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The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday opened debates on the country's draft 2017 budget and will send the document back to the government for improvement after discussing it.
In the Seimas
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The bill is to return to the Seimas for a second deliberation by December 18. The parliament will then set a date for when the bill will be put to a vote, which is normally done at one of the nearest sittings.

The new government of Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis is likely to somewhat adjust the draft budget to reflect a possible delay in the implementation of the so-called social model, a package of legislation on structural labor market and social reforms.

The current bill projects a general government deficit of 0.8 percent of GDP in 2017.