On the Coordination of European Union Affairs


Published: 2004-09-01

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Official translation
22 July 2008
 
 
 
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
RESOLUTION No 21
 
of 9 January 2004
 
 
ON THE COORDINATION OF EUROPEAN UNION AFFAIRS
 
Vilnius
 
The Government of the Republic of Lithuania has r e s o l v e d:
1. To approve the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs (as appended).
2. To charge state institutions and agencies of the Republic of Lithuania, specified in Annex 4 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs approved by this Resolution, with appointing, by 16 May 2005, their representatives to attend the meetings of the managing bodies of the European Communities agencies referred to in Annex 4 to the Rules approved by this Resolution“.
 
 
 
 
Prime Minister                                                                                 Algirdas Brazauskas
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs                                                             Antanas Valionis
 
 
 
APPROVED by
Resolution No 21 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 9 January 2004
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 29 April 2005)
 
 
RULES ON THE COORDINATION OF EUROPEAN UNION AFFAIRS
 
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
1. Positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the matters discussed in European Union (hereinafter referred to as “EU”) institutions shall be formulated, coordinated and presented, and the European Union law (the acquis communautaire) shall be transposed into national law of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as “national law”) and implemented in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the laws of the Republic of Lithuania, other legal acts adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the international treaties of the Republic of Lithuania, the decrees of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, the resolutions of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the ordinances of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, other legal acts and these Rules.
2. These Rules shall apply to the ministries, government agencies and agencies under the ministries which participate in the decision-making and implementation process on the matters discussed in EU institutions. Other state institutions and agencies which participate in the decision-making and implementation process on the matters discussed in EU institutions shall be recommended to follow these Rules.
3. The ministries, government agencies and agencies under the ministries, other state institutions and agencies (hereinafter referred to as the “state institutions and agencies”) in charge of the relevant areas of EU law (the acquis communautaire) may, if appropriate, discuss the positions of the Republic of Lithuania or the matters related to the transposition of EU law and/or the implementation thereof, covering the competence of two or more state institutions and agencies, in the working groups on EU affairs (hereinafter referred to as the “working groups”). The state institutions and agencies examining issues in the working groups shall follow the Rules on the Formation of Working Groups on EU Affairs and the Rules of Procedure Thereof (Annex 1 to these Rules) and refer to the list of the Working Groups on EU Affairs (Annex 2 to these Rules).
4. Positions of the Republic of Lithuania and other documents shall be submitted for discussion at the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries or for consideration at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or a sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, in compliance with these Rules and the Rules of Procedure of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, approved by Resolution No 728 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 11 August 1994 (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette), No 63-1238, 1994; No 27-1089, 2003).
5. state institutions and agencies shall work with classified documents of EU institutions in accordance with the laws and other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania regulating the protection of classified information.
6. EU documents shall be registered and processed, the work of formulation and coordination of the positions of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the work of transposition and implementation of EU law (the acquis communautaire), except for the work referred to in Chapters VI and VII of these Rules, shall be performed using the information system designed for the registration and processing of EU documents, work on the positions of the Republic of Lithuania, coordination of the transposition of EU law (the acquis communautaire) into national law and its implementation (hereinafter referred to as the “information system for Lithuania’s membership in the EU”). In cases where the use of this system is not possible due to reasons related to the protection of information (in cases where the information is related to the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy), the relevant work shall be performed in writing; in cases where the use of this system is not possible due to technical reasons related to the operation of the system, the relevant work shall be performed in writing and/or by electronic mail, unless these Rules stipulate otherwise.
7. Members of the European Parliament elected in Lithuania, and public establishments, non-governmental organisations and Lithuanian social partners concerned shall be provided with the possibility to use a partial copy of the information system for Lithuania’s membership in the EU enabling them to see which EU documents are received by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania; which state institutions and agencies formulate the positions of the Republic of Lithuania and deadlines set for them; and, to verify the existence of the formulated positions of the Republic of Lithuania. The social partners and non-governmental organisations shall participate in the formulation of positions of the Republic of Lithuania, in accordance with the procedure laid down in Annex 1 to these Rules.
 
 
II. formulation OF A POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
8. The EU documents sent by the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU shall be received and registered at the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall submit, without delay, the registered EU documents to the relevant state institutions and agencies (hereinafter referred to as the “institutions responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania” and “lead institutions”) according to their competence and notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thereof. EU legislative proposals shall also be sent to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the European Law Department under the Ministry of Justice (hereinafter referred to as the “European Law Department”) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The documents related to the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, the European Security and Defence Policy, and other documents, sent through the COREU (Correspondance Européenne) and ESDP (European Security and Defence Policy Network) networks, shall be managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the procedure laid down in laws and other legal acts.
9. A position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be formulated on EU legislative proposals and, when appropriate, other EU documents which are discussed at EU Council working groups and committees, the Permanent Representatives Committee of the EU Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Coreper”), the EU Council Special Committee on Agriculture (hereinafter referred to as the “Special Committee on Agriculture”), the EU Council and the European Council. Such a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be formulated, coordinated and presented in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 12 and Chapters III and IV of these Rules.
10. The institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall, if appropriate, formulate a position of the Republic of Lithuania on matters discussed at the committees of the Commission of the European Communities (hereinafter referred to as the “European Commission”), as well as in the committees, groups and other bodies referred to in Article 52 of the Act Concerning the Conditions of Accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic and the Adjustments to the Treaties on which the European Union is Founded annexed to the Treaty between the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hellenic Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the French Republic, Ireland, the Italian Republic, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Austria, the Portuguese Republic, the Republic of Finland, the Kingdom of Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Member States of the European Union) and the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovak Republic Concerning the Accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovak Republic to the European Union (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette) No 1-1, 2004) (hereinafter referred to as the “Treaty of Accession to the European Union” and the “committees of the European Commission and other committees”, respectively). Such a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be formulated, coordinated and presented in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 12 and Chapters III and IV of these Rules.
11. A position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU documents concerning pre-trial procedure in instances where a Member State fails to fulfil an obligation under EU law, in accordance with Articles 226-228 of the Consolidated Version of the Treaty Establishing the European Community (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette) No 2-2, 2004) (hereinafter referred to as the “EU law infringement procedure”) shall be formulated, coordinated and presented in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 12 and Chapter VI of these Rules.
A position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU documents concerning the cases before the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, specialised courts or the judicial panels attached to the Court of First Instance, and the European Free Trade Association Court (hereinafter referred to as the “European judicial institutions” and the “position of the Republic of Lithuania on the cases before the European judicial institutions”, respectively) shall be formulated, coordinated and presented in accordance with the procedure laid down in Chapter VII of these Rules.
a position of the Republic of Lithuania on other EU documents shall also be formulated, if appropriate. Such a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be formulated, coordinated and presented in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 12 and Chapters III and IV of these Rules.
12. A position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be formulated in accordance with the typical structure of a position of the Republic of Lithuania on the matters discussed in European institutions (Annex 3 to these Rules), except for the cases specified in subparagraphs 2 and 3 of this paragraph.
A position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU documents referred to in paragraph 11 of these Rules may be formulated following the typical structure of a position of the Republic of Lithuania on the matters discussed in the European institutions, unless these Rules stipulate otherwise.
A position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU legislative proposal, for the adoption of which the EU Council uses a written procedure and which is adopted by a written vote, shall be formulated in a free form.
When appropriate, the institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall submit observations regarding the translation of an EU legislative proposal or another EU document into Lithuanian to the divisions of EU institutions responsible for the translation of an EU legislative proposal or another EU document, and shall indicate the submission of observations in the information system for Lithuania’s membership in the EU.
 
