in the findings and the actions of               
investigation which  have been  carried out shall be described in               
brief. Taking  into account  the results of the investigation, it               
shall be  summarised at the end of the findings whether there are               
grounds to  institute impeachment  proceedings in  the Seimas  or               
whether such grounds do not exist.                                              
     More than  half of  majority votes  of  all  the  commission               
members are  necessary for  the approval  of  the  findings.  The               
results of  the voting  shall be  recorded in  the minutes of the               
sitting. The  findings shall  be signed  by  the  chairperson  or               
deputy chairperson of the commission.                                           
     The commission shall prepare a draft resolution on the basis               
of approved findings.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 250.  Upon coming  to the  conclusion that  there are              
grounds for  initiating impeachment proceedings in the Seimas, the              
special investigation  commission  must  also  formulate  concrete              
charges. This  may be done at the end of the commission's findings              
or in a separate document.                                                      
     The investigation  commission shall also decide who on behalf              
of the committee shall substantiate the charge and carry out other              
functions of  the prosecutor  in the Seimas during the impeachment              
proceedings. The  commission may  appoint up  to 7  prosecutors --              
members of  the Seimas.  The commission shall inform the Seimas of              
their names and powers in writing.                                              
                                                                                
     Article  251.  The  commission  shall  submit  the  prepared               
findings along with a draft Seimas resolution and other documents               
to the  Speaker, who  shall submit these documents for the Seimas               
consideration at its next sitting.                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
         Chapter 40. Impeachment Procedure in the Seimas                        
                                                                                
     Article 252.  In the  event that  the special  investigation               
commission reaches  the conclusion  that there are no grounds for               
the initiation  of  impeachment  proceedings,  the  Seimas  shall               
consider the  validity of  motives and  arguments which have been               
formulated in the findings and shall decide whether said findings               
shall be  assented. If  the Seimas  approves the  findings  by  a               
majority vote  of the  Seimas members  who attend the sitting, it               
shall be  held that  there was  no assent to initiate impeachment               
proceedings. Impeachment  proceedings based  on the  same charges               
may only  be instituted  against the  same person only after one-               
year period , and only under the condition that new circumstances               
have become evident.                                                            
     In  the   event  that   the  Seimas  does  not  approve  the               
commission's  conclusion  that  there  are  no  grounds  for  the               
initiation of impeachment proceedings, the Seimas must decide who               
shall be  charged with  the execution of a repeat investigation -               
the same investigation commission or a new one.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 253.  Upon  hearing  the  findings  of  the  special               
investigation commission  according to which there are grounds to               
initiate impeachment  proceedings, the  Seimas  shall  carry  out               
necessary arrangements  and shall  adopt the  following decisions               
necessary for the execution of this procedure:                                  
     1)  shall   adopt  a   resolution  to  initiate  impeachment               
proceedings in the Seimas against a concrete person;                            
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     2) shall  establish of  the commencement  of the impeachment               
proceedings  no   later  than  after  15  days  and  schedule  of               
sittings;                                                                       
     3) shall  adopt a resolution to invite the Chairperson of the              
Supreme Court  or another  judge  thereof  to  preside  over  this              
procedure, and  in  the  event  the  impeachment  proceedings  are              
instituted against the Chairperson of the Supreme Court or a judge              
thereof - to invite the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court or              
another judge thereof to preside over this procedure;                           
     4) as  necessary, shall  request the Constitutional Court to               
provide findings  whether concrete  actions of a Seimas member or               
other state official comply with the Constitution; and                          
     5) shall perform other necessary preparatory actions.                      
                                                                                
