Lithuanian JustMin to propose scrapping employment preference for conscripts
The Lithuanian Justice Ministry will ask the Seimas to amend laws after the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that a legislative provision that gives priority to people who have completed their military service over other applicants for public service jobs runs counter to the Constitution.
"The Law on Public Service is currently being discussed at the Seimas' Committee on Legal Affairs, and we'll apparently send our representatives so that the committee should amend that provision," Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius told BNS on Wednesday.
The government turned to the Constitutional Court after three candidates for the position of the head of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority received the same evaluation and one of them submitted documents on the completion of mandatory military service.
Jankevičius said that the ministry will now be able to announce the results of the competition.
The Constitutional Court recognized as unconstitutional the existing procedure when a candidate with completed mandatory military service, basic military training or alternative service is prioritized over other candidates for the position of a civil servant when several candidates receive equal evaluation.
The court judged the existing practice to be creating "less favorable conditions for entering civil service or assuming the position of head of a state institution for citizens who have been exempt from military service due to objective circumstances provided for by the law, have had their service postponed or have been released from it early".