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Lithuania

Country score (European Average*)
  • 83(67) Political Financing
  • 86(50) Financial Disclosure
  • 65(41) Conflict of Interest
  • 57(56) Freedom of Information
  • 67(65) Public Procurement

Country Facts

IncomeHigh
GNI per capita (2011 PPP $)26,660
Population, total2,910,199
Urban population (% of total)66.5
Internet users (per 100 people)72.1
Life expectancy at birth (years)73.3
Mean years of schooling (years)12.4
Global Competitiveness Index4.5
Sources: World Bank, UNDP, WEF.

Political Financing

The Law on Political Parties (1990, amended 2014) and the Law on Funding of, and Control over Funding of, Political Parties and Political Campaigns (2004, amended 2013) are the main laws regulating the financing of political parties in Lithuania. The most recent amendments have changed the wording of some provisions from 2012 but the underlying prohibitions are the same.

There are comprehensive limits on the private income of political parties. Donations are banned from foreign interests, corporations, trade unions and anonymous donors in addition to a number of other sources which are prohibited. There are also specific rules on how many can be raised and there are limits on the amount that can be donated. 

There is public funding available for political parties and it is allocated according to the share of votes in the previous election. There are specific rules on what state funding may be used for and campaign spending and ongoing party activities are part of that permitted use of those resources. Indirect sources of funding include subsidized media access and premises for campaign meetings. 

For regulations on spending, vote buying is banned but the use of state resources for and against a candidate or party is not. There are specific limits on what a political party or candidate can spend. 

Parties are required to provide accounts. The accounts must provide information in relation to election finances, must be made public and reveal the identity of donors. The accounts are overseen by Central Election Commission and the State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance. There are sanctions for breaches of the provisions of law which include fines, the loss of public funding, criminal sanctions, suspension of the political party and the loss of political rights.


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Bans and limits on private income100100100
Public funding757575
Regulations on spending757575
Reporting, oversight and sanctions838383

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Bans and limits on private income

Bans on donations from foreign interests

Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties? Yes. 1. The following persons shall have the right to make donations to political campaign participants: 1) citizens of the Republic of Lithuania – to independent political campaign participants of all political campaigns; 2) permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania holding the citizenship of any other EU Member State – to independent political campaign participants of political campaigns of elections to the European Parliament and municipal councils; 3) permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who do not hold the citizenship of any other EU Member State or stateless persons – to independent political campaign participants of political campaigns of elections to municipal councils. (Art 13 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates? Yes. 1. The following persons shall have the right to make donations to political campaign participants: 1) citizens of the Republic of Lithuania – to independent political campaign participants of all political campaigns; 2) permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania holding the citizenship of any other EU Member State – to independent political campaign participants of political campaigns of elections to the European Parliament and municipal councils; 3) permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who do not hold the citizenship of any other EU Member State or stateless persons – to independent political campaign participants of political campaigns of elections to municipal councils. (Art 13 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Bans on corporate donations

Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on donations from corporations of partial government ownership to political parties? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on donations from corporations of partial government ownership to candidates? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Bans on donations from trade unions

Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. (Art 7 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Bans on anonymous donations

Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties? Yes. 6. Not later than within 10 days from the day of receipt of a donation the political campaign treasurer shall announce the name, surname of a donor-natural person on the public list of donors placed on the website of the Central Electoral Commission. (Art 10(6) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates? Yes. 6. Not later than within 10 days from the day of receipt of a donation the political campaign treasurer shall announce the name, surname of a donor-natural person on the public list of donors placed on the website of the Central Electoral Commission. (Art 10(6) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Other bans on donations

Is there a ban on state resources being given to or received by political parties or candidates (excluding regulated public funding)? Yes. 1. Political campaigns of political parties shall be financed exclusively from the following sources: 1) funds of the political party received from the sources of funding of the political party and used to finance political campaigns of the party, candidates and lists of candidates of the party; 2) donations for political campaign to the political party during the political campaign period, given by natural persons who under this Law have the right to donate; 3) during the political campaign, loans received by a political party from banks registered in the Republic of Lithuania or another European Union Member State or a branch of a bank registered in the European Economic Area and operating in the Republic of Lithuania; 4) interest on the funds kept in the political campaign account. 2. Political parties must keep funds designated to finance a political campaign in the political campaign account. The political campaign account shall not be subject to any interim measures. 3. It shall be prohibited to finance political campaigns of political parties with the funds which are not specified in this Article. (Art 7(1) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a ban on any other form of donation? Yes. 2. It shall be prohibited to fund participants of political campaigns through third parties. (Art 12(2) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Donation limits

Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party over a time period (not election specific)? Yes. 4. A political party member may, during one year, pay to a political party a membership fee, which does not exceed the amount of 20 average monthly earnings valid in the fourth quarter of the previous calendar year (hereinafter: 'AMEs'). During a calendar year the total amount of membership fee paid by one party member for the political party may not exceed 10 per cent of the amount of the annual income declared by the party member for the previous calendar year. (Art 19(4) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party in relation to an election? Yes. 2. One natural person, referred to in Article 13 of this Law, may, during a political campaign, donate for each independent political campaign participant a donation which does not exceed the amount of 10 average monthly earnings valid in the fourth quarter of the previous calendar year (hereinafter: 'AMEs'). During a calendar year the total amount of donations by one natural person for independent political campaign participants may not exceed 10 per cent of the amount of the annual income declared by the natural person for the previous calendar year. These amounts shall not include donations referred to in Article 11 of this Law. (Art 10(2) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate? Yes. 2. One natural person, referred to in Article 13 of this Law, may, during a political campaign, donate for each independent political campaign participant a donation which does not exceed the amount of 10 average monthly earnings valid in the fourth quarter of the previous calendar year (hereinafter: 'AMEs'). During a calendar year the total amount of donations by one natural person for independent political campaign participants may not exceed 10 per cent of the amount of the annual income declared by the natural person for the previous calendar year. These amounts shall not include donations referred to in Article 11 of this Law. (Art 10(2) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Public funding 

Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties

Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of votes in previous election Yes. 2. State budget appropriations designated for funding activities of the political party shall be allocated to those political parties satisfying the criteria set out in paragraph 1 of this Article which received not less than 3 per cent of all the votes cast by the voters for the candidates of the political parties in those elections to the Seimas, municipal councils, the European Parliament according to the results of which these state budget appropriations are allocated. (Art 21(2) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Representation in elected body No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Participation in election No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Number of candidates No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of seats in previous election No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of votes in next election No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Registration as a political party No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of seats in next election No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Number of members No. Absent from legal framework
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Other Yes. 1. Political parties, which are registered in the Register of Legal Entities in accordance with the procedure laid down by the law and which satisfy statutory requirements regarding the number of political party members and the reform or liquidation procedure has not been initiated in respect of them, shall be entitled to state budget appropriations to fund activities of the political party. (Art 21(1) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)

Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties

Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Proportional to votes received Yes. Proportional to votes received in preceding election: 2) a six-month financial coefficient of one voter’s vote is established by dividing the half of the state budget appropriations designated for funding activities of the political party by the number of votes of all the voters; 3) the six-month state budget appropriations allocated for the political party to fund activities of the political party is determined by multiplying a six-month financial coefficient of one voter’s vote by the number of votes of the voters who cast their votes for the candidates of this political party. (Art 21(4)(2)&(3) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Equal No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Proportional to seats received No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Flat rate by votes received No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Share of expenses reimbursed No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Proportional to candidates fielded No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Number of members No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Other No. Absent from legal framework

Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties

Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Campaign spending Yes. 5. State budget appropriations for political parties may be used only for the following: 1) to fund a political campaign; 2) to pay an election deposit; 3) to purchase current and fixed assets; 4) to settle with employees; 5) taxes and other contributions to the state budget, compulsory state social insurance contributions and compulsory health insurance contributions; 6) to cover expenses related to the provision of services; 7) to cover arrears of the political party’s political campaign; 8) to repay loans taken by the political party and intended for the expenses referred to in Points 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this paragraph. (Art 20(5) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Ongoing party activities Yes. 5. State budget appropriations for political parties may be used only for the following: 1) to fund a political campaign; 2) to pay an election deposit; 3) to purchase current and fixed assets; 4) to settle with employees; 5) taxes and other contributions to the state budget, compulsory state social insurance contributions and compulsory health insurance contributions; 6) to cover expenses related to the provision of services; 7) to cover arrears of the political party’s political campaign; 8) to repay loans taken by the political party and intended for the expenses referred to in Points 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this paragraph. (Art 20(5) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Intra-party institution No. Absent from legal framework
Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Other Yes. 5. State budget appropriations for political parties may be used only for the following: 1) to fund a political campaign; 2) to pay an election deposit; 3) to purchase current and fixed assets; 4) to settle with employees; 5) taxes and other contributions to the state budget, compulsory state social insurance contributions and compulsory health insurance contributions; 6) to cover expenses related to the provision of services; 7) to cover arrears of the political party’s political campaign; 8) to repay loans taken by the political party and intended for the expenses referred to in Points 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this paragraph. (Art 20(5) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)

Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties

Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Equal Yes. 4. During a political campaign, public information producers or disseminators may disseminate political advertising only at the rates and under the conditions which are equal to all political campaign participants and which are submitted to the Central Electoral Commission. (Art 16(4) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Number of candidates No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Share of seats No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Share of votes in preceding election No. Absent from legal framework
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Other No. Absent from legal framework
Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates? Yes. 1. After the announcement of the names of candidates and lists of candidates by the Central Electoral Commission, the candidates for Seimas member in constituencies shall have equal rights to speak at voters' meetings or any other meetings, gatherings, conferences as well as through the state mass media, and to announce their respective election programmes. (Art 46 Law on Elections to the Seimas, 1992, amended 2015)

Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?

Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Premises for campaign meetings No. Absent from legal framework
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Space for campaign materials No. Absent from legal framework
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Tax relief No. Absent from legal framework
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Free or subsidised transport No. Absent from legal framework
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Free or subsidised postage cost No. Absent from legal framework
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Other Yes. State and municipal property may be provided to political parties in accordance with established criteria. (Art. 9 and Art. 11, Law on the Management, Use and Disposal of State and Municipal Assets, 1998, amended 2015)
Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties related to gender equality among candidates? No . Absent from legal framework
Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties? No . Absent from legal framework

Regulations on spending 

Is there a ban on vote buying? Yes. it shall be prohibited to directly or indirectly buy votes, to induce by offering gifts or other rewards a voter or a person eligible to vote to attend or not to attend elections and (or) to vote for or against one or another person to be nominated, a candidate or a list of candidates, as well as to promise to reward the voters for voting after the elections, by having a purpose to affect the will of voters regarding particular political parties or candidates, or persons to be nominated, and thus hinder citizens from implementing their right to vote. (Art 5.1(1) Law on Elections to the Seimas, 1992, amended 2015)
Are there bans on state resources being used in favour or against a political party or candidate? No. 5. State budget appropriations for political parties may be used only for the following: 1) to fund a political campaign; (Art 20(5) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend? Yes. 2. In those cases where the constituency covers the entire territory of the Republic of Lithuania, the maximum amount of political campaign expenditure of one independent political campaign participant shall be calculated in the following manner: the number of voters entered on the electoral roll of the Republic of Lithuania shall be multiplied by LTL 1 and the received product shall be rounded up within the accuracy of the first two significant digits. 3. In those cases where the constituency covers a part of the territory of the Republic of Lithuania, the maximum amount of political campaign expenditure of one independent political campaign participant shall be calculated in the following manner: the number of voters of one constituency shall be multiplied by LTL 2 and the received product shall be rounded up within the accuracy of the first two significant digits. If the received product is less than LTL 20 000, the fixed maximum amount of political campaign expenditure shall be LTL 20 000. In elections to municipal councils a political party, which has nominated a list (lists) of candidates, may additionally spend for this political campaign not more than 10 per cent of the maximum amount of political campaign expenditure of the list (lists) of candidates nominated by this party. (Art 14(2)&(3) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend? Yes. 2. In those cases where the constituency covers the entire territory of the Republic of Lithuania, the maximum amount of political campaign expenditure of one independent political campaign participant shall be calculated in the following manner: the number of voters entered on the electoral roll of the Republic of Lithuania shall be multiplied by LTL 1 and the received product shall be rounded up within the accuracy of the first two significant digits. 3. In those cases where the constituency covers a part of the territory of the Republic of Lithuania, the maximum amount of political campaign expenditure of one independent political campaign participant shall be calculated in the following manner: the number of voters of one constituency shall be multiplied by LTL 2 and the received product shall be rounded up within the accuracy of the first two significant digits. If the received product is less than LTL 20 000, the fixed maximum amount of political campaign expenditure shall be LTL 20 000. In elections to municipal councils a political party, which has nominated a list (lists) of candidates, may additionally spend for this political campaign not more than 10 per cent of the maximum amount of political campaign expenditure of the list (lists) of candidates nominated by this party. (Art 14(2)&(3) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)

Reporting, oversight and sanctions 

Reporting standards

Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances? Yes. 2. The financial accounting of a political campaign shall be managed by the political campaign treasurer with whom a person wishing to be registered as an independent political campaign participant must conclude a property trust agreement in accordance with the requirements of Chapter L of Book Six of the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania. (Art 17(2) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Do political parties have to report on their finances in relation to election campaigns? Yes. 4. The political campaign treasurer shall: 1) fill in and sings donation sheets, accounting records of the political campaign funding, a political campaign funding report; 2) manage and store financial accounting-related documents of the political campaign in accordance with the procedure laid down by this Law and the Accounting Law of the Republic of Lithuania; (Art 17(4)(2) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Do candidates have to report on their campaign finances? Yes. 11. A political campaign participant shall not have the right to use for funding the political campaign the received monetary donations which are not entered on the accounting records of political campaign funding, as well as the donations specified in paragraph 7 of this Article if the political campaign treasurer has not filled the donation sheet out. (Art 10(11) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Is information in reports from political parties and/​or candidates to be made public? Yes. 1. The Central Electoral Commission shall announce political campaign funding reports together with the auditor’s report of factual findings (if such report is mandatory) on its website not later than within 100 days after the proclamation of the final results of the election (rerun election) or the referendum. (Art 21(1) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Must reports from political parties and/​or candidates reveal the identity of donors? Yes. 6. Not later than within 10 days from the day of receipt of a donation the political campaign treasurer shall announce the name, surname of a donor-natural person on the public list of donors placed on the website of the Central Electoral Commission. (Art 10(6) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Electoral Management Board Yes. 2. The Central Electoral Commission shall perform the monitoring of political party funding. (Art 27(2) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Auditing agency No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Ministry Yes. 13) together with the State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter: 'the State Tax Inspectorate') create conditions for a political campaign treasurer to check in the information system of the Central Electoral Commission whether or not a donation meets the requirements of Article 10(2) of this Law. The Central Electoral Commission shall be responsible for the proper functioning of this information system. (Art 19(13) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Special institution No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Court No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Other No. Absent from legal framework

Political finance oversight

Is it specified that a particular institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/​or investigating violations?
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Court No. Absent from legal framework
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Ministry Yes. 13) together with the State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter: 'the State Tax Inspectorate') create conditions for a political campaign treasurer to check in the information system of the Central Electoral Commission whether or not a donation meets the requirements of Article 10(2) of this Law. The Central Electoral Commission shall be responsible for the proper functioning of this information system. (Art 19(13) Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Auditing agency No. Absent from legal framework
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Electoral Management Body Yes. 2. The Central Electoral Commission shall perform the monitoring of political party funding. (Art 27(2) Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014)
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Institution for this purpose No. Absent from legal framework
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Other No. Absent from legal framework
Other institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Court No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Ministry No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Auditing agency No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: EMB No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Institution for this purpose No. Absent from legal framework
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Other No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Fines Yes. Article 207-‌10.‌ Violation of the Procedure of Funding of Political Campaigns (1)Violation of the accounting procedure applicable to donations for political campaigns: the treasurer of a political campaign or a political campaign participant incurs a penalty of LTL 100 (EUR 29) to LTL 3.‌000 (EUR 869).‌ (2)Violation of the accounting procedure applicable to political campaign expenditures: a political campaign treasurer or political campaign participant incurs a penalty of LTL 2.‌000 (EUR 579) to LTL 10.‌000 (EUR 2.‌896).‌ (3)The same act committed by a person who was already subject to an administrative penalty for the violations provided in Paragraph 1 and 2 of this Article is punishable with a penalty of LTL 3.‌000 (EUR 869) to LTL 15.‌000 (EUR 4.‌344).‌ (4)Receiving of donations for political campaign, assuming of property obligations with regard to expenses for political campaign without registering as an independent campaign participant: the chairman of the political party or the person concerned incurs a penalty of LTL 2.‌000 (EUR 579) to LTL 20.‌000 (EUR 5.‌792).‌ (7)The same act committed by a person who was already subject to an administrative penalty provided in Paragraph 6, is punishable with a penalty of 100 to 500 LTL. (8)Any other violation of the procedure of funding of political campaigns: the campaign treasurer or the campaign participant incurs a penalty of LTL 100 (EUR 29) to LTL 5.‌000 (EUR 1.‌448).‌ Article 173-‌1 on 'Violation of Accounting Rules' provides for penalties from LTL 100 to LTL 40,000; Article 172-‌1 'Violation of the procedure of submitting statements and documents about the income, property, profit and tax of organisation and tax evasion' provides for a warning or a penalty from LTL 200 (EUR 58) to LTL 500 (EUR 145); Article 172-‌3 'Failure to fulfil the instructions given by managers of the State Tax Inspectorate or by other officers' provides for a penalty ranging from LTL 50 (EUR 14) to LTL 2,000 (EUR 579).‌" (Articles of the Code of Administrative Law Violations, 1985, amended 2015)
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of public funding Yes. In case of 'gross violation of the Law', a political party may be sanctioned by the CEC with the loss of the state grant equal to half-‌a-‌year amount.‌ (Articles 23 Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013)
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Penal/Criminal Yes. Article 207-‌10.‌ Violation of the Procedure of Funding of Political Campaigns (1)Violation of the accounting procedure applicable to donations for political campaigns: the treasurer of a political campaign or a political campaign participant incurs a penalty of LTL 100 (EUR 29) to LTL 3.‌000 (EUR 869).‌ (2)Violation of the accounting procedure applicable to political campaign expenditures: a political campaign treasurer or political campaign participant incurs a penalty of LTL 2.‌000 (EUR 579) to LTL 10.‌000 (EUR 2.‌896).‌ (3)The same act committed by a person who was already subject to an administrative penalty for the violations provided in Paragraph 1 and 2 of this Article is punishable with a penalty of LTL 3.‌000 (EUR 869) to LTL 15.‌000 (EUR 4.‌344).‌ (4)Receiving of donations for political campaign, assuming of property obligations with regard to expenses for political campaign without registering as an independent campaign participant: the chairman of the political party or the person concerned incurs a penalty of LTL 2.‌000 (EUR 579) to LTL 20.‌000 (EUR 5.‌792).‌ (7)The same act committed by a person who was already subject to an administrative penalty provided in Paragraph 6, is punishable with a penalty of 100 to 500 LTL. (8)Any other violation of the procedure of funding of political campaigns: the campaign treasurer or the campaign participant incurs a penalty of LTL 100 (EUR 29) to LTL 5.‌000 (EUR 1.‌448).‌ Article 173-‌1 on 'Violation of Accounting Rules' provides for penalties from LTL 100 to LTL 40,000; Article 172-‌1 'Violation of the procedure of submitting statements and documents about the income, property, profit and tax of organisation and tax evasion' provides for a warning or a penalty from LTL 200 (EUR 58) to LTL 500 (EUR 145); Article 172-‌3 'Failure to fulfil the instructions given by managers of the State Tax Inspectorate or by other officers' provides for a penalty ranging from LTL 50 (EUR 14) to LTL 2,000 (EUR 579).‌" (Articles of the Code of Administrative Law Violations, 1985, amended 2015)
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Forfeiture No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Deregistration of party No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of elected office No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Suspension of political party No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of nomination of candidate No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of political rights No. Absent from legal framework
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Other No. Absent from legal framework

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Law on funding of and control over funding of political parties and political campaigns, 2004, amended 2013 (English)pdf
Law on Political Parties, 1990, amended 2014 (English)pdf
Law on Elections to the Seimas, 1992, amended 2015 (English)pdf
Law on the Management, Use and Disposal of State and Municipal Assets, 1998, amended 2015 (English)pdf
Code of Administrative Law Violations, 1985, amended 2015missing file:

Financial Disclosure

The Lithuanian Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996, last amended 2010) and the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests (1997, last amended 2009) specify the same financial disclosure regulations for all public officials. Head of State, Ministers, Members of Parliament, and Civil Servants must disclose real estate, movable assets, cash, debts, and gifts. Participation in private or public companies must be included if its value exceeds 20 minimum living standards. Should a decision affect private interests, public officials must declare this to the corresponding institution. In addition, new employment after the end of public tenure must be declared. Spouses and children are included in declarations. 

