EU at Work

Since joining the European Union in 2004, Lithuania has benefited from EU infrastructure investments.  Several of the train stations that I pass through between Kaunas and Vilnius have EU investment signs like the one below from the Vilnius train station.  EU funds are also used to restore historical landmarks such as St. John’s Church at Vilnius University.  Although I have seen EU investment signs in Kaunas, both of these photos were taken in Vilnius.  However, that actually addresses one complaint that I’ve heard from residents of Kaunas.  There is definitely a feeling in other cities that Vilnius claims more than its fair share of investment and does not sufficiently supporting investment in infrastructure.  I don’t know what the percentages of investment are for different cities, nor do I know what the requirements are for EU project funding — but I do know its a point of tension.

Vilnius Train Station modernization

REnovation of St. Johns Church

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