The latest on the Lithuanian dual citizenship
As the BNS reminded President Valdas Adamkus would be in favour of holding a referendum on dual citizenship and plans to authorize the Seimas to create in its spring session a new edition of the Citizenship Law, as drafted by his appointed task force.
After the meeting of the group with the Seimas Board the Presidential spokeswoman Grumadaite said: “The president requested the Seimas Board to mull the new draft Citizenship Law so as to vouchsafe a more clear and consistent legal regulation of citizenship, expand and better define cases when a Lithuanian citizen can simultaneously become that of another state. (…) The president would back the Seimas should it decide to hold a referendum and change Article 12 of the Constitution, thus legitimizing dual citizenship for all applicants”.
As the BNS writes the legal experts last week presented the president with a draft Citizenship Law drawn up by his appointed task force. The bill provisions a move to introduce and regulate a Lithuanian Charter document by Sept 30 and draft respective acts of law.
“I would like to remind that the new draft bill provisions that all Lithuanian citizens, who were exiled from Lithuania or left the country on their own will from 1919 to March 11 of 1990, as well as a few generations of their progeny get to retain Lithuanian citizenship. Persons, who for various reasons left Lithuania after March 11 of 1990 and chose to become citizens of another state, automatically lose their Lithuanian citizenship. However, their children, born abroad, retain the right to dual citizenship, i.e. that of Lithuania and another country”, Grumadaite explained.
Members of the Seimas Board were not unanimous on dual citizenship prospects.
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