It is clear how the decision was made to award L. Girskienė: the candidate who scored more points was left without a prize

To the public figure L.Girskienė, who at that time was a member of the Lithuanian Peasants ‘and Greens’ Union (LVŽS) faction in Klaipėda City Municipality, 3 thousand. The € 1 million prize was awarded last June on World Environment Day.

About a month later, in July 2020, L. Girskienė publicly announced her candidacy for the Seimas with “peasants”.

“I have received proposals to run for the Seimas together from many parties, but during the decade the Lithuanian Peasants ‘and Greens’ Union was the only ones who heard us fighting for a clean Klaipeda and showed their support for solutions to pollution issues,” she motivated her choice.

Candidates for the award are evaluated by a commission

The Česlovas Kudaba Prize is awarded every two years through a competition for active and useful public activities or significant work in the field of environmental formation and protection.

The rules for its submission are defined in the legislation: by order of the Minister of the Environment, a commission is formed, which evaluates the nominated candidates and votes on each one.

Subsequently, in accordance with the recommendations of the commission, the decision on awarding the prize is made by the Minister.

Photo by Sigismund Gedvila / 15min / Ligita Girskiene

The commission, which met in May last year and was chaired by Justas Jaskonis, the then adviser to the Minister, considered 5 nominations.

The resolution adopted by it recommends that K. Mažeika be awarded the Česlovas Kudaba Prize to one of the four candidates.

According to the available data for 15 minutes, three candidates, including L. Girskienė, scored one commission point each, one candidate – Lina Marmaitė, scored 4 points.

15min According to the available data, three candidates, including L.Girskienė, scored one commission point each, one candidate – Lina Marmaitė, scored 4 points.

Nevertheless, the prize was awarded to L. Girskiene.

15min after explaining why the prize was awarded to her if the opinion of the commission was different, it became clear that the minister’s order to award the prize had not even been made public.


“Please be informed that non-normative legal acts are not published in the Register of Legal Acts”, 15min explained the Ministry’s Strategic Communication Division on Monday.

However, the order of the Minister of the Environment, which defines the procedure for awarding this prize, states that this decision had to be published: “Following the commission’s recommendations, the decision on awarding the prize is made by the Minister of the Environment by signing an order.

Not only that, it is easy to find in the register previous ministerial decisions on the award of this prize.

Ministry of Environment 15min The Minister’s order submitted in 2006 states, inter alia, that the award is granted in accordance with the recommendations of the resolution of the commission meeting.

K.Mažeika: the decision is made by the commission

“I do not know, the commission appointed. I really can’t say what it was like there, I don’t even know that like L. Girskiene, now that you’ve said it, but I can’t say anything, ” 15min The former Minister of the Environment, now a member of the Seimas K.Mažeika, spoke about the award.

15min clarifying that the prize was awarded by ministerial order, he stressed that it was awarded by a commission.

“It simply came to our notice then, but the commission selected and said which person was the most suitable. Perhaps the chairman of the commission should be called to ask. ” 15min emphasizing that according to legal acts he had to make a decision, K. Mažeika spoke.

Photo by Julius Kalinskas / 15min / Kęstutis Mažeika

Photo by Julius Kalinskas / 15min / Kęstutis Mažeika

“I don’t know, you know, I can’t comment on this,” 15min reminding that L.Girskienė scored 1 point and the other candidate – 4, the former minister said.

Asked once again whether his decision was not to award the prize to L. Girskiene, K. Mažeika stated that the decision is made by the commission, and he signed it as a minister.

“As recommended by the Commission, the order is brought, as argued, so it is signed. I can only say so much, “he said.

Asked whether he had not instructed not to publish the order awarding the prize, K. Mažeika answered that it really could not be so, because the Chancellor of the Ministry or the employees of the Personnel Department decide those matters – it could have been their decision.

K.Mažeika as well 15min said that at the time the award was given, he did not know L. Girskienė personally.

I really didn’t know L.Girskienė personally until she became a member of the Seimas, if you are calmer about it.

“I really did not know L.Girskienė personally until she became a member of the Seimas, if you are more calm about it, I can say so,” the parliamentarian said.

J.Jaskonis: the decision was made by the Minister

J. Jaskonis, the then adviser to the Minister, headed the commission 15min said that the decision of the commission was only of a recommendatory nature, and the decision to whom to award the prize was made by K.Mažeika.

Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr./Justas Jaskonis

Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr./Justas Jaskonis

“Those commissions are on paper in the ministry, they are of a recommendatory nature in principle. Because the prize is awarded and the decision is made by the minister. Candidates were nominated, everyone expressed their will, said they were voting for, we presented a protocol to the Minister where we listed all the candidates and how many votes each candidate has collected. I really don’t remember the surnames, another candidate had gathered more votes, and the minister then, after getting acquainted with the minutes, made a decision to appoint, “he said.

Asked who the commission is then, if the minister is not obliged to take its opinion into account, J. Jaskonis stated that “there were known risks and everything else, but the decision is not binding”.

“Regarding L.Girskienė, as far as I remember those conversations, there was an intention not so much for L.Girskienė herself as for the people of Klaipėda who contributed to the disclosure of” Grigeo “(pollution – aut.). That is probably the decision of the Minister to evaluate L. Girskienė, ”he considered.

L.Girskienė: I am not aware of any nuances of awarding the prize

Member of Parliament, member of the “peasants” faction L.Girskienė 15min On Monday, she said that she had not even spoken to K.Mažeika before the award ceremony.

In addition, she emphasized that she was not a member of the LVŽS at that time.

“The award is intended for public purposes, for that money I set up a website where we register odors, pollution in Klaipeda, we are doing a joint project with FEZ – not a single cent has fallen into my hands,” she said.

The MEP stated that she was not aware of any nuances of the award:

“I do not know the people who nominated me, the other candidates or the members of the commission. We have never had personal contact with the Minister and we have only met several times at the Ministry about pollution problems. “

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