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                    THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                   
                              L A W                                             
                                                                                
               ON THE STATUS OF THE COUNCILLOR OF                               
                      THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL                                     
                                                                                
                    7 February 1995, No.I-790                                   
                             Vilnius                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1. The Councillor of the Municipal Council                         
     The  councillor   of  the   municipal  council  (hereinafter               
referred to as "councillor") is a representative in the municipal               
council, who is democratically elected by the population.                       
                                                                                
     Article 2. Legal Bases for the Councillor's Powers                         
     The rights  and duties  of the councillor are defined by the               
Constitution of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  Law on  Local Self-               
Government, this Law and the statute of the municipal council.                  
                                                                                
     Article 3. The Term of Office of the Councillor                            
     The term  of office  of a  newly  elected  councillor  shall               
commence, and  the powers  of the  previously elected  councillor               
shall expire  from the  day  that  the  newly  elected  municipal               
council convenes for the first sitting.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 4. The Expiration or Termination of the                            
               Councillor's Powers                                              
     The councillor's  powers shall expire or shall be terminated               
before the expiration of the term of office when:                               
     1) the direct governing is being temporarily introduced into               
the local  authority territory  on the  decision of the Seimas of               
the Republic of Lithuania;                                                      
     2) the councillor resigns upon a written application;                      
     3) the  councillor does  not participate  in  three  council               
sittings in succession without a valid reason;                                  
     4) the court declares the councillor legally incompetent;                  
     5) the court sentence on the councillor comes into force;                  
     6) the  councillor loses  citizenship  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania;                                                                      
     7)  the   councillor  loses  a  mandate  of  the  councillor               
according to  Article 76  of the Law on the Election to Municipal               
Councils; and                                                                   
     8) the councillor dies.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 5. Combining of the Councillor's Activities and                    
               Main Work                                                        
     The councillor  shall exercise  his powers  usually  without               
discontinuing the main work or service.                                         
     For the length of time of the council or committee sittings,               
and in  other cases  provided for in the statute of the municipal               
council, the  councillor shall  be released  from  production  or               
official duties.                                                                
     The payment  which is not received at the principal place of               
employment for  the time  spent at council sittings shall be paid               
and expenses  which are incurred during work in the council shall               
be compensated  to the councillor in the manner prescribed by the               
council.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Councillor's Certificate and Insignia                       
     The councillor  shall have a certificate and insignia. After               
the announcement  of election  results, the  electoral  committee               
shall issue a certificate to the councillor, and if he or she has               
become a  councillor by  filling in the vacancy - the certificate               
shall be  issued to  him by the mayor. The mayor shall present an               
insignia  to   the  councillor.  The  councillor  shall  use  the               
councillor's certificate and insignia for his term of office.                   
     A model  of the  councillor's insignia  shall be approved by               
the council.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Rights of the Councillor                                    
     The councillor shall have the right:                                       
     1) to  elect and  be elected  to  posts  of  self-government               
institutions in  the manner  prescribed by the Law on Local Self-               
Government;                                                                     
     2) to  vote on  all  issues  which  are  considered  at  the               
sittings of  the council or the committee of which he or she is a               
member, except  when property  or money  matters related with him               
are being settled;                                                              
     3) to participate in discussions concerning all issues under               
consideration  and   to   express   suggestions,   remarks,   and               
amendments, vocally or in writing;                                              
     4)  to propose issues to the council for consideration;                    
     5) to  prepare and submit for consideration  draft decisions               
of the council;                                                                 
     6) to  obtain the  necessary information  about  the  issues               
concerning the activities of the council;                                       
     7) to submit inquiries;                                                    
     8) to pose, during sittings, questions to the reporter;                    
     9) to  submit proposals  concerning the order of work of the               
sitting;                                                                        
     10)  to  attend  sittings  of  the  council  committees  and               
commissions, as  well as board sittings at which issues submitted               
by him are being considered; and                                                
     11) to make use of the municipal radio, television and press               
free of charge in the manner prescribed by the council.                         
                                                                                
