Lithuania: Parliament to introduce fines for insulting public servants

The Lithuanian parliament, the Seimas, has approved in first reading amendments proposed by parliamentary speaker, leader of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement (LLS) Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen, that would provide for administrative liability for insulting the honour and dignity of people who provide public services, LRT reports, citing Novaya Gazeta. Violators will face fines of EUR 50-300 for "insulting the honour and dignity of public service providers, whether in writing, words, gestures, or offensive or provocative behaviour." Cmilyte-Nielsen noted that insulting and aggressive behaviour towards paramedics and other civil servants was a long-standing and systemic problem. The Seimas is due to pass the amendments by 4 July 2023.