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The limitation established in the Law on Electricity on extending the time limit of the validity of an authorisation to develop the capacity of electricity generation from renewable energy sources declared unconstitutional

21-12-2018

By its ruling passed today, the Constitutional Court has recognised that the legal regulation laid down in Item 1 of Paragraph 6 of Article 16 of the Law on Electricity (hereinafter referred to as the Law) is in conflict with Paragraph 1 of Article 46 of the Constitution and the constitutional principle of a state under the rule of law, insofar as, under this legal regulation, the time limit of the validity of an authorisation to develop the capacity of electricity generation from renewable energy sources is extended not more than once for a period of 6 months provided that the person applying for the extension of this time limit has submitted the supporting evidence that the work planned to be carried out has been delayed due to the actions of the state or third parties or force majeure, irrespective of the duration of these circumstances.

The provision of the Law on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid limiting access to secondary legal aid in criminal proceedings declared unconstitutional

11-10-2018

By its ruling passed today, the Constitutional Court has recognised that Item 11 of Paragraph 7 of Article 11 of the Law on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (hereinafter referred to as the Law) is in conflict with Paragraph 1 of Article 30 and Paragraphs 2 and 6 of Article 31 of the Constitution and the constitutional principle of a state under the rule of law, insofar as, under the legal regulation laid down in this item, an applicant is not provided with secondary legal aid if such aid was provided to him/her in other proceedings and he/she failed to pay the established costs of this aid in full or in part until the specified deadline in those cases where access to such aid is extremely difficult due to financial reasons and it is necessary to ensure this legal aid in criminal proceedings in the interests of justice.

The Seimas resolution on the reorganisation of Lithuanian Sports University declared unconstitutional

29-06-2018

By its ruling passed today, the Constitutional Court has recognised that the Seimas resolution of 12 January 2018 on the assent to the reorganisation of Lithuanian Sports University by way of incorporating it into the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is in conflict with the provisions of the Constitution and those of the Law on Science and Studies.

The provisions of the Law Amending the Law on Science and Studies that are related to the evaluation of study fields and their provisional accreditation declared unconstitutional

19-06-2018

By its ruling passed today, the Constitutional Court has recognised that the provisions “Until 1 March 2018, study fields are evaluated and provisionally accredited in accordance with the requirements and procedure approved by the Minister of Education and Science. The term of a provisional accreditation of study fields is set by the Minister of Education and Science. If an evaluated study field does not comply with the requirements established by the Minister of Education and Science, the higher education school may not admit students to studies in that field,...

The provisions of the Law on State Service and those of the Law on National Conscription that establish preference for applicants who have fulfilled their military obligation to enter state service declared unconstitutional

06-06-2018

By its ruling passed today, the Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article 11 and those of Paragraph 2 of Article 13 of the Law on State Service, which stipulate that, in recruitment for state service positions, preference must be given to applicants who have performed continuous compulsory initial military service, or who have completed basic military training, or who have performed alternative national defence service if several candidates who have taken part in a competition for the position of a career state servant or of the head of an establishment in state service receive the same assessment.

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The Constitutional Court has taken over the presidency of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions

04-01-2019

On 1 January 2019, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania took over the presidency of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions (hereinafter referred to as the BBCJ or the Association). The Association was established on the initiative of the Constitutional Court of Moldova and the Constitutional Court of Lithuania following the signing of the Declaration on the Establishment of the BBCJ on 26 October 2015 in Vilnius.

Justices from the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Lithuania, and Ukraine will examine the threats to a state under the rule of law in the context of regional challenges

24-10-2018

On 25–26 October, Vilnius will host an international conference of constitutional judges – the Vilnius Forum. The Presidents and Justices of the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Lithuania, and Ukraine will take part in it. This meeting is organised in the framework of the project “Assistance to the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine in Ensuring the Implementation and Protection of the Principles of the Rule of Law in the Context of Regional Challenges”, which is financed under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. A delegation from the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland will attend the conference as a guest.

Dainius Žalimas: The strength of the BBCJ comes from a real commitment to the rule of law and freedom, as well as from solidarity and support for the countries’ strategic aspirations

16-05-2018

Representatives from the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine are discussing the harmonisation of national and EU law at the 3rd Congress “The Role of the Constitutional Courts in European Integration Process” of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions (BBCJ), which is taking place in Tbilisi (Georgia).

Dainius Žalimas: The Constitution of 3 May can be regarded as a revolution in the rule of law

03-05-2018

This year, the Constitution of 3 May 1791 of the Commonwealth of Two Nations – Lithuania and Poland – is 227 years old. Why even today do we still believe that this date is significant after centuries have passed and we have lived under the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania that has been in force for 25 years?

BBCJ Statement on Condemning and Persecuting Aggression and Violation of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories of the BBCJ Countries

13-04-2018

At the working meeting for the 3rd Congress of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions and General Assembly held in Tbilisi (Georgia), the Presidents of the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine signed the Statement condemning aggression and stressing the necessity to prosecute the persons responsible for it.

 

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