Lithua­nian pres­i­dent will sup­port non­lithua­nian names in pass­ports with ap­proval from watch­dog

The Baltic Times - - COMMENTARY - BNS/TBT Staff

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.

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