REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                               ON                                               
              THE TERRITORIAL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS                              
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                      AND THEIR BOUNDARIES                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                       GENERAL PROVISIONS                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Territorial Administrative Units of the                         
               Republic of Lithuania and Residential Areas                      
     The territory  of the  Republic of Lithuania is divided into               
administrative units,  which consist  of residential  areas.  The               
territorial administrative unit of the Republic of Lithuania is a               
part of the territory, the govAerning thereof is organised by the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  or the institutions of               
local authorities.                                                              
     The territorial  administrative  unit  has  its  boundaries,               
centre and name.                                                                
     The territorial  administrative units  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania are the counties and the municipalities.                              
     The residential  areas of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  are               
divided into  urban and  rural residential  areas. Towns shall be               
attributed  to  urban  residential  areas  and  small  towns  and               
villages shall be attributed to rural residential areas.                        
                                                                                
     Article 2. The Concept of the Territorial                                  
               Administrative Unit of the Republic of                           
               Lithuania                                                        
     The municipality is a territorial administrative unit of the               
Republic of Lithuania, which is governed by institutions of local               
authorities, elected  by the  local community pursuant to the Law               
on Local Self - Government of the Republic of Lithuania and other               
laws.                                                                           
     The municipality  shall be  formed out  of  the  residential               
areas. The basic criteria for the formation of a municipality are               
its  preparedness   to  manage   and  maintain  its  environment,               
municipal  economy,   to  provide   communal  services  to  local               
inhabitants and  to perform  other functions  provided for in the               
Law on Local Self-Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                      
     The county  is the higher territorial administrative unit of               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  the  governing  of  which  shall  be               
organised by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania pursuant               
to the Law on the Governing of the County and other laws.                       
     The county  shall be  formed out  of the  territories of the               
municipalities that  have common social, economic, and ethnic and               
cultural interests.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 3. The Concept of the Populated Areas of the                       
               Territory of the Republic of Lithuania                           
     The towns  are compactly  built up  residential  areas,  the               
population of  which exceeds  3000, and  more than 2/3 of all the               
working population  of which  are employed  in industry, business               
and production and social infrastructure.                                       
     The towns  of the  Republic of  Lithuania, the population of               
which  is   less  than   3000,  regional   towns  and  urban-type               
settlements which  had the  status of  town, as residential areas               
shall be considered as towns even after the coming into effect of               
the Law  on the  Territorial Administrative Units of the Republic               
of Lithuania and their Boundaries.                                              
     Small towns  are compactly  built up  residential areas, the               
population of  which is  from 500 up to 3000, more than a half of               
the working population of which is employed in industry, business               
and production and social infrastructures, as well as traditional               
small towns.                                                                    
     Villages   are    other   residential    areas   having   no               
characteristic features of a town and a small town.                             
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
            ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION OF THE TERRITORY                            
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
     Article 4. The Municipalities of the Republic of                           
               Lithuania                                                        
     The following municipalities shall be established during the               
first stage of the reform of the territorial administrative units               
of the Republic of Lithuania:                                                   
     Vilnius city,  Alytus  city,  Bir¸tonas  city,  Druskininkai               
city, Kaunas city, Klaipˇda city, Marijampolˇ city, Neringa city,               
Palanga city,  Panevˇřys city,  ÷iauliai  city,  Visaginas  city,               
Akmenˇ  district,  Alytus  district,  Anyk¸▀i¨  district,  Birřai               
district, Ignalina  district, Jonava district, Joni¸kis district,               
Jurbarkas  district,   Kai¸iadorys  district,   Kaunas  district,               
Kˇdainiai district,  Kelmˇ district,  Klaipˇda district, Kretinga               
district,  Kupi¸kis   district,  Lazdijai  district,  Marijampolˇ               
district,  Mařeikiai   district,  Molˇtai   district,   Pakruojis               
district, Panevˇřys district, Pasvalys district, Plungˇ district,               
Prien¨  district,   Radvili¸kis  district,   Raseiniai  district,               
Roki¸kis district, Skuodas district, ÷akiai district, ÷al▀ininkai               
district, ÷iauliai  district, ÷ilalˇ  district, ÷ilutˇ  district,               
÷irvintos  district,   ÷ven▀ionys  district,   Tauragˇ  district,               
Tel¸iai  district,   Trakai  district,  Ukmergˇ  district,  Utena               
district,  Varˇna   district,   Vilkavi¸kis   district,   Vilnius               
district, Zarasai district.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 5. The Counties of the Republic of Lithuania                       
               and their Territories                                            
     There shall  be the  following counties  in the territory of               
the Republic of Lithuania:                                                      
     Alytus  -  county  centre  is  Alytus  city,  including  the               
municipal  territories   of  Alytus   and   Druskininkai   cities               
andAlytus, Lazdijai, and Varˇna districts;                                      
     Kaunas  -  county  centre  is  Kaunas  city,  including  the               
municipal territories  of Kaunas and Bir¸tonas cities and Jonava,               
Kai¸iadorys, Kaunas, Kˇdainiai, Prienai, and Raseiniai districts;               
     Klaipˇda -  county centre  is Klaipˇda  city, including  the               
municipal territories of Klaipˇda, Neringa and Palanga cities and               
Klaipˇda, Kretinga, Skuodas, and ÷ilutˇ districts;                              
     Marijampolˇ -  county centre  is Marijampolˇ city, including               
the municipal  territories of  Marijampolˇ city  and Marijampolˇ,               
÷akiai, and Vilkavi¸kis districts;                                              
     Panevˇřys -  county centre  is Panevˇřys city, including the               
municipal  territories   of  Panevˇřys  city,  Birřai,  Kupi¸kis,               
Panevˇřys, Pasvalys, and Roki¸kis districts;                                    
     ÷iauliai -  county centre  is ÷iauliai  city, including  the               
municipal territories  of ÷iauliai  city  and  Akmenˇ,  Joni¸kis,               
Kelmˇ, Pakruojis, Radvili¸kis, and ÷iauliai districts.                          
     Tauragˇ -  county centre  is  Tauragˇ  city,  including  the               
municipal  territories   of  Jurbarkas,   ÷ilalˇ,   and   Tauragˇ               
districts;                                                                      
     Tel¸iai -  county centre  is  Tel¸iai  city,  including  the               
municipal territories of Mařeikiai, Plungˇ and Tel¸iai districts;               
     Utena- county  centre is Utena city, including the municipal               
territories of  Visaginas  city,  Anyk¸▀iai,  Ignalina,  Molˇtai,               
Utena, and Zarasai districts;                                                   
     Vilnius  -county  centre  is  Vilnius  city,  including  the               
municipal territories  of Vilnius  city, ÷al▀ininkai,  ÷irvintos,               
÷ven▀ionys, Trakai, Ukmergˇ, and Vilnius districts.                             
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
    THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TERRITORIAL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS                   
     OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA AND THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS                     
                AND CHANGING OF their BOUNDARIES                                
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Establishment of the Counties and the                       
               Changing of its Boundaries                                       
     The counties  shall be established and abolished, as well as               
their boundaries  and centres  shall be  set or  changed  by  the               
Seimas of  the Republic  of Lithuania  on  the  proposal  of  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania.  The county boundaries               
must be  changed when  the  number  of  municipalities  or  their               
boundaries change. The territory of the municipality shall not be               
divided by county boundaries.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Establishment of the Municipalities and                     
               Changing of their Boundaries                                     
     The municipalities  shall be  established and  abolished, as               
well as  their boundaries and centres shall be set and changed by               
the Seimas  of the  Republic of  Lithuania on the proposal of the               
Government  of   the   Republic   of   Lithuania,   taking   into               
consideration the proposals of the local authorities.                           
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
           PROCEDURE FOR GIVING AND CHANGING THE NAMES                          
             TO THE TERRITORIAL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS                            
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                    AND THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS                                   
                                                                                
     Article 8. Names of the Counties and Municipalities                        
     The names  of counties  shall be  given and  they  shall  be               
changed by  the Seimas  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  on  the               
proposal of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                        
     The names  to the  municipalities shall  be given  and  they               
shall be  changed by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania upon               
the proposal  of the  Government, taking  into consideration  the               
proposals of the municipal councils.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 9. Giving to and Changing of the Names of the                      
               Residential Areas and Objects Located therein                    
     The names to residential areas shall be given and they shall               
be changed  by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on the               
proposal of  the municipal council, taking into consideration the               
proposals of the local inhabitants.                                             
     Streets, buildings,  structures and  other objects  owned by               
municipalities and  lying in  their territory  shall be  named or               
their names  shall be  changed by  the decision  of the  relevant               
municipal council,  upon the  approval by the State Commission of               
the Lithuanian Language (Amended on 14 September 1995).                         
     The names  to facilities  belonging to  the state  shall  be               
given and they shall be changed by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
     Buildings attributed  streets in  the residential  area  and               
appartments shall  be numbered  or their numbers shall be changed               
by the  executive bodies  of local authorities. The procedure for               
numbering, changing  of the  numbers and  registration  shall  be               
established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                     
     The names  of streets,  buildings and other facilities shall               
be registered in accordance with the procedure established by the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania. (Amended on 14 September               
1995).                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 10. The Abolishment of Populated Areas and                         
               Changing of their Boundaries                                     
     The residential  areas shall be abolished and the boundaries               
of their  territories shall  be set and changed by the Government               
of  the   Republic  of   Lithuania  on   the  recommendation   of               
municipalities.                                                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
                  THE REGISTRATION AND RECORDS                                  
             OF THE TERRITORIAL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS                            
                      AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS                                     
                                                                                
     Article 11. Registration and Records of the Counties                       
               and Municipalities                                               
     The counties and municipalities established pursuant to this               
Law shall  be registered  and the  changes in  their  territories               
shall be  recorded in  the Register of Territorial Administrative               
Units of  the Republic  of Lithuania and the Residential Areas in               
the manner  established by  the Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 12. The Registration and Records of the                            
               Residential Areas                                                
     The residential  areas of the Republic of Lithuania shall be               
registered and  the changes  in their  territories or  the  names               
shall be  recorded in  the Register of Territorial Administrative               
Units of  the Republic  of Lithuania and the Residential Areas in               
the manner  established by  the Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 13. Filing of Documents for the Purpose of                         
               Setting Territorial Administrative Units and                     
               the Territories of Residential Areas and                         
               Changing of their Boundaries                                     
     The institutions, when presenting recommendations concerning               
the  setting   of  territorial   administrative  units   and  the               
territories of  the residential  areas as well as the changing of               
their  boundaries,   must  file  the  decision  of  the  relevant               
municipal council,  the explanatory note of the municipal council               
wherein the  expediency of the presented proposals are justified,               
as well  as 1:100000 scale plans (2 copies) containing changes of               
such  administrative   units,  and   if  the  boundaries  of  the               
territory, which  are being  changed, do  not coincide  with  the               
boundaries of  the land  users  _  1:10000  scale  plans  of  the               
boundaries (2  copies). The  plans must be approved by the county               
governor and  the Registrar  of  the  Territorial  Administrative               
Units of the Republic of Lithuania and the Residential Areas.                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 6                                           
                                                                                
                        FINAL PROVISIONS                                        
                                                                                
     Article 14. Enforcement of the Law                                         
     This Law shall be enforced pursuant to the Resolution of the               
Seimas of  the Republic  of Lithuania "Concerning the Enforcement               
of the  Law on  the Territorial  Administrative Units  and  their               
Boundaries".                                                                    
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law  passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
19 July 1994                                                                    
No. I-558                                                                       
(As amended by 14 September 1995)