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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-36/1217 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 September 2020 – 30 November 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre)|
|Measure added||02 October 2020 (updated 15 October 2020)|
On 10 July 2020, Order No 4-539 of the Minister for the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania came into force in Lithuania, approving the Procedure of compensating providers of tourism services for tourism services to medical staff (the Procedure) (the procedure was slightly adjusted on 31 August 2020; Order No 4-732). The Procedure provided for State-compensated tourism services for medical staff in Lithuania. Thus, on one hand, the objective is to thank healthcare professionals for their critical role during the COVID-19 crisis and, on the other hand, to contribute to the promotion of tourism in Lithuania, given that the tourism sector is one of the most seriously affected by this pandemic.
The Procedure stipulates that employees of Lithuanian healthcare institutions will be able to use tourism services worth €200 from 1 September 2020 until 30 November 2020, and the cost of such services will be reimbursed by the State. Purchased services shall be provided in the territory of Lithuania only.
In order to use tourism services compensated by the State, healthcare professionals shall contact a licensed tourism service provider (accommodation provider, local tour operator, travel agent or seller of travel packages) whose tourism services are to be purchased.
The value of State-compensated tourism services per healthcare employee is €200 (incl. VAT). If the price for tourism services chosen by a healthcare employee is higher, he/she shall cover the difference at his/her own expense. If the price for tourism services is less than €200, the unused part is not compensated.
A total of 64,000 healthcare employees will be able to access tourism services compensated by the State, including almost 44,000 licensed physicians and over 20,500 unlicensed healthcare employees, a list of whom was drawn up by all Lithuanian municipalities. According to the data provided by the national tourism development agency Travel Lithuania (project administrator), more than 4,000 healthcare employees have already used the services by 25 September 2020, and another 21,000 have booked the services.
Workers in care facilities
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|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:
Only Ad hoc consultations; tripartite meeting was not held.
After the Procedure was approved on 10 July 2020, the Lithuanian Trade Union of Healthcare Employees (LSDPS) sent an official letter to the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania requesting to review the list of service recipients and include a number of medical and maintenance positions. Following the request of the LSDPS, the list of employees who are eligible to use this measure was extended by Order No 4-732 of the Minister for the Economy and Innovation of 31 August 2020 (e.g. medical physicists, radiologists, technologists, nursing assistants, medical geneticists, healthcare social workers, etc. were added to the list).
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Health associate professionals|
Eurofound (2020), Tourism services for medical staff compensated by the State, measure LT-2020-36/1217 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2020-36_1217.html
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