News2019.09.25 17:00

Lithuanian cabinet okays agreement with Latvia on joint border maintenance

BNS 2019.09.25 17:00

The Lithuanian Cabinet approved on Wednesday the ratification of a Lithuanian-Latvian agreement on the maintenance of their shared state border.

Lithuania has earmarked 556,000 euros for border inventory works, with the bulk of the money to go toward border markers.

Some 69,000 euros will be needed annually to ensure the minimal maintenance of the border. Another 90,000 euros will be allocated for geodetic and cartographic works for 2020-2022.

President Gitanas Nausėda will now send the agreement to the parliament for ratification.

The document sets out the procedure for the maintenance, inventory-taking and joint inspection of the Lithuanian-Latvian border.

The two neighboring countries plan to set up a joint commission within six months after the agreement comes into effect. It will be in charge of conducting an inventory of the state border and will coordinate issues regarding the location, marking and maintenance of the border.

A Lithuanian-Latvian agreement on the maintenance of border signs and the border zone, signed back in 1931, and a 2002 agreement between the two governments on authorized border representatives' activities are currently in effect.

The initiators of the government resolution say these agreements are not adapted to the two countries' membership of the Schengen area.

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