 
III. COORDINATION, discussion and presentATION OF A position of the republic of lithuania
 
13. A state institution or agency shall, within the deadlines set by it and in writing or using the information system for Lithuania’s membership of the EU, coordinate a position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU legislative proposal or another EU document which covers the competence of two or more state institutions or agencies with other state institutions or agencies concerned. this position shall be coordinated by a relevant working group, if appropriate.
14. when the institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania formulates a position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU legislative proposal concerning foreign policy, national security and matters discussed at the European Council, it shall coordinate the position with the President of the Republic.
15. The institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall submit a formulated and, if appropriate, coordinated position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU legislative proposal to the Ministry of Justice and the European Law Department. The latter institutions shall examine the position of the Republic of Lithuania and, if appropriate, within the deadline established by the lead institution, which shall not be shorter than one working day, make comments on the compliance of the EU legislative proposal with the principle of subsidiarity, as well as on the proposed amendments to the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania.
16. Unless the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania sets another deadline, the institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall submit the formulated and coordinated position of the Republic of Lithuania (pursuant to paragraphs 12-15 of these Rules) to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within 15 working days of the date of submission of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document to the institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania but not later than 3 working days prior to the meetings of EU Council working groups or committees, the EU Council and the European Council.
17. Unless the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania sets another deadline, the institution responsible for the formulation of positions of the Republic of Lithuania shall revise, formulate, if appropriate, and submit the positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the assigned items on the agendas of the meetings of Coreper and the Special Committee on Agriculture to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: regarding the meetings of Coreper within one working day of the submission of the Coreper agenda to the institution responsible for the formulation of the position of the Republic of Lithuania, and regarding the meetings of the Special Committee on Agriculture within 3 working days (but not later than one day prior to the meeting) of the submission of the agenda of the meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture to the institution responsible for the formulation of the position of the Republic of Lithuania.
18. The institutions concerned shall formulate comments and proposals on a draft agenda of a meeting of the European Council, the EU Council and Coreper, and notify the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within one working day of the transmission of agendas to the institutions concerned.
19. state institutions and agencies shall, using the information system for Lithuania’s membership of the EU, notify the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state institutions and agencies of important additional information which is submitted to the European Commission, its committees, the EU Council, its working groups and committees, other EU institutions and which is related to the EU legislative proposals or other EU documents discussed. state institutions and agencies shall notify, in writing or by electronic means, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the agendas, their items and handouts of important meetings between representatives of the state institutions and agencies and representatives of EU institutions and EU Member States (where EU legislative proposals and other EU documents are discussed), and of correspondence with the EU institutions.
20. A formulated and coordinated position of the Republic of Lithuania on EU legislative proposals which are negotiated at the meetings of EU Council working groups and committees, Coreper and the Special Committee on Agriculture, as well as a position of the Republic of Lithuania on other EU documents may be discussed at the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries, on the basis of the proposal of a state institution or agency within its competence. this position may, if appropriate, be considered at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or the sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania upon the proposal of the relevant minister or the Prime Minister.
21. A position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU legislative proposal or another EU document which covers the competence of two or more state institutions or agencies and on which the state institutions or agencies concerned failed to reach an agreement, shall be coordinated at the meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (attended by the state institutions and agencies concerned, as well as by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Law Department), and shall be discussed at the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries, considered at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or the sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, if appropriate.
22. positions of the Republic of Lithuania formulated by an institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania on the matters negotiated in a meeting of the European Council and the EU Council except for the positions of the Republic of Lithuania which, for objective reasons, cannot be formulated at least 2 working days prior to the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or the sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in question (positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the matters negotiated in an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council, positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU documents which are not submitted within the set deadline, etc.), and, if appropriate, also other positions of the Republic of Lithuania shall be considered at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, or, if appropriate, at a sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. These positions of the Republic of Lithuania shall be considered at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania prior to the presentation thereof in the plenary sitting of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the Committee on European Affairs or the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.
Where positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the matters considered in a meeting of the European Council and the EU Council which are submitted to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania at least 2 working days prior to the relevant meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or the relevant sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania are not considered at the relevant meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or at the relevant sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania by the deadline for presentation of the positions of the Republic of Lithuania in the Committee on European Affairs or the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania preceding the meeting of the European Council or the EU Council in question, the persons referred to in paragraph 24 of these Rules shall have the right to present such positions of the Republic of Lithuania to the committees of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania mentioned above.
23. positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the use, during the transposition and/or implementation of EU legislation, of derogations and/or exemptions contained in that legislation shall, upon the proposal of a state institution or agency, within its competence, be considered at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and, if appropriate, at a sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
24. positions of the Republic of Lithuania on EU legislative proposals or other EU documents shall be presented in a plenary sitting of the Seimas, the Committee on European Affairs or the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania by the Prime Minister or the relevant minister. In exceptional cases, the relevant minister may charge a vice-minister with presenting the positions of the Republic of Lithuania on EU legislative proposals or other EU documents.
25. In cases where, after the discussion at the meetings of EU Council working groups and committees, the Special Committee on Agriculture and Coreper, a position of the Republic of Lithuania, substantially differs from the previously agreed position, the lead institution, together with a working group, shall, if appropriate, discuss a newly formulated position of the Republic of Lithuania, which shall be submitted to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs not later than 3 working days prior to its repeated deliberation at the meetings of EU Council working groups and committees, the Special Committee on Agriculture, Coreper or the EU Council. the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania may shorten the term of 3 working days to one working day on a substantiated request by an institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania. Such a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be coordinated and, if appropriate, discussed in accordance with paragraphs 13, 20-24 and 24 of these Rules.
26. Meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania may also be proposed by state institutions and agencies by submitting a substantiated proposal to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. These meetings shall be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Law Department, and other state institutions and agencies concerned. An institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania (or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if appropriate) shall present the summary of the positions of EU Member States.
27. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall normally draft an agenda for a meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries on the matters for discussion concerning positions of the Republic of Lithuania not later than one working day prior to the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries and shall communicate it together with the positions of the Republic of Lithuania to state institutions and agencies using the information system for Lithuania’s membership of the EU. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall submit to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, not later than one working day prior to the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries, and, if appropriate, the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or the sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, a draft agenda for the aforementioned meetings on the matters negotiated at Coreper II meetings together with the positions of the Republic of Lithuania..
28. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shall keep the minutes of a meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries or of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, which shall contain provisions regarding the position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU legislative proposal or another EU document. The minutes of the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries on the matters discussed at Coreper shall be signed by representatives of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On the basis of the approved minutes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall issue instructions to the head of the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU (hereinafter referred to as “the Permanent Representation of Lithuania”) regarding the positions of the Republic of Lithuania to be taken in Coreper and shall notify the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of the instructions. Official instructions of state institutions and agencies to the Head of the Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall be issued through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
 
