Factsheet for case LT-2020-24/906 – Updated – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 12 June 2020 – 31 August 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Income support for unemployed
|Author||Rasa Mieziene, Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)|
|Case created||02 July 2020 (updated 18 October 2021)|
Law amending Articles 25, 41, 42, 44 and 48-1 of Law on Employment of the Republic of Lithuania (No XII-2470) came into force in Lithuania on 12 June 2020, introducing a temporary job-search benefit. The purpose of the amendments is to provide support for persons who do not meet the eligibility criteria for unemployment social insurance benefit and for those who have previously received the unemployment benefit, but the period for its payment has expired. The aim is to ensure that not one unemployed person is left without income at the end of the quarantine.
Pursuant to the Law, persons registered with the Public Employment Services (PES) shall be entitled to a job-search benefit, if all of the following conditions are met:
The amount of the benefit consists of:
The benefit is paid for up to six months, but no longer than by 31 December 2020.
According to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (MSSL), a total of 89,077 applications for temporary job-search benefits were received by the PES in Lithuania during the period from 12 June 2020 to 1 July 2020. The amount earmarked for the job-search benefits from the State budget is €265 million. On 23 November 2020, there were 109,629 persons that were granted €42 and 187,173 persons that were granted €200; the total amount paid constituted €100.5 million. According to the MSSL, a total of 398,983 applications for TJSB were received by the PES in Lithuania during the period from 12 June 2020 to 29 March 2021; TJSB were granted for 352,556 unemployed people. The total amount paid down in TJSB amounted to €214.1 million on 29 July 2021.The total amount paid down in TJSB during the first and the second lockdown amounted to €245.6 million on 27 September 2021.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners (SPs) consulted only ad hoc, the tripartite meeting was not held. On 24 April 2020, the Advisory Group for Post-Quarantine Social Issues under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour started its work in Lithuania, discussing measures to reduce social effects during the post-quarantine period in Lithuania. SPs were also invited to participate in the group.
SPs positively assessed measures planned in Lithuania for the post-quarantine period (including the temporary job-search benefit) and appreciated that their proposals had been taken into account.
Eurofound (2020), Temporary job-search benefit for unemployed who would otherwise not be eligible to receive benefits, case LT-2020-24/906 (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.