Candidates turn attention to job growth

  • 2012-09-05
  • From wire reports

VILNIUS - The head of the Liberal Movement Eligijus Masiulis says that Lithuania’s economic growth must be encouraged by tangible work, not waffling, reports ELTA. “Firstly, the investment climate should be improved, the tax base for the self-employed reduced and labor relations simplified,” said Transport and Communications Minister Masiulis on Sunday in pre-election debates on national television.

Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius agreed on the need for liberalization of labor relations, but also noted the necessity to continue the policies that have been carried out in the past four years. “Lithuania’s economy was able to recover after the crisis; therefore the policy we carried out has proved itself,” said the head of the government.
The leader of Order and Justice, Rolandas Paksas, argued that economic growth must be directly linked with people’s quality of life. “What is required for the stimulation of the economy? Management, management and management again. Lithuania without quality management is Lithuania without a future,” said Paksas.

The leader of the Social Democratic Party, Algirdas Butkevicius, said that it was important to develop private business, carry out residential building renovations which would allow for creating more jobs, and to use biofuels for heating production.

Chairman of the Labor Party Viktor Uspaskich noted that one of the most important tasks of the state is to create the most favorable conditions for businesses dealing in the foreign markets.