EXCLUSIVE - Lithuania planning new PPP programme

Transport, social infrastructure and energy will be among the sectors to benefit from a programme of Lithuanian PPPs in 2014, Partnerships Bulletin understands.

Jonas Kimontas, chief project manager for PPPs at Invest Lithuania, said the government is "really supportive" of PPPs, and that these areas would play particular importance over the coming year.

Among the projects set to come to fruition in 2014 are the building of new courthouse infrastructure under PPP in the cities of Vilinius and Panevezys. The projects will be delivered under a design, build, finance and operate model and will have a 25-year contract. 

Speaking about improved practices the country had adopted to embrace PPPs, Kimontas said: "We have developed public sector skills and expertise in PPPs, established experienced and competent centralised support structures and set up long-term sectoral plans and a clear project pipeline."

In May, the €36m Palanga bypass PPP reached financial close – the first of up to seven transport PPPs identified by Minister for Transport Rimantas Sinkevicius to sign this year.