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Prime Minister on legislation: what was true ten or thirty years ago, may as well be no longer relevant

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2021 11 29

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Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has taken part in the conference ‘Preparedness for 2050: Evidence-Based Solutions and Governance for the Future of Lithuania’.

‘This is a good opportunity to get away from daily work and reflect on the future of our state. We should have more opportunities like this. And we are happy to get them in the framework of Lithuania’s fruitful cooperation with the OECD so as to get a broader picture of public policy issues, exchange expertise, and profit from networking,’ said the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government has thanked the OECD for its report ‘Evidence-Based Policy Making and Policy Evaluation at the Centre of Government’ and the European Commission for supporting this work.

‘The Government programme approved almost a year ago contains a commitment by the Government: ‘to make knowledge-based policies and give a systematic scrutiny to legislative proposals.’ To my mind, our key challenge is our legislative mill, which is too big and time-consuming and thus preventing from learning, building civil servant capacities and producing fewer but better-quality decisions. Not only do I see a direct link between the legislative inflation and the lack of skills, but there is also an issue of confidence. We have declared confidence-building as our key policy pointer. To be fair, the current legislative model was well fit 10-30 years ago, as it protected our newly created state from being overthrown by interest groups. Times have changed however, and we need to find ways to cut down on petty regulation.  We will talk about this in the discussion,’ said the Head of Government.

This conference, according to Šimonytė, is also a good opportunity to continue reflections on the future of the Lithuanian state. A month ago, a starting event for Lithuania’s progress strategy ‘Lithuania 2050’ was held. This conference speaks about the strengthening of forward-looking governance, which is a priority started in the Seimas by setting up of the Committee for the Future.  At this point, reflections on the future governance in Lithuania are of great value.