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Factsheet for case LT-2020-23/1087 – measures in Lithuania

Support for self-employment of people with disabilities

Neįgaliųjų savarankiško užimtumo rėmimas

Country Lithuania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound
Case created 10 September 2020 (updated 05 December 2020)

Background information

On 1 June 2020, Article 11(3) of Law No XIII-2882 Amending Articles 5-1, 20, 25, 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47 and 55 of and Adding Article 48-1 to Law on Employment of the Republic of Lithuania No XII-2470 came into effect, extending the group of disabled persons eligible to support for self-employment. Until 1 June 2020, support for self-employment was available only to persons whose level of assessed capacity for work was 40% or lower. The amendments to the Law on Employment were adopted taking into account that the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant negative impact on the integration of at-risk social groups (including the disabled) into the labour market. The amendments to the Law have expanded the scope of disabled people eligible to support for creating jobs for themselves, in particular, the eligibility for support has been extended to disabled people with capacity for work of 45-55%.

Content of measure

In compliance with Law on Employment No XII-2470, support for self-employment shall be organised in cases where persons create jobs for themselves for the first time in micro enterprises as they are defined in the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Small and Medium-sized Business Development (No VIII-935). Employment Services (PES) shall organise training on the basics of business for people who want to start self-employment.

The subsidy shall be granted for the acquisition, installation and adaptation of means of work or technical aids for the disabled related to the performance of job functions and for the installation, repairs or adaptation of owned premises for a workplace. The estimated costs of repairing or adapting the premises should not exceed 50% of the total subsidy for the jobs created.

The amount of per-job support for the establishment of jobs shall not exceed the amount of 31.03 minimum monthly wages approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (i.e. €18,800). Support for self-employment shall be organised to:

  • the disabled (whose level of capacity for work is 55% or lower);
  • the unemployed older than 45 years of age or younger than 29 years of age.

Use of measure

According to the Public Employment Service (PES), within two months from the entry into force of the measure (i.e. from 1 June 2020 to 1 August 2020), the subsidy was granted to one person.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Self-employed
Unemployed
Does not apply to businesses Older citizens
Youth (18-25)
Disabled

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

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

Involvement

Proposals for the measure were submitted by the Lithuanian Small and Medium-sized Business Council and other social partners. The Ministry of Social Security and Labour holds regular consultations with NGOs and employers’ organisations; Seimas Committee on Social Affairs and Labour conducts public readings of draft laws where social partners are invited to.

Views and reactions

The social partners welcomed the measure. Their proposals to widen the scope of beneficiaries were taken into account.

Sources

  • 07 May 2020: Law No XIII-2882 Amending Articles 5-1, 20, 25, 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47 and 55 of and Adding Article 48-1 to Law on Employment (LR užimtumo įstatymo Nr. XII-2470 5-1, 20, 25, 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 55 straipsnių pakeitimo ir Įstatymo papildymo 48-1 straipsniu įstatymas) (www.e-tar.lt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Support for self-employment of people with disabilities , case LT-2020-23/1087 (measures in Lithuania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.