Lithuanian Agriculture Minister Andrius Palionis says that some his ministry's functions are likely be moved to Kaunas, but he himself will most probably remain in Vilnius. The current ruling party has promised to move the Agriculture Minister out of the capital city as part of its regional development programme.
According to Minister Palionis, final answer as to the planned relocation will be given by a special task force that is currently analyzing information flows, interaction among different departments at the ministry and liaison with subordinate bodies.
“There is a common position – it has been approved by the prime minister as well – that policy-making units that, among other functions, hold negotiations on the new financial period and administer all support funds should remain in Vilnius. Other divisions should perhaps move to Kaunas,” Palionis told the Žinių Radijas radio on Thursday.
“The task force has to ensure that the departments in Kaunas not duplicate work performed in Vilnius (...). The task group has been given until November 30, but I think that work will be done much faster,” he said.
Palionis, who is also a member of the Seimas, expects to remain in the capital.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis reiterated on Wednesday that the ministry would be relocated to Kaunas.
“This is the government's decision and it must be implemented,” he told reporters.
According to information available to BNS, the held discussions in mid-September about possibilities of moving 40 of the ministry's total staff of around 220 to Kaunas, 20 to Alytus, 30 to Panevėžys, and 20 to Šiauliai.