     Article 254.  Impeachment proceedings  shall  start  in  the               
Seimas on  the fixed  date. They  shall be  presided over  by the               
Chairperson of the Supreme Court or another judge thereof, or the               
Chairperson of the Constitutional Court or another judge thereof.               
One more  judge of the Supreme Court or Constitutional Court must               
take part  in all  sittings, from  the first  to the last, of the               
impeachment proceedings,  and, as  necessary, shall  act for  the               
Chairperson of the hearing.                                                     
     Upon  announcing   the  commencement   of  the   impeachment               
proceedings, the  Seimas shall  become an impeachment institution               
in which  investigation shall  be carried  out in compliance with               
the principles  and rules  of criminal  procedure if this Statute               
does not provide otherwise.                                                     
     The minutes  of the  hearing shall  be kept by the secretary               
appointed by  the Chairperson according to the rules of recording               
court hearings.                                                                 
     Impeachment proceedings  in the Seimas shall be public. They               
may be broadcast by television and radio.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 255.  Impeachment proceedings in the Seimas shall be               
comprised of the following major parts: the preparatory part, the               
court investigation,  court disputes,  and the  defendant's final               
word concerning  the articles  of impeachment  and voting  on the               
presented charges.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 256.  During the preparatory part of the hearing the               
essence  of   the  impeachment   case  under  investigation,  the               
defendant, and the prosecutors and their representatives shall be               
introduced, their  rights and  duties shall  be explained,  their               
requests shall  be heard  and decisions  thereon shall be passed,               
and the possibilities to continue investigation of the case shall               
be clarified.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 257.  The court  investigation shall be commenced by               
reading  the  material  of  the  charge  aloud  and  hearing  the               
defendant's explanations.  Then the defendant and witnesses shall               
be questioned,  the findings  of the  experts shall be heard, and               
the evidence shall be examined.                                                 
     Prior to the end of the court investigation, the prosecutors               
shall have  the right to define the formulation of the charge and               
remove technical  errors which  have been  found  therein.  While               
defining the formulations of the charge, the formulations must be               
delivered in  writing to the defendant and the chairperson of the               
hearing, who  shall  immediately  announce  them  to  the  Seimas               
members. Upon  receiving the  defined formulations of the charge,               
the defendant or the defendant's defender shall have the right to               
demand the continuation or renewal of the court investigation.                  
                                                                                
     Article 258.  Court  disputes  shall  be  the  speeches  and               
remarks   of    the   prosecutor,   the   defendant   and   their               
representatives. The  right to  the  final  remark  shall  always               
belong to  the defender, and in the event of his or her absence -               
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to the defendant.                                                               
     In the  end of court disputes the defendant shall be granted               
the final  word. It  shall not  be permitted  to ask questions or               
make remarks at that moment.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 259. Issues concerning procedure shall be settled by               
the chairperson of the hearing. As necessary, the chairperson may               
ask the Seimas to voice its opinion or request approval of his or               
her decisions.  Only upon  the permission  of the chairperson may               
the members  of the  Seimas pose questions to the participants of               
the proceedings. The members of the Seimas shall not be permitted               
to speak about the essence of the case or to attempt to influence               
the course  of the proceedings in any other manner. However, they               
may protest  the chairperson's refusal to permit questioning or a               
hasty decision to terminate interrogation, and may reject them by               
voting.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 260.  The defendant  shall have  the right to resign               
from his  office or  to renounce the mandate of the Seimas member               
by  submitting  an  application  in  writing,  in  any  stage  of               
impeachment proceedings  but  only  prior  to  the  beginning  of               
voting. Such  applications must be immediately satisfied. In such               
case, the  impeachment proceedings  shall be  terminated  and  it               
shall be made official by a resolution of the Seimas.                           
                                                                                
     Article 261.  The final part of the legal procedure - voting               
for  the   articles  of  impeachment  -  shall  start  after  the               
defendant's final word.                                                         
     Each article  of impeachment  shall be  put  on  a  separate               
voting card.  After the  text  of  the  charge,  the  alternative               
variants of  the response:  "I charge" or "I do not charge" shall               
be made  thereon. Prior  to distribution,  voting cards  shall be               
marked by a special seal of the chairperson of the hearing.                     
                                                                                
