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Lithuania: Fines for Littering

(May 18, 2009) On May 13, 2009, the Mayor of the City of Vilnius, which is the capital of Lithuania, issued a decree that introduces hefty fines for those who litter the city streets. For example, individuals who drop cigarette butts on the sidewalk will be fined in an amount equal to US$145 on the spot. In addition, the Decree provides for increased activity on the part of city services and orders placement of a large number of trash cans in public areas. The municipal police force, which was created to respond to non-criminal violations, will be involved in the enforcement of this Decree. During the year 2009, Vilnius is serving as the cultural capital of Europe, under designation by the Council of Europe, and the authorities are paying attention to the cleanliness of the city. (V Vilniuse Budut Shtrafovat Za Broshennyi Okurok [In Vilnius, People Will Be Fined for a Dropped Cigarette Butt], Moskovskii Komsomolets (a Moscow-based daily newspaper), (last visited May 13, 2009).)