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Social Democratic MEPs Zigmantas Balčytis and Vilija Blinkevičiūtė to forgo seats in Lithuanian Seimas

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Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Vilija Blinkevičiūtė
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuanian MEPs Zigmantas Balčytis and Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, elected to the Lithuanian Seimas with the Social Democratic Party, will continue their work in Brussels, while Orinta Leiputė and Gintautas Mikolaitis will take their seats in the Lithuanian Seimas.

"The party's council has delegated us to work in the European Parliament. And there's important work to be done there as the EU Presidency is approaching and there are other important issues, including funding of the closure of Ignalina nuclear power plant and the new financial perspective," Balčytis told BNS on Monday.

He also said it meant he and Blinkevičiūtė would not seek ministerial positions. "Yes, it means that," he said.

Balčytis and Blinkevičiūtė are set to be replaced by Leiputė, a vice-mayor of Kaunas, and Mikolaitis, a former MP and incumbent council member of Raseiniai District Municipality.

The latter confirmed his plans to BNS on Monday to resign from his current position and work in the Seimas. Leiputė also said she decided to become an MP.

The Social Democrats have secured 38 seats in the 2012-2016 Seimas.

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