REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                             STATUTE                                            
                                                                                
                      9 June 1993 No.I-179                                      
                             Vilnius                                            
                                                                                
                             Part 3                                             
                                                                                
            Committees and Commissions of the Seimas                            
                                                                                
                           Chapter 6.                                           
             Seimas Committees and the Procedure for                            
                    the Establishment thereof                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 29.  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  parliamentary               
groups, or the committee shall be formed anew.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 30.  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:  bigger  parliamentary               
groups shall have the right to a proportionally greater number of               
seats in  each committee.  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 Spokesmen.                                           
                                                                                
     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.                            
                                                                                
     The Speaker  of the  Seimas may not be a member or alternate               
member of any committee.                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article  31.   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 deputies.                                                               
     Seimas members  who are  substituting for  a member of their               
parliamentary group  in a  given committee  may not  serve as the               
chairperson or vice-chairperson of that committee while doing so.               
                                                                                
     Article 32.  Committees shall  elect their  chairpersons and               
alternate  chairpersons.  Committee  chairpersons  and  alternate               
chairpersons hall 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               
general number  of chairpersons  and deputy  chairpersons of  the               
committees accorded to a parliamentary group are in proportion to               
the number of members of the parliamentary group.                               
                                                                                
     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               
deputy  chaiperson   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  33.   For  the  execution  of  their  main  duties,               
committees may form sub-committees from their members.                          
                                                                                
     Sub-committee  must   comprise  at  least  5  members.  Sub-               
committee chairpersons shall be elected by the committee.                       
                                                                                
     The regulations  of the  sub-committees shall be approved by               
the committees.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 34.  The following  committees shall be appointed in               
the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania:                                        
                                                                                
     Agriculture                                                                
     Budget and Finance                                                         
     Economics                                                                  
     Environmental Protection                                                   
     National Security                                                          
     Municipal Government                                                       
     Health, Social Affairs and Labour                                          
     Education, Science and Culture                                             
     Foreign Affairs                                                            
     State and Law                                                              
     Human and Civil Rights and Nationality Affairs                             
                                                                                
                           Chapter 7.                                           
Seimas Committees and the Rights, Duties and Organisation thereof               
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 35. The direction of activities of committees of the               
Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the procedure for               
the organization  and functions  thereof  and  their  rights  and               
duties shall be established by this Statute and other laws of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
     Seimas committees  shall be  responsible and  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 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 37.  The main  powers of the committees with respect               
to issues within their jurisdiction 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  discuss the  candidate for Prime Minister proposed by               
the President of the Republic;                                                  
                                                                                
     5)  to   consider  the   programme  presented   by  the  new               
Government;                                                                     
                                                                                
     6) 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) to  discuss proposals  to establish or abolish ministries               
or other state institutions;                                                    
                                                                                
     9) while  performing parliamentary  supervision,  to    hear               
information and  reports furnished  by ministries and other state               
institutions  on   the  manner   by  which  the  laws  are  being               
implemented;                                                                    
                                                                                
     10) to  consider proposals  of individual persons and public               
organisations and,  as necessary,  to refer  them alongside  with               
recommendations to state  institutions;                                         
                                                                                
     11) to  prepare work plans of the committee coordinated with               
the session work programme;                                                     
                                                                                
     12) to estimate the committee expenditures without exceeding               
the amount appropriated for the committee;                                      
                                                                                
     13) to  take part   in  the inter-parliamentary relations of               
the Seimas.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 38.   In  discussing issues  that are  within  their               
jurisdiction,  the  committees    shall  have  equal  rights  and               
obligations, 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 jurisdiction 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  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 40.  Committees shall  have the  right to propose to               
the Seimas that draft laws of the Republic of Lithuania or other                
 important  State and  public matters  be presented to the public               
for discussion.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 41. Committees shall adopt decisions on issues under               
discussion, which  shall be  recommended to  state  institutions.               
Committees  sending  their  recommendations  and  proposals  must               
inform  the  Seimas  Board  and,  as  necessary,  the  Government               
thereof. Having  received the  recommendations and proposals from               
the Seimas  committees, state institutions, with the exception of               
courts, must discuss said issues. Committees must be notified  of               
the results  of the  discussion or the measures undertaken within               
15 days or within another period fixed by  committees.                          
                                                                                
     Article 42.  Committees  shall,  in  accordance  with  their               
competence, have  the right  to control  adherence of the laws of               
the Republic  of  Lithuania  as  well  as  the  consideration  of               
recommendations and proposals of the committees.                                
                                                                                
     Committees shall  also have  the right to hear out the heads               
or representatives  of state  institutions, with the exception of               
courts. On  the invitation  of the committee, these officers must               
attend the  sitting of  the committee and present explanations on               
matters under  discussion. The  officers must be notified of this               
at least  two  working  days  before  the  commencement  of  said               
hearing.                                                                        
                                                                                
