backwards Structure and Contacts
The system of the state social insurance is comprised of the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, Council of the State Social Insurance Fund Board, State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, territorial offices thereof and other institutions subordinate to the Board ("Sodra"), State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance, Lithuanian Labor Exchange under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, State Patients’ Fund under the Ministry of Health, pension saving companies and "Sodra’s" clients - the insurers, insured and benefit recipients.
The Ministry of Social Security and Labor is the body shaping social security policy in Lithuania. Working in cooperation with its subordinate institutions, social partners and other stakeholders the Ministry implements each individual’s employment and social security activities and takes care of his/ her social welfare. Inter alia, the Ministry of Social Security and Labor is responsible for legislation in the field of social security and employment providing support and coordination over the scientific research performed in the country within this field and supervising activities of institutions founded by and subordinate to the Ministry. The Ministry also sets prospective tasks for the State Social Insurance Fund. The Fund administration and budget management activities are carried out by "Sodra".
Activities of the State Social Insurance Fund are supervised by the State Social Insurance Fund Council. The Council is formed of an even number of members enjoying equal rights, representing organizations in protection of interests of the insured, employers‘ organizations and state authorities. The Council observes the enforcement of legal acts in regulation of social insurance, considers and submits its opinion on the draft social insurance fund budget, as well as oversees the implementation of the budget.
The State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor (further referred to as “SODRA”, “Fund Board” or just “the Board”) is a key institution engaged in administration of the public social insurance fund, responsible for coordination and methodical management of the territorial offices under direct subordination thereto, in order to ensure effective and high quality work of such territorial offices and other subordinate institutions, as well as perform controls over them. The main function of "Sodra" is ensuring the enforcement of legal acts in regulation of the state social insurance. The Fund shall:
- Organize compulsory as well as voluntary state social insurance;
- Prepare and perform the state social insurance fund budget;
- Administrate social insurance contributions;
- Ensure correct calculation, allocation and payment of state social insurance pensions, allowances and other benefits;
- Organize correct handling of the insured database;
- Administrate the register of members of different pension saving schemes and pension saving agreements;
- Organize transfers of pension saving contributions to pension funds under the management of pension saving companies.
The Board is comprised of 16 offices organizing and planning their activities in accordance with the approved strategic action plan.
50 institutions function under "Sodra’s" subordination: 47 territorial offices, the Branch of Military Structures and Other Similar Structures, Foreign Benefit Office and Training Center.
"Sodra’s" Territorial offices are engaged in collection and recovery of social insurance contributions, handling the database of the insured (entering thereto or removal therefrom), controlling the legitimacy and validity of short-term lost working capacity and responsible for correct and timely allocation and payment of pensions, allowances and other benefits.
In compliance with respective legal acts, the Branch of Military Structures and Other Similar Structures is responsible for organization of the state social insurance of officers employed in the military and other similar structures within the territory of the Republic of Lithuania and ensures proper management of the database of persons covered by the state social insurance and employed in the National Defense Service, Ministry of Interior, Customs Office and Customs Criminal Service as well as the State Security Department.
The Foreign Benefit Office implements the legislation of the European Community and intergovernmental agreements, other administrative and inter-service agreements in the field of social security in regulation of qualification for benefits by migrating persons.
The key tasks of the Training Center encompass organizational activities of training and qualification improvement of persons employed by the Fund Board, territorial offices thereof and other institutions under the Fund’s subordination, so that such training would be in compliance with the activity strategies of the Fund administration institutions and employee training, as well as ensuring the training quality, improvement of vocational skills and knowledge of employees in the Fund administration institutions.
Overall, 3.7 thousand persons are employed within the state social insurance system.