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Lithuania's new Labour Code, which is part of the so-called social model package, will come into force next July.
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This was decided by the parliament on Tuesday in a vote of 78 to 14 with 30 abstentions.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis assured lawmakers that his government is doing all it can to obtain the European Commission's approval for recognizing the social model as a structural reform, which would allow setting a slightly higher public finance deficit budget target.

"(The government) is working with Brussels. If we make changes by July to make it a structural reform, a real and well-founded one, not an imitated one, then there are very good signals and signs that it will be recognized as a structural reform," he said.

The new prime minister said earlier this month that the social model, a package of legislation on labor market and social insurance reforms, would be improved by next July to give six months to businesses and private individuals to prepare for the planned changes.

Lithuania has asked the European Commission to allow it to use the structural reform clause in the EU's Stability and Growth Pact due to the new social model.

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