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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-20/1022 – measures in Lithuania

Subsidies for microenterprises

Subsidijos mikroįmonėms

Country Lithuania , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 13 May 2020 – 01 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre)
Measure added 27 July 2020 (updated 09 October 2020)

Background information

On 11 May 2020, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania passed Resolution No. 474, adopting the Procedure for distribution and use of a Subsidy Facility for Microenterprises (the Procedure) which comes as part of the 'Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Action Plan' effective in Lithuania since 13 May 2020. According to the Procedure, the microenterprises most affected by the negative effects of COVID-19 may receive a non-refundable subsidy.

The purpose of this measure is to help microenterprises to provide liquidity in the short term through the use of the subsidy for working capital (payment of wages, purchase of raw materials, etc.).

Content of measure

According to the Procedure, the eligible microenterprises shall receive a call to submit a subsidy application from the State Tax Inspectorate (STI); the enterprise itself does not have to apply anywhere. The call sent contains a link to the subsidy application form and where to apply for the subsidy. The application is considered a financial commitment for granting the subsidy.

The call to submit subsidy applications shall be sent to enterprises that meet the criteria below:

  • on the first day of the month in which the list is drawn up, but no later than on 1 July 2020, the enterprise employs between 1 and 9 employees;
  • the enterprise is on the lists of COVID-19 affected companies compiled by the STI;
  • the enterprise paid personal income tax to municipal and state budgets in 2019;
  • the enterprise is not subject to bankruptcy, restructuring or liquidation proceedings.

The subsidy will be calculated on the basis of the personal income tax (PIT) paid by the enterprise in 2019:

  • where the enterprise paid the PIT in the amount of up to €1,000 in 2019, a minimum subsidy of €500 shall be granted;
  • where the enterprise paid the PIT in the amount of €1,000-€2,000 in 2019, the subsidy shall be €1,000;
  • where the applicant’s payment of the PIT in 2019 exceeds €2,000, the amount of the subsidy shall make half of the PIT paid by the applicant in 2019.

Enterprises are free to apply at any time until the total amount under this facility (€100 million) is allocated, but no later than by 1 December 2020. The facility is implemented by the STI and Lithuanian Business Support Agency. Payments are carried out by the National Centre of General Functions. The calls shall be sent to enterprises in stages.

Use of measure

The STI has drawn up a list of 34 thousand microenterprises to be called personally to submit subsidy applications.

Up to €100 million has been allocated from the state budget for the implementation of the measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners consulted only ad hoc, tripartite meeting was not held.

Views and reactions

No information available.


  • 11 May 2020: Procedure for distribution and use of a Subsidy Facility for Microenterprises (Ekonomikos skatinimo ir koronaviruso (COVID-19) plitimo sukeltų pasekmių mažinimo priemonių plano lėšų priemonės „Subsidijos mikroįmonėms“ paskirstymo ir naudojimo tvarkos aprašas) (


Eurofound (2020), Subsidies for microenterprises, measure LT-2020-20/1022 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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