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2019.10.28 16:00

Current budget bill ‘insufficient’ for welfare state, Lithuanian president says

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS 2019.10.28 16:00

The budget bill the Lithuanian government has put before the country's parliament is an insufficient step towards a welfare state, President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with the business daily Verslo Žinios.

“In its existing form, I consider the next year's budget bill an important, though insufficient, step for Lithuania moving towards a welfare state,” he said.

Nausėda underlined that raising pensions, child benefits and wages were “a necessity,” but the government should go further and improve public services, including education, healthcare and public security, and step up efforts to eliminate tax evasion and corruption.

President Nausėda was elected this year on a platform of ‘welfare state’, promising to fight poverty and income inequality.

He has put forth a package of spending proposals worth around 100 million euros.