There is growing controversy over Education Minister Audronė Pitrėnienė taking her spouse Aurelijus Pitrėnas on an official trip to the World Education Forum in London last week.
Audronė Pitrėnienė
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Pitrėnienė’s husband was listed as an official of the Ministry of Education and Science, and flew to London together with the official Lithuanian Ministry of Education delegation.

The minister's husband works at the Pranciškus Žadeikis Gymnasium in the town of Skuodas, the education institution which was headed by the Education Minister herself before she was elected to the parliament.

Minister Audronė Pitrėnienė's spokeswoman Daiva Šalc said that “The minister's spouse is an IT specialist and works in an education institution, thus he travelled to London not as a tourist but as a man who takes interest in IT innovations in education. The visit took place during his holidays.”

The Ministry said that Pitrėnienė’s husband paid for his own accommodation, but according to investigations by DELFI, he only paid a supplement of £10 a night (around €13) to share a room with his wife when the full price of the room was €231 a night.

Chairman of the Labour Party, Valentine Mazuronis, said he saw nothing wrong with a spouse accompanying a minister on an official trip. He said if it were a personal visit, it would be different, but he said Pitrėnienė’s husband had participated and accompanied the minister on all of her official activities during the visit.