Annex A. Engagement

The National Skills Strategy project involved ongoing oversight and input from an inter-ministerial team (the National Project Team). The National Project Team was co-ordinated by the Government Strategic Analysis Center of Lithuania (STRATA) and composed of representatives from various ministries, agencies and social partner organisations, as outlined in Table A A.1 below.

The European Commission was represented by Mr. Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of the European Commission Representation in Lithuania.

Staff of STRATA and the ministries in the national project team acted as moderators and note-takers during the virtual workshops in May-June and September 2020.

The OECD held three rounds of virtual consultations with officials and stakeholders in Lithuania between March and September 2020. A broad range of stakeholders, including representatives of municipalities, regional bodies, adult education providers, employers, employer associations and trade unions participated in these consultations. The consultations included webinars, interactive workshops, thematic expert meetings and bilateral meetings.

During the first virtual consultations on 9 March 2020, members of the OECD team:

  1. 1. held a technical-level meeting with representatives of the seven ministries and agencies in the national project team to discuss and receive feedback on the main elements of the project

  2. 2. held a high-level meeting with state secretaries and officials from the seven ministries and agencies to present and receive feedback and endorsement on the main elements of the project.

Vice Minister Marius Skuodis, Ministry of Economy and Innovation chaired the main the meeting. Representatives of several ministries and offices, as well as the European Commission, attended the virtual technical-level meeting and senior official’s discussion on 9 March (Table A A.2).

During the second virtual consultations from 27 May to 5 June 2020 (and 22-23 June), members of the OECD team:

  1. 1. had bilateral meetings with the ministries and organisations on the national project team

  2. 2. held a webinar allowing invitees to watch and hear the Government of Lithuania, European Commission and OECD speak and present about the project, and to ask questions

  3. 3. held four stakeholder workshops, one on each priority for the project, to build broad cross-sectoral buy-in to improve Lithuania’s skills system, facilitate networking, and gather stakeholders’ views

  4. 4. held four experts’ discussions, one on each priority for the project, for the OECD to gather experts’ views on Lithuania’s main challenges and opportunities to enrich the report

  5. 5. held two regional discussions, with representatives of Kaunas and Utena, for the OECD to gather regional stakeholders’ views on Lithuania’s main challenges and opportunities to enrich the report.

Representatives of several ministries and offices, the European Commission, and numerous stakeholder groups attended the assessment consultations (Table A A.3).

During the third virtual consultations from 21 to 25 September 2020, members of the OECD team:

  1. 1. held a webinar allowing invitees to watch and hear the Government of Lithuania and OECD speak and present about the project

  2. 2. held four stakeholder workshops, one on each priority for the project, to gather stakeholders’ views on draft policy recommendations

  3. 3. held 9 experts’ discussions on key topics covered in the project, for the OECD to test draft recommendations with experts.

Representatives of several ministries, offices and stakeholder groups attended the recommendations consultations (Table A A.4).

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