IV. PRESENTation of a POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA IN EU INSTITUTIONS
 
29. A position of the Republic of Lithuania in the sittings of working groups and committees of the EU Council, the committees of the European Commission and other committees shall be presented by representatives of state institutions, agencies, and, if appropriate, other institutions, according to the list approved by the ordinance of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, or by representatives of the Permanent Representation of Lithuania. The list shall specify the institutions responsible for the presentation of a position in each working group and committee of the EU Council, committee of the European Commission or another committee, and, if appropriate, the participating institution (institutions) and the number of the institution representatives. Under this ordinance, heads of state institutions and agencies, as well as other institutions, within 20 working days of the ordinance coming into force, shall appoint persons to participate in the activities of the working groups and committees of the EU Council, the committees of the European Commission and other committees, and forward the copies of relevant orders, ordinances and other legal acts or amendments thereof to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
30. At the meetings of the management bodies of the agencies of the European Communities, a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be presented by state institutions and agencies according to the approved list (Annex 4 to these Rules). Heads of state institutions and agencies shall appoint persons to participate in the activities of these management bodies, and forward the copies of relevant orders, ordinances or other legal acts and amendments thereof to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
31. A position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be presented in Coreper by the Head of the Permanent Representation of Lithuania or his deputy, and in the Special Committee on Agriculture by a responsible representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and/or a representative of the Permanent Representation of Lithuania in charge of agriculture.
32. At a meeting of the EU Council, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall be represented and a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be presented by the Head of the Lithuanian Delegation, minister or his authorised representative, according to the list of ministers responsible for attending the meetings of the EU Council and presenting a position of the Republic of Lithuania (Annex 5 to these Rules).
The Head of the Lithuanian delegation shall decide on the composition of the Lithuanian delegation attending a meeting of the EU Council pursuant to the EU Council’s Rules of Procedure and shall notify without delay the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thereof.
33. a position of the Republic of Lithuania, if appropriate and with respect to the circumstances, may be changed by the Prime Minister representing the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and presenting a position of the Republic of Lithuania at a meeting of the European Council, or by the Head of the Lithuanian Delegation (a minister or his authorised representative) representing the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and presenting a position of the Republic of Lithuania at a meeting of the EU Council. The Prime Minister or the Head of the Lithuanian Delegation (a minister or his authorised representative) shall report on such a change of the position at the next meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and, if appropriate, at a sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
34. the representatives of the Republic of Lithuania who attended the meetings of the EU Council, EU Council working groups and committees shall prepare their reports following the typical structure for a report on attendance at the sittings of EU institutions, their working groups and committees as well as meetings with representatives of EU institutions and Member States (Annex 6 to these Rules) and, in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 6 of these Rules, shall submit it together with important information discussed to the institution responsible for the formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania, to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Permanent Representation of Lithuania and, if appropriate, shall also provide it to the members of the relevant working group not later than within one working day of the meeting. This report shall be prepared by the institution responsible for attending the meeting. The Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall report on the outcome of the meetings of Coreper.
the representatives of the Republic of Lithuania who attended the meetings of committees of the European Commission and other committees as well as individual meetings with officials of EU institutions and permanent representations of Member States, shall prepare their report following the typical structure for a report on attendance at the sittings of EU institutions, their working groups and committees as well as meetings with representatives of EU institutions and Member States (Annex 6 to these Rules) and, in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 6 of these Rules, shall submit it together with important information discussed to the institution responsible for formulation of a position of the Republic of Lithuania, to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Permanent Representation of Lithuania and, if appropriate, shall also provide it to the members of the relevant working group not later than within 5 working days of the meeting. This report shall be prepared by the institution responsible for attending the meeting.
35. state institutions and agencies shall provide their representatives attending meetings of EU Council working groups and committees as well as meetings of committees of the European Commission and other committees with technical equipment necessary for the preparation of the reports referred to in paragraph 34 of these Rules. The Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall facilitate immediate transmission of the reports to the state institutions and agencies specified in paragraph 34 of these Rules.
36. Reports on attendance at the meetings of EU institutions, their working groups and committees as well as meetings with representatives of EU institutions and Member States shall be discussed, if appropriate, in the working groups or at the meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries or the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. the Prime Minister, ministers and other representatives of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, who have attended meetings of the European Council and the EU Council, shall present the results thereof at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania or at a plenary sitting of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.
37. The state institutions or agencies which have formulated the positions of the Republic of Lithuania referred to in the third subparagraph of paragraph 12 and paragraph 23 of these Rules shall submit them to EU institutions in writing through the Permanent Representation of Lithuania.
 
