Euro Introduction in Lithuania
Finally, the government of Lithuania has a far way to go in order to explain all the advantages country and citizens can gain. We can see that since 2012, the number of respondents anticipating positive consequences has even declined in Lithuania (-2), in Latvia even more (-3).
In conclusion, I want to bring just my subjective opinion. I think that government considers this introduction of the euro as some goal in itself. I am not against the euro but I think that the Euro can be introduced only then, when it will be beneficial to ordinary people. The risk of inflation is very high and I believe it will mostly harm the poorest part of society and the middle class, which already now are living in high risk of poverty, which in fact in one of the highest in Baltic states. The incumbent governments are using the euro introduction like the goals in their policies, later to tell the story of the success and to use in their election campaigns. In the case of Lithuania the people should be ready for the fact that their income would appear lower, while it their purchasing power will remain the same, still psychologically it can be hard for them. In addition, I think the question should be also, what is next? Maybe we (I mean Latvia, also Lithuania) are setting those goals, like joining United Nations, European Union, then Euro, without clear perspective about our next goals because there aren’t any other prompt next steps. Now, the questions and also before are, how we are achieving our goals, by doing what?
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