Moldova and Lithuania will share experience in social assistance to support the poorest families with children
Chisinau, April 8, 2014 — An official delegation of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania will conduct a two-day mission visit to Moldova on 8-9 April 2014. Lithuanian experts will meet with Moldovan counterparts to establish a framework for partnership and exchange of experience in the field of social assistance. The visit is organized by the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of the Republic of Moldova, in partnership with UNICEF, to share the best practices of Lithuania in targeting the most disadvantaged children and families.
More than 20 per cent of the social assistance in Lithuania is provided to children under the age of 16 from the poorest families. Lithuania has one of the most effective social welfare systems in Europe, ranking in the top 5 countries that have succeeded in reducing poverty among the young people, due to social assistance programmes focused on the needs of the most vulnerable. The Lithuanian system also includes effective ways of assistance to persons with disabilities and social inclusion measures for vulnerable groups.
Moldova is currently conducting a series of reforms aiming to improve the social assistance system, including the transition from categorical cash benefit system to means tested scheme, from residential child care system to family type one, from the medical profile of the disability to the one focused on social model. This is a complex reform and it is important to make sure that the most disadvantaged groups of population, especially children and youth, will not suffer in transition and will benefit the most. Lithuania will assist our country in this process to ensure that social assistance reaches the neediest families, children and youth.
The visit of Lithuanian delegation to Moldova will be followed by a similar visit of Moldovan specialists to Lithuania for a better understanding and documentation. Subsequently, the Ministries of Labor and Social Protection of Lithuania and Republic of Moldova will continue their cooperation in the area of social assistance with particular focus on families and children in greatest need.