Experts analyze the experience of Lithuania

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2018 06 11

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The states are struggling to unite the forces of their institutions and want to encourage the unemployed to work. A new model of cooperation between territorial labour exchange offices and municipalities is also being prepared in Lithuania which seeks to provide services for the unemployed that suits his or her needs.

The Vice - Minister of Social Security and Labour Eglė Radišauskienė stated: “The needs of unemployed, like all of us, are different. One needs legal counselling, another requires change his / her qualifications, the third one suffers from addiction and needs advice from physicians or psychologists, finally, the allowance is necessary for the fourth one. Public authorities have to determine in each case what is needed most and provide everything to enable a person to start working and to sustain himself / herself and his/her family“.

On June 11, 2018 the EU countries experts discussed in the event of exchange of good practices of European Commission “Way to Work - Strengthening the Links between Active Labour Market Policy Measures and Social Support Services“. Representatives from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Romania and Lithuania participated in it.

An analytical paper on the Labour Market Situation in Lithuania and the Proposed New Model was also prepared by an independent expert Dragoş Nicolae Pîslaru for this event.

The Ministry of Social Security and Labour recalls that it is planned to develop a model for the integration of services provided by municipalities and territorial labour exchange offices until September 15, 2018, the model shall seek to assist individually for the unemployed. Similar models are currently involved in Finland, Sweden, Germany and Estonia. It is proposed to test the model first in pilot municipalities, and then it would be applied throughout the country of Lithuania if the results are positive.

Eglė Radišauskienė emphasized that “it is especially important to involve the social partners effectively in this process and to develop the mechanism of cooperation between institutions and self-government if we want people who have lost their jobs to receive the necessary services.“