This is an historic day for Lithuania and all the other Baltic States. Long and hard work on putting the economy right has been rewarded with an official invitation to join the euro zone as of 1 January 2015. Another wall then comes down for the people of the Baltic States, not least when it comes to business relations. This is one aspect that Latvia can’t help but value given its long border of almost 600 km with Lithuania.
Following the final decision of the European Union's General Affairs Council of Ministers on Lithuania's participation in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) from 1 January 2015, governor of the Bank of Lithuania Vitas Vasiliauskas warns Lithuanians not to rush to exchange their savings in litas for euros.
Lithuania, which will adopt the euro on Jan. 1, should feel positive effects of the new currency in three to five years. However, the new currency will bring both positive and relatively negative changes, an analyst with SEB Bankas, the largest Lithuania’s commercial bank, says.