     Article 8. The Inquiry Made by the Councillor                              
     An inquiry  shall be  considered such  a question  which  is               
assigned to the competence of the local authority, and concerning               
which the councillor or the group of them addressed an officer of               
the local authority, head of an enterprise or organisation of the               
local  authority  during  a  council  sitting.  A  question,  the               
significance whereof  is recognised by voting of  the majority of               
the  councillors   participating  at  the  sitting  may  also  be               
considered as an inquiry.                                                       
     The councillor  or the  group of  them  may  vocally  or  in               
writing address  the inquiry  to  the  mayor,  officers  who  are               
elected or appointed by the council, and heads of enterprises and               
organisations of the local authority.                                           
     The presenter  of the  inquiry must  specify the  individual               
officer, whom  he or she addresses and to indicate what type of a               
reply -  oral or  written -  he or she expects. The period within               
which a reply to the inquiry must be given cannot exceed 10 days.               
In the  event that  the officer  to whom the inquiry is addressed               
cannot reply within the established period, he or she must give a               
written substantiation  thereof and  propose a  new date,  but no               
longer than  within one  month from the day of the lodging of the               
inquiry.                                                                        
     Inquiries  shall  be  considered  at  council  sittings  and               
decisions concerning  them shall  be adopted.  The procedure  for               
consideration of  inquiries shall  be established  by the council               
statute.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 9. Participation of the Councillor in Sittings                     
     The councillor  must participate  in sittings of the council               
and committees.  If he or she is not able to attend a sitting, he               
or she must inform the mayor or the deputy mayor, or the chairman               
of the committee about this, stating the reason for absence.                    
     A single councillor can be a member of only one committee.                 
                                                                                
     Article 10. Meetings of the Councillor with His                            
               Constituents                                                     
     In the  procedure established by the statute, the councillor               
must hold  meetings with  his constituents,  consider  proposals,               
appeals, and  complaints received  from the  constituents and, if               
necessary, to address the heads of enterprises, organisations and               
institutions, located  on the  territory of  the local authority,               
for consideration of the raised issues.                                         
     Officials  to  whom  a  councillor's  appeal  was  addressed               
including proposals,  appeals and complaints of constituents must               
consider them  and reply  the councillor  within 20  days of  the               
receipt thereof.                                                                
     Executive institutions  of the  local  authority,  heads  of               
enterprises,  institutions   and  organisations  located  on  the               
territory of the local authority must provide the councillor with               
conditions enabling  them to  meet with  constituents, as well as               
must  provide   them  with   other   necessary   assistance   and               
information.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 11. Factions of Councillors                                        
     Councillors may  unify into  factions for the implementation               
of their political aims.                                                        
     A faction  shall  consist  of  at  least  three  members.  A               
councillor can be a member of only one faction. Factions may join               
into coalitions  and act as one faction. Factions shall establish               
their own working procedure, and elect a head.                                  
     Councillors who  wish to  form a  faction shall  present  an               
application, signed  by  them,  to  the  mayor.  The  mayor  must               
announce the  establishment of  the faction  at the  next council               
sitting.                                                                        
         The mayor shall be notified in writing of any changes in               
the name,  composition or  leadership  of  the  faction,  of  the               
termination of  the activities of the faction or its break-up, as               
well as  of formation  of the coalition; the mayor shall announce               
such information at the next council sitting.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 12. The Activities of the Councillor on the                        
               Territory of the Local Authority                                 
     The councillor  shall have  the right to unrestricted access               
of all enterprises, institutions and organisations located on the               
territory of  the local  authority. The  visitation procedure for               
enterprises, institutions  and organisations whose activities are               
associated with state secrets shall be established by laws.                     
     The councillor shall have the right to demand to be received               
without delay  at  enterprises,  institutions  and  organisations               
located on the territory of the local authority concerning issues               
which pertain  to his  activities, as  well as  the right  to  be               
provided with necessary information.                                            
     Upon establishing  that civil  rights, laws and decisions of               
the council  have been  violated, the  councillor shall  have the               
right to  demand that  the violation be corrected, or may address               
the appropriate institutions and officials.                                     
     If the  legitimate demands of the councillor are not carried               
out, a  disciplinary punishment  may, according  to the procedure               
established by  the law,  be  imposed  on  the  official  who  is               
responsible.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 13. The Immunity of the Councillor                                 
     The councillor cannot be persecuted for his or her voting or               
speeches in  the council,  however, he  or she  may be  called to               
account according to the general procedure if he or she is guilty               
of personal insult or slander.                                                  
     The administrative or legal action may be judicially brought               
against the councillor, like any other citizen.                                 
     A measure  of suppression  - arrest  -  cannot be applied to               
the councillor  without the  consent of  the council,  except  in               
cases when  he or she is caught in the act of committing a crime.               
If within  72 hours the council does not give a consent to arrest               
the councillor,  the final  decision  shall  be  adopted  by  the               
Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania.                                
                                                                                
     Article 14. Entering into Force of the Law                                 
     This Law comes into force the day following the elections to               
the  municipal  councils  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania.  Upon               
entering into  force of  this Law,  the Law  of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania on the Status of the Deputy of the Municipal Council.                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law enacted by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania                                                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC          ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS