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Lithuania's President-elect Gitanas Nauseda warned on Wednesday that high social inequality poses threat to social peace in the country.
President-elect Nauseda: high inequality poses threat to social peace
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The future president also says that labor tax cuts might need to slow to increase social spending.

"The issue of social exclusion is becoming a matter of the state's integrity or social peace. If we do nothing in this area, we will not only lose people to emigration but will also have a difficult social climate," Nauseda told journalists.

He also said he missed attention to social exclusion and education problems in outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite's State of the Nation Address yesterday.

According to Nauseda, the government's plans to raise the non-taxable income rate fast might undermine the implementation of social policy goals, therefore, the planned tempo might have to be slowed.

"It might happen so that we might need to choose in this case whether to implement these measures that are planned on child benefits and other things, and perhaps when also considering the non-taxable income rate, not necessarily to halt but to slow the increase, or we just leave the tax reform situation the way it is and refrain from any more significant push in the social policy area," the elected president said.

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