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Policy Commissions - Expert Opinion

 

Main operational objectives of Lithuanian Business Confederation (LBC) are implemented through policy commissions composed of business representatives, professionals and experts. Commissions examine major issues of interest to the business world, analyse laws and regulations that affect different areas of business, provide comments and statements to the government and other national or international organizations, assist in organizing conferences and seminars. Currently there are 14 Policy Commissions at LBC.

COMMISSIONS:
1. Agribusiness
2. Arbitration and mediation
3. Business, government and society
4. Commercial Law and Practice
5. Customs and International Trade
6. Environment and Energy
7. Digital Economy
8. Health Affairs
9. Human Resources
10. Inbound Tourism
11. Science and Education
12. Taxes
13. Trade
14. Transportation and Logistics


Commission of Agribusiness
Its objective is to advocate companies of agribusiness and producers of alternative agricultural products; to monitor and react to political decisions that influence this particular business sector, to foster development of the sector, to analyse and identify shortcomings of the EU funding management system; to provide suggestions for its improvement. Commission of Agribusiness is mostly dealing with small and medium size companies in traditional industries, including country tourism, renewable energy, biofuel production, logistics, warehousing, sport and recreation, fishery and others whose activities are located in rural areas. Faster development of this sector would greatly contribute to solving unemployment problems among young people, especially in rural areas.


Arbitration Commission
Its objective is to promote Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration and the ICC International Court of Arbitration among Lithuanian and foreign economic entities, to explain their capabilities and advantages against the state courts; to prepare suggestions to LBC and state authorities on alternative dispute resolution methods and improvements of the arbitration law. To participate in work groups formed by various ministries and other state institutions of Lithuanian Republic, take part in preparation of regulations concerning arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution techniques; to develop activities of both Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration and ICC International Court of Arbitration.


Business, Government, and Society Commission
Its objective is to build understanding between business, government and society, and to seek for better adjustment of their interests. In its activities the commission analyses the issues of business reputation, ethics, advocacy of interests, examines situations of potential conflict between business and society. The Commission also actively affiliates inter-institutional relations with authorities, political parties and non-governmental organizations, contributes to the events organized by Lithuanian Business Confederation and advises on the issues of reputation and communication.
 


Commercial Law and Practice Commission
Its objective is to improve business and investment climate in Lithuania by improving legal system and practice. Commission analyses proposed legislations, provides comments and suggestions to their authors, parliament and other institutions; contributes to organizing various commercial law-related conferences, seminars and discussions. The Commission also contributes to the activities of the International Commission of Commercial Law and Practice within the framework ICC, promotion of ICC standards, guidelines and publications in Lithuania.


Customs and International Trade
Its objective - in cooperation with Lithuanian and foreign customs and other international trade controlling and supervising authorities, as well as with various business associations, seek to achieve freer movement of good, services and investment, especially when it is associated with customs procedures.


Environment and Energy Commission
Its objective is to advocate the interests of business consumers in order to achieve transparency, non-discrimination and compliance to competition principles in environmental and energy policy. The Commission seeks that these principles would be applied in the process of shaping priorities of Lithuania's energy policy, in considering promotion of development of renewable energy sources in Lithuania; in design and implementation of CO2 emission reduction strategy, in considering perspectives and development of nuclear energy in Lithuania, and in forming of a licensing policy for exploitation of natural resources.


Commission on Digital Economy
Its objective is development of digital economy through innovations, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. The Commission participates in the development of rules and guidelines for safer and more efficient business operations, by calling validate various technical tools (such as e-doc or e-invoice). The Commission seeks to encourage a wider use of ITsolutions in enterprises of different industries.


Commission on Health Affairs
Its objective is to actively contribute to building of a healthy society and conducive health policy, legal, economic and cultural environment that promotes healthy lifestyle, quality health rehabilitation. To ensure implementation of the basic health insurance principles – "Patient’s right to choose a services provider" and "Money follows the patient", also to implement fair and equal competitive conditions for health care providers seeking to enter and operate in healthcare sector.


Human Resource Commission
Its objective is to expose the existing problems in the labour market, to promote discussions and to provide problem-solving suggestions; to seek compliance to high ethical standards in human resource management and to promote the education of professionals working in this field; also to present proposals to the authorities on improvement of legislative framework of human resource management.


Commission on Inbound Tourism 
Its objective is to make active efforts on improving  political, legal, economic and cultural environment of incoming tourism, participate in the development and improvement of tourism in legal and planning systems. Contribute with initiatives, guidance, advices, opinion and other activities to the development of incoming tourism priority areas: cultural, business, health tourism and green (eco) tourism and develop services and products in these areas. Commission's special focus on (conference) business development and development of the country as business friendly tourism country.


Commission on Science and Education
Its main objective is to improve and modernize Lithuanian educational system by enhancing the effectiveness and quality of science and education. Develop trends of knowledge, creativity, innovation, and eco-economy by implementing scientific (knowledge based) Lithuanian development principles.


Taxation Commission
Its objective is to analyse the operating tax system in Lithuania, to identify its shortcomings and to offer suggestions for possible improvements. The Commission comprises specialists from various business sectors who provide suggestions from their fields of activities. The Commission also accepts proposals to look for opportunities for improvement of the law and to solve particular issues faced by businesses and households.


Trade Commission
Its objective is to monitor and respond to the political decisions that might have a significant impact on the entire trade sector. The Commission brings together experts and practitioners in the field of trade, to ensure an equitable legal framework, transparent legislative process based on social dialogue as well as compliance to the existing rules of law.  


Transportation and Logistics Commission
Its objective is to increase the role of Lithuania and its economic entities in strengthening cooperation and synergy among the participants of transportation and logistics market in international multi-modal transportation network. To expand the network of intermodal terminals and cargo transportation services, to stimulate transport markets, competitiveness and efficiency of logistics services in the region. To contribute to formulation and implementation of European Union's unified "green" transport policy. To pursue the inclusion of transport and logistics sector into government's business incentive program.

 

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