The issue of bilingual street signs should finally be settled after years of clashes in eastern Lithuania with large Polish-speaking communities. Municipal authorities have been authorized to erect posts with Lithuanian-language street names, after which the central administration will no longer require to remove bilingual signs off buildings.

"The tensions are gradually easing. In my opinion, the problem should cease to exist," Josif Rybak, director of the Šalčininkai district administration, told BNS.

In his words, the posts have already been built in Eišiškės and Jasiūnai and the construction is in progress in other towns.

Audrius Skaistys, the government's representative in the Vilnius county, said the solution emerged at the end of 2012 after the interior minister revised his decree on street signs. The decree now envisages that municipalities are first of all in charge of putting up street sign posts.

"We are now looking into whether the signs have been put up on the posts. If the posts are properly erected at the start, end and crossings of streets, we no longer look at what is there on houses," Skaistys told BNS.

In his words, very few violations remain in Šalčininkai, and the pace of putting up posts is somewhat slower in Vilnius district.

"I hope everything will be in good order by Christmas," said Skaistys.

According to the 2011 census, Polish-speakers make up 6.6 percent of Lithuania's population, most of them live in the districts of Vilnius and Šalčininkai.

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