Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that she is going to sign the 2016 budget, endorsed by parliament last week, into law, although it has been criticised by the European Commission and the National Audit Office.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Although the budgetary plan for 2016 contains risks that Lithuania might fail to live up to its deficit commitments, the president said she would sign the law because it provides for bigger funding for national defence and welfare.

"I will sign this kind of budget because it is necessary at the moment. We should be working and not stopping and hindering other people's work. We must modernise our army and help our people, which is why the budget provides for a slight increase in the minimum monthly pay and pensions," the country's leader told reporters on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, presidential advisor Mindaugas Lingė said the budget was drafted amateurishly and compared it to a work of over-eager and over-optimistic students.

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