The district of Jurbarkas, which borders the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, is to return almost 1 million euros in EU funds to the Lithuania-Poland-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Program, the daily Lietuvos Zinios reported on Friday.
Jurbarkas
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

The district received funding for three projects under the program during the EU's 2007-2013 budget period. Problems arose due to a project for improving the ecological condition of the Nemunas River by building sewage collection and treatment infrastructure in the Lithuanian village of Skirsnemune and in Neman, on the Russian side of the river.

The authorities both in Jurbarkas and Neman had until late 2014 to complete the work, but the Russians missed the deadline. Therefore, the Polish Finance Ministry demanded back in April that Jurbarkas, as the leading partner in the project, return the 962,000 euros that had been used for the project.

Jurbarkas' authorities are currently trying to negotiate and find a way to avoid the financial sanctions that would place an enormous burden on the municipal budget.

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