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Country report: The rule of law in Lithuania

Eglė Dagilytė provides an overview of the rule of law in Lithuania. This report is part of a series that will cover all 27 EU member states.

As Lithuanians prepare to elect a new parliament on 25 October 2020, the country has been deeply affected by the covid-19 pandemic and so has its rule of law. As the European Commission and others report, Lithuania has made significant progress in some areas of the rule of law, but it continues to face important challenges.

Apart from the direct impact of the coronavirus, there are ongoing investigations into judicial corruption, Russian pressure on magistrates examining the historically and politically sensitive ‘13 January’ case, and delays in appointing new judges to top courts. In addition, there is a need for improvement in the fields of human rights, non-discrimination and equality for the rule of law to function meaningfully.

This report provides an overview of the most important recent developments on the rule of law in the country and the national and international perception of these issues.

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