The political status in Lithuania
On August 28, Prime Minister, Saulius Skvernelis, confirmed he has stage 1 lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The President, Gitanas Nausėda, expressed his condoleances and stated that the Prime Minister, who has kept working, had every right to take sick leave if necessary. The Prime Minister would then be replaced by Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy.
On 5 September, speaker of the Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis, handed in his resignation letter to the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union Party. This follows a coalition dispute in which his position as speaker was promised to their coalition partner, the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania. Mr. Pranckietis has refused to do so and is thus withdrawing from his political party.
Following the European elections, the Lithuanian Minister for Economy and Innovation Virginijus Sinkevičius was attributed the Environment and Oceans portfolio as European Commissioner.