“The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership” – Compass in Sea of Election Promises

Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) presented “The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership”. The publication discusses the problems of state governance and the economy and provides recommendations for a breakthrough.

As the patron of the event, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, underscored the unique value of the “The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership” for political parties. She emphasized that the material presented in the book is a valuable resource for all political parties, regardless of their ideology, in preparing their programs.

“The publication invites a deeper look into the processes of society and the phenomenon of scarcity, which affects all areas of activity. I believe that representatives of all political parties and groups in the Parliament will find useful information, as it deals with important issues of legislative quality,” said Ms Čmilytė-Nielsen.

Opening the event for members of the Seimas, political scientists, academics, and public relations specialists, Elena Leontjeva, President of LFMI, said that the “The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership” is a bridge between politicians and voters.

Ms. Leontjeva highlighted the importance of it as a tool for understanding the limits of power and the importance of constitutional values. She pointed out that the phenomenon of scarcity reveals that incompleteness promotes growth and creativity. Human limitations and lack of time encourage action, which is why it is important to unleash human power. The quality of legislation is an important element in the governance of the State. We already have good principles, but we lack a mechanism to implement them.

Ms. Leontjeva continued that a new legislative culture is needed and noted that the Constitution and the Law on Legislative Framework should be binding on any Member of Parliament. She emphasized that the “The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership” will play a crucial role in helping the country’s future leaders distinguish between what problems are appropriate for the government to deal with and what should be left to the people to deal with in their own lives, in their communities, and their local governments.

During the event, there was a lively discussion with members of the Lithuanian Parliament, moderated by Gintautas Bartkus, associate professor of partnership at the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University. Participants discussed the limits of the freedom of politicians, and the changes that can be achieved in the legislative process by the representatives of the government of the current term. Other topics highlighted in the publication, such as taxes, budget expenditures, the public sector, and deregulation, were also discussed.

“As we delve deeper into these themes, we are charting a roadmap and concrete solutions to improve life in the spirit of our Constitution. Transparent boundaries protect against the temptations of those in power, the greatest of which is to take responsibility for the people in a way that does not allow them to grow in their own freedom and responsibility,” said Ms Leontieva.

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