PM stresses need for decisions to manage future risks in LRT probe

With the Lithuanian parliament set to launch its scrutiny of LRT, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that it is important not only to dispel existing doubts, but also to ensure that no doubts about the public broadcaster's activities arise in the future.

"There is an important goal. We are speaking about public finances, and a lot of doubts have been raised now. The public has (doubts), and the main goal of the Seimas commission is to have these questions answered and doubts dispelled. Finally, and perhaps more importantly, risks have to be identified and, if there are any, decisions have to be made to manage these risks," he said on the Žinių Radijas station on Thursday.

"Because questions arise and it is thought that there is no sufficient control and auditing, it is necessary not only to state it as a fact, but also to propose steps to be made to ensure that such questions do not arise in the future," he added.

A special commission set up by the Seimas in early January for parliamentary scrutiny of LRT is holding its first meeting on Thursday.

Lawmakers say that the commission will look at whether the public broadcaster rationally spends budget money, but critics describe the move as an effort to put pressure on the media.

The Seimas has sets June 1 as a deadline for completing the probe.

Source: BNS
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