Lithuania has been invited to open negotiations on accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria
© AFP/Scanpix

“It’s an acknowledgement of Lithuania’s consistent efforts, which will open up more possibilities to protect the interests of our country,” President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after receiving a phone call from OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.

“Membership in the OECD will make Lithuania more attractive to foreign investors. It will enable us to step up cooperation with the most advanced countries and will contribute to the growth of our country and promotion of economic welfare,” she said in a press release.

In late February, the government established a coordinating committee for Lithuania’s OECD membership. Alminas Mačiulis, government chancellor and the committee’s chairman, then said that Lithuania’s membership in the OECD was important in the light of Russia’s recent actions.

Lithuania has been seeking membership in the organization since 2002.

BNS
Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Parliament votes against stripping MP Grazulis of his legal immunity

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday refused to allow prosecuting MP Petras Grazulis in the so-called...

Eight drunken British soldiers detained in resort of Palanga (1)

Eight drunken British soldiers were detained in the Lithuanian seaside resort of Palanga early on...

Nauseda tops Lithuania's approval ratings

President-elect Gitanas Nauseda is the most favored politician in Lithuania, according to the latest...

Government proposes introducing equal university admission criteria

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday put before the country's parliament amendments on setting equal...

Over 500 children born in Lithuania after assisted insemination

521 children have been born after assisted insemination in Lithuania over the past two years,...