Baltic leaders to make first euro cash withdrawal in after-midnight Vilnius ceremony

Vitas Vasiliauskas ir Algirdas Butkevičius
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The event will also be attended by Lithuania’s Finance Minister Rimantas Šadžius and Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania Vitas Vasiliauskas.

The event will start at 12:10 AM, at the ATM located at Gedimino Avenue 2 in Vilnius. After the official part of the event, the Lithuanian and Estonian prime ministers, the Latvian foreign minister, the Lithuanian finance minister and chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania will give interviews to the media.

Guests from Latvia

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (Unity), Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) and European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) will all participate in events marking Lithuania’s eurozone membership.

Lithuania will switch from the litas to the euro on 1 January, and will become the eurozone’s 19th member.

Rinkēvičs will participate in the ceremonial withdrawal of the first euro banknotes in Vilnius ten minutes after midnight New Year’s eve together with Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.

Meanwhile PM Straujuma will congratulate Lithuania in a video address, which will be broadcast on Lithuanian Television on New Year’s eve.

Commissioner Dombrovskis, on the other hand, will attend the official euro introduction ceremony in Lithuania on 14 January.

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