All public officials make their declaration upon first taking office, and provide updates annually as well as upon ad hoc changes. No sanctions are specified for the Head of State. All the while, Ministers, MPs, and Civil Servants may face fines or criminal sanctions in the cases of late filling, non-filling or making false disclosure. However, Ministers and MPs may only be held criminally liable upon the authorization of the head of Parliament. The State Tax Inspectorate functions as depository and enforcement body for declarations. Together with the Official Ethics Commission, it verifies the accuracy of submissions. While declarations of property are published in the official gazette, data on private interests is published on the webpage of the Chief Official Ethics Commission.


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Disclosure items828282
Filing frequency757575
Sanctions757575
Monitoring and Oversight100100100
Public access to declarations100100100

Alternative Metric

201220152016Trend
Head of State717171
Ministers919191
Members of Parliament919191
Civil servants919191

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Head of State

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income and Assets
Real estate Yes. Art.3 (1). 1) immovable property, including unfinished structures, held in the Republic of Lithuania and in foreign states (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Movable assets Yes. Art.3 (1). 2) movable property, where such type of property is subject to legal registration under the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania; 6) works of art, precious stones, jewellery and precious metals, where the value of one such item exceeds 1 500 (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Cash Yes. Art.3 (1). 3) monetary funds kept in banks and other credit institutions or elsewhere than in banks and other credit institutions, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Loans and Debts Yes. Art.3 (1). 4) Monetary funds that have been borrowed and have not been repaid, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 5) monetary funds that have been lent and have not been recovered, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 7) securities, where the total amount of such securities exceeds EUR 1 500. (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received from close persons during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; gifts received from other persons (except close persons) during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards; services rendered by close persons to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by close persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; services rendered by other persons (except close persons) to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by the said persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Holding government contracts Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No . Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. Public officials must notify the head of the institution or his authorised representative of his acceptance of new employment offer. Upon ascertaining the person’s close official relation to the future employer, the head of the institution or his authorised representative must promptly take measures to avert the threat of a conflict of interest. (Article 17 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A public official must declare an existing conflict of interest and must exclude himself from participation therein. The head of the institution or his authorised representative may refuse to accept the declared his self-exclusion and obligate the person to take part in the subsequent procedure. (Article 11 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Presidential candidates submit declarations of property as candidates for office. Within one month of the date of being elected, employed or appointed to an office in the civil service, officials must file a declaration of interests. (Article 6 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Filing required upon leaving office No . Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually Yes. A declaration of property shall be filed annually by 1 May of the calendar year. This holds true even if the official leaves office between 1 January and 1 May of the calendar year. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest Yes. If the data given in the declaration of interests changes, the person concerned must revise the declaration within 30 calendar days from the day of change in the data. If new circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest appear, the person concerned must modify the declaration immediately, but not later than within 7 days after the said circumstances come to his/her knowledge. (Article 7 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Under Lithuanian law, the President is inviolable and immune from criminal or administrative liability.
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Under Lithuanian law, the President is inviolable and immune from criminal or administrative liability.
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Under Lithuanian law, the President is inviolable and immune from criminal or administrative liability.

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Enforcement body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for submission verification and content verification of declarations. of property. The Chief Official Ethics Commission verifies submission of declarations of interest. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for content verification of declarations of property. The bodies responsible for content verification of declarations of interest are: the head or authorised representatives of the head of the institution in which the person concerned is employed, the Chief Official Ethics Commission; the State Tax Inspectorate, and law enforcement institutions in the manner prescribed by laws. (Article 8 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Declarations of property and declarations of interests are publicly available. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Location(s) of access specified Yes. Declarations of property are published in the official gazette Valstybės žinios. Data on private interests shall be published in the webpage of the Chief Official Ethics Commission. In order to ensure the publicity of the data on private interests of persons in the civil service a register of private interests shall be set up in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Law on State Registers. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Cost of access specified Yes. Institutions provide information free of charge, except the cases when state levy or the fee established under the law is to be paid for the provision of information. (Article 8, paragraph 1, of the Law on Right to Access Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies (2005) )

Ministers

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income and Assets
Real estate Yes. Art.3 (1). 1) immovable property, including unfinished structures, held in the Republic of Lithuania and in foreign states (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Movable assets Yes. Art.3 (1). 2) movable property, where such type of property is subject to legal registration under the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania; 6) works of art, precious stones, jewellery and precious metals, where the value of one such item exceeds 1 500 (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Cash Yes. Art.3 (1). 3) monetary funds kept in banks and other credit institutions or elsewhere than in banks and other credit institutions, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Loans and Debts Yes. Art.3 (1). 4) Monetary funds that have been borrowed and have not been repaid, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 5) monetary funds that have been lent and have not been recovered, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 7) securities, where the total amount of such securities exceeds EUR 1 500. (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received from close persons during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; gifts received from other persons (except close persons) during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards; services rendered by close persons to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by close persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; services rendered by other persons (except close persons) to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by the said persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Holding government contracts Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards; (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No . Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. Public officials must notify the head of the institution or his authorised representative of his acceptance of new employment offer. Upon ascertaining the person’s close official relation to the future employer, the head of the institution or his authorised representative must promptly take measures to avert the threat of a conflict of interest. (Article 17 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A public official must declare an existing conflict of interest and must exclude himself from participation therein. The head of the institution or his authorised representative may refuse to accept the declared his self-exclusion and obligate the person to take part in the subsequent procedure. (Article 11 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Within one month of the date of being elected, employed or appointed to an office in the civil service, officials must file a declaration of interests. (Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Filing required upon leaving office No . Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually Yes. A declaration of property shall be filed annually by 1 May of the calendar year. This holds true even if the official leaves office between 1 January and 1 May of the calendar year. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest Yes. If the data given in the declaration of interests changes, the person concerned must revise the declaration within 30 calendar days from the day of change in the data. If new circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest appear, the person concerned must modify the declaration immediately, but not later than within 7 days after the said circumstances come to his/her knowledge. (Article 7 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. In the case of failure to file or late filing of any declaration, officials may be subject to community service, arrest, or a fine. NOTE: Under Article 100 of the Constitution (1993) the Prime Minister and Ministers may not be held criminally liable, arrested or have their freedom restricted otherwise without the prior consent of the Seimas, while between the sessions of the Seimas—without the prior consent of the President of the Republic. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. Failure to observe obligations related to the declaration of interests can result in a fine or a temporary suspension from work. In the case of failure to file or late filing of any declaration, officials may be subject to community service, arrest, or a fine. NOTE: Under Article 100 of the Constitution (1993) the Prime Minister and Ministers may not be held criminally liable, arrested or have their freedom restricted otherwise without the prior consent of the Seimas, while between the sessions of the Seimas—without the prior consent of the President of the Republic. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. In the case of providing false information, officials may be punished by deprivation of the right to be employed in a certain position or to engage in a certain type of activities or by imprisonment for a term of up to three years. NOTE: Under Article 100 of the Constitution (1993) the Prime Minister and Ministers may not be held criminally liable, arrested or have their freedom restricted otherwise without the prior consent of the Seimas, while between the sessions of the Seimas—without the prior consent of the President of the Republic. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Enforcement body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for submission verification and content verification of declarations. of property. The Chief Official Ethics Commission verifies submission of declarations of interest. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for content verification of declarations of property. The bodies responsible for content verification of declarations of interest are: the head or authorised representatives of the head of the institution in which the person concerned is employed, the Chief Official Ethics Commission; the State Tax Inspectorate, and law enforcement institutions in the manner prescribed by laws. (Article 8 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Declarations of property and declarations of interests are publicly available. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Location(s) of access specified Yes. 0
Cost of access specified Yes. Institutions provide information free of charge, except the cases when state levy or the fee established under the law is to be paid for the provision of information. (Article 8, paragraph 1, of the Law on Right to Access Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies (2005) )

