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Comments invited on the drafted territorial planning documents for the Lithuanian-Polish border region


The concept of the territorial development plan and the report on the strategic environmental impact assessment for the Lithuanian-Polish border region, which were commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, were drafted. Last week these documents were presented to the representatives of the state institutions and the public concerned.

The solutions set forth in the concept and the aforementioned report are available under the heading “Territorial planning/Draft projects” on the website of the Ministry of Environment at . The public is invited to submit its comments and proposals by 23 February to the Ministry of Environment (A. Jakšto St. 4/9, LT-01105 Vilnius, tel: 8~5 266 3661, fax: 8~5 266 3663, e-mail: and the sole proprietorship Atkulos Projektai, which drafted the documents (Savanorių Ave. 11A-83, LT-03116 Vilnius, tel: 8~5 216 2869, fax: 8~ 5 216 3647, e-mail:

Although the Lithuanian-Polish border region occupies only a small part of the Baltic Sea region, it is very important for the whole European Union as this is its land gateway. This region is distinguished for its clean environment and picturesque landscape. In this area, the network of settlements is not dense, and there are no industrial or mining objects. The region is crossed by the international transport corridor including the ViaBaltica and RailBaltica main road routes and interconnections between energy infrastructures.

As stated by Project Manager Laimutė Janulienė during the presentation, the main objectives of the region include an ecological and sustainable environment, economic development, safety, accessibility, and attractiveness. Here, it is expedient to preserve abundant recreational resources, biological diversity, natural values and cultural heritage, to promote small business, to activate entrepreneurship among the residents, to strengthen small and medium businesses, and to develop sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Having regard to the applicable environmental and other requirements and the needs of territory usage, and taking due account of the infrastructure development, transport, recreational and other needs, the special Lithuanian-Polish border regional development plan seeks to establish the main provisions for the use and protection of its territory, the common strategy for the activities of neighbouring countries in this territory, and the guidelines for successful independent cross-border cooperation between the municipalities.

Information by the Ministry of Environment, tel: 8~706 63660
15 February 2013

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas