The economies of the Baltic States remain very weak. The health and welfare situation of the elderly, particularly the disabled, continues to worsen as the Baltic States reduce their social spending trying to meet the budgetary requirements of the European Union.
Direct compensation payments are made from the Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF) and the Hardship Fund. Currently, CEEF payments are €600, the same as the Article 2 Fund, as a result of Claims Conference negotiations with the German government. The Claims Conference negotiates on an ongoing basis with the German government to include additional Nazi victims in compensation programs, increase payments, and provide increased funds for social services.
The elderly, one of Lithuania’s most vulnerable populations, have been severely affected by the economic situation in the Baltics. As the Baltic governments look to find ways to reduce costs, much-needed social services are being eliminated.
Services to Nazi victims provided by the Lithuanian Jewish Community include home care, food cards, meals on wheels, and medicine.