Members of Parliament

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income and Assets
Real estate Yes. Art.3 (1). 1) immovable property, including unfinished structures, held in the Republic of Lithuania and in foreign states (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Movable assets Yes. Art.3 (1). 2) movable property, where such type of property is subject to legal registration under the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania; 6) works of art, precious stones, jewellery and precious metals, where the value of one such item exceeds 1 500 (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Cash Yes. Art.3 (1). 3) monetary funds kept in banks and other credit institutions or elsewhere than in banks and other credit institutions, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Loans and Debts Yes. Art.3 (1). 4) Monetary funds that have been borrowed and have not been repaid, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 5) monetary funds that have been lent and have not been recovered, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 7) securities, where the total amount of such securities exceeds EUR 1 500. (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received from close persons during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; gifts received from other persons (except close persons) during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards; services rendered by close persons to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by close persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; services rendered by other persons (except close persons) to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by the said persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Holding government contracts Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No . Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. Public officials must notify the head of the institution or his authorised representative of his acceptance of new employment offer. Upon ascertaining the person’s close official relation to the future employer, the head of the institution or his authorised representative must promptly take measures to avert the threat of a conflict of interest. (Article 17 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A public official must declare an existing conflict of interest and must exclude himself from participation therein. The head of the institution or his authorised representative may refuse to accept the declared his self-exclusion and obligate the person to take part in the subsequent procedure. (Article 11 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private interests (1997) amended 2015)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Parliamentary candidates submit declarations of property as candidates for office. Within one month of the date of being elected, employed or appointed to an office in the civil service, officials must file a declaration of interests. (Article 6 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Filing required upon leaving office No . Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually Yes. A declaration of property shall be filed annually by 1 May of the calendar year. This holds true even if the official leaves office between 1 January and 1 May of the calendar year. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest Yes. If the data given in the declaration of interests changes, the person concerned must revise the declaration within 30 calendar days from the day of change in the data. If new circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest appear, the person concerned must modify the declaration immediately, but not later than within 7 days after the said circumstances come to his/her knowledge. (Article 7 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. In the case of failure to file or late filing of any declaration, officials may be subject to community service, arrest, or a fine. NOTE: Under Article 62 of the Constitution (1993) the person of a Member of the Seimas shall be inviolable. They may only be prosecuted with the permission of the head of Parliament. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985 amended 2015 Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. Failure to observe obligations related to the declaration of interests can result in a fine or a temporary suspension from work. In the case of failure to file or late filing of any declaration, officials may be subject to community service, arrest, or a fine. NOTE: Under Article 62 of the Constitution (1993) the person of a Member of the Seimas shall be inviolable. They may only be prosecuted with the permission of the head of Parliament. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. In the case of providing false information, officials may be punished by deprivation of the right to be employed in a certain position or to engage in a certain type of activities or by imprisonment for a term of up to three years. NOTE: Under Article 62 of the Constitution (1993) the person of a Member of the Seimas shall be inviolable. They may only be prosecuted with the permission of the head of Parliament. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Enforcement body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for submission verification and content verification of declarations. of property. The Chief Official Ethics Commission verifies submission of declarations of interest. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for content verification of declarations of property. The bodies responsible for content verification of declarations of interest are: the head or authorised representatives of the head of the institution in which the person concerned is employed, the Chief Official Ethics Commission; the State Tax Inspectorate, and law enforcement institutions in the manner prescribed by laws. (Article 8 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Declarations of property and declarations of interests are publicly available. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Location(s) of access specified Yes. 0
Cost of access specified Yes. Institutions provide information free of charge, except the cases when state levy or the fee established under the law is to be paid for the provision of information. (Article 8, paragraph 1, of the Law on Right to Access Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies (2005) )

Civil servants

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income and Assets
Real estate Yes. Art.3 (1). 1) immovable property, including unfinished structures, held in the Republic of Lithuania and in foreign states (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Movable assets Yes. Art.3 (1). 2) movable property, where such type of property is subject to legal registration under the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania; 6) works of art, precious stones, jewellery and precious metals, where the value of one such item exceeds 1 500 (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Cash Yes. Art.3 (1). 3) monetary funds kept in banks and other credit institutions or elsewhere than in banks and other credit institutions, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Loans and Debts Yes. Art.3 (1). 4) Monetary funds that have been borrowed and have not been repaid, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 5) monetary funds that have been lent and have not been recovered, where the total amount of the monetary funds exceeds EUR 1 500; 7) securities, where the total amount of such securities exceeds EUR 1 500. (Article 3 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received from close persons during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; gifts received from other persons (except close persons) during the past twelve calendar months if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards; services rendered by close persons to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by close persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 50 minimum living standards; services rendered by other persons (except close persons) to him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months free of charge or expenses paid by the said persons for the services or needs of any other type obtained by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner), if the value thereof exceeds 5 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Holding government contracts Yes. information about the transactions concluded by him/her or his/her spouse (cohabitee, partner) during the past twelve calendar months, if the value thereof exceeds 20 minimum living standards (Article 6 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No . Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. Public officials must notify the head of the institution or his authorised representative of his acceptance of new employment offer. Upon ascertaining the person’s close official relation to the future employer, the head of the institution or his authorised representative must promptly take measures to avert the threat of a conflict of interest. (Article 17 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A public official must declare an existing conflict of interest and must exclude himself from participation therein. The head of the institution or his authorised representative may refuse to accept the declared his self-exclusion and obligate the person to take part in the subsequent procedure. (Article 11 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private interests (1997), amended 2015)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Within one month of the date of being elected, employed or appointed to an office in the civil service, officials must file a declaration of interests. (Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Filing required upon leaving office No . Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually Yes. A declaration of property shall be filed annually by 1 May of the calendar year. This holds true even if the official leaves office between 1 January and 1 May of the calendar year. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015)
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest Yes. If the data given in the declaration of interests changes, the person concerned must revise the declaration within 30 calendar days from the day of change in the data. If new circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest appear, the person concerned must modify the declaration immediately, but not later than within 7 days after the said circumstances come to his/her knowledge. (Article 7 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. In the case of failure to file or late filing of any declaration, officials may be subject to community service, arrest, or a fine of 1,000 to 5,000 LTL. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. Failure to observe obligations related to the declaration of interests can result in a fine of 500 to 2,000 LTL or a temporary suspension from work. In the case of failure to file or late filing of any declaration, officials may be subject to community service, arrest, or a fine of 1,000 to 5,000 LTL. (Article 9 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. Public officials are subject to administrative and criminal liability for violations of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996). Officials who violate the requirements of the Law on the Adjustment of Private and Public Interests (1997) may not be given incentives, promoted for a year following the day the violation has come to light, and in case of expiration of official duties on any grounds may not be accepted to the civil service for three years following the day the violation has come to light. In the case of providing false information, officials may be punished by deprivation of the right to be employed in a certain position or to engage in a certain type of activities or by imprisonment for a term of up to three years. (Article 9 of the Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996), amended 2015 Article 221 of the Criminal Code (2000, last amended 2015) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private interests (1997) amended 2015)

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Enforcement body explicitly identified Yes. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of property is the State Tax Inspectorate. The depository and enforcement body of declarations of interest is the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for submission verification and content verification of declarations. of property. The Chief Official Ethics Commission verifies submission of declarations of interest. (Article 5 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy Yes. The State Tax Inspectorate is responsible for content verification of declarations of property. The bodies responsible for content verification of declarations of interest are: the head or authorised representatives of the head of the institution in which the person concerned is employed, the Chief Official Ethics Commission; the State Tax Inspectorate, and law enforcement institutions in the manner prescribed by laws. (Article 8 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Taking into consideration the data officially provided by the heads of state and municipal institutions and establishments, the Chief Official Ethics Commission approves a list of the positions, whose data on property and private interests are public. Data contained in the declarations of property or private interests of other persons in the civil service may be made public on a justified decision of the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Location(s) of access specified Yes. Declarations of property are published in the official gazette Valstybės žinios. Data on private interests shall be published in the webpage of the Chief Official Ethics Commission. In order to ensure the publicity of the data on private interests of persons in the civil service a register of private interests shall be set up in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Law on State Registers. (Article 10 of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Cost of access specified Yes. Institutions provide information free of charge, except the cases when state levy or the fee established under the law is to be paid for the provision of information. (Article 8, paragraph 1, of the Law on Right to Access Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies (2005) )

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Criminal Code, 2000, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on Access to Information from State and Municipal Bodies, 2005 (Lithuanian)pdf

Conflict of Interest

The Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service (1997, last amended in 2011) includes a general clause on all Lithuanian public officials avoiding conflicts of interest. In addition, they may not accept gifts or take up employment in the executive of a private company for one year after ending tenure. Additionally, the Lithuanian Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003) prevents the Head of State, Ministers, and MPs from holding another office or receiving remuneration for outside employment in a private company. In addition, Members of Parliament may not perform advisory or managerial functions in a commercial enterprise. Only Civil Servants are explicitly prevented from participating in a decision which may affect private interests. 

While no monitoring body is specified for Head of State, Ministers, and Civil Servants the laws concerning conflicts of interests that regard them are enforced by the Chief Official Ethics Commission, amongst others. Beyond this, the Commission for Ethics and Procedures provides guidance to MPs on how to fully comply with regulations on conflicts of interests. It is also responsible for investigating and enforcing the implementation of these regulations amongst Members of Parliament.


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Restrictions706565
Sanctions506767
Monitoring and Oversight506262

Alternative Metric

201220152016Trend
Head of State406262
Ministers626262
Members of Parliament628282
Civil servants625252

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Head of State

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest Yes. In order to ensure the supremacy of public interest, persons in the civil service must: 1) discharge their official duties impartially, honestly and competently; 2) avoid conflict of interest in accordance with the procedure and measures laid down by legal acts, and act in such a way as to avoid suspicions about the existence of such a conflict; (Article 3 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Accepting gifts Yes. A person in the civil service may not accept or grant gifts or services if this may give rise to private and public interests conflict. The above restriction shall not be applicable to gifts or services accepted pursuant to the international protocol or customs usually connected with the official duties of the person in the civil service. In case the gift is valued in excess of 5 minimum living standards, the gift shall be considered the property of the state or municipality. Such gifts shall be evaluated and kept in the manner laid down by the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 14 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. The President of the Republic may not be a Member of the Seimas, may not hold any other office, and may not receive any remuneration other than the remuneration established for the President of the Republic as well as remuneration for creative activities. (Article 83 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. The President of the Republic may not be a Member of the Seimas, may not hold any other office, and may not receive any remuneration other than the remuneration established for the President of the Republic as well as remuneration for creative activities. (Article 83 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Holding government contracts Yes. The President of the Republic may not be a Member of the Seimas, may not hold any other office, and may not receive any remuneration other than the remuneration established for the President of the Republic as well as remuneration for creative activities. (Article 83 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. After leaving office in the civil service a person shall have Noright, within a period of one year, to take up employment of company head, deputy head, company board or management board member and run other offices directly related to decision-making in company management, property management, financial accounting and control sphere, provided that during the period of one year immediately prior to the termination of his service in public office his duties were directly related to the supervision or control of the business of said undertakings or the person participated in consideration and making of favourable for these companies decisions for obtaining state orders or financial assistance in the course of public contests or otherwise. A person, following the expiration of the term of office in the civil service, or an undertaking in which he or his close relatives or family members hold over 10% of the authorised capital or material contribution, or are employed in the management or audit institutions, shall have Noright for a period of one year to enter into contracts with the institution or seek individual privileges provided by the institution in which the person held office for the last year. (Articls 18-19 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position Yes. The President of the Republic may not be a Member of the Seimas, may not hold any other office, and may not receive any remuneration other than the remuneration established for the President of the Republic as well as remuneration for creative activities. A person elected President of the Republic must suspend his activities in political parties and political organisations until the beginning of a new campaign of the election of the President of the Republic. (Article 83 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. Some bodies are responisible for the enforcement: Chief Official Ethics Commission, the state and municipal institutions, agencies or their authorized representatives, other state institutions according to the laws. (Article 22 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Ministers

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest Yes. In order to ensure the supremacy of public interest, persons in the civil service must: 1) discharge their official duties impartially, honestly and competently; 2) avoid conflict of interest in accordance with the procedure and measures laid down by legal acts, and act in such a way as to avoid suspicions about the existence of such a conflict; (Article 3 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Accepting gifts Yes. A person in the civil service may not accept or grant gifts or services if this may give rise to private and public interests conflict. The above restriction shall not be applicable to gifts or services accepted pursuant to the international protocol or customs usually connected with the official duties of the person in the civil service. In case the gift is valued in excess of 5 minimum living standards, the gift shall be considered the property of the state or municipality. Such gifts shall be evaluated and kept in the manner laid down by the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 14 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. The Prime Minister and Ministers may not hold any other elected or appointed office, may not work in any business, commercial or other private establishments or enterprises, nor may they receive any remuneration other than that established for their respective Government offices and payment for creative activities. (Article 99 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. The Prime Minister and Ministers may not hold any other elected or appointed office, may not work in any business, commercial or other private establishments or enterprises, nor may they receive any remuneration other than that established for their respective Government offices and payment for creative activities. (Article 99 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Holding government contracts Yes. The Prime Minister and Ministers may not hold any other elected or appointed office, may not work in any business, commercial or other private establishments or enterprises, nor may they receive any remuneration other than that established for their respective Government offices and payment for creative activities. (Article 99 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. After leaving office in the civil service a person shall have Noright, within a period of one year, to take up employment of company head, deputy head, company board or management board member and run other offices directly related to decision-making in company management, property management, financial accounting and control sphere, provided that during the period of one year immediately prior to the termination of his service in public office his duties were directly related to the supervision or control of the business of said undertakings or the person participated in consideration and making of favourable for these companies decisions for obtaining state orders or financial assistance in the course of public contests or otherwise. A person, following the expiration of the term of office in the civil service, or an undertaking in which he or his close relatives or family members hold over 10% of the authorised capital or material contribution, or are employed in the management or audit institutions, shall have Noright for a period of one year to enter into contracts with the institution or seek individual privileges provided by the institution in which the person held office for the last year. (Articls 18-19 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position Yes. The Prime Minister and Ministers may not hold any other elected or appointed office, may not work in any business, commercial or other private establishments or enterprises, nor may they receive any remuneration other than that established for their respective Government offices and payment for creative activities. (Article 99 of the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. Some bodies are responisible for the enforcement: Chief Official Ethics Commission, the state and municipal institutions, agencies or their authorized representatives, other state institutions according to the laws. (Article 22 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Members of Parliament

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest Yes. In order to ensure the supremacy of public interest, persons in the civil service must: 1) discharge their official duties impartially, honestly and competently; 2) avoid conflict of interest in accordance with the procedure and measures laid down by legal acts, and act in such a way as to avoid suspicions about the existence of such a conflict; (Article 3 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Accepting gifts Yes. A person in the civil service may not accept or grant gifts or services if this may give rise to private and public interests conflict. The above restriction shall not be applicable to gifts or services accepted pursuant to the international protocol or customs usually connected with the official duties of the person in the civil service. In case the gift is valued in excess of 5 minimum living standards, the gift shall be considered the property of the state or municipality. Such gifts shall be evaluated and kept in the manner laid down by the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 14 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. The duties of a Member of the Seimas, with the exception of his duties at the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any other duties at State institutions and organisations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. During his term of office, a Member of the Seimas shall be exempt from the duty to perform the national defence service. The duties of a Member of the Seimas, with the exception of his duties in the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any other duties in state agencies and organisations and with any job in business, commercial and other private agencies or enterprises. (Article 60 or the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003) Article 6 of the Statute of the Seimas (1994, last amended in 2015))
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. The duties of a Member of the Seimas, with the exception of his duties at the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any other duties at State institutions and organisations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. During his term of office, a Member of the Seimas shall be exempt from the duty to perform the national defence service. (Article 60 or the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Holding government contracts Yes. The duties of a Member of the Seimas, with the exception of his duties at the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any other duties at State institutions and organisations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. During his term of office, a Member of the Seimas shall be exempt from the duty to perform the national defence service. (Article 60 or the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. The duties of a Member of the Seimas, with the exception of his duties at the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any other duties at State institutions and organisations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. During his term of office, a Member of the Seimas shall be exempt from the duty to perform the national defence service. (Article 60 or the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Post-employment Yes. After leaving office in the civil service a person shall have Noright, within a period of one year, to take up employment of company head, deputy head, company board or management board member and run other offices directly related to decision-making in company management, property management, financial accounting and control sphere, provided that during the period of one year immediately prior to the termination of his service in public office his duties were directly related to the supervision or control of the business of said undertakings or the person participated in consideration and making of favourable for these companies decisions for obtaining state orders or financial assistance in the course of public contests or otherwise. A person, following the expiration of the term of office in the civil service, or an undertaking in which he or his close relatives or family members hold over 10% of the authorised capital or material contribution, or are employed in the management or audit institutions, shall have Noright for a period of one year to enter into contracts with the institution or seek individual privileges provided by the institution in which the person held office for the last year. (Articls 18-19 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position Yes. The duties of a Member of the Seimas, with the exception of his duties at the Seimas, shall be incompatible with any other duties at State institutions and organisations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. During his term of office, a Member of the Seimas shall be exempt from the duty to perform the national defence service. (Article 60 or the Constitution (1992, last amended in 2003))
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) Yes. Having considered the private interests declarations of Members of the Seimas, the Commission for Ethics and Procedures shall submit to Members of the Seimas written recommendations how to avoid the conflict of interest, which Members of the Seimas may make public at their own discretion. The said recommendations may be general (annual) or specific. The latter shall usually be submitted at the request of a Member of the Seimas. (Article 18(5) of the Statute of the Seimas (1994, last amended in 2015))
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. In the event of the conflict of interest, a Member of the Seimas must act in compliance with this Statute and recommendations of the Commission for Ethics and Procedures or the Chief Official Ethics Commission. A Member of the Seimas must do his utmost that his integrity should not raise doubts among the public and that the public be given a possibility to ascertain the integrity of the Member of the Seimas. The Commission for Ethics and Procedures or an investigation commission set up for this purpose must analyse the activities of a Member of the Seimas which violate the said provisions, and prepare findings for the Seimas. (Article 18(2-3) of the Statute of the Seimas (1994, last amended in 2015))

Civil servants

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest Yes. In order to ensure the supremacy of public interest, persons in the civil service must: 1) discharge their official duties impartially, honestly and competently; 2) avoid conflict of interest in accordance with the procedure and measures laid down by legal acts, and act in such a way as to avoid suspicions about the existence of such a conflict; (Article 3 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Accepting gifts Yes. A person in the civil service may not accept or grant gifts or services if this may give rise to private and public interests conflict. The above restriction shall not be applicable to gifts or services accepted pursuant to the international protocol or customs usually connected with the official duties of the person in the civil service. In case the gift is valued in excess of 5 minimum living standards, the gift shall be considered the property of the state or municipality. Such gifts shall be evaluated and kept in the manner laid down by the Chief Official Ethics Commission. (Article 14 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. After leaving office in the civil service a person shall have Noright, within a period of one year, to take up employment of company head, deputy head, company board or management board member and run other offices directly related to decision-making in company management, property management, financial accounting and control sphere, provided that during the period of one year immediately prior to the termination of his service in public office his duties were directly related to the supervision or control of the business of said undertakings or the person participated in consideration and making of favourable for these companies decisions for obtaining state orders or financial assistance in the course of public contests or otherwise. A person, following the expiration of the term of office in the civil service, or an undertaking in which he or his close relatives or family members hold over 10% of the authorised capital or material contribution, or are employed in the management or audit institutions, shall have Noright for a period of one year to enter into contracts with the institution or seek individual privileges provided by the institution in which the person held office for the last year. (Articls 18-19 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A person in the civil service shall be prohibited from participating in the preparation, consideration or passing of decisions or from otherwise influencing decisions, which may give rise to a conflict of interest situation. (Article 11(1) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. Lithuanian Republic law on public and private interests in the civil service prohibiting, restricting or binding provisions: The violator shall incur in a fine of five hundred to one thousand litas. If the same offenses committed by a person who has already been convicted, he incur in a fine of one thousand to two thousand litas or suspension from work. (Article 202.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended in 2015)
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. Some bodies are responisible for the enforcement: Chief Official Ethics Commission, the state and municipal institutions, agencies or their authorized representatives, other state institutions according to the laws. (Article 22 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended in 2015)

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Code of Administrative Offences, 1985, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Constitution, 1992, amended in 2003 (English)pdf
Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service, 1997, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Statute of the Seimas, 1994, amended 2014 (Lithuanian)pdf

Freedom of Information

Lithuania's federal legal framework governing the right to receive information from public federal institutions derives primarily from three sources: its Constitution (1992), the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public (1996, amended 2014), and the Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies (2000, amended 2014). The scope of the 2000 FOI law extends to state and municipal institutions and agencies, including the representative, the head of state, executive and judicial authorities, law enforcement agencies and institutions, audit, control (supervision) agencies and other institutions financed from the state or municipal budgets. Any legal entity in which majority shares are owned by the state is covered by the law, along with private enterprises that perform statutory roles or provide statutory services.

Specific exemptions to disclosure are outlined in the aforementioned FOI laws, the Constitution and Civil Code, the Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets (1999), and the Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (2008). However, there is a public interest test whereby exemptions to disclosure may be overridden in cases where the public interest outweighs the prohibition on disclosure.

Appeals may be filed with public authorities and with the courts. An independent appeal mechanism also exists outside of the courts through the Commission of Administrative Disputes, whose decisions are binding.

There are no sanctions specified in the law for violations of FOI provisions. The Ministry of Culture is granted authority to oversee implementation of state policy in the field of access to information.


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Scope and Coverage939393
Information access and release757575
Exceptions and Overrides100100100
Sanctions for non-compliance000
Monitoring and Oversight171717

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Scope and Coverage

Scope of disclosure

Existence of legal right to access Yes. The citizen shall have the right to receive, according to the procedure established by law, any information concerning him that is held by State institutions. (Article 25, Constitution of Lithuania, 1992)
"Information" or "Documents" is defined Yes. 37 . The official state and municipal authorities and institutions documents - state and local government institutions, enterprises and institutions, public persons authorized by the applicable law, the power to create, approve, or get on with their activities the written, graphic, audio, computer information or other documents, enrolled in these institutions, enterprises and institutions of accounting documents. (Article 2, Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, 1996, amended 2015)
Proactive disclosure is specified Yes. 1. The body must have approved by the Government in line with the requirements of a website providing information about its functions, structure, provision of information for the index information, other statutory information. (Article 6, Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)

Coverage of public and private sectors

Executive branch Yes. 10. State and municipal institutions and agencies (hereinafter - institution ) - the representative, the head of state, executive and judicial authorities, law enforcement agencies and institutions, audit, control (supervision) agencies and other state and municipal institutions and agencies, which financed from the state or municipal budgets and state monetary funds and in the public administration in accordance with law is to give the powers of public administration, businesses and institutions providing public services to people; as well as state and municipal enterprises, public institutions, owned, or at least one of the shareholders is the State or a municipality, public companies and private companies in which the state or local government owns more than 50 percent of the votes at the general meeting of shareholders, where they provide information about its employees wages under the Law. (Article 2, Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Legislative branch Yes. 10. State and municipal institutions and agencies (hereinafter - institution ) - the representative, the head of state, executive and judicial authorities, law enforcement agencies and institutions, audit, control (supervision) agencies and other state and municipal institutions and agencies, which financed from the state or municipal budgets and state monetary funds and in the public administration in accordance with law is to give the powers of public administration, businesses and institutions providing public services to people; as well as state and municipal enterprises, public institutions, owned, or at least one of the shareholders is the State or a municipality, public companies and private companies in which the state or local government owns more than 50 percent of the votes at the general meeting of shareholders, where they provide information about its employees wages under the Law. (Article 2, Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Judicial branch Yes. 10. State and municipal institutions and agencies (hereinafter - institution ) - the representative, the head of state, executive and judicial authorities, law enforcement agencies and institutions, audit, control (supervision) agencies and other state and municipal institutions and agencies, which financed from the state or municipal budgets and state monetary funds and in the public administration in accordance with law is to give the powers of public administration, businesses and institutions providing public services to people; as well as state and municipal enterprises, public institutions, owned, or at least one of the shareholders is the State or a municipality, public companies and private companies in which the state or local government owns more than 50 percent of the votes at the general meeting of shareholders, where they provide information about its employees wages under the Law. (Article 2, Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Other public bodies Yes. 10. State and municipal institutions and agencies (hereinafter - institution ) - the representative, the head of state, executive and judicial authorities, law enforcement agencies and institutions, audit, control (supervision) agencies and other state and municipal institutions and agencies, which financed from the state or municipal budgets and state monetary funds and in the public administration in accordance with law is to give the powers of public administration, businesses and institutions providing public services to people; as well as state and municipal enterprises, public institutions, owned, or at least one of the shareholders is the State or a municipality, public companies and private companies in which the state or local government owns more than 50 percent of the votes at the general meeting of shareholders, where they provide information about its employees wages under the Law. (Article 2, Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Private sector No. Absent from legal framework

Access to specific documents (subject to reactive and/or proactive disclosure)

Draft legal instruments Yes. Draft laws and other legal acts, which under the resolution of Seimas shall be made available for the discussion by the public, shall be published in the Appendix “Informaciniai pranešimai“ of the Official Journal “Valstybės Žinios”. Each public institution shall have an internet site, in which it shall publish the draft laws and other normative legal acts prepared by the institution, as well as the draft laws or other legal acts prepared by the agencies under control of the institution and belonging to its regulation sphere and submitted to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. (Article 126 of the Statute of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (1994) Article 17 of the Legislative Framework Law, 2012, amended 2015 )
Enacted legal instruments Yes. The enacted laws and other legal acts, including decrees, resolutions, and orders, shall be published in the Official Journal “Valstybės žinios”. Establishes that the individual administrative acts may be published in the Appendix to the Official Journal “Valstybės Žinios“ upon the discretion of the persons that signed them. Each public institution shall have an internet site, in which it shall publish the titles of the valid legal acts of the institution’s regulation sphere together with the links to their actual versions. (Article 17 of the Legislative Framework Law, 2012, amended 2015 )
Annual budgets Yes. State and Municipal annual budgets shall be accessible to public; and the drawing up, adoption, implementation, evaluation and control is open to public when this information does not contain State secret. (Article 11 of the Law on the Budget Structure (1990, amended 2015) )
Annual chart of accounts (actual expenditures) Yes. Sets of reports on the implementation of the State budget and municipal budgets, including actual expenditures, shall be drawn up by the Ministry of Finance and submitted to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. After analyzing the sets of reports, the Government submits the relevant decisions regarding the State budget to the Seimas for approval. A set of reports on the implementation of a municipal budget shall be approved by a municipal council. (Articles 35 and 36 of the Law on the Budget Structure (1990, amended 2015) )
Annual reports of public entities and programs Yes. The public entities are required to provide all information to public on its functions and activities and regulate general requirement to submit information to the public, however, they do not directly relate to annual reports. Public entities are obliged to publish all legal information relating to the activities of the entity, including legal acts, draft legal acts, researches and analysis related to future legal regulation, which include annual reports on the activity of the institution as well. Moreover the public entities shall provide information on the activities of the institution, brief history of the institution, plans and spheres of activities in the internet site of the institution. (Article 6, paragraphs 1 and 2, of the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, 1996, amended 2015 Article 6, paragraph 1 and 2, Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014 )

Information access and release

Procedural access

Universal access (agencies, citizens and non-citizens) No. 6. The applicant - a Lithuanian national, state signatory to the European Economic Area agreement, a foreign national who has a residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania, or the group of persons of the Republic of Lithuania legal person, legal persons or other organizations registered in a State party to the European Economic Area Agreement or their representative offices and branches established in the Republic of Lithuania. (Article 2, Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Type of request is specified (written, electronic, oral) Yes. 2. Applications may be submitted directly to the applicant upon arrival at the office, sent by post or by courier or by electronic means, if it is possible to identify the applicant. Applications, with the exception of oral, recorded, processed and recorded in the accounting laws and other legal acts. 3. Oral requests by phone or in the office of the applicant upon arrival can be provided in cases where the applicant wishes to be informed orally or access to a document, without having to request a copy of that document, the information can be made immediately, without prejudice to the law and other legal acts. (Article 12, paragraph 1, of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014 )
Assistance to requesters must be provided by law (includes barriers due to language differences, illiteracy, complexity of requests, etc.) No. Absent from legal framework
Cost of access is specified (free, request fees, photocopying costs, other administrative costs) Yes. The payment may only be in the amount for the services involving information retrieval and the multiplication (copying) of information or document. This payment may not exceed the actual costs of providing information. The fee for provision of the information cannot exceed the expenses for preparation and provision of the information together with reasonable investment return. (Article 6, paragraph 6, of the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, 1996, amended 2014 Article 8, paragraph 2, of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)

Deadlines for release of information

20-day response deadline Yes. Term of 20 business days is specified for acknowledging a FOIA request and either providing requested information or advising that more time (additional 20 business days) will be required. (Article 14 of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Agency granted right to extend response time Yes. If extensive or difficult information is requested, the response term may be extended for additional 20 business days. (Article 14 of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)
Maximum total response time of no more than 40 days Yes. Maximum total time (initial and extended time) to answer the request is 40 business days. (Article 14 of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014)

Exceptions and Overrides

Exemptions to disclosure

Existence of secrecy/states secrets law Yes. Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets (1999) (Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets (1999) )
Existence of personal privacy/data law Yes. Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (2008) (Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (2008) )
Specific exemptions to disclosure Yes. Specific exemptions to coverage are provided in several provisions, outlined below. Information is exempt to protect constitutional order or individuals’ honor and health; and generally, in situations of martial law. The legislation exempts information implicating state security; public order; territorial integrity; judicial impartiality; business, state, professional, commercial, or bank secrets; defense, foreign policy, criminal prosecution, and prevention of crimes or the disclosure of confidential information and protect people’s health, rights, and dignity. The legislation exempts information implicating administrative information the processing of which is not related to government functions; government-held intellectual property; information imparted via nationally funded broadcasts, schools, libraries, science agencies, museums, theatres, concert halls, or the Dept. of Archives; public safety; national defense; statistical data; state, official, commercial, professional, or bank secrets. The legislation exempts information implicating personal data. The legislation exempts information implicating confidential commercial or bank secrets. The legislation exempts information implicating national security, defense, foreign relations, public safety, privacy, criminal investigation and prosecution, economic policies, commercial interests, and personal information. The legislation exempts information implicating certain classified state and official secrets , including military information, government emergency plans, technological or scientific information, foreign relations and negotiations, nuclear power plants, information and communication systems, intelligence, covert participants in certain government programs like health care, pre-trial investigatory information, personal information about a witness or a victim, certain data on the transportation of special cargoes, economic and banking information, and certain strategic topographical maps, among a few others. (Articles 25, 28 and 145 of the Constitution of LIthuania (1992) Article 3, paragraph 4, and Article 18 of the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, 1996, amended 2014 Article 1, paragraph 3, of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014 Article 6 of the Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (2008) Articles 1.116 and 6.925 of the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania (2000) Articles 3 and 7 of the Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets (1999) )
Public Interest test: Specified exemptions to disclosure may be overridden in cases where disclosure of information benefits the public interest.

Appeals

Appeals allowed within public entities Yes. A general right of a person to appeal against the adopted individual administrative act, is established. The right to appeal the refusal to provide the information requested, is established. The legislation provides a general right to appeal a decision on an institution, such right is provided in majority acts relating decisions of public entities. The principle Law relating to the right and procedure to submit appeals within a public entity is the mentioned in the Law on Public Administration. (Articles 8 and 20 of the Law on Public Administration (1999) Articles 16 and 19 of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014 )
Independent, non-judicial appeals mechanism, e.g., information commissioner. Does not include Ombudsman unless appeals decisions are binding. Yes. An independent appeal mechanism outside of the courts through the Commission of Administrative Disputes, exists. An independent appeal mechanism outside of the courts through the Seimas Ombudsman, exists. (Articles 1 and 11 of the Law on the Commissions of Administrative Disputes (1999, amended 2011) Articles 12 and 13 of the Law on the Seimas Ombudsman (1998, amended 2014) )
Judicial appeals mechanism Yes. A mechanism for appeal through the administrative court system exists. (Articles 3 and 5 of the Law on the Jurisdiction of Administrative Cases (1999))

Sanctions for non-compliance

Administrative sanctions are specified for violations of disclosure requirements No. Absent from legal framework
Fines are specified for violations of disclosure requirements No. Absent from legal framework
Criminal sanctions are specified for violations of disclosure requirements No. Absent from legal framework

Monitoring and Oversight

Information officers must be appointed in public agencies No. Absent from legal framework
Public body that is responsible for applying sanctions No. Absent from legal framework
Public body that is responsible for public outreach (raising public awareness) No. Absent from legal framework
Nodal agency for RTI (implementation support/compliance within public sector). Does not include Ombudsman. Yes. A Government authorized institution is a body responsible for implementation of the state policy in the field of providing information. Authority is granted to the Ministry of Culture. (Article 45 of the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, 1996, amended 2014 Resolution of Government regarding Authorization Granted to the Ministry of Culture (2001) )
Ombudsman involvement in implementation is specified by law No. Absent from legal framework
Reporting of data and/or implementation is required No. Absent from legal framework

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Constitution of Lithuania, 1992 (English)pdf
Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, 1996, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2014 (Lithuanian)pdf
Statute of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, 1994, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Legislative Framework Law, 2012, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Budget Structure, 1990, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets, 1999, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data, 2008, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania, 2000 (Lithuanian)pdf
Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania, 2000, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Code of Administrative Offences, 1985 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on Public Administration, 1999, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Commissions of Administrative Disputes, 1999, amended 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Seimas Ombudsma, 1998, amended 2014 (English)pdf
Law on the Jurisdiction of Administrative Cases (1999)  
Resolution of Government regarding Authorization Granted to the Ministry of Culture (2001)  

Public Procurement

 

The Lithuanian public procurement system is regulated by the Law on Public Procurement (2006), and additional regulations as introduced by the Government, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy and the Public Procurement Office. The public procurement body is the Public Procurement Office, which is an organization under the Ministry of Economics.

The lowest minimum thresholds for conducting a public procurement tender are:

LTL 100000 (ca. EUR 31000) for goods

LTL 500000 (ca. EUR 155000) for works

LTL 100000 (ca. EUR 31000) for services

The minimum number of bidders is 5 for restricted procedures and 3 for negotiated procedures and competitive dialogue. The minimum submission period is 52 days for open procedures, 37 days for restricted procedures and 37 for negotiated procedures from dispatch date. The period can be shorter in the event that a prior information notice is issued. The final beneficial owners have to be disclosed when placing a bid.

There is an option for preferential treatment: the contracting authorities can request certain quality standards related to environmental sustainability. There are several options for bid exclusion: conviction for certain crimes (corruption, bribery, fraud etc.) in the last five years, bankruptcy, outgoing tax liabilities, false information. Bids can be also excluded because of abnormally low bid prices.

In the bid evaluation phase, there are conflict of interest restrictions on the composition of the evaluation committee. There is also a requirement that some part of the evaluation committee be independent of the contracting authority.

There is no payable fee in case of an arbitration procedure, and the decisions are disclosed on an annual basis.


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Scope2727
Information availability9393
Evaluation6767
Open competition8383
Institutional arrangements6262

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Scope

Threshold - lowest PP

What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type GOODS) EUR 58000. simplified procurement procedure applies. Also, the consent of the Public Procurement Office shall not be required where, in the case of the simplified procurement procedure, the value of the awarded contract is less than LTL 10000 (art. 18.8) (Article 2(15), 18(8), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type WORKS) EUR 145000. simplified procurement procedure applies (Article 2(15), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type SERVICES) EUR 58000. simplified procurement procedure applies. Also, the consent of the Public Procurement Office shall not be required where, in the case of the simplified procurement procedure, the value of the awarded contract is less than LTL 10000 (art. 18.8) (Article 2(15), 18(8), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Threshold - by PP type

What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: PUBLIC SECTOR) EUR 134000. EU threshold: 134,000 € (Article 11, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: UTILITIES) EUR 414000. EU threshold: 414,000 € (Article 11, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: DEFENCE) EUR 134000. EU threshold: 134,000 € or LTL 1,429,459 (Article 11, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Threshold - by product type

What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type GOODS) EUR 134000. EU threshold: 134,000 € (Article 11, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type WORKS) EUR 5186000. EU threshold: 5,186,000 € (Article 11, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type SERVICES) EUR 134000. EU threshold: 134,000 € (Article 11, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Information availability

Publishing and record keeping

Which are the documents which are published in full? Notices (prior information notices, contract notices, contract award notices, notices of the results of a design contest, notices for voluntary ex ante transparency) shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, as well as in the supplement Informaciniai pranešimai to the official gazette Valstybės žinios and in the Central Portal of Public Procurement. Prior information notices may be published on the website of the contracting authority in the specially assigned section (hereinafter referred to as “buyer profile”). . 0 (Article 23, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are any of these documents published online at a central place? yes. Notices shall be published in the Central Portal of Public Procurement. Prior information notices may be published on the website of the contracting authority in the specially assigned section (hereinafter referred to as “buyer profile”). ( Article 23, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is it mandatory to keep these records? Public notices of bidding opportunities, Bidding documents and addenda, Bid opening records, Bid evaluation reports, Formal appeals by bidders and outcomes, Final signed contract documents and addenda and amendments, Claims and dispute resolutions, Final payments, Disbursement data (as required by the country’s financial management system) yes. 4 years (Article 21, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are contracts awarded within a framework agreement published? yes. yes, but exceptions. Certain information contained in a notice on the public contract award or the conclusion of the framework agreement may be withheld from publication where release of such information would impede law enforcement or otherwise be contrary to the public interest, would harm the legitimate commercial interests of suppliers or might prejudice fair competition between them. (Article 22(6), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Sub-contracting

Is it mandatory to publish information on subcontractors in some cases? yes. part of the contract in writing (Article 18 (1 and 6.11), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
If yes, above what proportion of subcontracted value is it mandatory? an indication of the proportion of the contract, which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract; (Article 36(10), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Evaluation

Preferential treatment

Is there a ban on mentioning specific companies or products in tender specification/call for tender? yes. no explicit ban, but principles of equal participation and non-discrimination (Article 3, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are there restrictions on allowable grounds for tenderer exclusion? yes. 1. The contracting authority shall reject requests to participate and tenders if the supplier.. has (have) an unspent or unexpunged conviction or a judgment of conviction was passed and became effective against the supplier (legal person) within the past five years for participation in a criminal organisation, formation or being in charge thereof, for bribery, bribery of an intermediary, graft, fraud, use of a credit, loan or targeted support not in accordance with its purpose or the established procedure, credit fraud, tax evasion, provision of inaccurate data on income, profit or assets, failure to file a tax return or to submit a report or another document, acquisition or handling of the property obtained by criminal means, money or property laundering or a judgment of conviction was passed and became effective against the suppliers of other countries for the crimes defined in the legal acts of the European Union listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts (Article 33, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is there a preferential treatment for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)? no. no reserved contracts for SME (Article 13, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is there a preferential treatment for local/national companies? (companies from other EU MS are considered foreign companies) yes. 1. for more than 50% of contract value from third countries (non-EU), 2. Any tender submitted for the award of a supply contract may be rejected where the proportion of the products originating in third countries, as determined in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 of 12 October 1992 establishing the Community Customs Code, exceeds 50% of the total value of the products constituting the tender. For the purposes of this Article, software used in telecommunications network equipment shall be regarded as products. 3. Where two or more tenders are equivalent in the light of the tender evaluation criteria as established by the contracting authority, preference shall be given to those tenders which may not be rejected pursuant to paragraph 2 of this Article. (Article 82 (2 and 3), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is there a specific set of rules for green/sustainable procurement? yes. The contracting authority may require the production by the candidate or tenderer of certificates issued by independent body attesting its compliance with certain quality assurance standards… Should contracting authorities, in public works contracts and public service contracts in the case referred to in subparagraph 7 of paragraph 1 of Article 36 of this Law require the production of certificates issued by independent bodies attesting compliance of the supplier with certain environmental management standards, they must refer in the contract documents to the EU Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) or to environmental management standards based on the relevant European or international standards certified by bodies conforming to EU law or the relevant European or international standards concerning certification. The contracting authorities shall recognise equivalent certificates from bodies established in other Member States. They shall also accept other evidence of equivalent environmental management measures from the suppliers. (Article 37, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are some bids automatically excluded such as lowest/highest price; unusually low price, etc. yes. abnormally low price/tender (Article 40, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Bid evaluation

Is scoring criteria published and explicit? yes. lowest price or MEAT (Articles 49, 54, 57, 62, 78, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Can evaluation decision be made by a single person (as opposed to a committee)? no. Commission of, at least, 3 persons (Article 16(2), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are there regulations on evaluation committee composition to prevent conflict of interest? yes. 4. Except in the cases prescribed by the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania, the members of the Commission and the experts invited by the body which has formed the Commission shall be prohibited from providing third parties with any information concerning the content of the tenders submitted by suppliers. 5. Each member and expert of the Commission may take part in the work of the Commission only upon signing a declaration of impartiality and a pledge of confidentiality. 6. A member and an expert of the Commission shall be held liable for their acts under laws of the Republic of Lithuania. (Article 16 (3, 4, 5 and 6), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
If yes, what is banned? Commission persons should be other than employees of the body forming the Commission. On appointment, regard should be taken to their knowledge on economics, technology, legislation and understanding on the law and other acts applicable to procurement. 0 (Article 16 (2), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is some part of evaluation comitee mandatorily independent of contracting authority? Yes. appointment of a Public Procurement Commission for all contracts (Article 16 (1), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are scoring results recorded and publicly available? above LTL 10,000. With the exception of the cases when the value of the contract awarded by simplified procurement procedure is less than LTL 10000 (net of VAT), the contracting authority shall as soon as possible, but not later than within five working days inform interested candidates and interested tenderers in writing of a decision reached concerning the award of the public contract or conclusion of a framework agreement, or admittance to a dynamic purchasing system, provide a summary of the relevant information referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article which has not been provided during the procurement procedure and indicate the established ranking of tenders, the successful tender and the exact period of deferment. The contracting authority must also indicate the grounds for any decision not to award the public contract or conclude the framework agreement or to recommence the procedure or implement the dynamic purchasing system. (Article 41, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Under which conditions can the tender be cancelled? 4. At any time before the deadline for receipt of tenders, the supplier may modify or revoke his tender without losing the right to tender security. Any such modification or notification about the tender being revoked shall be deemed valid, if the contracting authority received it before the deadline fixed for the receipt of tenders. . 0 (Article 29 (4), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Open competition

CFT publication

Where should the call for tenders be published? (Procedure type: OPEN) Official Journal of the European Union, as well as in the supplement Informaciniai pranešimai to the official gazette Valstybės žinios and in the Central Portal of Public Procurement. Prior information notices may be published on the website of the contracting authority in the specially assigned section (hereinafter referred to as “buyer profile”). . 0 ( Article 23, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Where should the call for tenders be published? (Procedure type: RESTRICTED) Official Journal of the European Union, as well as in the supplement Informaciniai pranešimai to the official gazette Valstybės žinios and in the Central Portal of Public Procurement. Prior information notices may be published on the website of the contracting authority in the specially assigned section (hereinafter referred to as “buyer profile”). . 0 ( Articles 45(1) and 23, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Where should the call for tenders be published? (Procedure type: NEGOTIATED) Official Journal of the European Union, as well as in the supplement Informaciniai pranešimai to the official gazette Valstybės žinios and in the Central Portal of Public Procurement. Prior information notices may be published on the website of the contracting authority in the specially assigned section (hereinafter referred to as “buyer profile”). . 0 ( Articles 57(1) and 23, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Minimum # of bidders

If there is a minimum number of bidders stipulated, under what conditions? RESTRICTED 5. 0 (Articles 47(3), 53(2) and 60(1), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
If there is a minimum number of bidders stipulated, under what conditions? NEGOTIATED 3. (Articles 47(3), 53(2) and 60(1), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
If there is a minimum number of bidders stipulated, under what conditions? COMPETITIVE DIALOGUE 3. (Articles 47(3), 53(2) and 60(1), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Bidding period length

What are the minimum number of days for advertisement required? (Procedure type: OPEN) 52. 52 days; 36 days if the contracting authority published a prior information notice at least 52 days but not more than 12 months before commencing the procedure; In case of emergency, it can be shorter than 36 days, but not less than 22 days. 7 days if the contracting authority draws up and transmits the contract notice by electronic means. The time limit can be reducred by 5 more days when the contracting authority offers unrestricted and full direct access by electronic means to all contract documents from the date of publication of the contract notice (Article 44, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the minimum number of days for advertisement required? (Procedure type: RESTRICTED) 37. 37 days 40 days (time for submission of of tenders from the day of dispatch of invitations to tender to suppliers 36 days if the contracting authority published prior information notic at least 52 days, but no more than 12 months before commencing the procurement procedure Reduced by 7 days if the contract notice is drawn up and transmitted by electronic means 15 days in case of urgency or 10 days in case of urgency where the notice was dispatched by electronic means. (Article 46, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the minimum number of days for advertisement required? (Procedure type: NEGOTIATED) 37. 37 days It may be shortened by 7 days if the contract notice is dispatched by electronic means 15 days in case of urgency or 10 days in case of urgency and if it was dispatched by electronic means (Article 59, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Institutional arrangements

Institutions and regulations

What are the main EXCEPTIONS preventing the application of the public procurement law for tenders/organisations? closed list. State secrets or official secrets, those on which other international rules apply, rent or acquisition of land, public electronic communications, employment contracts, financial services, services provided by the Bank of Lithuania, those services by international financial institutions, arbitration and conciliation, broadcasting, research and development (Article 10, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the main types of institutions which have to apply the public procurement law? 1. A contracting authority shall be: 1) any state or local authority; 2) any public or private legal person meeting the conditions set forth in paragraph 2 of this Article; 3) any association of authorities specified in subparagraph 1 and/or of public or private legal persons referred to in subparagraph 2 of this paragraph; 4) any legal persons engaged in water, energy, transport or telecommunication activity referred to in subparagraphs 2-4 of paragraph 1 of Article 70 of this Law. 2. A public or private legal person (with the exception of state or local authorities) shall be deemed to be a contracting authority, if all or part of its activities is intended for meeting the needs of general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character, and meets at least one of the following conditions: 1) the activities thereof are financed, by more than 50%, with state or municipal budget resources, or with resources of other state or municipal funds, or with the resources of other public or private legal persons specified in this paragraph; 2) it is subject to control (management) by the state or local authorities, or other public or private legal persons specified in this paragraph; 3) it has an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the state or local authorities or by the public or private legal persons specified in this paragraph. 3. The Government of the Republic of Lithuania or an institution authorised by it shall approve the lists of contracting authorities (including military units and services of the national defence system). . 0 (Article 4 (1,2 and 3), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What are the main procedure types or procurement methods permitted by law? open, restricted, negotiated with or without prior notice and competitive dialogue. 0 (Article 42, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is there a procurement arbitration court dedicated to public procurement cases? no. ordinary court: regional court as court of first instance (Article 93 (1), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is there a procurement regulatory body dedicated to public procurement? yes. Public Procurement Office under the Ministry of Economics (Article 8, Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is the procurement regulatory body independent? no.
Is the procurement advisors' profession legally defined (i.e. degree to be obtained, official list of members of the professional association) and its role in the tendering procedure described (e.g. right to draft tender documentations, conduct market research identifying bidders)? no. but expertise is considered in appointments, especially for the PP Commission (Article 8 (4 and 5), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Is disclosure of final, beneficial owners required for placing a bid? yes. This is the only article found on beneficial ownership: 1. This Chapter shall apply to the procurement procedures of the following contracting authorities operating in the water, energy, transport or postal services sectors and carrying out one or several of the activities listed in paragraph 2 of this Article: 3) any undertaking over which the contracting authorities referred to in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation or the rules which govern the activities of the undertaking. A dominant influence on the part of the contracting authority shall be presumed when it, directly or indirectly, in relation to an undertaking which: holds the majority of the undertaking’s authorised capital or controls the majority of the votes attaching to shares issued by the undertaking or can appoint more than half of the undertaking’s administrative, management or supervisory body members. (Article 70 (3), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Complaints

Is there a fee for arbitration procedure? Not specified. No information on a fee was found. Hence, it is assumed that the arbitration procedure is free. (Chapter V, Law on Public Procurement , 13 August 1996)
If yes, how much Not specified. 0
Is there a ban on contract signature until arbitration court decision (first instance court)? yes. 2. Upon receiving a claim, the contracting authority shall forthwith suspend procurement procedures until the claim is fully examined and a decision is taken. The contracting authority may award a public contract not earlier than after the lapse of 15 days from dispatch of a written notice of a decision taken by it to the supplier which has filed a claim, interested candidates and interested tenderers. (Article 95 (2), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
What is the maximum number of days until arbitration court decision from filing a complaint? 3. 3 days from the day in which the copy of the supplier's request was received (Article 95 (3), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)
Are arbitration court decisions required to be publicly released? yes. 5. The Public Procurement Office must, on an annual basis, submit to the European Commission copies of all decisions adopted by the court in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 952 of this Law and publish these decisions in the Central Portal of Public Procurement. (Article 951 (5), Law on Public Procurement, 1996, amended 2014)

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

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