VILNIUS - Lithuania has experienced some positive economic changes in recent years, but income inequality and social exclusion remain a problem the country cannot ignore, according to the European Commission.
The EU's executive body published on Wednesday a report analyzing Lithuania's key socio-economic challenges.
"Nothing new on the Lithuanian front," Arnoldas Pranckevicius, the head of the European Commission Representation in Lithuania, said at a news conference.
"Although the health of the Lithuanian economy looks rather good at first glance and the medical tests are quite good, long-term chronic illnesses, such as poverty, inequality, social exclusion, and the education and health systems' problems, did not retreat and may have enduring consequences if left untreated," he said.
The country reports published on Wednesday assess member states' progress in implementing country-specific recommendations, the tailored policy guidance the Commission provides each year.
A new set of country-specific recommendations will be released in May.