Minister of Agriculture says ready to resign, but wants to hear specific facts
Lithuania’s Agriculture Minister Vigilijus Jukna says he would have considered resignation if he had heard any specific reproaches about non-transparency in the ministry’s activities but he had not been told any by President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Asked after the meeting with Grybauskaitė whether he would consider resignation if President demanded to take responsibility for non-transparent activities, the minister said: “There was nothing very specific said about those non-transparent activities today. But if there were, then yes.”
Meanwhile, Nerijus Udrėnas, an adviser to Grybauskaitė, earlier said that the President believed that the minister had to take responsibility both for the agricultural sector and transparent activities of the ministry.
“It’s the duty and responsibility of the minister – to ensure transparency of the Lithuanian agricultural system. There are doubts in public domain about potentially non-transparent allocation of EU support and fishing quotas, improper competitions to fill executive vacancies in the institutions subordinate to the ministry, favouring the companies related with politicians,” the adviser said.