According to Jovita Neliupšienė, Chief Advisor to the President on Foreign Policy, the fact that the court's decision on bilingual street signs was met, and signs contradicting the Law on the State Language were removed, proves that Lithuanian municipalities respect and follow the law.
Jovita Neliupšienė
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Last month, the Administration of Vilnius District Municipality informed the court that the decision to remove bilingual street signs was implemented. The advisor says it was a gradual process.

"Well, it indeed happened gradually, municipalities respect and comply with the law in our country. There is little I can add to this," Neliupšienė said in an interview to the Žinių Radijas radio on Tuesday.

Asked whether fines might have had the desired effect, the advisor said that what counted was the implementation of the law.

"Whether fines are or are not imposed is a different question. But if the law states that signs are in the state language, they have to be in the state language. I will reiterate - this was not a sudden decision, it happened gradually, we simply draw attention to this now," the chief advisor on foreign policy said.

The issue of bilingual street signs drew some controversy in several Vilnius District towns after local Polish-speaking residents had put them up on their houses without authorization.

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