The Lithuanian Civil Service: Secrets of Success and Alternatives for Further Development

Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling, Vitalis Nakrošis


The 2009 SIGMA assessment of the civil services in the new EU member states, which joined the EU in 2004, revealed that only the Lithuanian civil service achieved a high degree of fit with the European principles of public administration. The article seeks to determine main reasons behind this favourable assessment of Lithuania. Compared to other countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the development of the Lithuanian civil service was marked by relative continuity and consistency. In addition, the article presents two main alternatives for further developing the Lithuanian civil service: a stabilisation and consolidation of the Lithuanian civil service as well as its moderate managerial reform. To implement these alternatives, the article outlines a number of short-term and medium-term recommendations for Lithuanian decision-makers.


the civil service; human resource management; civil service reform; public administration institutions

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603