 
V. Coordination of Transposition of EU LAW Into National LAW and Implementation THEREOF
 
38. State institutions and agencies shall, according to their competence, be in charge of the transposition of EU law (the acquis communautaire) into national law and the implementation thereof. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall coordinate the transposition of EU law (the acquis communautaire) into national law and the implementation thereof.
39. The Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall forward the originals of the EU legislation the publication of which in the EU Official Journal is not obligatory under EU law and which is addressed by EU institutions directly to Member States, to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, while the copies shall be submitted (by electronic mail) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state institutions concerned.
40. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall distribute the adopted EU legal acts whose publication in the EU Official Journal is obligatory (except those that are related to the routine management of agricultural matters and are generally valid for a limited period), also the EU legal acts received from the Permanent Representation of Lithuania whose publication is not obligatory under the EU law and, if appropriate, other EU legal acts to appropriate state institutions and agencies according to their competence.
Disagreements on the distribution of the EU legal acts shall be settled at the meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and, if appropriate, at a meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries or at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
41. Unless another deadline is set by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, within 3 weeks after the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania communicates the information on the newly adopted EU legal acts listed in the first subparagraph of paragraph 40 of these Rules to the state institutions and agencies, the latter shall present the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania with the following:
41.1. with regard to directives of EU institutions (hereinafter referred to as the “directives”) and regulations, decisions and other legal acts of EU institutions (hereinafter referred to as “other EU legal acts”):
41.1.1. the title(s) of legal act(s) of the Republic of Lithuania which is (are) intended to transpose and/or implement a directive, as well as to implement any other EU legal act in the national law;
41.1.2. the expected date(s) of the adoption of the legal act(s) which is intended to transpose and/or implement a directive and to implement any other EU legal act in the national law, as well as the expected date(s) of its (their) submission to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and, in the case of a draft law, the expected date of the approval of the draft by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania;
41.2. with regard to other EU legal acts:
41.2.1 proposals for ensuring other measures necessary for the implementation of other EU legal acts;
41.2.2 EU legislation provisions the implementation of which will require drafting Republic of Lithuania legislation and/or other measures, along with the dates set by the EU legislation for the implementation of the said provisions;
42. Unless another deadline is set by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the expected date of the adoption of a legal act of the Republic of Lithuania which is intended to transpose and/or implement a directive in national law shall not be later than a month prior to the implementation deadline set in the directive. When state institutions and agencies establish that a law of the Republic of Lithuania should be drafted to transpose and/or implement a directive in national law, the expected date on which the Government of the Republic of Lithuania should approve this draft law shall be not later than 6 months prior to the implementation deadline set in the directive (unless another deadline is set by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania), except the cases when the period between the implementation deadline of the directive and its publication in the EU Official Journal is shorter than 8 months.
43. The type of a national legal act according to its legal effect, the deadlines for its adoption that is necessary in order to transpose and/or implement a directive or any other EU legal act and any other related issues shall, if appropriate, be discussed in a working group or at the meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
44. According to the proposals made by state institutions and agencies, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall draft and regularly update the plan of EU law transposition and implementation, which shall consist of the plan of transposition and implementation of directives and the plan of implementation of other EU legal acts.
45. A state institution or agency, having decided to draft a legal act that transposes and/or implements an EU legal act not included into the plan of EU law transposition and implementation, shall notify the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania thereof and propose a supplement to the plan of EU law transposition and implementation giving the information referred to in paragraph 41 of the Rules.
46. By the 28th day of every calendar month, state institutions and agencies shall present the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania with the information on the status of drafting legal acts and preparing other measures within their competence that are included into the plan of EU law transposition and implementation.
47. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall analyse drafting work of the planned legal acts and other measures and, at the beginning of every calendar month, shall present generalised information to a meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries and, if appropriate, to a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
48. At the beginning of every calendar month, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall notify the Committee on European Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the course of drafting the laws necessary for transposition and/or implementation of EU legal acts by state institutions and agencies.
49. With regard to every article of the directives assigned according to their competence, state institutions and agencies shall fill a correlation table of directives (other EU legal acts) and national legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania (draft legal acts) (hereinafter referred to as the “correlation table”) (Annex 7 to these Rules). The correlation tables shall be filled and submitted to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, after the adoption of the national legislation transposing or implementing the directive's provisions, at least a month prior to the implementation deadline set in a directive, unless another deadline is set by an order of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
50. Following the procedure set by the Rules of Procedure of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the correlation tables shall also be filled when drafting, coordinating and presenting to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania draft legal acts that transpose and/or implement the provisions of directives or other EU legal acts as well as when drafting the orders of ministers as well heads of other state institutions and agencies transposing and/or implementing directives.
When drafting a legal act that transposes and/or implements several directives, the state institution drafting the legal act, shall fill a separate correlation table for every directive. With regard to all articles of the relevant directive assigned according to its competence, the institution drafting the legal act shall present relevant provisions of the legal act being drafted, as well as the provisions of adopted legal acts that ensure transposition and implementation of the directive and/or titles of the legal acts planned to be adopted in future. With regard to other articles of the relevant directive, the institution drafting the legal act, following the plan of transposition and implementation of EU law, shall indicate the state institution the competence of which shall cover these articles.
When drafting a law or a resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania that implements other EU legal acts, the correlation tables shall be filled in accordance with the second subparagraph of this paragraph but only for those articles of the relevant EU legal act that are being implemented by the relevant draft law or draft resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
The correlation tables filled when, in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the Rules of Procedure of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the legislation transposing and/or implementing the provisions of directives or other EU legislation is being drafted, coordinated and submitted to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall be entered into the information system for Lithuania’s membership in the EU the next working day after the said drafts are sent for coordination to the institutions concerned and the next working day after they are submitted to the Government. The correlation tables filled when drafting orders by ministers and heads of other state institutions and agencies shall be entered into the information system for Lithuania’s membership in the EU in the course of the legislation drafting process. Entering of a correlation table into the information system for Lithuania’s membership in the EU is the responsibility of the state institution or agency drafting the legal act.
51. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall draw up recommendations on filling of the correlation tables and shall provide consultations to state institutions and agencies on the related issues.
52. State institutions and agencies shall enter the information on national legal acts that transpose and implement the provisions of a directive into the electronic notification database within 3 days after the publication of the relevant national legal act in the Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette). Following the information correctly entered into the electronic notification database by state institutions and agencies, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall, not later than within 3 days notify the European Commission of the transposition of directives into national law and their implementation. When amending or repealing provisions of the notified national legal acts that transpose and/or implement the provisions of the relevant directive, state institutions that are in charge of the transposition and implementation of the relevant directive shall enter information about that into the electronic notification database without delay.
53. To ensure a smooth and effective process of the transposition of EU law (the acquis communautaire) into national law and its implementation, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania may request that state institutions and agencies submit in writing the information referred to in these Rules and any other additional information on the course of transposition of EU law (the acquis communautaire) into national law and/or its implementation.
54. State institutions and agencies shall coordinate replies to EU institutions on the compliance of the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania with the EU law requirements with the European Law Department and the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, which, within their competence, shall make their comments and proposals concerning replies of state institutions and agencies within 5 working days, unless a state institution or agency sets another deadline, which shall not be shorter than 3 working days. Copies of replies of state institutions and agencies to EU institutions on the compliance of the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania with the EU law requirements shall be submitted to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at least within 5 working days after communication of such replies to EU institutions.
55. Following the procedure and frequency laid down by the EU legal acts, state institutions and agencies shall submit reports, statements and other information (hereinafter referred to as the “reports”) to EU institutions on the course of the implementation of EU legal acts and other EU membership obligations covered by their competence. A report shall be drafted following the formality and deadline requirements set in the related EU legal act(s); account should also be taken of the recommendations and guidelines of EU institutions, previous reports on the same subject, as well as conclusions and recommendations received with regard to previous reports. A report, except routine information informally provided to EU institutions that has no effect on the official position of the Republic of Lithuania, shall be drafted, coordinated and submitted to EU institutions following the procedure laid down in paragraphs 56 to 59 of these Rules.
56. The state institution that drafts the report may ask other competent state institutions for relevant information covering the competence of two or more state institutions, and such institutions shall supply the requested information within 10 working days (within 15 working days when the information is of a broad scope), unless the lead institution sets another deadline which shall not be shorter than 3 working days. If appropriate, such a report may be drafted and coordinated in a relevant working group on EU affairs or at the meetings of institutions held by the institution that drafts the report; representatives of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state institutions concerned shall be invited to such meetings.
57. When an institution that drafts a report considers that the information included into the drafted report may concern major interests of the Republic of Lithuania related to the contents of the drafted report, it shall submit the draft report to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other competent state institutions, which shall make their comments within 5 working days of the receipt of the draft. On the initiative of the institution that drafts the report, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such a report may be discussed at a meeting of State Secretaries of the Ministries and, if appropriate, it may be considered at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or a sitting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
58. A report approved by the head of a state institution or agency or a person authorised by the head shall be communicated to a relevant EU institution (the Secretariat thereof) through the Permanent Representation of Lithuania. By an order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall immediately transfer the report approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania to the relevant EU institution (the Secretariat thereof).
59. When the contents of a report need to be presented and explained, representatives of state institutions that have taken part in the drafting of the report should take part in the consideration of the report at an EU institution and shall give explanations within their competence. The group of representatives of the Republic of Lithuania shall be led by a representative of the institution that drafts a report.
60. State institutions and agencies shall provide written and electronic information for the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on significant additional information supplied to the European Commission, its committees, the EU Council and its working groups and committees and other EU institutions that is related to the transposition and/or implementation of EU law, as well as information on important meetings of representatives of state institutions and agencies with representatives of EU institutions and EU Member States (at which issues of EU legislation transposition and/or implementation are discussed), handouts and correspondence with EU institutions on the issues of EU law transposition and/or implementation.
 
 
VI. Coordination of THE EU LAW INFRINGEMENT PROCEDURE
 
61. State institutions and agencies shall, within their competence, be in charge of submission of replies and other documents related to the pre-trial procedure of the EU law infringement (before the case is transferred to the Court of Justice of the European Communities) and, if appropriate, of their delivery and explanation to EU institutions.
62. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall coordinate actions of state institutions and agencies related to the pre-trail procedure of the EU law infringement.
63. The Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall send the documents of the European Commission related to the pre-trial procedure of the EU law infringement (official notices, reasoned opinions, and other documents) to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and shall send their copies (by electronic mail) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Law Department, and other state institutions and agencies concerned.
64. The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall present an official notice, a reasoned opinion or any other document of the European Commission on the alleged failure to transpose or implement an EU legal act or failure to fulfil any other obligation under the EU law (hereinafter referred to as the “EU law infringement”) received from the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the state institution or agency that is in charge of transposition and/or implementation of the relevant EU legal act. Disagreement over the responsible institution shall be solved at the meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and, if appropriate, at a meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries or a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
65. With regard to an official notice or another document, the state institution or agency that is in charge of the transposition and/or implementation of the relevant EU legal act shall draft a reply to the European Commission. With regard to a reasoned opinion, the state institution or agency that is in charge of transposition and/or implementation of the relevant EU legal act together with the European Law Department shall draft the position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU law infringement and a reply to the European Commission.
66. Unless the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania sets another deadline, the state institution or agency that is in charge of transposition and/or implementation of the relevant EU legal act (hereinafter referred to as the “state institution that drafts a reply”) shall submit a drafted position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU law infringement and/or a draft reply to the European Commission for coordination to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania within a month of the receipt of an official notice, a reasoned opinion or any other document from the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania but not later than 2 weeks prior to the date of submission of the reply to the European Commission set in the official notice, reasoned opinion or any other document.
67. Before being submitted for coordination to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, a position of the Republic of Lithuania on an EU law infringement and/or a draft reply to the European Commission shall be coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (which, if appropriate, shall make a summary of positions of other EU Member States on a similar EU law infringement), the European Law Department, as well as other state institutions the competence of which covers the EU law infringement, or a position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU law infringement and/or a reply to the European Commission shall be drafted.
68. State institutions shall present their comments and the required information to the state institution that drafts a reply within 5 working days, unless the state institution that drafts a reply sets another deadline that shall be at least 3 working days.
69. If appropriate, a position and/or a reply shall be drafted and coordinated in an appropriate working group on EU affairs or at the meetings of state institutions held by the state institution that drafts a reply, with the participation of representatives of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other state institutions concerned.
70. The reply to the European Commission shall include an opinion on the proof of the EU law infringement given in the official notice, reasoned opinion or any other document presented by the European Commission, indicate when and with the help of what measures the undisputed EU law infringements established by the European Commission will be eliminated, and provide any other information requested by the European Commission and/or considered necessary by the state institution that drafts a reply.
71. A position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU law infringement shall be drafted following the typical structure of the position of the Republic of Lithuania on the issues considered by EU institutions (Annex 3 to these Rules) by filling its points 1, 4, 7.2, 8, 9, 11, 14.1, 14.2, 15, and 17-20. 
72. If appropriate, a draft reply to the European Commission on an official notice or another document shall be presented for consideration at the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries at least one week prior to the date of submission of the reply to the European Commission given in an official notice or another document.
A state institution that drafts a reply to the European Commission on an official notice or another document signed by the minister of the respective administrative field and, if appropriate, discussed at the meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries shall submit it to the European Commission (its General Secretariat) through the Permanent Representation of Lithuania not later than on the date of submission to the European Commission set in the official notice or another document; a copy of the reply shall be sent to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Law Department.
73. A position of the Republic of Lithuania on the EU law infringement and a draft reply to the European Commission on a reasoned opinion shall be submitted for consideration at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania at least a week prior to the date of submission of a reply to the European Commission given in the reasoned opinion. The  state institution that drafts the reply shall submit the reply considered at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and signed by the minister of the relevant administrative field to the European Commission (the General Secretariat) through the Permanent Representation of Lithuania not later than on the date of submission given in the reasoned opinion; a copy of the reply should be sent to the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the European Law Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
74. If appropriate, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall inform the Committee on European Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the documents received from the European Commission that are related to the pre-trial procedure of the EU law infringement, as well as on the related replies given to the European Commission by state institutions and agencies of the Republic of Lithuania.
 
 
 
 
VII. DRAFTING, COORDINATION, APPROVAL, SUBMISSION AND REPRESENTATION OF A POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA ON CASES HEARD IN EUROPEAN JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF DECISIONS PASSED BY EUROPEAN JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS
 
75. The position of the Republic of Lithuania on cases heard in European judicial institutions shall be drafted in order to ensure adequate representation of the Republic of Lithuania in interpretation and application of EU law in European judicial institutions, as well as protecting legal interests and rights of the Republic of Lithuania in the EU.
A position of the Republic of Lithuania on cases heard in European judicial institutions (hereinafter in this Chapter referred to as the “position of the Republic of Lithuania”) means the position of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on intervening, submission of observations, also action brought or another document presented on behalf of the Republic of Lithuania, or statement of defence. When the Republic of Lithuania intends to bring an action or acts as a defendant, the position of the Republic of Lithuania shall contain principal legal and factual arguments. When drafting the position of the Republic of Lithuania under the present Chapter, Annex 3 to these Rules shall not apply.
76. The procedure laid down in this Chapter shall apply to positions of the Republic of Lithuania drafted on the points of law of a case being heard at any European judicial institution and/or on the facts of the case, on any issue of the case being heard (concerning substantive matters, court jurisdiction, interim measures, legal expenses or other procedural issues), irrespective of the procedural status of the Republic of Lithuania (a plaintiff, a defendant, an intervening party, etc.).
77. The European Law Department shall coordinate the drafting of positions of the Republic of Lithuania, compile necessary procedural documents and submit them to European judicial institutions.
78. A position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be drafted in the following cases:
78.1. The Republic of Lithuania is a defendant in a case being heard;
78.2. The European Commission or any other EU Member State brings an action against any other EU Member State for the EU law infringement similar to the action already brought against the Republic of Lithuania or with regard to which a pre-trial procedure or a similar procedure has been started;
78.3. A court of the Republic of Lithuania applies to a European judicial institution for a preliminary ruling on issues of EU law interpretation and application;
78.4. An action is brought by the Republic of Lithuania, including a complaint to the European Commission regarding an infringement committed by another EU Member State and a pre-trial complaint to an EU institution regarding its failure to take action;
79. In all other cases, a position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be drafted taking account of the subject matter of each case, the position of the concerned state institutions and agencies, other circumstances and the common interest to contribute to the interpretation and application of EU law.
80. Documents sent by European judicial institutions related to cases being heard shall be registered at the European Law Department. The Permanent Representation of Lithuania shall present the European Law Department with a received document related to the case being heard in writing and by electronic mail.
81. The European Law Department shall, without delay, submit the documents received from European judicial institutions and registered, as well as any other information on notifications published in the EU Official Journal on cases being heard at European judicial institutions in writing or by electronic mail to state institutions and agencies that are in charge of the relevant area (hereinafter referred to as the “competent institutions and agencies”).
82. Competent institutions and agencies shall present the European Law Department with an opinion on the importance of every received case to Lithuania, and in those cases when a position of the Republic of Lithuania should be drafted on a case important to Lithuania or when a position should be drafted in cases referred to in these Rules, it shall present a position of the Republic of Lithuania, supporting it by legal and factual arguments, as well as giving any other information, which is necessary in the opinion of a competent institution or agency.
83. A competent institution or agency shall submit its opinion on the importance of a case to Lithuania or on a drafted position of the Republic of Lithuania within 10 days of receipt of a relevant document from the European Law Department. When the issue of the necessity to intervene in the oral proceedings at a European judicial institution is considered, the competent institution or agency shall present its opinion on the issue within three working days from the receipt of a relevant document from the European Law Department
84. Drafted positions of the Republic of Lithuania shall generally be coordinated in the working group on EU courts. On the proposal of a competent institution or agency, a position of the Republic of Lithuania may be coordinated in another working group on EU affairs; representatives of the institutions and agencies concerned shall be informed of such sittings and invited to take part in them. If no agreement is achieved on a position of the Republic of Lithuania in a working group, it may be coordinated at a meetings held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and, if appropriate, discussed at a meeting of State Secretaries of the ministries.
85. When a case being heard in a European judicial institution is related to the competence of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, interpretation of legal acts adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and/or their compliance with EU law, the European Law Department shall notify the Committee of European Affairs and specialised committees of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. If appropriate, the European Law Department shall notify the Committee of European Affairs and specialised committees of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania of the position of the Republic of Lithuania on cases being heard in European judicial institutions.
86. In the cases referred to in paragraph 78.4 of these Rules, a competent institution or agency, following the procedure laid down in paragraph 84 of these Rules, shall draft and present for coordination a position of the Republic of Lithuania.
87. A position of the Republic of Lithuania on cases announced by European judicial institutions in the EU Official Journal shall be drafted and coordinated following the procedure laid down in paragraphs 81 to 84 of these Rules.
88. The European Law Department shall present a drafted and coordinated position of the Republic of Lithuania along with a draft resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, endorsed by the Minister of Justice, and any other necessary additional material for consideration at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
89. A position of the Republic of Lithuania on every case shall be approved at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania when adopting a resolution of the Government.
90. The Director General of the European Law Department shall take part in the meetings of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania that consider a position of the Republic of Lithuania drafted and coordinated under this Chapter.
91. After the adoption of a resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on a position of the Republic of Lithuania, the European Law Department, together with competent institutions and agencies, shall prepare the necessary procedural documents that set forth legal and factual arguments.
92. A position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be represented in European judicial institutions by the Director General of the European Law Department (hereinafter referred to as the “authorised person”). The authorised person shall have the right to carry out any procedural actions in a case with regard to which a position of the Republic of Lithuania is submitted, including the right to assign another civil servant chosen by him/her to conduct proceedings jointly or independently, the right to invoke advisors or lawyers, to make use of any rights of a representative provided for in legal acts that regulate the work of European judicial institutions, except the right to withdraw a claim. The Government of the Republic of Lithuania may additionally authorise another civil servant to represent a position of the Republic of Lithuania and to set the limits of authorisations granted to him.
93. The authorised person or the authorised persons in the case provided for in paragraph 92 of these Rules shall sign any case-related documents and submit them to European judicial institutions. Copies of such documents shall be submitted to competent institutions and agencies and, if appropriate, to other state institutions and agencies concerned in writing or by electronic mail.
94. On the initiative of the persons authorised to represent a position of the Republic of Lithuania in European judicial institutions or on the initiative of any other institution concerned, sittings of working groups mentioned in paragraph 84 of these Rules may be convened to discuss the course of a case being heard.
95. The European Law Department shall notify the state institutions and agencies concerned, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the decisions adopted by European judicial institutions in cases with regard to which a position of the Republic of Lithuania has been submitted.
96. State institutions and agencies that are, within their competence, in charge of the implementation of the decisions passed by European judicial institutions shall notify the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Law Department of the measures adopted for the implementation of such decisions.
Assisting in the implementation of this task, the European Law Department shall analyse other decisions adopted by European judicial institutions related to the application and interpretation of the EU law that may have effect on the legal system of the Republic of Lithuania and, if appropriate, shall inform state institutions and agencies, the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about them.
97. In cases when the implementation of a decisions passed by a European judicial institution requires adoption of legal acts, drafting of such legal acts shall be coordinated by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in accordance with relevant provisions under Chapter V of these Rules, and the drafted legal acts shall be coordinated with the European Law Department in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Rules of Procedure of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
98. The European Law Department shall notify the relevant European judicial institutions and the European Commission on the implementation of the decisions adopted.
99. The European Law Department and every competent institution shall cover their costs incurred due to cases being heard in European judicial institutions (costs of business trips, investigation costs, expert fees, etc.). Legal expenses to be covered by the Republic of Lithuania according to a decision of European judicial institutions shall be covered from the appropriations allocated to the European Law Department for this purpose.
100. Decisions of European judicial institutions that impose a pecuniary obligation on the Republic of Lithuania shall be enforced in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
101. The European Law Department shall annually, before the submission of annual activity reports of the Ministries to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, present the Minister of Justice and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania with their activity reports on the representation of positions of the Republic of Lithuania.
 
 
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Annex 1 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 29 April 2005)
 
 
 
RULES ON THE FORMATION OF WORKING GROUPS ON EUROPEAN UNION AFFAIRS AND THE RULES OF PROCEDURE THEREOF
 
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
1. A Working Group on European Union Affairs (hereinafter referred to as a "working group”) shall be aimed to help ministries, governmental institutions, institutions under ministries, other state institutions and agencies (hereinafter referred to as “state institutions and agencies”), in charge of relevant areas of EU law (the acquis communautaire), to coordinate  works related to Lithuania’s membership of the EU, covering competence of two or more state institutions and agencies, and solve the interdepartmental problems.
2. A working group shall perform its activities in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the laws of the Republic of Lithuania, other legal acts adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, the decrees of the President of the Republic, the resolutions of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the ordinances of the Prime Minister, other legal acts and these Rules.
3. These Rules shall apply to the Ministries, governmental bodies and the institutions under the ministries that take part in the decision-making and implementation process on the issues considered in EU institutions. Other state institutions and agencies which participate in the decision-making and implementation process of the issues considered in EU institutions shall be recommended to follow these Rules.
4. The activities of the working group shall be organised and technically supported by the institution in charge of organizing activities of a working group according to the List of Working Groups on EU Affairs.
 
 
II. FUNCTIONS AND RIGHTS OF A WORKING GROUP
 
5. A working group shall perform the following functions:
5.1. provide assistance to state institutions and agencies in charge of works of the EU membership in the relevant field in drafting and coordinating the positions of the Republic of Lithuania on the issues considered at the EU level;
5.2. provide assistance in solving the interdepartmental problems related to the transposition of EU law into national legislation and implementation thereof as well as other issues regarding the transposition and implementation of EU law, and examine problematic legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania that should be harmonised with EU law.
6. Performing the functions assigned to it, a working group shall have the right to receive information on the issues related to the activities thereof from state institutions and agencies.
 
III. ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP
 
7. A working group shall be formed of representatives of state institutions and agencies concerned, competence of which covers the relevant field regulated by EU law (the acquis communautaire).
8. When a ministry is in charge of the relevant field of EU law (the acquis communautaire), a working group shall be led by a person appointed by the minister, holding the position of a vice-minister, state secretary of the ministry or undersecretary of the ministry. When a relevant field of EU law (the acquis communautaire) falls within the competence of any other state institution or agency (not a ministry), the head or deputy head of the state institution or agency shall be appointed the head of the working group. The head of the working group may have deputies appointed from the working group members by the head himself.
9. A representative of the institution shall be delegated to the working group by an order (decision) of the head of the institution.
10. In working groups the competence of which covers a complicated and large field of EU law (the acquis communautaire), subgroups may be formed that are not included in Annex 2, “Working Groups on European Affairs”, to the Rules on the Coordination of the European Union Affairs. A subgroup shall be formed and the head and members thereof shall be appointed by a decision of the head of the working group, in agreement with the appointed head of the subgroup.
11. On the recommendation of the head of the working group, the head of the institution represented by him shall appoint the secretary of the working group (subgroup) by an order. The secretary shall be elected from civil servants of the institution represented by the head of the working group (subgroup).
 
 
IV. ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK OF A WORKING GROUP
 
12. The form of the activities of a working group shall be sittings held by the head of a working group. The activities of a working group may be organised by receiving the opinion of members in writing or by electronic mail. Sittings of a working group may be attended by representatives of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. The representatives of other state institutions and agencies, associations, social partners, science and education institutions, non-governmental organisations and other persons invited by the head of a working group may participate in advisory capacity.
13. At a sitting of a working group, decisions on the agenda items are taken by common accord, i.e. taking into account the opinions of all members participating in the sitting. Decisions are formalised in the form of a protocol of the sitting. In case a sitting fails to reach a decision on a particular issue, it shall be presented for consideration at a meeting held by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. If a decision is not taken at a meeting, the issue is submitted for consideration at a meeting of the State Secretaries of the ministries, and, if appropriate, at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
14. Where the activities of a working group are organised by receiving the opinions of its members in writing or by electronic mail, members of the working group shall submit their opinions and comments on the agenda items within the time limit set by the head of the working group. If, in the case of drafting and coordination of the position of the Republic of Lithuania on issues considered by the EU, members of the working group fail to approve the draft position of the Republic of Lithuania or to submit comments on it within the set time limit, the initial draft position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be considered to be approved.
15. The head of a working group shall:
15.1. draw up agendas for the working group sittings, invite to them and chair them;
15.2. be responsible for the efficient organisation of the working group activities and ensure that the working group completes work duly and in time;
15.3. invite the representatives of other state institutions and agencies, social groups concerned, associations, science and education institutions, non-governmental organisations and other persons to the sittings.
16. Members of a working group:
16.1. must implement the decisions taken by the working group and orders of the head of the working group according to the competence of the institution represented and the extent to which the implementation is related to the activities of the working group;
16.2. represent the interests of the institution that delegated them and submit the position agreed on with the top management of the institution to the working group.
 
 
 
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Annex 2 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 29 April 2005)
 
 
WORKING GROUPS ON EUROPEAN UNION AFFAIRS
 
No.
Working groups and subgroups thereof
Institutions participating in a working group
1.  
Working Group on Environmental Protection
Ministry of Environment (the lead institution), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, State Food and Veterinary Service, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior, State Environmental Health Centre, State Non-Food Products Inspectorate under the Ministry of Economy, State Labour Inspectorate, National Nutrition Centre, Institute of Hygiene, Environmental Protection Agency, State Protected Areas Service under the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Radiation Protection
Radiation Protection Centre (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate, Ministry of Environment, Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Noise Control
Ministry of Health (the lead institution), State Public Health Care Service under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
2.  
Working Group on General Affairs and External Relations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the lead institution), Ministry of National Defence, State Security Department, Ministry of the Interior, Weaponry Fund of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
3.  
Working Group on Economic and Monetary Policy
Ministry of Finance (the lead institution), Bank of Lithuania, Ministry of Economy, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
4.  
Working Group on Energy
Ministry of Economy (the lead institution), Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, National Control Commission for Prices and Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Nuclear Safety and Euratom Safeguards
State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of National Defence, State Security Department, Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
5.  
Working Group on EU Enlargement
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the lead institution), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
6.  
Working Group on EU Law Planning
Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (the lead institution), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Environment, European Law Department
7.  
Working Group on EU Courts
European Law Department (the lead institution), Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Note. The head of the working group may invite representatives of other institutions to participate according to the nature of the case heard in EU courts)
8.  
Working Group on Financial and Budgetary Affairs
Ministry of Finance (the lead institution), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transport and Communications, State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Bank of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
9.  
Working Group on Financial Services
Ministry of Finance (the lead institution), Bank of Lithuania, Insurance Supervisory Commission of the Republic of Lithuania, Securities Commission of the Republic of Lithuania, Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior, National Consumer Rights Protection Board under the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
10.
Working Group on Information Society
Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (the lead institution), Ministry of the Interior , Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Education and Science, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
11.
Working Group on Institutional, Personnel and Administrative Affairs
Ministry of the Interior (the lead institution), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
12.
Working Group on External Economic Relations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the lead institution)
 
Subgroup on External Economic Relations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, Lithuanian Standards Board under the Ministry of Environment, National Accreditation Bureau under the Ministry of Environment, State Food and Veterinary Service, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Assistance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Trade Defence Instruments
Ministry of Economy (the lead institution), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
13.
Working Group on Youth
Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the lead institution), Ministry of Education and Science, National Youth Council, Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
14.
Working Group on Taxes
Ministry of Finance (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Agriculture, Bank of Lithuania, State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance, Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
15.
Working Group on Customs Union
Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance (the lead institution), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Transport and Communications, State Medicines Control Agency under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
16.
Working Group on Industry and Business Competitiveness
Ministry of Economy (the lead institution), Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, State Health Care Accreditation Service under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Research and Experimental Development
Ministry of Education and Science (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
17.
Working Group on Coordination of Regional Policy and Structural Measures
Ministry of Finance (the lead institution), Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Culture, Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
18.
Working Group on Social Policy and Employment
Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the lead institution)
 
Subgroup on Recognition of Professional Qualifications
Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the lead institution), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Justice, Lithuanian Labour Market Training Authority under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, State Food and Veterinary Service, Pharmacy Department under the Ministry of Health, Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Social Security
Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the lead institution), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, Lithuanian Labour Exchange under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, State Patient Fund under the Ministry of Health, Association of Local Authorities of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Employment
Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the lead institution), Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Finance, Lithuanian Labour Exchange under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Lithuanian Labour Market Training Authority under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
19.
Working Group on Health
Ministry of Health (the lead institution), Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, State Food and Veterinary Service, Pharmacy Department under the Ministry of Health, State Public Health Care Service under the Ministry of Health, State Medicines Control Agency under the Ministry of Health, State Patient Fund under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
20.
Working Group on Justice
Ministry of Justice (the lead institution), Ministry of the Interior, General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania, Forensic Science Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
21.
Working Group on Telecommunications
Ministry of Transport and Communications (the lead institution), Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of the Interior, Communications Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
22.
Working Group on Transport
Ministry of Transport and Communications (the lead institution), State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Civil Aviation Administration, State Railway Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, State Inland Waterways Navigation Inspectorate, Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
23.
Working Group on Consumer Protection
Ministry of Justice (the lead institution), National Council for Consumer Protection, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education and Science, Competition Council, Communications Regulatory Authority, State Health Care Accreditation Service under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
24.
Working Group on Internal Affairs
Ministry of the Interior (the lead institution), Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Schengen Subgroup
Ministry of the Interior (the lead institution), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Police Cooperation
Ministry of the Interior (the lead institution), Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior, State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup of Civil Protection
Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior (the lead institution), Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of the Interior, State Labour Inspectorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup of Drug Control
Drug Control Department under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (the lead institution), Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and Science, Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
25.
Working Group on Internal Market
Ministry of Economy (the lead institution), Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Competition Council, National Council for Consumer Protection, Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Securities Commission, Public Procurement Office under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Copyright
Ministry of Culture (the lead institution), Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, IT and Communications Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
Subgroup on Industrial Property
State Patent Bureau (the lead institution), Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Pharmacy Department under the Ministry of Health, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Note. The Ministry of Economy may invite representatives of other institutions according to the EU draft legislation considered in the sphere of internal market to participate in the working group)
26.
Working Group on Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture (the lead institution), State Food and Veterinary Service, Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, State Plant Protection Service, Department of Statistics under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, National Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
27.
Working Group on Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture (the lead institution), Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, State Food and Veterinary Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
 
 
 
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Annex 3 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 489
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 16 May 2007)
 
 
TYPICAL STRUCTURE OF a POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA ON matterS discussED IN EU INSTITUTIONS
 
1.         Title (in Lithuanian and in English or French)  and number of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document or the title (in Lithuanian) and number of the EU document related with the EU law infringement procedure
 
2. Opinion on the compliance of the EU legislative proposal with the principle of subsidiarity
(enter: non-compliant, compliant + comments field)
3. Importance of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document to Lithuania (according to the priorities set by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, in accordance with the annual legislative and work programme of the European Commission)   Was the draft of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document included in the priorities set by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania? 3.1. If the answer is "yes", the importance of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document to Lithuania is specified: 3.1.1 is changing of the set priority suggested? 3.1.2 if changing of the set priority is suggested, the priority proposed by the drafter or the position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be entered; 3.2 If the answer is "no", the priority proposed by the drafter of the position of the Republic of Lithuania shall be entered
              (enter: yes, no)     (enter: very relevant, relevant, not so relevant)     (enter: yes, no) (enter: very relevant, relevant, not so relevant)   (enter: very relevant, relevant, not so relevant)
4. The essence of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document
 
5. The procedure of adopting the EU legislative proposal or another EU document
(enter: co-decision, cooperation, consultation, assent, other + comments field)
6. Adoption of the EU legislative proposal or another document in the EU Council requires the majority of votes    
(enter: unanimous, qualified majority, simple majority, other + comments field)
7. Progress of the consideration of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document:   7.1. Progress of the consideration of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document in EU institutions  
 
7.2. Progress of the examination of an EU document related to the EU law infringement procedure at EU and Lithuanian institutions
 
8. Current legal regulation in Lithuania
 
9. Basic impact assessment pursuant to paragraphs 6, 7 and 9 of Annex 2 to the Methodology for the Impact Assessment of Draft Decisions, approved by Resolution No 276 of the Government of Lithuania of 26 February 2003 (Valstybės žinios (Official Gazette), No 23-975, 2003) 
 
10. The position of the Republic of Lithuania proposed and the progress of its consideration by institutions of the Republic of Lithuania  
 
11. The maximum desirable outcome of negotiations or the principal position of Lithuania regarding the EU document related with the EU law infringement procedure.
 
