The ruling block may not be able to "push through the reform even with a bulldozer", Irena Segaloviciene also warns, speaking of the planned reforms whose content has not been made public yet.

"That window of opportunity is closing. And that's a pity," she told the Ziniu Radijas news radio on Tuesday.

She admitted, however, that "there's room to work on improving the fairness of the tax system", adding that the president believes that the reform is long overdue and that the chances of its adoption have run out.

Segaloviciene believes that proposals need to be put on the table before trying to convince the public of the need for such a tax reform.

"When we talk about the tax system, we cannot talk about individual taxes without a very clear vision of what the purpose is. We need the vision, the concept, the elements of the reform on the table and discussions on them. Without this step, everything else would be a bulldozer. And it's unlikely that any political will for even a bulldozer would emerge in the current period," Segaloviciene said.

In an interview with the Verslo Zinios business daily last week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said she expected the parliament to start discussions on the planned tax reform in its spring session, if the ruling coalition agreed on that.

Mindaugas Linge, the new chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance Committee, earlier told BNS the tax reform could be delayed by a change in the balance between the ruling and opposition parties in the Seimas, if some MPs are elected as mayors or councilors in next March's local elections.

He sees this as the only stumbling block to the tax reform, at least for now.

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