Lithuania’ s Civil Service Challenges in XXI Century
Keywords:civil service in Lithuania, reform of civil service.
Article methodically analyses external and internal obstacles for further development of civil service in
Most important challenges are identified as the need for change of existing governance paradigm from administrative
to management, and this need is coming from dynamic changes in XXI century and society’ s growing
demand for democratic governance. Second challenge is identified as narrowing professional specialisation of
politicians that raises the need for specific competency in political decision making.
Second half of article identifies and analyses following essential internal challenges for civil service in Lithuania:
value system that doesnot match management practice; mismatch between raised strategic goals and existing
human capital; too strong juridical regulation of civil service; lack of leadership and management skills; poorly
organized system for competency development and retention; poorly specialised employment system; limited
material and immaterial opportunities to motivate employees.