Basic information of the petition
358/2011 – Tomasz Snarski/ Poland
Title: Linguistic rights of Poles
(Lithuanian citizens) in Lithuania
Issues: human rights, European
citizenship, respect of the European Law
The petition is focused on the problem of
the violating human rights and the EU law
by Lithuania as a member of the EU.
• Poles are idigenous people in Lithuania, they are
European and Lithuanian citizens as well, they are
the largest national minority in Lithuania.
• Poles are banned from using their names and
surnames in their mother tongue and from using
place names in their mother tongue.
• There are no domestic law regulations regarding
the protection of minorities in Lithuania.
• Polish people are often discriminated because of
The problem and the EU
• The EU is fully competent to examine the
problem presented in the petition
• Lack of response by the EU on this issue is a
retreat from supporting the EU citizens.
• The petition claims human dignity and rights to
cultural identity of every EU citizen.
• Petition reminds that EU it is not only the
common market but the common value as well.
The problem and the EU law
• Discrimination of Polish minority violates the EU’
Treaties: art. 2, art. 3, art. 4 ust. 3, art. 6, art. 9 the
Treaty on EU, and art. 20, art. 45 the Treaty on the
Functioning of the EU, and the directive 2000/43/WE.
• Discrimination is in contradiction to the general rules
of the EU law, including the rule of the democrating
state and the European standard of the Human Rights.
• Those were the most important law aspects
not mentioned in the written answer from
the European Commission.
Actual case is in contradiction to following EU
rules: respecting human rights, solidarity and
cooperation between EU states, supporting EU
objectives as defined in the Treaty by the EU
members, respecting rights of European Citizens,
anti-discrimination and of cultural dissimilarity,
respecting free movement of workers through
the EU area.
The European Union
and its citizens
• Is Lithuania as a member of the EU
obliged to obey human rights or not?
• I am making a request for all the
necessary law and political steps
towards the guarantee of respecting
human rights by Lithuania.