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Lithuania's Seimas Faces Crucial Vote on 2024 Budget amidst Global Financial Uncertainty

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Lithuania's Seimas Faces Crucial Vote on 2024 Budget amidst Global Financial Uncertainty

The Lithuanian Seimas is set to vote on the 2024 state budget proposal, with Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė expressing hopes that there will be enough coalition partner votes for the budget to pass. However, the possibility of applying the 1/12 rule is not ruled out. Parliament members considered proposals worth 690 million euros, but only a minor increase in expenditures - 650 thousand euros, mostly for the proposals of the ruling majority, were approved.

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Focus on Priorities

Priorities such as increasing people's income, funding national defense, and promoting investment have already been set in previous stages of budget formulation. Prior to the vote in Seimas, the Lithuanian Education Workers' Trade Union announced the renewal of the nationwide teachers' strike, demanding higher wages. The Finance Minister highlighted that the government is committed to adhering to the education agreements, a significant part of the budget is allocated for their implementation.

Defense Funding and Tax Reforms

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There was also talk of increasing national defense funding to 3% of GDP, which will require political consensus and a long-term financing plan. The non-adoption of tax reforms does not directly affect the budget, but if adopted, it would facilitate support for certain areas.

Global Perspective

While Lithuania grapples with its budget decisions, similar scenarios are unfolding globally. An evolving political funding scandal in Japan continues to shake the political landscape. Germany's budget crisis persists, and Argentina's self-described anarcho-capitalist president will be inaugurated amidst a tense financial climate. Presidential elections in Egypt are also on the horizon, adding to the global political and financial uncertainty.

In conclusion, the Lithuanian Seimas' decision on the 2024 budget will not only shape the country's financial future but also potentially influence its standing on the global stage, particularly in these turbulent times.

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