REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               Law                                              
                               on                                               
                   the Governing of the County                                  
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                       General Provisions                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Organising of County Government                                 
     The county  is a  higher territorial  administrative unit of               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  the  governing  of  which  shall  be               
organised by  the Government  through the governor of the county,               
the Ministries  and other Government institutions. The government               
of the county is a constituent part of state administration.                    
     The  Seimas   of  the   Republic  of   Lithuania,  upon  the               
recommendation of  the Government,  shall set or alter the limits               
and centre of the county, give or change its name.                              
                                                                                
     Article 2. Legal Basis of County Government                                
     The county government shall be organised on the basis of the               
Constitution of  the Republic  of Lithuania, this Law, other laws               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania, resolutions  of the Seimas of the               
Republic of  Lithuania, decrees of the President of the Republic,               
Government resolutions,  as well  as other  legal acts  passed by               
other state institutions.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 3. Funds of the County                                             
     The funds that are necessary for the governing of the county               
and for  the discharge  of functions  of the  governor  shall  be               
appropriated  from   the  state   budget  and  other  sources  of               
financing.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
                 COUNTY GOVERNOR AND HIS POWERS                                 
                                                                                
     Article 4. County Governor                                                 
     The county  governor shall  be appointed  and dismissed from               
office by  the Government  upon the  recommendation of  the Prime               
Minister.                                                                       
     A citizen  of the Republic of Lithuania who has a diploma of               
higher  education  may  serve  as  county  governor.  The  county               
governor may not hold any other elective or appointive office, be               
employed  in   public,  non-government,   or  private   business,               
commercial or  other institutions  or enterprises,  as well as to               
receive any  other salary  with the exception of that established               
according to his position, and a payment for creative activities.               
     The salary of the county governor shall be determined by the               
Government.                                                                     
     The county  governor shall  be accountable to the Government               
in the manner established by it.                                                
     The county  governor  shall  have  a  deputy  who  shall  be               
appointed and  dismissed from  office by  the Prime Minister upon               
the recommendation  of the county governor. The requirements that               
apply to the county governor shall also apply to his deputy.                    
                                                                                
     Article 5. The Tasks of the County Governor                                
     The tasks of the county governor shall be:                                 
     1) to  implement state  policy  in  the  spheres  of  social               
maintenance,  education,   culture,  health   care,   territorial               
planning, monument  protection, land  use and protection, as well               
as agriculture,  environmental protection  and other spheres, and               
to implement state and inter-regional programmes;                               
     2) to co-ordinate the activities of the ministries and other               
structural subdivisions  of Government  institutions lying within               
the  limits  of  the  county,  as  well  as  to  co-ordinate  the               
activities of  executive institutions  of  local  authorities  in               
implementing regional programmes;                                               
     3)  to  provide  for  the  priority  trends  of  the  county               
development and prepare its programmes.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 6. Powers of the County Governor in the Spheres                    
               of Education, Culture and Social Welfare                         
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1) in  the manner  prescribed by law, establish, reorganise,               
and liquidate state institutions and establishments of education,               
culture, physical  culture and sports, social assistance and care               
lying within the county;                                                        
     2) be  responsible for  the functioning  and maintenance  of               
state institutions referred to in item 1 of this Article;                       
     3) supervise  the implementation of state general education,               
cultural and social policy;                                                     
     4) in conjunction with territorial labour exchanges, resolve               
employment problems of the population.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Powers of the County Governor in the                        
               Sphere of Health Activities                                      
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1) take  part in  determining  priority  trends  in  primary               
health care activities;                                                         
     2) in the prescribed manner, establish, maintain, reorganise               
and  liquidate   county  health   care  facilities  _  hospitals,               
polyclinics, health centres, hygiene centres and others;                        
     3) organise  statistical surveys  of the health condition of               
the population and analyse their changes;                                       
     4) organise  the implementation  of state inter-regional and               
county health programmes;                                                       
     5) provide  recommendations to the Government to declare the               
territory of the county the zone hazardous or harmful to health;                
     6) inform the county residents about the tendencies of their               
health condition.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 8. The Powers of the County Governor in the                        
               Sphere of Territorial Planning and Monument                      
               Conservation                                                     
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1) prepare  documents of the general and special planning of               
the county;                                                                     
     2) assemble and manage data bank of territorial planning and               
the register  of territorial  planning data,  as well  as furnish               
information to data banks of other levels;                                      
     3) furnish information, findings and recommendations for the               
preparation of  general and special plans of the territory of the               
Republic of Lithuania;                                                          
     4) establish  conditions for  the special  planning  of  the               
county territory and co-ordinate planning schemes;                              
     5) establish  conditions for  the preparation of territorial               
planning documents for municipalities and co-ordinate them;                     
     6) perform  state supervision  of the  design, construction,               
and operation  of public  buildings, structures and equipment and               
their legal registration;                                                       
     7) in the prescribed manner, supervise territorial planning;               
     8) assemble topographic, geodetic and cartographic material;               
     9) protect  cultural valuables and monuments, keep record of               
them, and supervise monument conservation;                                      
     10) act  as the  client for  the construction  of structures               
attributed to the county.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 9. The Powers of the County Governor in the                        
               Sphere of Land Use  Planning, Land Cadastre                      
               and Agriculture                                                  
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1) mange  free state  land stock, with the exception of land               
transferred into  the possession  of the  institutions  of  local               
authorities;                                                                    
     2) organise  works of  state land  cadastre,  perform  legal               
registration of land;                                                           
     3) implement land reform;                                                  
     4) perform  state regulation  of land servitudes (ownership)               
and land use, as well as state control of land use;                             
     5)   co-ordinate   agricultural   issues,   allocate   state               
procurement quotas of agricultural produce;                                     
     6) control the use of chemicals for plant protection;                      
     7) carry  out state  maintenance  of  land  reclamation  and               
hydrotechnical equipment,  organise the  operation of state-owned               
land reclamation and hydrotechnical equipment.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 10. The Powers of the County Governor in the                       
               Sphere of the  Utilisation of Natural                            
               Resources and Environmental Protection                           
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1)  within  the  scope  of  his  competence,  determine  the               
utilisation limits  of natural resources and control how they are               
being observed;                                                                 
     2)  organise   the  activities   in  protected   territories               
attributed to the county and take part in the management of other               
protected territories ( with the exception of nature reserves);                 
     3) in  the  prescribed  manner  and  without  exceeding  his               
powers,  assess   the  impact   of  business  activities  on  the               
environment and co-ordinate the projects;                                       
     4) within  the  scope  of  his  competence,  exercise  state               
control  over   the  condition,   utilisation,   recreation   and               
protection of forest;                                                           
     5) without  exceeding his powers, organise the management of               
water bodies  and the  maintenance of protected strips and zones,               
control how  water bodies  attributed to  other economic entities               
are being maintained;                                                           
     6) organise ecological education.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 11. The Powers of the County Governor in Other                     
               Spheres of Activities                                            
     The county governor shall, without exceeding his powers:                   
     1) consider  applications and  requests of natural and legal               
persons and adopt decisions with regard to them. Decisions of the               
governor may be appealed against to court;                                      
     2) analyse the social, economic, and ecological condition of               
the county and changes in it, and inform the population thereof;                
     3) oversee  the implementation  of the requirements provided               
for in the Law on Competition;                                                  
     4) register  the statutes  of non-government  organisations,               
the activities  of which  embrace the  territory of more than one               
municipality and the registered office of which is located in the               
county centre  or in another territory of the county, which is in               
the urban or rural territory;                                                   
     5) organise the maintenance of county ( district) roads;                   
     6)  register   tractors,  self-propelled  vehicles,  tractor               
trailers and road building machines;                                            
     7) perform  legal registration  of buildings, structures and               
apartments;                                                                     
     8) organise  the liquidation  of the consequences of natural               
calamities and accidents, the search and rescue works.                          
     The  county   governor  shall  also  exercise  other  powers               
established  by  the  laws  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and               
Government resolutions.                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 12. The Rights of the County Governor                              
     When exercising  the powers  attributed to  him, the  County               
Governor shall have the right to:                                               
     1) submit  recommendations on  issues relative to the county               
territory for  the preparation  of state and regional programmes,               
as well  as to  submit findings concerning the prepared state and               
regional draft programmes;                                                      
     2) submit  recommendations to the Government and other state               
governing institutions  on  issues  of  the  development  of  the               
county;                                                                         
     3) take  part in  the meetings of the Government when issues               
concerning the  competence  of  the  county  governor  are  being               
considered, as  well as  in the meetings of other subdivisions of               
Government and local authority institutions;                                    
     4) when  necessary, to  call up meetings of the heads of the               
ministries and other subdivisions of Government institutions that               
are located in the county, and to preside over them;                            
     5)  to   suspend  or   repeal  legal  acts  of  enterprises,               
institutions and organisations that are located within the limits               
of the county, if they are not in conformity with the laws of the               
Republic of Lithuania and Government resolutions;                               
     6)  to   receive  information  from  other  state  governing               
institutions  and   local  authority  institutions,  enterprises,               
institutions and  organisations on  issues that  are  within  his               
competence;                                                                     
     7) in cases provided by laws, to take additional measures to               
ensure the  security of  the population and their property and to               
maintain order in the county;                                                   
     8) to  form expert  commissions for the purpose of analysing               
the issues  attributed to  his competence  and for  providing the               
findings thereon;                                                               
     9)  to  co-operate  the  funds  of  the  municipalities  for               
carrying out the planned common works, when it is agreed upon;                  
     10) in  cases and  according to the procedure established by               
laws, to manage, apply and dispose of the state property;                       
     11) in  the established  manner, to  hold contests, organise               
meetings, conferences and other events.                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
           STATE GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS IN THE COUNTY                           
                                                                                
     Article 13. State Governing Institutions in the County                     
     State governing institutions may, according to their type of               
activities and  with the  prior consent  of  the  Seimas  or  the               
Government of  the Republic of Lithuania, establish in the county               
governing institutions and organisations subordinate to them.                   
     Governing  institutions  and  organisations  subordinate  to               
state  governing   institutions  shall   act  in  the  county  in               
accordance with the approved regulations of these institutions.                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
                                                                                
                RELATIONS OF THE COUNTY GOVERNOR                                
                   WITH GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS                                  
               OF THE MUNICIPALITIES AND THE STATE                              
                                                                                
     Article 14. The Relations between the County Governor                      
               and the Governing Institutions of the Local                      
               Authority and the State                                          
     The  county   governor,  when   discharging  the   functions               
attributed to  him, and  implementing the laws of the Republic of               
Lithuania, other  legal acts passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania,  the decrees  of the  President of the Republic and               
resolutions of the Government, shall cooperate with the governing               
institutions  of   municipalities  and  the  state,  as  well  as               
governing institutions and organisations subordinate to them, and               
the Government Representative.                                                  
     State  governing  institutions  established  in  the  county               
pursuant to the provisions of Article 13 of this Law shall not be               
subordinate  to  the  county  governor.  These  institutions  and               
organisations must notify the county governor of their activities               
in the county in the manner established by the Government.                      
     When appointing  chief executives  of governing institutions               
and organisations  subordinate to  them, Government  institutions               
shall hear the opinion of the county governor.                                  
     The  county   governor  shall   notify  the  Seimas  or  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  of the  activities and               
decisions of the subdivisions of the state governing institutions               
if they  are not  in compliance  with the laws of the Republic of               
Lithuania, Government  decrees  or  violate  the  rights  of  the               
individuals or  organisations. If  the subdivision  of the  state               
governing institution  or the  higher state governing institution               
do not  repeal or  change the disputable decision passed by them,               
the final decision shall be passed by the Government.                           
                                                                                
     Article 15. The County Council                                             
     The  county   council  shall  be  formed  under  the  county               
governor.                                                                       
     The Council  shall comprise  ex officio  the county governor               
(Chairperson of  the Council), deputy county governor, and mayors               
of the municipalities located within the county.                                
     The Council  shall approve development trends of the county,               
consider draft  programmes of social and economic development and               
environmental protection, draft documents of the general planning               
of the  territories, draft conditions for special planning of the               
territories and draft revenue and expenditure plan of the county,               
as well as other issues.                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
       ORGANISING OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNTY GOVERNOR                      
                                                                                
     Article 16. The Administration of the County Governor                      
     For the discharge of functions attributed to him, the county               
governor shall form and run the Administration.                                 
     The Administration  of the  county governor shall be a legal               
person, having  the seal with the state emblem of the Republic of               
Lithuania and the name of the county.                                           
     The organisational  structure of  the Administration  of the               
county governor  and its regulations as well as the procedure for               
the payment  for work  for its  personnel shall be established by               
the Government.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 17. The Powers of the County Governor in the                       
               Sphere of Administration                                         
     The county governor shall:                                                 
     1)  organise   the  work   of  the   Administration  and  be               
responsible for its activities;                                                 
     2)  submit   to  the   Government  the   draft  revenue  and               
expenditure plan of the county;                                                 
     3) appoint  and dismiss  from office  heads of  institutions               
subordinate to  him, as  well as  with the written consent of the               
relevant Government  institution, appoint and dismiss from office               
chief executives of administration departments and subdivisions.                
     4) within  the limits  of the  set wages  fund, approve  the               
payroll of the Administration;                                                  
     5) organise  the meetings  of the County Council and preside               
over them;                                                                      
     6) exercise  other powers  vested in  him by the laws of the               
Republic of Lithuania, the Government and the Prime Minister.                   
     In his  absence, the  duties of the county governor shall be               
carried out by deputy county governor.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 18. Orders of the County Governor and Other                        
               Legal Acts                                                       
     The county  governor shall issue orders and other legal acts               
and oversee their enforcement.                                                  
     The orders  and other legal acts of the county governor that               
are within  the scope of his competence shall be binding upon all               
legal and natural persons.                                                      
     The Government shall have the right to repeal the orders and               
legal acts  of the  county governor if they are not in conformity               
with the  Constitution of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  the laws,               
other legal  acts  passed  by  the  Seimas  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, decrees  of the  President of  the  Republic  and  the               
resolutions of the Government.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 19. Enforcement of the Law                                         
     The time  limits and  the procedure  for the  enforcement of               
this Law  shall be  established by  the Law on the Enforcement of               
the Law on County Government.                                                   
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law  passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
15 December 1994                                                                
No. I-707