SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                              
                             Statute                                            
                     5 October 1993 No.I-260                                    
                             Vilnius                                            
                                                                                
                             Part 1                                             
                   Status of the Seimas Member                                  
                                                                                
                           Chapter 1.                                           
                                                                                
            The Powers and Oath of the Seimas Member                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 3.  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  Seimas members  shall  also  be               
established by other laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                         
                                                                                
     In carrying  out their  duties, Seimas  members shall act in               
observance with  the Constitution  of the  Republic of Lithuania,               
the interests  of the  State, and  their own consciences, and may               
not be restricted by any mandates.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 3-1.  The term  of office  of Seimas  members  shall               
commence from  the day that the newly-elected Seimas convenes for               
the first  sitting. The  powers of  the previously elected Seimas               
members shall expire upon commencement of said sitting.                         
                                                                                
     Elected Seimas  members 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.                                
                                                                                
     Article 3-2.  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  3-3.  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               
representative of the nation.                                                   
                                                                                
 Article  3-4. Seimas  members who  do 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. Seimas members               
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.                               
                                                                                
     Seimas members  whose powers were terminated pursuant to the               
Constitution and  laws of  the Republic of Lithuania and who have               
again become Seimas members must take the oath again.                           
                                                                                
     Article  3-5.   The  duties  of  Seimas  members,  with  the               
exception of  their 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,               
Seimas members  shall be exempt from the duty to perform national               
defence service.                                                                
                                                                                
     A Seimas  member may  be appointed only as Prime Minister or               
Minister.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 3-6.  It shall  be prohibited to utilize the mandate               
of a  Seimas member  for any  other  purpose,  i.e.  not  in  the               
interests of the nation, State or constituents.                                 
                                                                                
     Activities of  Seimas members  which violate  this provision               
must be  investigated by  the Commission of Ethics and Procedures               
or by  a provisional  commission of  control established for this               
purpose, which must also prepare conclusions for the Seimas.                    
                                                                                
     Article 3-7. Each Seimas member shall have a certificate and               
a Seimas  member badge which shall be presented thereto after the               
oath. Seimas members may use their Seimas member certificates and               
badges during the period of their term of office.                               
                                                                                
     Samples of  the Seimas member certificate and badge shall be               
approved by the Seimas Board.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article  3-8.  The  powers  of  a  Seimas  member  shall  be               
terminated:                                                                     
                                                                                
     1) upon  the expiration of the term of his or her powers, or               
when the  Seimas elected  in pre-term  elections convenes for its               
first sitting;                                                                  
     2) upon his or 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 1a. The Activities of Seimas Members                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article  4.  Members  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 they are members;                              
     2) elect  and be  elected to  any institution  of the Seimas               
according to the procedure established by this Statute;                         
     3) participate  in discussions  concerning all  issues under               
consideration, and express their opinion, vocally or in writing;                
     4)  participate  in  the  sittings  of  all  committees  and               
commissions of  the Seimas  as well  as in  the sittings  of  the               
Government without the right to vote;                                           
     5) submit  the texts  of their  speeches to the chair of the               
sitting for inclusion into the shorthand record of the sitting;                 
     6) propose the consideration of an issues;                                 
     7) 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;                     
     8) 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;                                                
     9)  pose,  during  sittings  of  the  Seimas,  questions  to               
reporters and supplementary reporters;                                          
     10) make  statements and  remarks, speak  on voting motives,               
propose motions  relative to  the conduct  of  the  sitting,  the               
procedure, prejudicial questions, termination of discussions, and               
postponement or rejection of questions;                                         
     11) 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               
Spokesmen.                                                                      
     12) obtain,  directly or  through an  assistant,  copies  of               
resolutions, directives, decrees and other legal documents passed               
by local  governments, the  Government, or  the President  of the               
Republic.                                                                       
     The procedure  for the  implementation of  these  and  other               
rights shall be established by other Articles of this Statute.                  
                                                                                
     Article  5.   Seimas  members  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 6. 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 or 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 or  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               
or she is a member concerning the fulfillment of assignments.                   
                                                                                
     Article 7.  Seimas member  must regularly hold meetings with               
their constituents. They shall have the right to invite officials               
of state institutions and local government bodies and deputies to               
participate in the meetings.                                                    
     Seimas  members   elected  in   single-candidate   electoral               
districts must  systematically, normally  every Friday, meet with               
the constituents in their respective electoral district.                        
     A  Seimas  member  shall  consider  proposals,  appeals  and               
complaints and,  as necessary,  shall refer  them to  appropriate               
state institutions for consideration.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 8-1.  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.               
     Seimas members  shall have  the right  to attend sittings of               
state and  government institutions  when issues submitted by them               
or any  other issues  that are  of interest  to  them,  with  the               
exception of  those which  are considered  to be  top secret, are               
being considered. The procedure for participating in the decision               
of top secret issues shall be established by laws.                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
          Chapter 1b. Maintenance and Guarantees of the                         
                  Activities of Seimas Members                                  
                                                                                
     Article 8-2.  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 to receive constituents.                  
                                                                                
     Article 8-3.  Seimas members  shall have the right to demand               
to be  received without  delay at state enterprises, institutions               
and  organisations  concerning  issues  which  pertain  to  their               
activities, as  well as  the right  to be provided with necessary               
information.                                                                    
     Seimas members  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 8-4. Seimas members shall have the right to make use               
of the  state radio and television free of charge on issues which               
pertain to their activities.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 8-5. Compensation for the work of Seimas members, 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.                             
     Seimas members  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, as well               
as hourly  salaries for  educational, scientific and consultative               
work performed by Seimas members who have scientific degrees.                   
                                                                                
     Article 8-6.  Seimas  members  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  utilize  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.                   
     Seimas members  shall  use  diplomatic  passports  on  trips               
abroad.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 8-7.  Upon expiration  of the  term of office and in               
the cases  specified in  paragraphs 1 and 3 of Article 38 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. 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 8-8.  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;               
said officer  may also  be dismissed  from his  or her office. In               
cases established  by laws,  said officer  shall  incur  criminal               
responsibility.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 8-9.  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 1d. Discipline and Immunity of Seimas Members                      
                                                                                
     Article 140.  During sittings  of the Seimas, the Commission               
of Ethics  and Procedures  shall register, in advance, the Seimas               
members who are not participating during planned voting or voting               
taking place  at a  planned time; said Commission shall regularly               
announce this  data in  the press.  The salaries  of such  Seimas               
members may  be decreased  for a certain period of time according               
to the procedure established by the Seimas.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 141.  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 143.  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.                         
                                                                                
     Article 144.  Decisions concerning the expulsion of a Seimas               
member from  the chamber  shall be  adopted without debate 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               
one 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.                           
                                                                                
     Article 145.  If a Seimas member upon 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 five               
sittings.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article  146.  The  person  of  a  Seimas  member  shall  be               
inviolable.                                                                     
     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 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.                     
                                                                                
     Article 146-1.  A Seimas member who refuses to give evidence               
in a  criminal case,  shall, on  the decision  of the  Seimas, be               
brought to court to give evidence.                                              
                                                                                
     Article  147.  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 63 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.                      
                                                                                
     Article 148. After the investigatory commission has prepared               
and  announced   its  certificate   (reference)  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.                             
                                                                                
                                                                                
Ceslovas Jursenas                                                               
                                                                                
Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania