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Over 200 blocks of flats have been renovated across Lithuania this year. The Ministry of Environment says the programme, aimed at achieving better energy efficiency at Soviet-built housing stock, is picking up pace.

Over the last three years, almost 1,000 buildings have been renovated and insulated.

Under the government programme, contractors appointed by local authorities fund the renovations themselves, after which apartment owners pay back the money in monthly instalments. Environment Vice-Minister Daiva Matonienė says that the costs are usually recovered within seven years.

In all, 800 residential buildings will be renovated this year, according to plans, more by a third than in 2015.

Matonienė says that putting municipal authorities in charge of the renovations has helped invigorate the programme which had been advancing sluggishly before.

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