“The proposals are worth discussing. No red light started blinking at Daukanto Square when these (proposals) were unveiled,” Mindaugas Lingė said on the Žinių Radijas radio station.
According to the advisor, the proposed changes are in line with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union’s promises to reduce social exclusion.
“Most would probably agree that these changes and adjustments will have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable people, those who actually receive the lowest income,” he said.
In Lingė’s words, discussions on the proposals must aim to strike a balance between the objectives, measures and the state’s financial capacity. The presidential advisor emphasized repeatedly that the proposed amendments might still be revised depending on discussions at the ruling coalition and the Seimas.
The proposals unveiled by Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis last week include raising the tax-exempt personal income threshold to the minimum wage level, introducing direct fixed payments for children and scrapping certain tax exemptions.
Critics say that the proposed changes are minor modifications that would not help build a stronger middle class.