Prime Minister has apologized to the residents of Vilnius for traffic disruption caused by the delivery of the first batch of euro banknotes during Wednesday rush hour.
Algirdas Butkevičius
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“As far as the hours [of banknote delivery] are concerned, this information is available to probably just three persons. And we really thought about a possibility to transport the banknotes from the airport to the vault at later hours. However, as I’ve been told, it wasn’t possible to make the aircraft wait for two or three hours. We have to understand that they also have a tight schedule,” Algirdas Butkevičius said in an interview to the Žinių Radijas on Thursday morning.

Euro banknotes, supplied by Germany's Bundesbank, were delivered by aircraft to Vilnius from Germany on Wednesday and transported to the vault of the central bank. Two trucks were accompanied by heavy police escort.

The central bank’s officials made no comments.

The Bank of Lithuania is borrowing 132 million euro banknotes necessary for the country’s changeover to the EU's single currency. The central bank previously said that the banknotes would be delivered to Lithuania in October to November.

Lithuania will adopt the euro on 1 January.

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