12. The minimum necessary negotiation outcome
 
13. Specific provisions that need to be covered and/or concrete text of the speech.
 
14. Coordination of the position of the Republic of Lithuania: 14.1. Names of sate institutions and agencies as well as social groups and associations concerned with which the position is agreed upon 14.2 Are there any comments of which the drafter of the position does not approve? 14.2.1. if the answer is "yes", the comments which the drafter of the position of the Republic of Lithuania does not approve of shall be specified, along with the name of the institution that submitted the comments; the arguments of the drafter of the Republic of Lithuania position shall also be presented; 14.2.2. if the answer is "no", nothing further shall be specified 14.3. Further coordination actions proposed by the drafter of the Republic of Lithuania position
          (enter: yes, no)
15. Positions of other EU Member States
 
16. Position of the European Parliament regarding the EU legislative proposal or another EU document:     16.1 The title (in Lithuanian and in English or French), number and date of the European Parliament document setting out the position of the European Parliament regarding the EU legislative proposal or another EU document
(to be filled only when the EU legislative proposal or the proposal to adopt another EU document is adopted using the assent, co-decision or cooperation procedure)
16.2. The position of the European Parliament regarding the EU legislative proposal or another EU document   16.3. The amendments proposed by the European Parliament and comments regarding the EU legislative proposal or another EU document 16.4 The stage of consideration of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document in the European Parliament       16.5. The committee of the European Parliament responsible for the consideration of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document in the European Parliament, and the committees involved in the consideration  
(enter: approves, approves with amendments, disapproves, no decision adopted, other + comments field)         (enter: first consideration, second consideration, reconciliation, other + comments field, which should specify the preliminary dates of further consideration at a plenary sitting of the European Parliament or at a sitting of a committee of the European Parliament)
17. Is it necessary to amend or adopt new national legislation? 17.1. if the answer is "yes", the type of the legal act shall be entered and the title of the legal act to be amended shall be specified, or the new legal act to be adopted shall be specified; 17.2 if the answer is "no", nothing further shall be specified
(enter: yes, no)   (enter: law, resolution, order, other + comments field)
18. Additional information attached
 
19. The direct drafter of the Republic of Lithuania position ((full name, institution, position, phone number, e-mail address) 
 
20. The head of the institution responsible for the drafting of the Republic of Lithuania position (full name, institution, position, phone number, e-mail address)
 
To be FILLED ONLY IN CASES where thE EU legislative PROPOSAL OR ANOTHER EU DOCUMENT APPEARS in the first PART of COREPER agenda
21. Assent to the EU legislative proposal or another EU document
(enter: yes, no, abstain)
22. A linguistic reservation for the EU legislative proposal or another EU document:   22.1 Translation of the EU legislative proposal or another EU document into Lithuanian: 22.1.1 if the answer is "received", it should be indicated whether or not comments were submitted for the translation; 22.1.2 if the answer is "comments submitted", the date of submitting the comments shall be specified? 22.2 Is the linguistic reservation necessary?
      (enter: received, not received, translation unnecessary) (enter: comments submitted, comments not submitted)   (enter: yes, no)
23. A waiting reservation for the EU legislative proposal or another EU document
(enter: yes, no)
24. A parliamentary reservation for the EU legislative proposal or another EU document
(enter: yes, no + comments field)
 
 
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Annex 4 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 29 April 2005)
 
 
STATE INSTITUTIONS AND AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTENDING AND PRESENTING A POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA AT MANAGEMENT MEETINGS OF EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AGENCIES
 
No.
Title of the agency
State institution or agency
1.
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Ministry of Education and Science   Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education   Lithuanian Labour Market Training Authority under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour
2.
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Ministry of Social Security and Labour
3.
European Environment Agency
Ministry of Environment   Environmental Protection Agency
4.
European Training Foundation
Lithuanian Labour Market Training Authority under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour   Ministry of Education and Science
5.
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Drug Control Department under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
6.
European Medicines Agency
State Medicines Control Agency under the Ministry of Health   State Food and Veterinary Service
7.
Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs)
State Patient Bureau
8.
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Ministry of Social Security and Labour   State Labour Inspectorate   State Health Care Accreditation Service under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
9.
Community Plant Variety Office
Lithuanian State Plant Varieties Testing Centre
10.
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Ministry of Justice Department of National Minorities and Emigration under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
11.
European Agency for Reconstruction
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
12.
European Food Safety Authority
State Food and Veterinary Service   National Nutrition Centre
13.
European Maritime Safety Agency
Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration
14.
European Railway Agency
State Railway Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications
15.
European Aviation Safety Agency
Civil Aviation Administration
16.
European Network and Information Security Agency
Ministry of Transport and Communications   Communications Regulatory Authority
17.
Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union
Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
18.
European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders
Ministry of the Interior
19.
Community Fisheries Control Agency
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Agriculture
20.
European Centre for Disease Prevention
Ministry of Health, State Public Health Care Service under the Ministry of Health Institute of Hygiene
21.
European Chemicals Agency
Ministry of Environment
 
 
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Annex 5 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 29 April 2005)
 
 
MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTENDING MEETINGS OF THE EU COUNCIL AND PRESENTING A POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
  No. Nr.
  EU Council
  Minister
  1.  
  General Affairs and External Relations Council
  Minister of Foreign Affairs
  2.  
  Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  Minister of Finance
  3.  
  Justice and Home Affairs Council
  Minister of Justice, Minister of the Interior
  4.  
  Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
  Minister of Social Security and Labour, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice
  5.  
  Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry and Research)
  Minister of Economy, Minister of Education and Science
  6.  
  Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
  Minister of Transport and Communications, Minister of Economy
  7.  
  Agriculture and Fisheries Council
  Minister of Agriculture
  8.  
  Environment Council
  Minister of Environment
  9.  
  Education, Youth and Culture Council
  Minister of Education and Science, Minister of Social Security and Labour, Minister of Culture
 
 
 
 
 
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Annex 6 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 29 April 2005)
 
 
TYPICAL STRUCTURE FOR A REPORT ON ATTENDANCE AT THE SITTINGS OF EU INSTITUTIONS, THEIR WORKING GROUPS AND COMMITTEES AS WELL AS MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF EU INSTITUTIONS AND MEMBER STATES
 
 
1.         Institutional form, location, date and participants of the sitting (see also Agenda in paragraph 6)
 
2.         Issue considered or the title and number of the EU legislative proposal considered:
 
3.         Summary of the course of the sitting:
 
 
 
 
4.         Decisions of the sitting, date of the next sitting:
 
 
 
 
5.         Proposals on further actions by Lithuania:
 
 
 
 
 
6.         Information appended (sitting agenda, handouts, references):
 
 
 
 
7.         Direct drafter of the report (full name, institution, position, telephone number, e-mail address):
8.         Head of division in charge of the report (full name, institution, position, telephone number, electronic mail address):
 
 
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Annex 7 to the Rules on the Coordination of European Union Affairs
(as amended by Resolution No 478
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
of 29 April 2005)
 
 
 
CORRELATION TABLE OF DIRECTIVES (OTHER EU LEGAL ACTS) AND THE NATIONAL LEGAL ACTS (DRAFT LEGAL ACTS)
OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
  Title and number of the directive (another EU legal act):            
  Title(s) of the national legal act(s) (draft legal act(s)) of the Republic of Lithuania:            
  Level of transposition (implementation) of the directive (another EU legal act) (full, partial)
  Article 1   (text)
  Title and article of the national legal act (draft legal act) corresponding to the relevant article of the directive (another EU legal act)   (text)
   
  Article 2   (text)
  Title and article of the national legal act (draft legal act) corresponding to the relevant article of the directive (another EU legal act)   (text)
   
  (etc.)
  (etc.)
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
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