Almost 2 thousand people had long-term permits to enter the Parliament during the last parliamentary term

Published March 31, 2021

1789 people from at least 195 institutions had long-term access to the Parliament between 2016 and 2020. They discussed various questions in parliamentary committees’ meetings about 9,6 thousand times. This was shown in the analysis by Transparency International Lithuania which data is available at www.manoseimas.lt

During the last parliamentary term 2960 long-term access permits were issued to the representatives from 117 public sector institutions, 28 NGOs, charities and other non-profit organisations, 16 business associations, 4 trade unions, 3 political parties, 2 media outlets and 2 EU institutions. 37 registered lobbyists, 27 individuals (hairdressers, language teachers, medical staff, etc.) and the representatives from 23 business companies also received the permits (a majority of them being service providers to the Parliament). One person could have obtained more than one permit at different times. 

The average duration of the permits issued was 15 months. 24 permits were issued for an indefinite period of time, most of them to the former Members of Parliament or Chancellors.

1 out 2 people who had long-term permits, except potential service providers, participated in parliamentary committees’ meetings. In total, about 9,6 thousand times.

All 4 trade union representatives, 8 out of 10 business associations, 8 out of 10 registered lobbyists, 6 out of 10 media outlets, 4 out of 10 public sector bodies, NGOs, charity and other non-profit organizations attended committees’ meetings at least once.

This review provides data about long-term permits received in September 2020 from the Office of Seimas (request submitted in December 2019). Permits’ holders names and surnames were matched with committees’ data publicly available at e-seimas.lrs.lt and collected in July 2020. More information and open data can be found at  www.manoseimas.lt.

A short summary of the findings can be found here. More detailed information and data can be found at www.manoseimas.lt.

More information: 

Ingrida Kalinauskienė, ingrida@transparency.lt 

The initiative is funded by the European Union Internal Security Fund – Police.