The speaker also underlined that following the recent ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania, it became clear that such facilitations are not allowed, but, he hopes, the issue will be resolved with ethnic minorities and it will not damage Lithuanian-Polish relations.
"We must execute court rulings. The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that constitutional provisions had been violated. (...) We should sit, discuss, talk about it and not to fuel this issue," Gedvilas told in an interview with Žinių Radijas (News Radio) on Wednesday.
The speaker also underlined that a court ruling was also necessary for the education minister who had signed the facilitation order as it clarified the whole situation. "The minister was under considerable pressure from ethnic minorities, especially from the Polish side, to facilitate the examination procedure," the parliamentary speaker said.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania ruled that Pavalkis' order on the facilitation of the state Lithuanian language exam for ethnic minority graduates runs counter to the constitutional principle of equality.