Majority of Lithuanian mayors back idea to transfer education funds to municipalities

  • 2020-01-29
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The majority of municipal mayors in Lithuania are in favor of the idea to hand the administration and distribution of education funds over to municipalities.

The proposal has been submitted by Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in a draft agreement sent to parliamentary parties.

The Lithuanian Association of Municipalities told BNS that 36 out of 50 surveyed mayors back the idea, and 12 suggest keeping the existing order.

The prime minister also put an alternative for consideration and proposed to agree that schools, excluding primary schools, would be temporarily put under the state's control and later returned to municipalities following the network's overhaul.

All in all, there are 60 municipalities in Lithuania.

"Having the best knowledge of their communities' needs, municipalities would use public funds in a more rational way and ensure access to and quality of education services for residents," Mindaugas Sinkevicius, the mayor of Jonava and president of the Lithuanian Association of Municipalities, said.

In his words, municipalities have already proved their ability to cope independently after they took over the administration of social support funds.

Skvernelis submitted his proposal on education to political parties in early January and the draft agreements is set to be amended by a parliamentary working group.