Lithuania's ruling coalition says its parties have agreed that the social model liberalizing the labor market should be approved as soon as possible. The issue was discussed at the ruling coalition's political council on Tuesday.
Loreta Graužinienė, Algirdas Butkevičius
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"As to the social model, the political council again raised the issue, our opinion and position is unified, and the social model should be submitted in time for the spring session. We spoke about labour at the Social Affairs and Labor Committee, and the additional issues raised – the need for information from the Finance Ministry – will be provided this week on Friday. We believe there will be no problems with adopting the laws," Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party, said after the meeting.

"We wish for the committee to complete the procedures as early as possible and submit it for parliamentary discussion. We believe it is a document that is necessary and vital for Lithuania, including its economy, jobs, etc.," said Labour Party leader Valentinas Mazuronis.

The prime minister has said he was expecting progress at the discussion of the model at the Social Affairs and Labor Committee, while Parliamentary Speaker and Labour Party member Loreta Graužinienė angered the prime minister angry by saying she did not deem the final decision on the social model possible during the spring session. The PM then met with the Labor Party's leader to find out whether this was the personal stance of Graužinienė or the position of the whole party.

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