Seimas does not want alien parties in Lithuania

The Seimas is not inclined to open the doors to nationals of the European Union (EU) Member States to participate in the activities of parties. Members of Parliament critical of the project asserted that  EU nationals currently have sufficient voting rights. On Thursday, after the presentation, members of Parliament did not vote in favour of the amendments to the Law on Political Parties; 41 members of Parliament voted for, 16 were against, and 26 abstained. The amendments stated that the political parties unite the citizens of Lithuania and nationals of other European Union Member States who reside permanently in Lithuania for the implementation of common political goals, and help form and express the interests and political will of these individuals. Read more at