Does the Constitution Allow Members of the Seimas to Dance, or Some Problematic Aspects of the Interpretation of the Legal Status of the Member of the Seimas

Vytautas Sinkevičius

Abstract


The Constitution prohibits Members of the Seimas from working in any other work and from receiving any other remuneration, with the exception of remuneration for creative activities. Under the Constitution, the mandate of a Member of the Seimas may be used only in the manner so that the Member of the Seimas might exercise the rights and duties of the representative of the Nation, might participate when the Seimas—the representation of the Nation—executes its functions and powers. The mandate of a Member of the Seimas may not be used for personal gain or for the private gain of other persons. The Constitution does not tolerate any such situation when Members of the Seimas conclude agreements with commercial televisions regarding their participation in various television entertainment projects (shows) and assume corresponding obligations, since in this manner the mandate of a Member of the Seimas is indirectly used for private gain of other persons and for private gain of the Member of the Seimas. It is incompatible with the essence of the mandate of a Member of the Seimas and with the constitutional status of a Member of the Seimas.

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constitutional prohibitions to Members of the Seimas; mandate of a Member of the Seimas; agreements of Members of the Seimas with televisions; administrative liability of a Member of the Seimas

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236