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2020 / 04 / 24

Report on the Extended Working Life Policy in Lithuania in a Publication Published by a Prestigious International Publishing Company

 

The prestigious international publishing company “Springer” has published an unprecedented in its scope and depth book “Extended Working Life Policies: International Gender and Health Perspectives”, which is focused on the subject of extending working life policies. We are pleased to note that Dr. Kristina Ambrazevičiūtė, a researcher from the Law Institute of Lithuania (hereinafter – LIL), together with the co-author also wrote a section on the situation in Lithuania.

The research team that produced this publication met in 2015 when funding was received under the European Intergovernmental Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) program, which supports international cooperation between researchers in generating and implementing new ideas and initiatives. The research collaboration network that was running for four years (from April 2015 to April 2019) united researchers from as many as 34 countries. Finally, this book is the outcome of their collaboration on the COST Action IS 1409 “Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries”.

Although currently policies to increase working age are implemented in the aging European countries, the role of gender and health criteria is not always properly assessed. Therefore, in this book, an international team of researchers examines both the phenomenon of the extended working life itself and policies of extended working age found in different countries. The special focus is being placed on gender and health criteria.

In Lithuania, in response to the challenges of a shrinking and aging population in 2017 the new social model came into force. However, despite the reforms in the areas of social security, employment and health care, that have taken place and are still ongoing, it must be acknowledged that the gender and health implications for extended working life are not favorable and do not fully support aged peoples’ rights for sustainable wellbeing in labor market and after retirement.

The section in English prepared by Dr. Kristina Ambrazevičiūtė together with her colleague from Mykolas Romeris University Dr. Jolanta Pivorienė is available here. The full text of the book in English is freely available here.

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