1. What do you think of EU?
2. What is your democracy education like in your school?
3. How old do you have to be to vote?
4. Do a man and a woman make the same money for doing the same job?
A bit of information about democracy in Lithuania:
Classical liberals believe that liberty is man’s highest political end, and that religious faith, a free-market economy, and limited government are central to this goal.
1) Democracy – is nation’s power. Citizens take part in elections and elect representatives to our Seeym.
2) Democracy is authority rising from society’s majority.
3) Democracy is an idea of State nation sovereignty.
4) Democracy is free democratic election.
5) Democracy is free enterprise’s business and private property.
6) Democracy is cultural and conscience freedom: you can choose religion, be interested in modern art, music, etc.
7) Democracy is non – governmental organizations activity. The whole support!
8) Democracy is nations minority’s questions solving in State.
9) Democracy is oppositions in parliament.
10) Democracy is multi – parties system.
The polity in our country is democracy. Ass in all democratic countries, sovereignty belongs to the whole nation.
And it is governed not directly. The citizens of Lithuania elect the parliament (it is called seimas) every 4th year. It consists of 141 members. Its main functions are:
1. To debate and pa
2. To legislate
3. To pass resolutions concerning referendum
4. To set the date of the president elections
5. To see to the work of the government
6. To appoint judges of the Constitutional Court.
7. To affirm the budget.
And so on.
An important role falls on the Outs which function is to estimate and to criticize the policy of the government and to present its proposals (It is also the feature of the democracy).
Seimas consists of representatives of various parties who nominated their candidacy in district elections. Every citizen has the right to vote for the well-liked candidates.
The government is in charge of the Executive Branch. It is formed by the Prime Minister and other ministers. Its functions are:
1. To concern about national affairs
2. To prepare thhe draft budget
3. To present the bills
4. To be in charge of the foreign policy
Lithuanian citizens, basing on the universal suffrage, elect the president. He is elected for 5 years and can be re-elected only once. Now our president is Valdas Adamkus, he spent half of his life in the USA.
All TV channels, newspapers, magazines in Lithuania are independent despite the fact they often criticize the power.
There was no trying of derogating from our free speech declared in the constitution.
(On the contrary to
http://www.sociumas.lt/Eng/Nr10/politika.asp -here you can read quite different thoughts.
1. My point about EU is very positive. I think that Lithuania needs to be incorporated into such organisation as well as into the NATO. But, as any other thing our membership has another bad side. Lithuania will have to reform and adapt its agriculture, energetics, competitive ability will grow, some companies will bankrupt, though it is partially positive, while the country needs shake-up and renovation. Isolated countries in nowadays world are non-democratic and shabby Actually I am against the closing of Ignalina’s nuclear power station. But I think there are many positive aspects of membership: economical, judicial and political security, rise of economics and production, financial support, borderless travels and work.
Anyway there was a public referendum and 55% are for membership in EU, 15% against. Booklets and advertisements educate the society, including students.
2. Students passing to my school can directly feel what the democracy is. Since the establishment a democratic ambience is being created and every single student can feel himself as a member of a small democratic community. Th
Excluding these 2 institutions the school is very democratic. Every student respects rights and opinion of another, are tolerated and, what is most important I think, that student can arrange or participate in any concerts, shows or art-exhibits.
3. You must be 18 years old.
4. Officially men and women ar