European Union

EU Affairs Coordination

EU Affairs Coordination covers the preparation, alignment and presentation of positions of the Republic of Lithuania at the EU institutions, the coordination of transposition into the national law and implementation of the EU law (the acquis communautaire) as well as the coordination of infringement procedures.

The EU Affairs Coordination Division under the EU Affairs Department of the Ministry of Economy coordinates the EU affairs in accordance with the Government of the Republic of Lithuania Resolution No 21 'On the Coordination of the European Union Affairs' dated 9 January 2004.

EU Affairs Coordination Division carries out the following activities:

  • coordinates the preparation for the EU Competitiveness Council meetings;
  • coordinates the preparation, drafts and aligns the positions of the Republic of Lithuania at the EU  institutions, the EU Council meetings and the EC working groups;
  • coordinates the participation of civil servants in the EU Council, the European Commission working groups, committees and other meetings;
  • coordinates the transposition into the national law and implementation of the acquis communautaire as well as coordinates the EU law infringement procedures.

EU Internal Market

One of the most substantial attainments of the European integration is the EU internal market where common rules facilitating trade, investments and cross-border movement of persons are applied. Development of the internal market is an on-going process within the remit of EU institutions and Member States.

Coordination of the implementation of the EU internal market policy is among the tasks of the Ministry of Economy.

The EU Internal Market Coordination Division carries out the following activities:

  • in cooperation with other state's institutions and bodies coordinates the contribution of the Republic of Lithuania into the EU policy making in the area of horizontal issues of the internal market;
  • in cooperation with other state's institutions and bodies responsible for specific EU internal market fields coordinates the implementation of the EU internal market policy;
  • coordinates the policy making and implementation of the EU policy in the area of free movement of goods;
  • is a National IMI coordinator and oversees the overall deployment and smooth functioning of IMI in Lithuania;
  • performs the functions of the Lithuanian SOLVIT centre in addressing problems which are faced by economic entities and citizens due to the lack of proper functioning of the EU internal market.

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Insolvency policy covers the areas of enterprise restructuring and bankruptcy, bankruptcy of natural persons, protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer. Insolvency policy is formed, coordinated and its implementation is controlled by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania. Also, the Ministry of Economy is envolved in the process of shaping and implementing the EU insolvency policy. The Department of Enterprise Bankruptcy Management under the Ministry of Economy, which was established in 1999, implements public policy in the enterprise restructuring and bankruptcy areas.

In the period of economic instability, the relevance of insolvency issues was considerably increased, which resulted in setting up of the Insolvency Policy Division under the Company Law and Public Procurement Policy Department of the Ministry of Economy in 2010.

The main tasks of the Insolvency Policy Division:

  • to file proposals on insolvency law to improve the legislation aimed at better insolvency proceedings in the Republic of Lithuania taking due regards of the insolvency law of the EU;
  • to participate in the law drafting process to ensure fluent bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings and proper protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer;
  • in accordance with the functions assigned to the Division to file proposals concerning  harmonization of the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania with the legislation of the EU;
  • to participate in shaping and implementing of the EU insolvency policy.

Head of Insolvency Policy Division Žydrūnas Paškauskas, Telephone +37070664662, E-mail zydrunas.paskauskas@ukmin.lt

Last updated: 30-09-2015