Former Deputy Minister V. Kondratovičius has returned to the Ministry of Transport and Communications – he heads one of the departments

According to the information published on the website of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, V. Kondratovičius holds the position of the Director of the Networks and International Relations Department of the Ministry.

V.Kondratovičius 15min on Tuesday said he has been working at the ministry since Monday.

He said he returned to the ministry after submitting a request to the Civil Service Department (VTD) to restore his status as a civil servant and that request was granted.

By law, the ETS may restore the status of a civil servant to a post or, if that is not possible, to other equivalent or lower positions of a civil servant in the same institution.

In 2013–2014, V. Kondratovičius held the position of the Deputy Minister of Transport, later he headed the Departments of Development and International Relations and Road Transport and Civil Aviation Policy. Prior to that, V. Kondratovičius worked as the Deputy Director of the Administration in Vilnius District Municipality.

According to V. Kondratovičius, the whole process of returning to the ministry took about two months.

“We met with the supervising vice-ministers, we talked to the minister, but very briefly,” he said.

The duties of the Director of the Networks and International Relations Department, unlike those of the Political Confidence Officers, are not tied to terms of office.

M.Skuodis: experience and competence will be useful

The Minister was asked about the return of V. Kondratovičius to the Ministry through his spokesperson 15min emphasized that the reinstatement of V. Kondratovičius was provided for in the Law on the Civil Service, according to which the Department of the Civil Service reinstated him in the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Photo by Luke April / 15 minutes / Marius Skuodis

The Minister noted that V. Kondratovičius has been working in the Ministry of Transport and Communications in various management positions since 2013.

“We believe that his experience and competence will be useful for work in the ministry. V.Kondratovičius has been the head of the Networks and International Relations Department at the Ministry since Monday, ”the Minister confirmed.

Did not suit G.Nausėda, mentioned in the road scandal

Before becoming the Deputy Minister of Transport, V. Kondratovičius was nominated to the LLRA-KŠS as a minister, but the LLRA-KŠS took into account the remarks of President Gitanas Nausėda and nominated Jaroslav Narkevičius as a candidate for the Minister of Transport.

The asphalt scandal of the street inhabited by the former Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis arose, and V. Kondratovičius was also mentioned in it.

Chief Official Ethics Commission (COEC) investigating the asphalting circumstances of Upės Street in Smigliiai, Vilnius District published research material in the summer.

It shows that the former Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis testified that he had repeatedly discussed Upės Street with the Prime Minister.

This was said to be the case with the asphalting of gravel roads or garden streets, with the participation of him, Prime Minister S. Skvernelis, in some cases the head of the Lithuanian Road Administration (LAKD) and the Deputy Minister, then KTCAPD director, V. Kondratovičius.

R. Masiulis explained from the conversations with V. Kondratovičius that he understood that the latter had been invited to the Government House several times, where the topic of the mentioned street was also discussed.

R. Masiulis could not say exactly whether V. Kondratovičius met with the Prime Minister or with the Chancellor of the Government, who, while he was a minister, allegedly supervised all road issues.

15min photo / Saulius Skvernelis

15min photo / Saulius Skvernelis

The COEC had also received a notification from one unnamed person.

Whether the Commission knew his identity or whether the information was provided anonymously remained unclear from the data provided in the conclusion.

However, the man pointed out that in the first half of 2018, the Deputy Minister of Transport was personally invited to S. Skvernel at least twice. It seems that he meant V. Kondratovičius.

“During the meetings, the Prime Minister wondered whether there were opportunities to pave the street where he lives. After these meetings, the Deputy Minister, who was the Director of the Ministry of Transport and Communications KTCAPD in 2018 (V. Kondratovičius – aut.), Recounted the Prime Minister’s words to colleagues and passed on the Prime Minister’s question, which way of street asphalting could be the cheapest. The speaker drew the commission’s attention to the fact that the street was never on the list of priority objects “, according to an unnamed report received by the COEC.

Commenting on this, V. Kondratovičius then 15min said he had been invited to the Government a couple of times, but along with the minister.

“There was talk of programs, of several sectors, but not of a specific street. They didn’t talk to me, to me “, then 15min assured the now former Deputy Minister.

Sweeps the legacy of J.Narkevičius

M.Skuodis is reviewing the decisions of the former Minister of Transport and Communications J.Narkevičius, due to which many people have lost their positions.

Photo by Julius Kalinskas / 15min / Jaroslavas Narkevičius

Photo by Julius Kalinskas / 15min / Jaroslavas Narkevičius

Somewhat earlier, M.Skuodis revoked the order of the former Minister J.Narkevičius to appoint his former adviser Aldonas Violetas Grinienė as the Head of the Public Relations Department of the Ministry, and dismissed the director of the state-owned Oro Navigacijos Marius Beliūnas.

The Minister also revoked the Board of the Lithuanian Railways appointed during the last days of J. Narcevičius’ term.

On February 1, Arijandas Šliupas, the Chairman of the Board of Lithuanian Airports, presented his resignation to M. Skuodis.

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