In the internal system of the Seimas, a discussion arose among some parliamentarians regarding the closure of the Lithuanian Post Office in the Parliamentary Chamber.
“It simply came to our notice then. It will be inconvenient to carry parcels, publications, brochures to other post offices. By the way, it would be interesting to know who made such a decision? And now, probably, we have to wait for when the canteen will be closed and there will be no more coffee machines in the LRS building, ”one member of the Seimas reacted.
Another wrote: “Mail in the EP (in the European Parliament) is – what without it ?!”.
“Colleagues, a few years ago SEB closed its ATM, now Lietuvos paštas.” Is there a “privilege” here, or is the work of a member of the Seimas and his team even more difficult? Maybe the leaders of the Seimas could get acquainted with how services are provided in other parliaments or the EP, ”wrote another politician.
However, there were also supporters for the absence of the Lithuanian Post Office in the Seimas.
One parliamentarian noted that Lietuvos Paštas is a joint-stock company, from which the Seimas and the Government demand efficient management and even profit. It is led by managers who meet the demands of politicians themselves for governance and profit.
“I will allow myself not to understand how we can distrust our professionals who see better where and what works more effectively. Apparently, we use this post office too little and do not send enough items to pay for Lithuanian Post. The following data is available:
About 346 Eur / month is collected for postal services. 2. For utility bills – 29 Eur / month. 3. For retail sales – 270 Eur / month.
In Lithuania, there is no such post office that operates inside the institution. This is the last such chapter in Lithuania. I can’t imagine how we can demand a profit from a state-owned company in the future if we demand to keep a department that clearly does not raise funds for the maintenance of even one person, “he also stated in the correspondence.
Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / “Lithuanian Post” branch in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
“The nearest post office is J.Jasinskio st. 16. In addition, it is very convenient to send letters via DVS by signing with a mobile signature (and paper is saved). Agree, the post office in the office is very convenient, but at the same time it is not a privilege, ”says another parliament.
Agree, the post office in the office is very convenient, but at the same time not a small privilege.
Member of the Seimas Stasys Šedbaras said that he was not an opponent of not leaving the Lithuanian Post Office in the Parliament.
“It simply came to our notice then. Because sometimes people write in ordinary mail and we have to reply to them in such mail as well, they cannot reply electronically. Of course, maybe there aren’t many of them, maybe there’s some sort of post machine where you can put the envelope. I don’t know these things, “he commented.
S.Šedbaras explained that letters from the post office in the Seimas were not sent very often. Because he is mostly contacted by e-mail.
“When there are plenary sessions and we do so from 8 am. sometimes until 8 p.m. we are sitting, there are some parcels – it’s a book, it’s something else, you can pick it all up at the post office, you don’t have to go to the city. Well, and, of course, a lot of amateurs – I didn’t do that, of course – didn’t send paper postcards during public holidays (…). I do not practice it, I think it is an unnecessary waste of money, but many of the members of the Seimas have seen me simply send those congratulations by fiber, ”said the Chairman of the Seimas Committee on Law and Order.
When there are plenary sessions and we do so from 8 p.m. sometimes until 8 p.m. we are sitting, there are some consignments – it’s a book, it’s something else, you can pick it all up at the post office, you don’t have to go to the city.
S.Šedbaras assured that he understood that Lithuanian Post was apparently optimizing.
According to him, some parliamentarians have only expressed the expectation that some solutions may be found that would not at least partially eliminate access to postal services.
“It simply came to our notice then. Because here the Post Office opens, the Post Office closes. This is not a subdivision of the Seimas, not the finances of the Seimas, ”he emphasized.
The politician considered that an ATM could appear in or near the Seimas.
Member of the Seimas Kęstutis Masiulis mentioned that it was convenient for the Lithuanian Post Office to operate in the Parliament House.
The Lithuanian Post Office in the Seimas should close its doors from March 1.
The Deputy Speaker of the Seimas Paulius Saudargas stated that the Parliamentary Board had still tried to offer various options for the continuation of activities to the representatives of the company, but failed to speak.
