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Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Odessa told about the milestones of the independence of the state

March 11 The Republic of Lithuania celebrates 25 years of its independence. Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Odessa Elena Drutis told about the achievements of the state over the years

March 11, 2015 the Republic of Lithuania celebrates 25 years of its independence. On the eve of this holiday Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Odessa Elena Drutis told about the achievements of the independent state of Lithuania.

Odessa and Lithuania has long term partnerships. Partnership Agreement between Odessa and Klaipeda was concluded in October 2004. For the 10 years official representatives of the cities have repeatedly held meetings, teleconferences and reciprocal visits to discuss issues of cooperation in the fields of culture and medicine, as well as issues of trade-economic and scientific-technical relations.

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On 11 March 1990, a year before formal break-up of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent, resulting in the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania.

Lithuania is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe, a full member of the Schengen Agreement and NATO. It is also a member of the Nordic Investment Bank, and part of Nordic-Baltic cooperation of Northern European countries. The United Nations Human Development Index lists Lithuania as a "very high human development" country. Lithuania has been among the fastest growing economies in the European Union and is ranked 24th in the world in the Ease of Doing Business Index. On 1 January 2015, Lithuania adopted the euro as the official currency and became the 19th member of the Eurozone.



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