Seimas panel: MP Skardžius might have confused interests

Artūras Skardžius

Lithuanian MP Artūras Skardžius took care of renewable resources at the parliament, therefore, could have violated his public and private interests in public service, the parliament's Anti-Corruption Commission concluded, advising the Seimas to turn to the Chief Official Ethics Commission for a decision.

"The MP had interest in the renewable resources energy and could have violated the provisions of the Law on Public and Private Interests in Public Service by proposing bills, as the provisions advise persons working in public service to avoid conflict of interests," reads the conclusion.

The finding was made based on the information provided by the Special Investigation Service (STT) about corruption risk factors in the bills proposed by Skardžius and other MPs, also establishing that his family members, for instance, his spouse, was involved in energy business and had ties with Belarusian businessmen.

The parliament had authorized the panel to scrutinize the MP's family interests in energy by Nov. 10.

The commission established that Investenergostroj, a Belarusian company co-owned by the Skardžius family and his close friend Romualdas Palatavičius, financed a power plant project for the money of its shareholders, which mainly include companies from Lithuania linked with the Skardzius' circle, as well as funds of Russian gas giant Gazprom's bank Belgazprombank, also selling electricity to a Belarusian state concern Belenergo at a high price.

STT has told the Anti-Corruption Commission that the Skardžius-proposed amendments on renewable resources could have facilitated exclusive conditions for owners of solar and wind plants, as he had interest in the businesses. The Energy Ministry has also submitted an opinion that Skardžius' earlier proposals on renewable energy development created exclusive conditions for developers of the small solar plants.

Source: BNS
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