Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union

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Not to be confused with Lithuanian Green Party.
Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union
Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjunga
Abbreviation LVŽS
Chairman Ramūnas Karbauskis
First Vice Chairman Bronis Ropė
Vice Chairpeople Rima Baškienė
Kęstutis Mažeika
Arvydas Nekrošius
Aušrinė Norkienė
Mindaugas Puidokas
Viktoras Rinkevičius
Virginijus Sinkevičius
Andriejus Stančikas
Tomas Tomilinas
Povilas Žagunis
Founded 2001 (Union of Peasants and New Democratic Parties)
Preceded by Lithuanian Peasants Party
New Democracy Party
Headquarters Pamėnkalnio g. 26, Vilnius
Membership 4,850
Ideology Centrism[1]
Technocracy[2]
Agrarianism[1][3]
Green politics
Green conservatism
Political position Centre[4] to Centre-right[2]
International affiliation None
European Parliament group The Greens–European Free Alliance
Colours Green
Seats in the Seimas
54 / 141
Seats in the European Parliament
1 / 11
Cabinet of Lithuania
11 / 14
Municipal councils
147 / 1,526
Mayors
3 / 60
Website
www.lvzs.lt/lt/
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Sunflower symbol

The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjunga, LVŽS; also known as Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union, formerly Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union, Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių liaudininkų sąjunga, LVLS) is an agrarian political party in Lithuania led by industrial farmer Ramūnas Karbauskis.

History[edit]

In February 2006, the Peasants and New Democratic Party Union led by Lithuanian politician Kazimiera Prunskienė chose to rename itself after the pre-war Lithuanian Popular Peasants' Union. It had previously been known as "Valstiečių ir Naujosios demokratijos partijų sąjunga", or VNDS, which translates to the "Peasants and New Democratic Party Union" or "Union of Peasants and New Democratic Parties". This name stemmed from its origin as an electoral alliance between the Lithuanian Peasants Party (Lietuvos valstiečių partija) and the New Democratic Party (Naujosios demokratijos partija), which merged to form the Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union.

It changed its name to Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union in January 2012.[1]

After successful performance in the 2016 elections, a clarification about its English name format was issued, changing it to Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union.[5]

Electoral results[edit]

In the 2004 European Parliamentary Elections, the party gained 7.4% of the vote and won one MEP, who joined the Union for Europe of the Nations group.

Its candidate Kazimiera Prunskienė gained 21.4% of the vote in the first round and 47.4% in the second round in the presidential elections of 13 June 2004. At the legislative elections on 10 October 2004, the party won 6.6% of the popular vote and 10 out of 141 seats.

In the legislative elections of 2008, the party experienced heavy losses, retaining only 3 out of its previous 10 seats in the Seimas and 3.74% of the national vote, continuing the party's tenure in opposition.

In the 2009 European parliament election the party got a mere 1.82% and lost its representation.

In the 2012 Lithuanian parliamentary election the party got 3.88% of popular vote while losing two more MP's compared to last election, being represented by sole party member in main Lithuanian legislative body.

In the 2014 European parliament election the party secured 1 seat in the parliament gaining 6.25% of national vote. After the election party announced considering joining the European People's Party (EPP) group. However, the MEP, Bronis Ropė, instead joined The Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA).[6]

In the 2016 Seimas election. The party came up from 1 seat to 54 seats in the parliament. They came in first place and have formed a coalition with the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania.

Current Members of the Seimas[edit]

Parliamentarian From Constituency
Vida Ačienė 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Valius Ąžuolas 2016 Akmenė-Mažeikiai
Kęstutis Bacvinka 2016 Garliava
Vytautas Bakas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Rima Baškienė 2004 Kuršėnai-Dainai
Guoda Burokienė 2016 Aukštaitija
Justas Džiugelis 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Aurimas Gaidžiūnas 2016 Radviliškis
Dainius Gaižauskas 2016 Marijampolė
Arūnas Gumuliauskas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Stasys Jakeliūnas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Jonas Jarutis 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Eugenijus Jovaiša 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Dalius Kaminskas 2016 Kėdainiai
Ramūnas Karbauskis 2016

(1996-2004)

Šilainiai
Dainius Kepenis 2016 Marių
Gintautas Kindurys 2016 Nalšia
Algimantas Kirkutis 2016 Baltijos
Asta Kubilienė 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Bronius Markauskas 2016

(2004-2008)

Gargždai
Raimundas Martinėlis 2016 Sėla
Laimutė Matkevičienė 2016 Kaišiadorys-Elektrėnai
Kęstutis Mažeika 2016 Sūduva
Rūta Miliūtė 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Alfredas Stasys Nausėda 2016 Šilutė
Arvydas Nekrošius 2016 Raseiniai-Kėdainiai
Petras Nevulis 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Aušrinė Norkienė 2016 Tauragė
Aušra Papirtienė 2016 Kalniečiai
Virgilijus Poderys 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Viktoras Pranckietis 2016 Raudondvaris
Mindaugas Puidokas 2016 Aleksotas-Vilijampolė
Vytautas Rastenis 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Juozas Rimkus 2016 Kelmė-Šiauliai
Viktoras Rinkevičius 2016

(2000-2008)

Multi-member Constituency
Valerijus Simulik 2000 Saulės
Virginijus Sinkevičius 2016 Šeškinė
Saulius Skvernelis 2016 Karoliniškės
Kęstutis Smirnovas 2016 Vilkaviškis
Lauras Stacevičius 2016 Dainava
Andriejus Stančikas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Levutė Staniuvienė 2016 Kuršas
Zenonas Streikus 2016 Lazdijai-Druskininkai
Dovilė Šakalienė 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Robertas Šarknickas 2016 Alytus
Audrys Šimas 2016 Biržai-Kupiškis
Agnė Širinskienė 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Tomas Tomilinas 2016 Multi-member Constituency
Stasys Tumėnas 2016 Aušros
Povilas Urbšys 2012 Vakarinė
Petras Valiūnas 2016 Dzūkija
Egidijus Vareikis 2000 Multi-member Constituency
Juozas Varžgalys 2016 Ukmergė
Gediminas Vasiliauskas 2016 Petrašiūnai
Aurelijus Veryga 2016 Panemunė
Virginija Vingrienė 2016 Multi-member Constituency

Name[edit]

  • 2001–2006: Peasants and New Democratic Party Union or Union of Peasants and New Democratic Parties (Valstiečių ir Naujosios demokratijos partijų sąjunga / VNDS)
  • 2006–2012: Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union (Lietuvos valstiečių liaudininkų sąjunga / LVLS)
  • 2012–2017: Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjunga / LVŽS)
  • 2017–present: Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjunga / LVŽS)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". 
  2. ^ a b Lowe, Josh (25 October 2016). "The Farmers' Party That Stormed the Lithuanian Election: What You Need to Know". Newsweek. Newsweek. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Bakke, Elisabeth (2010). Central and East European party systems since 1989. Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989. Cambridge University Press. p. 81. 
  4. ^ Vitureau, Marielle; Sibierski, Mary (23 October 2016). "Lithuanians vote for change handing farmers' party surprise win". Yahoo News. AFP. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Verčiant į anglų žodžio „valstiečiai" neliks". Lietuvos Žinios (in Lithuanian). 17 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017. LVŽS šiandien pranešė, kad nuo šiol partijos pavadinimas angliškai skambės Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union. 
  6. ^ "Up-to-date list of the MEPs for the new legislative period". 

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