     In the event that a committee resolves that information of a               
Government member  must be  heard, it  must  address  the  Seimas               
Chairperson, who  will notify the Prime Minister thereof. In this               
case, the  Government member  must  attend  the  sitting  of  the               
committee.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 43.  Pursuant to  their competence, committees shall               
have the  right to  demand documents,  written findings, reports,               
and  other  necessary  material  from  state    institutions  and               
officers, with the exception of courts.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 44.  Committees shall have the right to interpellate               
Government members  in the  Seimas, as  well as  heads  of  state               
institutions appointed  by the  Seimas, with the exception of the               
Constitutional and Supreme Court.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 45. Committees not exceeding the  expenditure budget               
appropriated to it shall have the right to propose the conclusion               
of contracts with members of the staffs of  committees as well as               
to invite experts.                                                              
                                                                                
     Committees may  invite other  Seimas members to sittings and               
may also  seek assistance  from the  deputies of local government               
councils,  representatives   of  ministries,   and  other   state               
institutions   and    organisations,   scientific   institutions,               
specialists, scientists  and other  necessary individuals, having               
coordinated this with heads of these institutions.                              
                                                                                
     Article 46.  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 47. 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  work groups,  and to discharge other assignments               
of the committee;                                                               
                                                                                
     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 on 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.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article  48.  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.                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
Chapter 8. Seimas Committees. Trends of Activities                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 49.  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 present recommendations and findings;                                        
                                                                                
     5)  to   carry  out   parliamentary  control   of   agrarian               
institutions and the food industry;                                             
                                                                                
     6) to  coordinate the  work of interested state institutions               
and  organisations   in  preparing   draft  laws  regulating  the               
activities of agricultural  and food industry.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 50.  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 outlays               
for the  implementation of various programmes, as well as for the               
financing of the Seimas and its staff;                                          
                                                                                
     7) to  carry out  parliamentary review of the utilisation of               
state property  and the activities of the Bank of Lithuania,  and               
to present proposals and recommendations relative thereto.                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 51.  The trends  of activities  of the  Committee on               
Economics shall be:                                                             
                                                                                
     1) to  consider and submit findings related to draft laws of               
economic and  social reform,  other legal acts,  and governmental               
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               
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   review  of  administrative               
institutions of  energy, communications  and  transportation;  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 52.  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               
utilization of resources, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife;                    
                                                                                
     2) to  coordinate the  work of interested state institutions               
and other  organizations in  preparing    draft  laws  on  issues               
specified in paragraph 1 of this Article;                                       
                                                                                
     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  utilization  of               
resources.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 53.  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  specified in  paragraph 1 of               
this Article;                                                                   
                                                                                
     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; and                                                        
                                                                                
     6) to  present proposals  and recommendations concerning the               
development of branches of technical sports.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 56.  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 proposals  concerning the  administrative and               
territorial division of the Republic of Lithuania;                              
                                                                                
     3) to  present proposals concerning the dissolution of local               
government councils and the organisation of elections thereto;                  
                                                                                
     4) together  with other  committees, to  resolve  issues  of               
economic and organisational activities of local governments;                    
and                                                                             
                                                                                
     5)  to   provide     methodological  assistance    to  local               
government councils.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 57.  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               
regulate individual  health  protection,  sanitary  environmental               
condition,   employment, labor  relations, social  assistance 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  specified  in               
paragraph 1 of this Article;                                                    
                                                                                
     3)  to   consider  and   present  proposals  concerning  the               
formation of the health protection policy; and                                  
                                                                                
     4)  to  control  institutions  of  health  care  and  social               
security, and  to present  proposals and  recommendations for the               
improvement of the activities thereof.                                          
                                                                                
     58. 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  state  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 59.  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   analyze  the   basic  principles   of  the  policy,               
priorities, trends,  and 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   consider  and   submit  recommendations   to  state               
negotiation delegations,  and to  consider proposed candidates to               
said delegations;                                                               
                                                                                
     5)  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;                    
                                                                                
     6) to  analyse  and submit proposals relative to information               
and  propaganda   activities  of   mass  media  and  other  state               
organizations meant for foreign countries;                                      
                                                                                
     7) together   with  state  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;                    
                                                                                
     8)  together   with  other   committees,  to   consider  the               
regulation of  migration problems   and  to submit  proposals and               
conclusions thereon;                                                            
     9) 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;                                                    
                                                                                
     10) on  the proposal  of other   committees, to consider and               
submit recommendations  to the  Seimas Board  concerning business               
trips to  foreign countries  of Seimas  members, to  consider the               
reports on  such  business  trips,  and  to  analyze  and  submit               
proposals and  conclusions regarding  the utilization  of  Seimas               
funds for business trips abroad;                                                
                                                                                
     11) to  consider proposals and submit conclusions related to               
the appointment of diplomatic representatives in foreign states.                
                                                                                
     Article 60.  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 drafts of               
laws which  are under  discussion and  which are  related to  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 reforms of the system of state institutions;                         
                                                                                