     Article 262. A commission for the calculation of votes shall               
be made  in compliance with the requirements set forth in Article               
123 of this Statute.                                                            
     Each article of impeachment shall be put to vote separately.               
Only the Seimas members shall take part in the voting.                          
     Upon calculating  the votes,  the chairperson of the hearing               
shall announce  the voting results on each article of impeachment               
separately.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 263.  If 3/5  of all  the Seimas  members vote for at              
least one  article of impeachment, it shall be considered that the              
person has  been impeached,  i.e. the  Seimas has  found that  the              
person is  guilty of  the felony  with which  he or  she has  been              
incriminated.                                                                   
     Following the  report of  the commission for the calculation               
of votes,  the chairperson  of  the  hearing  shall  dictate  the               
following entry of the minutes:                                                 
     "Upon the execution of impeachment proceedings in the Seimas               
on ...  (date), it  has been  found by a majority vote of all the               
Seimas members  that citizen ............(name, surname and post)               
...(entry according  to the  text  of  the  approved  article  of               
impeachment)..., therefore,  from this day the .... (date), (said               
person) shall  be removed  from his  (or her)  post (or  shall be               
deprived of  the mandate of Seimas member) by the decision of the               
Seimas.                                                                         
     Then the  chairperson shall  sign this  entry  and  publicly               
announce it during the Seimas sitting.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 264.  In the  event that  not a  single  article  of               
impeachment receives  at least 3/5 of the votes of all the Seimas               
members, it  shall be considered that the Seimas has not approved               
the impeachment.  The chairperson  of the  hearing shall announce               
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this publicly  and an  appropriate entry thereon shall be made in               
the minutes of the sitting.                                                     
     In cases  where less  than 3/5  but more than 1/2 of all the               
Seimas  members  voted  for  the  article  of  impeachment  which               
corresponds to the indications of a criminal offence, it shall be               
considered that  the Seimas  has assented  to  bringing  a  legal               
action against  a concrete  person  with  the  exception  of  the               
President of the Republic.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 265.  The minutes  of the  Seimas sittings  shall be               
signed by the chairperson of the hearing and the secretary of the               
hearing appointed by him or her.                                                
     Entries of  the minutes  concerning the voting results shall               
be equaled  to the  resolutions of  the Seimas.  They shall enter               
into effect  from the  moment of  their announcement  and must be               
executed .  Along with  the  voting  results,  they  may  not  be               
appealed against or subjected to review.                                        
                                                                                
     Article  266.   When,  according   to   the   procedure   of               
impeachment, the  Seimas finds  that a concrete person is guilty,               
he/she shall  be considered  to have been removed from his or her               
post or to have been deprived of the mandate of Seimas member.                  
Legal liability  may also  be  incurred  on  them  for  committed               
felonies according to general procedure.                                        
     Individuals who  have resigned from their posts of their own               
accord or  who have  renounced mandates  of a Seimas member shall               
lose the  right of inviolability established by the Constitution,               
and shall  therefore be subjected to legal liability according to               
the general procedure.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                        FINAL PROVISIONS                                        
                                                                                
     Article 267.  All issues  concerning the  procedure  of  the               
Seimas activities, which are not provided for in this Statute and               
the laws  of the  Republic of  Lithuania, shall  be  proposed  to               
decide upon  by the  chairperson  of  the  Seimas  sitting.  Such               
decision shall  be adopted without debate by majority vote of the               
Seimas members who participated in the voting.                                  
                                                                                
     Article  268.   Until  31   December  1994   amendments  and               
supplements of  this Statute  shall be  adopted according  to the               
general procedure  and in  compliance with  the requirements  set               
forth in Part 5 of this Statute.                                                
     Beginning from  1 January 1995, the Statute of the Seimas of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  and  its  separate  articles  may  be               
repealed, supplemented  or amended  by majority vote of more than               
half of all the Seimas members.                                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
ČESLOVAS JURŠĖNAS                                                               
                                                                                
SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS                                                           
OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA