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Lithuania

Country score (European Average*)
  • 83(66) Political Financing
  • 90(53) Financial Disclosure
  • 57(37) Conflict of Interest
  • 57(59) Freedom of Information
  • 58(62) Public Procurement

Country Facts

IncomeHigh
GNI per capita (2011 PPP $)26792.85
Population, total2872298.00
Urban population (% of total)66.51
Internet users (per 100 people)74.38
Life expectancy at birth (years)75.12
Mean years of schooling (years)12.7
Global Competitiveness Index4.6
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.


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Bans and limits on private income100100100100100
Public funding7575757575
Regulations on spending7575757575
Reporting, oversight and sanctions8383838383

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

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 2015 (English)pdf

*Last update: 2017


Financial Disclosure

The Lithuanian Law on Declaration of the Property of Residents (1996, last amended 2015) and the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests (1997, last amended 2015) 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

20122015201620172020Trend
Disclosure items8282828686
Filing frequency757575100100
Sanctions7575757575
Monitoring and Oversight100100100100100
Public access to declarations1001001008888

Alternative Metric

20122015201620172020Trend
Head of State7171717777
Ministers9191919797
Members of Parliament9191919797
Civil servants9191918787

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 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received during the last 12 calendar months (except for the gifts of close people) if the value exceeds EUR 150 (Article 6 and 13 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. Membership and duties in enterprises, institutions, associations or founcations are declared (Article 6 (2.3) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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. For an year after the term the public official does not have a right to work as a manager in a company, which he supervised (Article 17 and Article 18 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
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 2019)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework. (General)

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 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) Article 5 (1) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Filing required upon leaving office Yes. After termination of office, state politicians and their family members must declare assets held on December 31 of the calendar year in which they ceased to hold office (Article 6 (4) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) )
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 2019)

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. (General)
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. (General)
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. (General)

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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Declarations of property and declarations of interests are publicly available. (Article 10 (2) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 )
Location(s) of access specified Yes. Declarations of property are published in the central tax administrator's website. 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 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (2000, amended 2020) )

Ministers

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received during the last 12 calendar months (except for the gifts of close people) if the value exceeds EUR 150 (Article 6 and 13 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. Membership and duties in enterprises, institutions, associations or founcations are declared (Article 6 (2.3) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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. For an year after the term the public official does not have a right to work as a manager in a company, which he supervised (Article 17 and Article 18 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
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 2019)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework. (General)

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Ministers 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 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) Article 5 (1) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Filing required upon leaving office Yes. After termination of office, state politicians and their family members must declare assets held on December 31 of the calendar year in which they ceased to hold office (Article 6 (4) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) )
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 2019)

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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences (adopted 2015, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences (adopted 2015, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service (adopted in1997, amended in 2020))
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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Declarations of property and declarations of interests are publicly available. (Article 10 (2) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 )
Location(s) of access specified Yes. Declarations of property are published in the central tact administrator's website. 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 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (2000, amended 2020) )

Members of Parliament

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received during the last 12 calendar months (except for the gifts of close people) if the value exceeds EUR 150 (Article 6 and 13 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. Membership and duties in enterprises, institutions, associations or founcations are declared (Article 6 (2.3) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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. For an year after the term the public official does not have a right to work as a manager in a company, which he supervised (Article 17 and Article 18 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
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 2019)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework. (General)

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Candidates for MEPs 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 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) Article 5 (1) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Filing required upon leaving office Yes. After termination of office, state politicians and their family members must declare assets held on December 31 of the calendar year in which they ceased to hold office (Article 6 (4) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) )
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 2019)

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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences (adopted 2015, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences (adopted 2015, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. Declarations of property and declarations of interests are publicly available. (Article 10 (2) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Timing of information release specified Yes. Declaration of property must be published before 1 October each year. (Article 10 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 )
Location(s) of access specified Yes. Declarations of property are published in the central tact administrator's website. 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 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (2000, amended 2020) )

Civil servants

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure Yes. Information on spouses and children must be disclosed. (Article 2 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
Income from outside employment/assets No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Gifts received during the last 12 calendar months (except for the gifts of close people) if the value exceeds EUR 150 (Article 6 and 13 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) Yes. Individual activities and 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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 EUR 3000 are declared (Article 6 (2.2) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. Membership and duties in enterprises, institutions, associations or founcations are declared (Article 6 (2.3) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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. For an year after the term the public official does not have a right to work as a manager in a company, which he supervised (Article 17 and Article 18 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No . Absent from legal framework. (General)
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 2019)
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No . Absent from legal framework. (General)

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. Candaites for public office submit declarations of property as candidates for office within 7 days of submission of their application. 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 (1) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) Article 5 (1) of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Filing required upon leaving office Yes. After termination of office, state politicians and their family members must declare assets held on December 31 of the calendar year in which they ceased to hold office (Article 6 (4) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents (adopted 1996, amended in 2018) )
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 (adopted 1996, amended in 2018))
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 2019)

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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences (adopted 2015, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 172 of the Code of Administrative Offences (adopted 2015, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (adopted in1997, amended in 2018) Article 221 of the Criminal Code (adopted 2000, amended in 2020) Article 15 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 5 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 2018 Article 9 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)

Public access to declarations

Public availability Partially. civil servants and their family members may submit a request to the Central Tax Administrator to publish their declarations of property on the Central Tax Administrator's website. The declaration of interests is public (Article 10 (2) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
Timing of information release specified No. Absent from legal framework. (Article 10 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 )
Location(s) of access specified Yes. Declarations of property are published in the central tact administrator's website. 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 (3) of the Law On Declaration Of The Property Of Residents, 1996, amended 2018 Article 10 of the Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service 2019)
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 (2000, amended 2020) )

Legislation

Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service of 2019_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on Declaration of Property of Residents of the Republic of Lithuania of 1996_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions of 2000_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Criminal Code of 2000_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Code of Administrative Offences of 2015_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf

*Last update: 2017


Conflict of Interest

The Law on the Adjustment of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service (1997, last amended in 2016) 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

20122015201620172020Trend
Restrictions7065656570
Sanctions5067676750
Monitoring and Oversight5062626250

Alternative Metric

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Head of State4062626240
Ministers6262626262
Members of Parliament6282828262
Civil servants6252525262

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: (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) )
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. (Article 14 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Holding government contracts Yes. The Head of State may not represent the state or municipality, or state, municipal institutions when dealing in certain situations when the state official may have a personal interest. (Article 12 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. The Head of State 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 and must suspend his activities in political parties and political organizations until the beginning of a new campaign of the election of the President of the Republic. (Article 83 of the Constitution (1992) Article 3 of the Law on President (2009))
Post-employment Yes. There are certain limitations when concluding employment contracts or entering into contracts or enjoying individual privileges after leaving office in the civil service. (Articles 18 and 19 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position Yes. The Head of State 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 and must suspend his activities in political parties and political organizations until the beginning of a new campaign of the election of the President of the Republic. (Article 83 of the Constitution (1992) Article 3 of the Law on President (2009) )
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. The Head of State is 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. The Head of State may not use his/her duties, authority and name in order to influence other persons’ decision, which would result in the emergence of a conflict of interest situation. (Article 11, paragraph 1, and Article 13 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. According to Article 86 of the Constitution (1993) the person of the President of the Republic shall be inviolable: while in office, he may neither be arrested nor held criminally or administratively liable. (Article 86 of the Constitution (1993) )
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. According to Article 86 of the Constitution (1993) the person of the President of the Republic shall be inviolable: while in office, he may neither be arrested nor held criminally or administratively liable. (Article 86 of the Constitution (1993) )
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. Control institutions and officers are the Chief Official Ethics Commission; heads of appropriate state or municipal institutions, establishments or their authorized representatives; other state institutions in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts. (Article 22 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )

Ministers

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest Yes. In order to ensure the supremacy of public interest, persons in the civil service must: (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) )
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. (Article 14 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Holding government contracts Yes. A person in the civil service may not represent the state or municipality, or state, municipal institutions when dealing in certain situations when the state official may have a personal interest. (Article 12 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm 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) Article 14 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Post-employment Yes. There are certain limitations when concluding employment contracts or entering into contracts or enjoying individual privileges after leaving office in the civil service. (Articles 18 & 19 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
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) Article 14 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A person in the civil service is 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. A person in the civil service may not use his duties, authority and name in order to influence other persons’ decision, which would result in the emergence of a conflict of interest situation. (Article 11, paragraph 1, and Article 13 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. A fine from 500 to 2,000 LTL may be imposed for the breach of provisions of Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service. (Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Lithuania (1984) )
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. A fine from 500 to 2,000 LTL may be imposed for the breach of provisions of Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service. (Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Lithuania (1984) )
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. Control institutions and officers are the Chief Official Ethics Commission; heads of appropriate state or municipal institutions, establishments or their authorized representatives; other state institutions in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts. (Article 22 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )

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: (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) )
Accepting gifts Yes. MPs may not accept or grant gifts or services if this may give rise to private and public interests conflict. (Article 14 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Holding government contracts Yes. A person in the civil service may not represent the state or municipality, or state, municipal institutions when dealing in certain situations when the state official may have a personal interest. (Article 12 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
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 organizations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. (Article 60 of the Constitution (1992) )
Post-employment Yes. Provides certain limitations when concluding employment contracts or entering into contracts or enjoying individual privileges after leaving office in the civil service. (Articles 18 & 19 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
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 organizations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. (Article 60 of the Constitution (1992) )
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. MPs 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. MPs may not use his duties, authority and name in order to influence other persons’ decision, which would result in the emergence of a conflict of interest situation. A Seimas Member who has a private interest in an issue must inform the presiding officer of a sitting about a threat of the conflict of interests and must stay away from further consideration and voting. (Article 11 & 13 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) Article 18, paragraph 6, of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Statute (1994) )
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. A fine from 500 to 2,000 LTL may be imposed for the breach of provisions of Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service. (Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Lithuania (1984) )
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. A fine from 500 to 2,000 LTL may be imposed for the breach of provisions of Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service. (Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Lithuania (1984) )
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. The enforcement bodies are the Chief Official Ethics Commission and the Commission on Ethics and Procedures. (Article 18 of the Law on the Chief Official Ethics Commission (2008) Article 18 of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Statute (1994))

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: (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) )
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. (Article 14 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Holding government contracts Yes. A person in the civil service may not represent the state or municipality, or state, municipal institutions when dealing in certain situations when the state official may have a personal interest. A civil servant cannot conclude transactions on behalf of the state or municipal institution or agency, in which he holds office, with individual (personal) enterprises, in which he/she has personal interest. (Article 12 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) Article 17, paragraph 2, of the Law on Civil Service (1999) )
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. A civil servant cannot be appointed a member of a body of an enterprise, also receive remuneration or other payments for carrying out the work of member of the body of an enterprise, as well as work as an employee in enterprises, public establishments or organizations, also receive remuneration if it causes the conflict of public and private interests in civil service. (Article 17 of the Law on Civil Service (1999))
Post-employment Yes. There are certain limitations when concluding employment contracts or entering into contracts or enjoying individual privileges after leaving office in the civil service. (Articles 18 & 19 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position Yes. According to Article 17, paragraph 5, of the Law on Civil Service (1999) a civil servant cannot occupy more than one post in the civil service. According to Article 60 of the Constitution (1992) 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 organizations as well as with work in business, commercial and other private establishments or enterprises. According to Article 99 of the Constitution (1992) and Article 14 of Law on the Government (1994) 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 17, paragraph 5, of the Law on Civil Service (1999) Article 60 of the Constitution (1992) Article 99 of the Constitution (1992) Article 14 of Law on the Government (1994))
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. A person in the civil service is 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, paragraph 1, of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. A fine from 500 to 2,000 LTL may be imposed for the breach of provisions of Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service. (Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Lithuania (1984) )
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. A fine from 500 to 2,000 LTL may be imposed for the breach of provisions of Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service. (Article 202(1) of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Lithuania (1984) )
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework. (General)

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework. (General)
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. Control institutions and officers are the Chief Official Ethics Commission; heads of appropriate state or municipal institutions, establishments or their authorized representatives; other state institutions in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts. (Article 22 of the Law on the adjustment of public and private interests in the civil service (1997) )

Legislation

Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania of 1994 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Coordination of Public and Private Interests in the Civil Service of 2019 (Lithuanian)pdf
Statute of the Seimas of 1994 (Lithuanian)pdf
Code of Conduct for State Politicians of 2006 (Lithuanian)pdf
Code of Administrative Offences of 2015 (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Chief Official Ethics Commission of 2008 (Lithuanian)pdf

*Last update: 2017


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 2016), 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.


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20122015201620172020Trend
Scope and Coverage9393939393
Information access and release7575757575
Exceptions and Overrides100100100100100
Sanctions for non-compliance00000
Monitoring and Oversight1717171717

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 2020)
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 2020)

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 2020)
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 2020)
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 2020)
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 2020)
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, amended 2020 Article 17 of the Legislative Framework Law, 2012, amended 2020 )
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 2020 )
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 2020) )
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 2020) )
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 2020 Article 6, paragraph 1 and 2, Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2020 )

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 2020)
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 2020 )
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 2020 Article 8, paragraph 2, of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2020)

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 2020)
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 2020)
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 2020)

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, amended 2020) )
Existence of personal privacy/data law Yes. Law No. XIII-1426 of 30 June 2018 amending Law No. I-1374'Personal Data Protection Law' (Law No. XIII-1426 of 30 June 2018 amending Law No. I-1374 "Personal Data Protection Law", last amended in 2020)
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 2020 Article 1, paragraph 3, of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2020 Article 6 of the Law No. XIII-1426 of 30 June 2018 amending Law No. I-1374 "Personal Data Protection Law", last amended in 2020 Articles 1.116 and 6.925 of the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania (2000, amended 2020) Articles 3 and 7 of the Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets (1999, amended 2020) )
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, amended 2020 Articles 16 and 19 of the Law on Right to Receive Information from State and Municipal Institutions and Bodies, 2000, amended 2020)
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 2020) Articles 12 and 13 of the Law on the Seimas Ombudsman (1998, amended 2018) )
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, amended 2020))

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 2020 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

Legislation

Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania of 1992_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Criminal Code of 2000_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Code of Administrative Offences of 2015_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on Public Administration of 1999_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Commissions of Administrative Disputes of 1999_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Seimas Ombudsman of 1998_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Jurisdiction of Administrative Cases of 1999_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Provision of Information to the Public of 1996_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Right to Receive Information of 2000_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Statute of the Seimas of 1994_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Legislative Framework Law of 2012_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on the Budget Structure of 1990_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on State Secrets and Official Secrets of 1999_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data of 1996_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf
Civil Code of 2000_LIT (Lithuanian)pdf

*Last update: 2017


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 58,000   (EUR 17,000) for goods

▪         LTL 145,000 (EUR 40,000)for works

▪         LTL  58,000 (EUR 17,000) 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.


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20122015201620172020Trend
Scope668093
Information availability33838346
Evaluation75757581
Open competition83838333
Institutional arrangements29292936

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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. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))
What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type WORKS) EUR 145000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))
What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type SERVICES) EUR 58000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))

Threshold - by PP type

What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: PUBLIC SECTOR) EUR 58000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: UTILITIES) EUR 58000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/25/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 13 (9) of the Utilities Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. (Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 12 (3) and 94 (7) )
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: DEFENCE) EUR 58000. A low-value purchase is one in which the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000, and the purchase referred to in Article 15 (7) of the Law on Procurement of Defence and Security. The thresholds for cross-border purchases are those set out in Directive 2009/81/EC, as revised by the European Commission and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The thresholds for international purchases are exclusive of value added tax. The Public Procurement Office publishes the value thresholds of international procurement and information on their adjustments in the Central Public Procurement Information System. Additionally, any of the following purchases shall be considered a simplified procurement: 1) public procurement, the value of which is lower than the limits of the value of international procurement; 2) public procurement of services specified in Annex 2 to this Law, regardless of the value of the procurement; 3) the public procurement specified in Paragraph 6 of Article 15 of this Law. The purchase contract may be concluded orally when the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000. (Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 16 and 52 (8))

Threshold - by product type

What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type GOODS) EUR 58000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type WORKS) EUR 145000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type SERVICES) EUR 58000. A procurement whose estimated value is equal to or exceeds EU thresholds (Directive 2014/24/EU) is deemed an international procurement. The absolute minimum contract value above which the public procurement law applies is referred to as low-value public procurement, which is a simplified procurement used when the estimated value of the purchase of goods or services is less than EUR 58,000 and the estimated value of the works is less than EUR 145,000. The low-value procurement procedure also applies to the purchase referred to in Article 5 (9) of the Procurement Law. Concerning conclusion of the contract once the tender is finished, if the value of the simplified purchase contract is less than EUR 3,000 an oral purchase contract may be concluded. In the cases specified in the descriptions referred to in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Procurement Law, contracting authorities may be permitted to enter into oral simplified procurement contracts with a value not exceeding EUR 10,000. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 4 (3) and 86 (7))

Information availability

Publishing and record keeping

Is there a requirement that tender documents must published in full? Yes. The Contracting Authority shall publish the procurement documents in the Central Procurement Information System from the date of publication of the procurement notice or invitation to confirm interest or invitation to submit a tender. Procurement documents may also be published on the buyer's profile, but not before they are published in the Central Procurement Information System. The central public procurement information system must provide unrestricted, comprehensive, direct and free access to published procurement documents. The contract notice or the call for expressions of interest must indicate the Internet address at which the procurement documents can be accessed. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 35 and 36 (2) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 24 and 25 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 49 )
Are any of these documents published online at a central place? Yes. https://cvpp.eviesiejipirkimai.lt/ (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 36 (2) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 24 and 25 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 49 )
Is it mandatory to keep all of 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. The contracting authority must document the progress of the procurement, even if the procurement is made by electronic means. Procurement authorities have the right to monitor all procurement procedures, filming Commission meetings and other procurement procedures if necessary. Planning and pre-procurement documents, procurement documents, tenders, tenders and their examination and evaluation documents, Commission decision-making, negotiation, dialogue or other minutes, correspondence with suppliers and other procurement-related documents shall be kept for at least 4 years from the end of the procurement. Preliminary contracts, procurement contracts, their amendments and documents related to their performance shall be kept for at least 4 years from the performance of the procurement contract. All of these documents shall be preserved in accordance with the procedure established by the Law on Documents and Archives of the Republic of Lithuania. In the defence and security sector, documents which contain classified information shall be protected in accordance with the procedure established by the Law on State and Official Secrets. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 97 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 48 (6) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 103 (3) )
Are contracts awarded within a framework agreement published (ie mini contracts)? No. < >

Sub-contracting

Is it mandatory to publish information on subcontractors (ie names) in some cases? Yes. The awarded contract when concluded in writing, must specify, among other things, subcontractors, if they are used during the performance of the procurement contract, and the procedure for changing them. Procurement documents must stipulate that upon conclusion of the procurement contract, but not later than the performance of the procurement contract, the supplier undertakes to inform the contracting authority of the names, contact details and representatives of the subcontractors known at that time. The supplier's entire tender and application may not be considered confidential (but the supplier may indicate that certain information contained in their tender is confidential) and it is, therefore, subject to being published. Confidential information may include, for example, trade (manufacturing) secrets and confidential aspects of tenders. However, information on the economic entities used, the capacities of which are relied on by the supplier, and subcontractors shall not be considered confidential. Award notices can be found on the Central Procurement Information System. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 20 (2), 33 (2), 34 (2), 50 (1), 87 (1) 11), 88 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 95 (1) 11) and 96 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 52 (5) 13), 56 and 57)
If yes, what is the threshold for publication (i.e. the % of total contract value subcontracted)? For example, if the threshold is 75%, and you have subcontracted out only 40% of your contract, no disclosure is required. Consultant will insert 75% in the short answer column. < >

Evaluation

Preferential treatment

Is there a ban on mentioning specific companies or brands in tender specification/call for tender? Yes. The technical specification may not specify a specific model or source of supply, a specific process specific to the goods or services supplied by a particular supplier, or a trade mark, patent, types, specific origin or production which would lead to certain entities or products being facilitated or rejected. Such indication shall be permitted on an exceptional basis, where it is not possible to describe the procurement object precisely and intelligibly in accordance with the requirements set out in paragraph 4 of this Article. In this case, the indication shall be given by adding the words "or equivalent". (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 37 (5) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 40 (8) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 50 (5))
Is there a preferential treatment for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)? No. The only requirement pertaining to SMEs is that of including the extent of participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in procurement in the Procurement Monitoring Report prepared and submitted to the European Commission by the Public Procurement Office. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 98 (2) 2) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 104 (2) 2))
Is there a preferential treatment for local/national companies? (companies from other EU MS are considered foreign companies) No. The Contracting Authority shall ensure that the principles of equality, non-discrimination, mutual recognition, proportionality and transparency are observed in the procurement. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 17 (1) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 6 (1) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 21 (1))
Is there a specific set of rules for green/sustainable procurement? Yes. Among the guiding principles of public procurement that contracting authorities must adhere to is that of environmental protection, i.e. the performance of procurement contracts must comply with the obligations of environmental protection. Contracting authorities may, therefore, require the suppliers to adhere to an environmental management system or observe specific environmental requirements, set most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) criteria based on environmental considerations. There are specific MEAT rules for vehicle, food and catering procurement. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 17 (2) 2), 18 (3), 35 (2), 45, 46 (6) 1), 48, 53 (3), 54, 55 and 56 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 28 (1), 34 (2) and 39 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 29 (2) 2), 30 (3), 48 (2), 58, 60, 61 and 64 (1))

Bid evaluation

Are there restrictions on allowable grounds for tenderer exclusion? Yes. Procurement documents must specify the grounds for exclusion of suppliers. Generallly, mandatory grounds for exclusion include tenderers' conviction of: participation in, organization or management of a criminal organization; bribery and trading in influence; fraud; embezzlement; money laundering, tax evasion; financing terrorism; criminal bankruptcy; or human trafficking. Tenderers shall also be mandatorily excluded for: non-payment of taxes, including social security contributions (unless the amount of indebtedness does not exceed EUR 50); actions aimed at distorting competition in the procurement; and existance of conflict of interest. Discretionary grounds for exclusion include: violation of at least one of the environmental, social and labor law obligations; insolvency; violation of competition, safety and health of employees; professional misconduct or breach of professional ethics. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 32 (2) 2) and 46 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 34 and 38 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 48 (2) 2) and 59)
Are some bids automatically excluded? e.g., lowest/highest price; unusually low price, etc. Yes. The contracting authority shall require the tenderer to justify the price or cost of the goods, services, works or components indicated in the tender if they appear to be abnormally low. The price or cost of the goods, services or works quoted in the tender must in all cases be considered abnormally low if they are 30% or more lower than all suppliers whose tenders have not been rejected for other reasons and whose tender does not exceed the purchase and the arithmetic mean of the prices or costs offered in the documents to be prepared before the start of the procurement procedure. The contracting authority must reject a tender which indicates an abnormally low price or cost in any of the following cases: 1) the tenderer does not provide adequate evidence of the reasonableness of the proposed minimum price or cost; 2) the proposal does not comply with the obligations of environmental protection, social and labor law specified in Item 2 of Paragraph 2 of Article 17 of the Public Procurement Law. In the utilities sector, any offer to supply goods may be rejected where the proportion of products originating in third countries, determined in accordance with October 9 Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 laying down the Union Customs Code (OJ 2013 L 269, p. 1) represents more than 50% of the total value of the products offered. In this case, the software used in the telecommunications network devices is considered a product. In the defence sector, specific exclusion criteria established in Article 28 (5) of the Law on Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security apply. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 55 (10) and 57 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 28 (5) and 29 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 64 (10), 66 and 67 (2))
Is scoring criteria published? Yes. Procurement documents must specify criteria and conditions for evaluation of tenders. More specifically, the contracting authority shall indicate in the procurement documents the relative weighting of each of the criteria chosen to determine the most economically advantageous tender, except where the most economically advantageous tender is determined solely on the basis of price. The relative weight of the criteria is expressed in terms of a specific value or by determining the range within which each value assigned to the criterion falls. In cases where the characteristics of the procurement object make it impossible to determine the relative weight of the criteria, the contracting authority must indicate the order of importance of the criteria used in the procurement documents in descending order. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 35 (2) 11), 55 (6) and Annex 3, Arts. 1 (6) and 2 (11) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 28 (2) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 64 (6) and Annex 5 )
Are decisions always made by a committee? No. The Public Procurement Commission is the competent body to evaluate and decide on public procurement procedures. For low-value procurement procedures and renewed supplier competition under a framework agreement, however, constitution of a Public Procurement Commission is optional. The Commission shall work in accordance with the rules of procedure approved by the contracting authority which concluded it, shall be accountable to it and shall carry out only its written tasks and responsibilities. The Commission shall be formed by an order (decree) of the head of the contracting authority, being composed of at least 3 natural persons - the Chairman of the Commission and at least 2 members of the Commission. These members of the Commission may also be employees of a non-Commission entity. The contracting authority forming the commission has the right to call on experts to consult on a matter that requires special knowledge or assessment. Special rules on the Commission composition apply to the defence sector. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 19 and 77 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 10 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 31 and 85 )
Are there regulations on evaluation committee composition to prevent conflict of interest? Yes. Conflicts of interest in procurement include cases where employees, procuring entities, Commissioners or experts, observers involved in the procurement procedure or who may influence its results, directly or indirectly have a financial, economic or other personal interest in the procurement or ancillary procurement service provider, which could compromise their impartiality and independence at the time of purchase. In order to prevent conflicts of interest in procurement, the contracting authority shall require that each of those persons participates in procurement procedures or take procurement decisions only after signing a confidentiality undertaking declaration and a form of impartiality established by the Procurement Office in conjunction with the Central Ethics Commission. Upon receipt by the contracting authority of reasonable information that one of these persons may be in a situation of conflict of interest and has not withdrawn from the decision-making process or monitoring relating to the procurement in question, the contracting authority's head or their authorized representative shall suspend the relevant decision-making process or its monitoring and carry out an inspection of that person's procurement activities. The contracting authority, having established that a person is in a situation of conflict of interest, shall exclude them from the decision-making process or its monitoring related to the relevant procurement and assess whether the identified conflict of interest did not result in exclusion of the supplier referred to in Article 46 (4) 2). If an observer is found to be in a conflict of interest, the contracting authority shall inform the institution or body which authorized the person to attend the meetings of the Commission as an observer of the decision taken. There is no specific regulation in the defence and security sector. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 21 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 33 )
Is some part of evaluation committee mandatorily independent of contracting authority? No. It is not mandatory that some part of the evalution committee be independent of the contracting authority. It is, however, possible that it happens. The Commission shall be formed by an order (decree) of the head of the contracting authority constituting it from at least 3 natural persons - the Chairman of the Commission and at least 2 members of the Commission. These members of the Commission may also be employees of a non-Commission entity. The contracting authority forming the commission has the right to call on experts who know the subject matter matter if it requires special knowledge or assessment. The President of the Commission shall be appointed by the head of the contracting authority which has set up the Commission or by an employee of that contracting authority or another contracting authority under its joint authority authorized by him. The appointment of members of the Commission shall take into account their economic, technical, legal knowledge and knowledge of the Public Procurement Law and other procurement legislation. Only persons of good repute may be members of the Commission. The contracting authority that has formed the Commission may invite representatives of state and municipal institutions or bodies, who have submitted the authorization of the represented entity to participate in the meetings of the Commission as observers. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 19 (2) (3) (4) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 10 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 31)
Are scoring results publicly available? No. Only bidders/participants are informed of the established order of tenders and the winning tender. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 33 and 58 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 47 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 46)
Does the law specify under which conditions the tender can be cancelled? Yes. Procurement (or separate lot) or design contest procedures may be terminated when: 1) all applications, tenders, project tender plans or projects are rejected; 2) no application, tender, project tender plan or project is submitted within the established term; 3) the validity period of the tenders expires and the procurement contract or preliminary contract is not concluded due to reasons that depend on the suppliers; 4) all suppliers withdraw tenders, project tender plans or projects or refuse to enter into a procurement contract. Additionally, at any time prior to the conclusion of the procurement contract (preliminary contract) or determination of the winner of the design contest, the contracting authority has the right to terminate the initiated procurement or design contest procedures on its own initiative, if unforeseeable circumstances have arisen, and must do so if the principles set out in Article 1 (1) of the Public Procurement Law and in Article 6 (1) of the Law on Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security have been violated and the situation in question cannot be remedied. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 29 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 8 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 41 )

Open competition

CFT publication

Does the law specify the location for publicizing open calls for tenders? Yes. Publications Office of the European Union (OJEU/TED) and Central Procurement Information System (https://cvpp.eviesiejipirkimai.lt/) (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 34 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 25 and 46 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 47)
Does the law specify the location for publicizing restricted calls for tenders? Yes. Publications Office of the European Union (OJEU/TED) and Central Procurement Information System (https://cvpp.eviesiejipirkimai.lt/) (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 34 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 25 and 46 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 47)
Does the law specify the location for publicizing negotiated calls for tenders? Yes. Publications Office of the European Union (OJEU/TED) and Central Procurement Information System (https://cvpp.eviesiejipirkimai.lt/) (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 34 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Arts. 25 and 46 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 47)

Minimum # of bidders

What is the minimum number of bidders for restricted procedures? 5. For general procurement, the contracting authority shall indicate in the contract notice or in the call for expressions of interest the objective and non-discriminatory requirements and rules for the selection, the minimum and, where appropriate, the maximum number of candidates to be invited. In the case of a restricted competition, the number of candidates invited may not be less than 5, and in the case of published negotiations, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships, not less than 3. In the defence and security sector, the minimum number of candidates invited to tender in a restricted procedure is 3. By contrast, there is no set minimum number of bidders in the utilities sector. In this sector, in the case of restricted procedures, negotiated procedures, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships, the contracting entity may limit the number of candidates it will invite to tender, taking into account the characteristics of the specific procurement and the resources required for it. To this end, the procurement documents shall lay down objective rules and criteria for the selection of candidates. In any case, the number of candidates selected must be sufficient to ensure competition. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 54 (2) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 21 (1) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 48 (2) 4) and 59 (2) )
What is the minimum number of bidders for negotiated procedures? 3. The contracting authority shall indicate in the contract notice or in the call for expressions of interest the objective and non-discriminatory requirements and rules for the selection, the minimum and, where appropriate, the maximum number of candidates to be invited. In the case of a restricted competition, the number of candidates invited may not be less than 5, and in the case of published negotiations, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships, not less than 3. In the defence and security sector, the minimum number of candidates invited to tender in a negotiated procedure is 3. By contrast, there is no set minimum number of bidders in the utilities sector. In this sector, in the case of restricted procedures, negotiated procedures, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships, the contracting entity may limit the number of candidates it will invite to tender, taking into account the characteristics of the specific procurement and the resources required for it. To this end, the procurement documents shall lay down objective rules and criteria for the selection of candidates. In any case, the number of candidates selected must be sufficient to ensure competition. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 54 (2) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 22 (4) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 48 (2) 4) and 59 (2) )
What is the minimum number of bidders for competitive dialogue procedures? 3. The contracting authority shall indicate in the contract notice or in the call for expressions of interest the objective and non-discriminatory requirements and rules for the selection, the minimum and, where appropriate, the maximum number of candidates to be invited. In the case of a restricted competition, the number of candidates invited may not be less than 5, and in the case of published negotiations, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships, not less than 3. In the defence and security sector, the minimum number of candidates invited to tender in a competitive dialogue procedure is 3. By contrast, there is no set minimum number of bidders in the utilities sector. In this sector, in the case of restricted procedures, negotiated procedures, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships, the contracting entity may limit the number of candidates it will invite to tender, taking into account the characteristics of the specific procurement and the resources required for it. To this end, the procurement documents shall lay down objective rules and criteria for the selection of candidates. In any case, the number of candidates selected must be sufficient to ensure competition. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 54 (2) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 23 (2) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 48 (2) 4) and 59 (2))

Bidding period length

What are the minimum number of days for open procedures? General. The deadline for submission of tenders may not be shorter than: 1) 35 days from the date of dispatch of the notice from the Public Procurement Office - in the case of international procurement (i.e. above EU thresholds); 2) 12 days from the date of publication of the notice in the Central Public Procurement Information System - in case of simplified procurement. These bidding periods can be shortened in specified cases. There is no open procedure in the defence sector. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 60 (1) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 70 (1))
What are the minimum number of days for restricted procedures? General. The deadline for submission of tenders from the date of dispatch of invitations to tender to suppliers may not be less than: 1) 30 days in the case of international procurement (i.e. above EU thresholds); 2) 10 days in case of simplified procurement. These bidding periods can be shortened in specified cases. In the defence sector special rules apply: in the case of restricted procedures, negotiated procedures and competitive dialogue, the time limit for receipt of tenders shall be no less than 7 working days from the date of publication of the notice in the Central Procurement Information System or from the invitation to tender or participation - simplified procedure. In the case of above EU thresholds contracts, the time limit for receipt of tenders in negotiated procedures an competitive dialogues may not be less than 37 days from the date on which the contract notice is sent by the Public Procurement Office. In the case of restricted procedures, the time limit for receipt of tenders may not be less than 40 days from the date on which the invitation to tender is sent to the candidates. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 62 (3) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 27 (2) (3) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 72 (2))
What are the minimum number of days  for competitive negotiated procedures? General. The time limit for the submission of initial tenders from the date on which the invitations to tender are sent to suppliers may not be less than: 1) 30 days in the case of international procurement (i.e. above EU thresholds); 2) 10 days in case of simplified purchases. In the defence sector special rules apply: in the case of restricted procedures, negotiated procedures and competitive dialogue, the time limit for receipt of tenders shall be no less than 7 working days from the date of publication of the notice in the Central Procurement Information System or from the invitation to tender or participation - simplified procedure. In the case of above EU thresholds contracts, the time limit for receipt of tenders in negotiated procedures an competitive dialogues may not be less than 37 days from the date on which the contract notice is sent by the Public Procurement Office. In the case of restricted procedures, the time limit for receipt of tenders may not be less than 40 days from the date on which the invitation to tender is sent to the candidates. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 65 (3) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 27 (2) (3) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 74 (2))

Institutional arrangements

Institutions and regulations

Does the law specify the main EXCEPTIONS preventing the application of the public procurement law for tenders/organisations? Yes. For general procurement, the main exclusions are, inter alia: 1. the acquisition or rental, by whatever financial means, of land, existing buildings or other immovable property or concerning the acquisition of rights in such property; 2. purchases of radio and audiovisual media programs, their creation and production, where such purchases are made by a radio broadcaster or an audiovisual media service provider; 3. procurement of arbitration and conciliation services; 4. specific legal services; 5. purchases of financial services related to the issue, sale, purchase or transfer of securities or other financial instruments; 6. procurement of central bank services and operations with the European Financial Stability Facility and the European Stability Mechanism; 7. loans, whether related or not related to the issue, sale, purchase or transfer of securities or other financial instruments; 8. employment contracts; 9. civil defense, civil protection and emergency prevention services; 10. procurement of public passenger transport services by rail or metro; 11. purchases of services related to advertising campaign services and political campaigns, when the procurement is carried out by a political party; 12. procurement and design contests are conducted in accordance with international rules; 13. procurement by contracting authorities in the fields of water management, energy, transport and postal services; 14. procurement in the field of electronic communications; and 15. internal transactions concluded by the contracting authority with another contracting authority. Specific exceptions to the utilities and defence and security sectors apply. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 6-10 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 3 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 14-19 )
Does the law specify the main types of institutions that must apply the public procurement law? Yes. For the purposes of general procurement, a contracting authority is: 1. a state or municipal institution; 2. a public or private legal person, if all or part of its activities are specifically for non-commercial and non-industrial public interests (when the entity operates under normal market conditions, makes a profit and bears its own losses, the public interest established or for which the purpose for which it is intended is of an industrial or commercial nature) and if it meets at least one of the following conditions: a) its activities are financed more than 50 per cent from the state or municipal budgets or other state or municipal funds, or from other public or private legal entities specified in this Part; b) is controlled (managed) by state or municipal institutions or other public or private legal entities specified in this Part; c) has an administrative, management or supervisory body, more than half of whose members are appointed by public or municipal authorities or by other public or private legal entities referred to in this paragraph; 3. an association of public or private legal entities referred to in items 1 and/or 2. For the purposes of the utilities sector, a contracting entity is an entity carrying out at least one of the types of activities specified in Articles 5 to 11 of the Law on Procurement of Utilities, if it: a) is a contracting authority in accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 2 of the Law on Public Procurement; b) is an undertaking over which the contracting authority may exercise direct or indirect decisive influence due to its ownership, financial participation or legal acts regulating the activities of the undertaking; c) is neither a contracting authority nor an undertaking referred to in point 2 of this paragraph, but the competent authority has granted it special or exclusive rights to carry out those activities as set out in paragraph 2 of this Article. For the purposes of the defence sector, contracting authorities are those referred to in Article 2 (25) of the Law on Public Procurement and the contracting entities referred to in Article 4 of the Law on Procurement by the Republic of Lithuania in the Field of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 2 (25) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 4 (17) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 4)
Does the law specify the main procedure types or procurement methods permitted? Yes. Open procedure (except in the defence sector), restricted procedure, negotiated procedure with or without prior notice, competitive dialogue, innovations partnership and design contest (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 59-77 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 19 (1) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 69-85 )
Is there a procurement arbitration court dedicated to public procurement cases? No. A bidder who considers that the contracting authority has not complied with the requirements of the Public Procurement Law or the Utilities Procurement Law has unreasonably terminated the contract due to a material breach of the procurement contract and thereby violated or will violate its legitimate interests may apply to the district court as a court of first instance. In the defence sector, a bidder can appeal to: 1. the district court as a court of first instance, where the procurement does not involve the use of classified information; 2. the district administrative court for procurements related to the use of classified information. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 101 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 61 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 107)
Is there a procurement regulatory body dedicated to public procurement? Yes. Public Procurement Office (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 92 (2) (3), 93 and 95 Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 9 Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 100 (2) (3) and 101)
Does the law specify procurement advisors' profession (i.e. degree to be obtained, official list of members of the professional association) and its role in the tendering process (e.g. right to draft tender documentations, conduct market research identifying bidders)? No. Aside from a requirement concerning professional experience of some members of the jury evaluating projects in design contests, the only legal requirement is that the appointment of members of the Public Procurement Commission (i.e. evaluation commission) shall take into account their economic, technical, legal knowledge and knowledge of the Public Procurement Law and other procurement legislation. Also, the Law stipulates that only persons of good repute may be members of the Commission. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Arts. 19 (3) and 77 (3) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 10 (2) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Arts. 31 (3) and 85 (3) )
Is disclosure of final, beneficial owners required for placing a bid? No. < >

Complaints

Is there a fee for arbitration procedure? No.
Is there a ban on contract signature until arbitration court decision (first instance court)? Yes. Upon receipt of the claim, the contracting authority shall immediately suspend the procurement procedure until the claim is examined and a decision is made. The contracting authority may not conclude the procurement contract or the framework contract earlier than 10 days (5 working days in the case of simplified procurement) from the date of sending a written notice of its decision to the claimant supplier, interested candidates and tenderers. If the written notice is not sent by electronic means, the period in which the contracting authority may not conclude the contract is not earlier than 15 days. (Law on Public Procurement of 2006, as amended in 2020, Art. 103 (2) Law on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security of 2011, as amended in 2019, Art. 63 (2) Law on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services of 2017, as amended in 2020, Art. 109 (2) )
What is the maximum number of days until arbitration court decision from filing a complaint in the case of awarded contracts? N/S. The Procurement Law does not specify a maximum number of days.
Is there a requirement to publicly release arbitration court decisions ? No. However, a general search engine for first instance court cases can be found at: http://liteko.teismai.lt/viesasprendimupaieska/detalipaieska.aspx?detali=2

Legislation

Law No. I-1491 of 1996 on Public Procurement of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian)pdf
Law No. XI-1491 of 2011 on Public Procurement in the Field of Defense and Security (Lithuanian)pdf
Law No.XIII-328 of 2017 on Procurement by Contracting Authorities in the Fields of Water Management, Energy, Transport or Postal Services (Lithuanian)pdf

*Last update: 2017