Lithuanian president will support nonlithuanian names in passports with approval from watchdog
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskait will support the proposal to allow nonlithuanian characters of the Latin alphabet on the main page of personal documents, if a green light is received from the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language.
She spoke shortly after the bill on the spelling of first and last names in documents passed the first reading in the Seimas in a vote of 64 to 25 with 13 abstentions, and will now be discussed at parliamentary committees. The bill is expected to return to the full parliament on June 20. The parliament also discussed an alternative version where the original names would be entered on an additional page of the passport. The bill, which follows the Latvian example, was supported by 53 parliamentarians, 19 were against and 25 abstained.