Recommendations of project experts for Central and Eastern EU Member States on voting rights of third country nationals
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International conference on political participation of immigrants in Prague
On 8 and 9 April 2015, 57 participants from 15 countries met in Prague on the occasion of the international conference on political participation of immigrants organized by the Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU) in frame of the Fostering political participation in 9 Central and Eastern EU countries project. In her opening speech Czech Ombudswoman Anna Šabatová called for granting voting rights on local level to permanently residing third country nationals in the Czech Republic. For more information click here. Speakers from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, OSCE, Malmö University, Berlin Parliament etc. presented their views on the issues of voting rights, advisory bodies and immigrant associations. Look at the the conference presentations here (see below). Marti...(more)
Halina Nieć Legal Aid Centre published a new article on voting rights of immigrants in Poland
Please find attached an article from the Halina Nieć Legal Aid Centre reflecting the conference “Voting rights for foreigners – yes or no? Presentation of research results” organized by the International Organisation for Migration and Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw on 21 October 2014....(more)
Suggest committing the parties to specify the citizenship of the members
As the permission to register as members of parties for the nationals of countries other than Lithuania comes into force as of 1 January 2015, the Ministry of Justice (MJ) suggests that the lists of the parties submitted to the Ministry should also necessarily specify the citizenship of their members. Currently the lists of members of political parties submitted to the Ministry must include the name and surname of the member of the political party as well as their personal number and their address of place of residence. The Ministry also notes that the citizenship of nationals of Lithuania will be specified automatically when submitting the lists of members of political parties electronically.  Read more at http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/siulo-ipareigoti-partijas-nurody...(more)
Seimas allows EU nationals to take part in the activities of Lithuanian political parties
Implementing the requirement entrenched in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (EU) to ensure that nationals who are not citizens of a country have the right to stand as candidates in municipal elections as well as elections to the European Parliament under the same conditions as citizens of the country, the Seimas adopted the amendments to the preamble of the Law on Political Parties (draft No. XIIP-875(4). The currently valid law establishes that citizens of the Republic of Lithuania have the right to freely assemble into political parties, participate in their activities and to withdraw from them. The law was supplemented with the provision regulating that this right, except for the establishment of political parties, is also available to nationals of other European Unio...(more)
For aliens – green light to the politics
The Seimas has allowed nationals of European Union (EU) countries, who are permanent residents of Lithuania, to be members of political parties registered in Lithuania. However, they will not be able to establish parties. In addition, a requirement was included that they not be members of parties or political organisations of other countries. These amendments to the Law on Political Parties were adopted by majority vote of the members of the Seimas. If President Dalia Grybauskaitė signs the law, the amendments will come into force as of next year. Read more at http://www.grokiskis.lt/temos/aktualijos/2014/11/06/uzsienieciams---zalia-sviesa-i-politika...(more)
Aliens not to be allowed to join Lithuanian political parties
Regardless of the warning of the European Commission, the Seimas did not permit the nationals of countries other than Lithuania to become members of the country’s political parties. The suggestion that nationals of the European Union (EU) Member States permanently residing in Lithuania might become members of Lithuanian parties was submitted by the Ministry of Justice. The Seimas did not support the proposal with 36 members of Parliament voting for, 19 against and 20 abstaining. The draft was returned for improvement. The draft had been prepared in response to the notification of the European Commission (EC) concerning a possible violation permitting only citizens of the country to establish parties and join them. Brussels asked Lithuania whether such a regulation did not contravene ...(more)
It is proposed to allow aliens to take part in party activities, but not in establishing parties
The Ministry of Justice suggested that nationals of other Member States of the European Union (EU) might be members of political parties registered in Lithuania; however they could not participate in the foundation of such political parties. The Ministry submitted this option of the law after the Seimas returned the previous amendments, which would have allowed aliens also to establish parties in Lithuania for improvement “In consideration of the suggestions voiced, a revised draft law is submitted providing that nationals of a EU Member State may only be members of political parties registered in Lithuania, but they may not participate in the foundation of such political parties”, the Ministry indicated. Read more at http://klaipleda.daily.lt/naujienos/lietuva/politika/uzsieni...(more)
Attempts to permit aliens become members of parties repeated
The Ministry of Justice suggests that nationals of other European Union (EU) Member States might be members of a political party registered in Lithuania; however, they could not participate in the foundation of such political parties. The Ministry submitted this option of the law after the Seimas returned  the previous amendments, which would have allowed aliens also to establish parties in Lithuania, for improvement. Read more at http://lzinios.lt/lzinios/Lietuvoje/uzsienieciams-vel-bandoma-leisti-tapti-partiju-nariais/181997...(more)
Europe insists on election of foreign nationals to Lithuanian government. We will no longer be masters but footmen
The European Commission threatens Lithuania with punishments because only Lithuanian citizens can be members of political parties here. Brussels demands that aliens not be discriminated against and that those who ‘drop in’ should be allowed to take part in our political life, simply speaking, to run the country. The Law on Political Parties establishes that only citizens of Lithuania above 18 years may be founders and members of political parties. This provision displeased Brussels: it allegedly contradicts the Directive of the Council adopted on 19 December 1994 laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections by citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals. Read more ...(more)


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