Algimanta Pabedinskienė and Dalia Grybauskaitė

President and minister visit rural social care centre

President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Social Security Minister Algimanta Pabedinskienė visited Rimėnai village in the Alytus region on Wednesday to learn from the municipality and rural communities how to help disadvantaged families escape from violence, alcohol and poverty. […]

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Lithuania’s labour code overhaul divides opinions

Lithuania is often described as a country where potential investors are put off by a tax system inherited from the Soviet times and inflexible labour code. Still, the new social model, currently in the works and promised to provide more flexible employer-employee relations, have received a fair deal of criticism. […]


Lithuania ranked 28th best country for mothers, Norway tops the list

Norway ranks as the world’s best place to be a mother in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday. […]


Opinion: Stress-testing welfare states

I would like to present an innovative way of seeing how the welfare state can mitigate wide-spread socio-economic risks and measure individual vulnerability to poverty. This will help address the issue of whether we are living in a society of risk and anxiety or whether the welfare state, with its social protection system, can mitigate these risks and safeguard people from falling into poverty. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuanian diplomats ask Norwegian authorities to allow to see child that was taken from mother

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has promised Lithuanian Ambassador in Oslo Izolda Bričkovskienė to put every effort to officially confirm that a seven-year-old Lithuanian boy who was returned from Sweden is indeed in Norway. The boy’s mother attempted to take her son out of Norway, where the two lived. Swedish diplomats have said that Lithuania was not informed about the return of the child because his place of residence has not been declared in Lithuania. […]

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Lithuanian parliament passes next year’s social insurance budget

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday adopted the 2015 budget for the state social insurance fund, Sodra, that provides for bringing sickness and unemployment benefits back to the pre-crisis level from January and raising pensions from July. […]