Vice-Minister of Culture Rimantas Mikaitis appointed as Government representative on cultural heritage issues shared with Poland

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2021 10 13

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By the ruling of the Government, Vice-Minister of Culture Rimantas Mikaitis has been appointed as the representative of the Government on cultural heritage issues in activities that have been envisaged in the agreement between the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Poland for friendly relations and good neighbourhood cooperation.

“Lithuania is tied to Poland because of long history which is currently evident in many heritage objects. We must seek continuous constructive dialogue on the cultural heritage protection issues that are the most essential to both countries, exchange good practices in this field, and solve the challenges related to preservation of heritage. The next meeting of both countries’ expert group will be dedicated to these exact topics,” Vice-Minister Mikaitis said.

Meetings of the experts of the group for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Lithuania and Poland have been held periodically since 16 December 1999, when the governments of Lithuania and Poland signed the agreement on cooperation between Government-appointed representatives in the field of cultural heritage protection. On 18–20 October this year, the 12th meeting of the expert group for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Lithuania and Poland will be held in Kaunas. During the meeting, with participation of the countries’ delegations, issues of cultural heritage protection and historical memory preservation relevant to both countries are planned to be discussed, as well as directions of cooperation between memory institutions: museums, libraries and state archives.

Photo by Gediminas Savickis (ELTA)