     6) to  present legal  conclusions 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 60-1.   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,               
state institutions, other organizations, and Seimas committees on               
issues  concerning   the  protection  of  civil  rights  and  the               
improvement of ethnic relations; and                                            
                                                                                
     3)  to   supervise,   without   interfering   in   operation               
activities, the  work of  the Seimas  ombudsmen, and  to  prepare               
conclusions and proposals which are related thereto.                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter 9.                                           
                  Seimas Committees. Procedure.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 115. 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  116.  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  one third of the committee members,               
or upon the instruction of the Seimas or the Board.                             
                                                                                
     Committees may have closed sittings.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 117.  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  participation  of  other  persons  in               
committee  sittings   shall  be  established  by  the  respective               
committee.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article  119.   For  the   preparation   of   issues   under               
consideration  committees     may,  from  their  members,    form               
preparatory work  groups. Included  in these  work groups  may be               
other Seimas  members, representatives  of state institutions and               
social 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               
committee. If funds are not sufficient, the committee shall apply               
to the Seimas Board.                                                            
     Several committees may form joint preparatory work groups.                 
                                                                                
     Article 120.  Committee resolutions   shall be deemed lawful               
when more  than half  of the committee members are present at the               
sitting.                                                                        
     Committee resolutions   shall  be adopted  by  open,  simple               
majority vote  of the  committee  members  participating  in  the               
sitting.                                                                        
     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.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 121.  Committees shall  make reports during sittings               
of the  Seimas on issues which they prepared or which, upon being               
examined, were  principle, and shall make supplemental reports on               
issues  which   were  referred     to  them  for  preliminary  or               
supplementary examination.  For this  purpose,  committees  shall               
appoint, from  among their  members,  speakers  or  supplementary               
speakers. In  cases of  exception and  if  the  Seimas  does  not               
object, the  speaker  does  not  have  to  be  a  member  of  the               
committee. 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 joint  supplementary reports  or may present observations and               
proposals  separately.                                                          
     Committee resolutions  and conclusions shall be presented to               
the Seimas in writing.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter 10.                                          
                       Seimas Commissions                                       
                                                                                
     Article 62. A standing permanently-functioning Commission on               
Ethics and  Procedure shall be formed in the Seimas to which each               
parliamentary   group   shall recommend  one representative. If a               
parliamentary group  expresses  disagreement  with  the  proposed               
candidacy, another  member of  that parliamentary  group shall be               
recommended. Upon  rejecting two proposed candidacies of the same               
parliamentary group  in such  a manner,  the third shall become a               
commission member without approval from the Seimas.                             
                                                                                
     Article 62-1.  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 regulations, to help the Seimas,               
Seimas subdivisions,  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               
Chairperson of  the Seimas,  deputy chairpersons  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 Chairperson, or the Seimas Board;                            
                                                                                
     4) To  examine and present conclusions concerning procedural               
disagreements upon  the instruction  of the  Seimas,  the  Seimas               
Chairperson, or the Seimas Board;                                               
                                                                                
     5) from  an ethical  standpoint,  to  consider  and  present               
conclusions concerning  proposed candidacies  to posts  which are               
appointed, elected, or approved by the Seimas;                                  
                                                                                
     6)  to  examine  information  presented  by  the  Procurator               
General  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;                                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     7) to  analyze the  reasons for which Seimas members are not               
participating in  sittings of  the Seimas  and  their  respective               
subdivisions and  to provide  information to the press concerning               
Seimas members  who have missed sittings without just reason, who               
did not  participate in voting which was announced beforehand, or               
who did not carry out instructions; and                                         
                                                                                
     8) to  examine the  letters and proposals of citizens, state               
institutions, and  social organizations  on issues concerning the               
activities of Seimas members.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article  62.-2  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 63 of this Statute.                             
     The Seimas  Chancellor shall be on this commission and shall               
head it ex officio.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 62.-3  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.                                     
     Inter-parliamentary  relations   groups  and   parliamentary               
delegations in  international organizations  and forums  shall be               
formed in  the same  way as  temporary commissions and shall have               
the same rights thereof.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 63.     In forming a temporary 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.    If  some               
parliamentary groups  do not express a wish to participate in the               
work of the commission and 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; if the candidate is               
not participating  in the  sitting, he  or she  must give written               
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 64.  If the  term of  office of a commission is more               
than a  month, 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 shall commission the Board to approve               
the estimate  of expenditure of a commission and to resolve other               
issues which are related to its activities.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 65.  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 one month, it shall have all of the               
rights and duties of a committee, with the exception of the right               
to nominate  candidates in  elections  of  Seimas  officials,  to               
demand that they be cancelled, to present interpellations, and to               
express non-confidence in a given official.                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
Ceslovas Jursenas                                                               
Chairperson                                                                     
Seimas                                                                          
Republic of Lithuania