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The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday opened debates on the country's draft 2017 budget and will send the document back to the government for improvement after discussing it.
In the Seimas
In the Seimas
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The bill is to return to the Seimas for a second deliberation by December 18. The parliament will then set a date for when the bill will be put to a vote, which is normally done at one of the nearest sittings.

The new government of Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis is likely to somewhat adjust the draft budget to reflect a possible delay in the implementation of the so-called social model, a package of legislation on structural labor market and social reforms.

The current bill projects a general government deficit of 0.8 percent of GDP in 2017.

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