The President and the new government have stressed a number of times that one of the greatest tasks for next year would be to reduce social segregation. The 2017 budget allocates over half a billion euro to social needs. The Prime Minister promises larger pensions, wages are to rise for educators, police officers. However the Seimas opposition says that without structural reform, it will be difficult to reduce poverty and social segregation.
After a full day of discussions, Lithuania's parliament on Thursday approved the 2017 state budget, with spending about 0.5 billion euros above the revenue. The budget was supported by 77 of Lithuania's 141 parliamentarians, with 27 against and 14 abstentions.
Kęstutis Lančinskas, a former Vilnius police chief and currently the head of the European Union's advisory mission in Ukraine (EUAM), is seeking the job of director at Europe's police agency Europol, several sources have confirmed to BNS.