“Of course, we fully appreciate and understand their mission to become a profitable object, we really do not want a state-owned company to operate at a loss. We understand that they are optimizing, looking at profits. In our country, that department really did not generate profit, it generated loss, ”he commented.
According to P. Saudargas, Lithuanian postal plans include an ATM near the Seimas.
He believes that it will be useful not only for the Seimas, but also for people who need such services in this Gedimino Ave. section.
The services will also be provided remotely – several times a day employees of the Lithuanian Post will come to the Seimas to bring and take out correspondence.
Prior to the meeting of the Seimas Board with the representatives of the Lithuanian Post, the position of the Parliament was such that it was worth discussing what other possibilities are available, said the Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen.
However, she noted that the Lithuanian Post office, which will close its doors in the palace, is not a tragedy.
“It is necessary to understand that Lietuvos Paštas values the volumes and that the use of their services is constantly declining. It is only natural to look for other ways. I really think that the Seimas will not collapse, the letters will reach the addressees even if there is no post office in the Seimas, ”V. Čmilytė-Nielsen emphasized.
According to her, there are problems with this in the regions, small towns and villages, but certainly not in the center of Vilnius.
I really think that the Seimas will not collapse, the letters will reach the addressees even if there is no post office in the Seimas.
The last chapter in the institutions
Jonas Sadauskas, the director of the Lietuvos Paštas network, explained that the company has been streamlining its operations for the past few years not only by changing processes, but also by giving up redundant post offices.
“The post office in the Seimas is the last of its kind in state institutions, we see a small demand for its services, which is also reflected in the general trends of postal services – letters are sent less and less every year, and the number of items, especially due to e-commerce, is growing every year. Taking into account these tendencies, a decision was made to abandon the post office in the Seimas, to provide services more efficiently and in a more modern way, ”he pointed out.
According to J.Sadauskas, Seimas employees can form parcels at the self-service of the Lithuanian Post.
As an alternative to the post office, special boxes would be installed in the Seimas, where employees could leave items and letters ready for sending.
The courier of the Lithuanian Post would arrive at the Seimas twice a day – both deliver incoming items, letters and subscriptions, and pick them up ready for dispatch.
According to J.Sadauskas, the procedure for the provision of services in the Seimas will be determined by the public tender of the Chancellery of the Seimas.
“Also, parcels formed online, like any customer, can be left by the Seimas employees at the post office, entering it without a queue – the departments have a special area for leaving such parcels. The nearest post offices for Seimas employees are located in the Panorama shopping center and in Vilnius Old Town, Totorių st. They are located at a distance of 1–1.5 km from the Seimas, ”explained the representative of the Lithuanian Post.
Intends to sell the Seimas hotel
At the initiative of the ruling majority, the Seimas is considering the sale of the parliament hotel building.
The Board of the Seimas instructed the Chancellery of the Seimas to start the construction of the building located at Gedimino Ave. 60, the evaluation procedure,
The first deputy speaker of the Seimas Jurgis Razma has previously said that the proposal for the sale of the Seimas hotel is not the first, there have been similar ones before.
“Basically, the coalition had a positive attitude to move towards abandoning the hotel by providing for the payment of cash. But, of course, it is not so urgent to do so, because next year’s draft budget is not adjusting so easily, “J. Razma said in November.
Under the current procedure, if parliamentarians wish to live with family members, they may be provided with accommodation in a Seimas hotel.
First of all, the apartment is provided here to parliamentarians who do not have the right of ownership and have not had a living space in Vilnius City Municipality and within a radius of 25 km from its administrative boundary for five years.
They do not have to pay for utilities.
Other parliamentarians living in the Seimas hotel have to pay for cold and hot water, electricity, gas, thermal energy and utilities according to the approved tariffs.
During the previous year, the maintenance of a Seimas hotel cost on average about 123 thousand. euros.
This amount includes utilities, repairs, hotel administrator salary, purchase of new furniture and inventory.
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