Around €53 million of European funding has been designated to promote the development of the Lithuanian and Polish border region.
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The European funds will be spent mainly on environmental protection and tourism, employment, and anti-poverty projects.

Alytus Ethnographic Museum has received almost €100.000 from the Lithuanian-Polish international program and opened an archaeological exhibition displaying Stone Age finds. Visitors can try out millstones, old ways of stone grinding and wood carving. A similar archaeological exposition has been opened in Poland.

“The Jotvingiai and Baltai history exhibition has cost almost half a million zloty – 300,000 zloty were allocated from the Lithuanian-Polish cooperation program,” said the Suwalki region museum director Jerzy Brzozowski.

Alytus district municipality and ten partners from Poland are working together on new tourism and renewable energy projects, including cycle paths and tapping geothermal resources.

“There is a need to build bicycle paths, we have very beautiful places and renewable energy sources - geothermal reservoirs. We are ready to cooperate, and we have many ideas related to tourism,” said the mayor of Alytus district, Algirdas Vrubliauskas.

There are also plans to clean up the Polish-Lithuanian border river banks in the town and turn Šešupė river route into an amenity area.

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