Lithuania’s public sector, or civil service as it is more commonly known, is managed at four different governmental levels. Essentially, the management of the civil service is the shared responsibility of the Lithuanian Government, Minister of the Interior, Civil Service Department under the Ministry of the Interior, and the Heads of State and municipal institutions.
The Government: Acts to implement policies of civil service in Lithuania.
Minister of the Interior: Implements objectives of the Government and participates in the general management of the civil service. Additional duties include forming civil servant training strategies and making strategic decisions regarding public sector personnel.
Civil Service Department under the Ministry of the Interior: Acts to implement state policies within civil services and ensures that the Law on Civil Service is complied with. Additional functions of the department include but are not limited to; drafting legal acts of civil service, civil servant career development planning, appraisal of legal professionals seeking to train civil servants, coordination of civil servant training strategies, among other things.
Heads of State and municipal institutions: The Heads of state and municipal institutions are responsible for carrying out personnel management duties and implanting strategic plans for their respective municipality. Within this administrative division, there are 60 municipalities.
Structure of Lithuania’s Civil Service
There are approximately 75,000 civil service employees in Lithuania, whom work in state and municipal agencies. It is reported that career civil servants, heads of institutions, and civil servants of political confidence make up around 26,000 of the civil service work force. Approximately 24,000 employees work under labour contracts, while 25,000 are employed as statutory civil servants.
The current aims of the civil service department are to:
Ensure interagency cooperation
Organize training for civil servants
Implement procedures and system of control with respect to civil service activities