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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania bids for OECD membership

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

(BNS) Lithuania hopes to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2017 or 2018, said Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius during his current visit to Paris.

(BNS) Lithuania hopes to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2017 or 2018, said Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius during his current visit to Paris.

Linkevicius discussed Lithuania’s membership outlook with OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.

The minister hopes to open membership process, which can last two to three years, in 2015.

“Our activeness and efforts in pursuing membership talks are visible. A month ago, a Lithuanian-OECD financial agreement was signed and it will allow experts from the organization to evaluate the country’s governance and provide recommendations,” Linkevicius said.

Linkevicius is scheduled to represent Lithuania for the first time at an OECD Ministerial Council Meeting today.

The OECD was founded in 1961 to replace the Organization for European Economic Co-operation which administered the American Marshall Plan after World War II. The OECD has 34 members.

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