Lithuanian president urges parliament to strive for "fundamental changes"

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VILNIUS, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda urged the parliament to strive for fundamental change in the country on Tuesday when addressing on the occasion of the start of its autumn session.

"History shows that pre-election period is one of the most difficult as the short-term aspiration to win the next election often overshadows the long-term work that we need to do. Let's prove that we can strive for fundamental change despite the upcoming election to Seimas (Lithuanian parliament)", Nauseda was quoted as saying in the greeting statement.

Lithuania will hold its parliamentary election in the autumn of 2020.

The president invited MPs to remember that whatever party they belonged to, they were first and foremost representatives of the people of Lithuania who had received a mandate of voters' confidence in order to work for Lithuania.

After repeatedly urging to jointly strive for a creation of a "welfare state" in Lithuania, Nauseda also called for respecting the fiscal discipline.

"The global economic upswing will not last forever. Sooner or later it will slow down or even stop. Therefore, we must understand that we do not have much time for important reforms and resist the temptation to try to 'buy in' the favor of the Lithuanian people with solutions that would become a debt burden for our children," said Nauseda.

As reported earlier, the president presented to the parliament a number of legislative initiatives aimed at reducing social exclusion and income inequality.

Overall, the Lithuanian parliament plans to consider more than 500 new legislative acts in the upcoming autumn session. They were submitted by the president, the government, committees of the parliament, parliamentary groups and members of the parliament.

The autumn session of the Lithuanian parliament begins on Sept. 10 and will last till Dec. 23. Enditem

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