The peer review was hosted by the Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour on 11-12 June and focused on how to link active labour market policy measures and social support services through better cooperation.
This peer review provided a valuable opportunity to discuss and exchange good practices in order to improve the compatibility between active labour market measures and social support services.
In particular, the focus of peer review was on how to link active labour market policy measures and social support services through better cooperation between public employment services (PES) offices, local government and institutions implementing social support services, social partners (especially employers), NGOs and other stakeholders.
On 15 February 2016 the Council adopted the Commission's Proposal for a Recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market. Improved cooperation between institutions implementing active labour market policy measures and social support services, as well as a need for putting forward common efforts to encourage faster integration of unemployed into the labour market, were mentioned in the Council Recommendation.
In line with the Council Recommendation, one of the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania is to provide adequate social support and linking it with activation measures. For this reason, the Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour recently completed a study on the compatibility of active labour market policy measures and social support services in integrating unemployed into the labour market.
The study also involved the development of a model for policy making in this area. The study was completed in December 2017 and will be presented at the peer review.
Similarly, in July 2016, the Lithuanian Labour Exchange (PES) introduced a pilot customer service model. One of the most important features of the model was to be able to provide clients with all the necessary assistance for employment in one place. This was extended to all PES offices in April 2017.