If the Lithuanian lawmakers’ adhering to law and ethics was to be judged by the events from the last couple of weeks, one could conjure up an impression that the Lithuanian legislature is one of the most transparent around – and a whole lot such than the previous parliamentary term.
The enactment of Lithuania’s new Labour Code has been put off for six months, but, now, seemingly all roadblocks have been removed to enacting it from July 1 after the country’s Trilateral Council, consisting of Labour Unions, Government and employer organizations, agreed on the final redaction of the bill.
Lithuania, which has all the conditions for the development of innovative financial services, wishes to become a leader in the field of financial technologies in Baltic and Nordic region, as announced by Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka.
The shrinkage of Lithuanian population is nowhere close to a halt. In fact, the recent numbers by the Lithuanian Statistics and Eurostat, the European Union‘s statistics agency, purport the opposite: exodus has picked up last year - 50,000 Lithuanian citizens left the country for a better life abroad, up from 44,500 in the previous year.
You better stay healthy in Lithuania for a single reason - the medicine costs an arm and leg in Lithuania. In neighboring Poland, they are twice and thrice lower, thence the shopping carts of hundreds and thousands Lithuanians making the trip over the border for cheaper groceries usually often contain pills too.
Lithuanian Education Minister Jurgita Petrauskienė believes that Lithuanian children, unlike their peers in other countries, hit the books too little and while away their too long holidays, so prolongation of the school year is what the young generation needs.