REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               Law                                              
                               on                                               
                the Procedure for the Restoration                               
             of the Rights of Religious Communities                             
                  to the Existing Real Property                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1. The Objective of this Law                                       
     This Law shall regulate the procedure and conditions for the               
restoration of the right of religious communities to the existing               
real property which was nationalised under the laws of the former               
LSSR (USSR)  or in  any other  manner expropriated  by the State,               
excluding land,  internal water bodies, forest areas and parks as               
well as  other property  which, pursuant  to Article  47  of  the               
Constitution of  the Republic  of  Lithuania,  is  the  exclusive               
property of the Republic of Lithuania.                                          
     Historical, archaeological  and cultural objects of national               
significance, as  the  exclusive  property  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, may  be given  over for use for an unlimited period of               
time only  after the  terms and conditions of monument protection               
have been  established with  regard to the monument and after the               
religious community has signed the protection obligation.                       
                                                                                
     Article 2. The Right of a Religious Community to                           
               Reclaim the Existing Real Property                               
     Religious communities  which functioned  in the  Republic of               
Lithuania prior  21 July  1940 and  the  property  of  which  was               
expropriated by  the State,  shall have the right to reclaim real               
property.                                                                       
     Those religious  communities which  are  recognised  as  the               
successors of  the religious  communities  which  are  being  re-               
established, shall  be entitled  to the  same right.  This status               
must be  approved by  the supreme  authority of  the  appropriate               
religious community.                                                            
     The  dispute   concerning  the  activities  of  a  religious               
community  which  has  ceased  functioning,  and  concerning  the               
succession rights shall be settled in court.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 3. The Restoration of the Right of Ownership to                    
               the Existing Real Property                                       
     Religious communities  shall have  the  right  of  ownership               
restored to  that existing  real property  in  the  territory  of               
Lithuania  which   was  nationalised   or  otherwise  taken  from               
religious communities by the State without their consent.                       
The ownership  right to  the  existing  real  property  shall  be               
restored by:                                                                    
     1) giving back the existing real property in kind; or                      
     2) buying  out the existing real property in accordance with               
the procedure established by Article 12 of this Law.                            
                                                                                
     Article 4. Returning the Property in Kind                                  
     At the  request of  a religious community, the existing real               
property shall  be returned  to it in kind, with the exception of               
the following property:                                                         
     1) residential  houses and  flats, if  they are  occupied by               
tenants;                                                                        
     2)  buildings   and  other   structures  which   have   been               
reconstructed or  rebuilt and  thereby their gross floor area has               
been increased  by more  than 1/3  in a  manner  which  makes  it               
impossible  to  separate  the  additional  floor  area  from  the               
original one,  or provided  that their basic structures have been               
altered in excess of 50%;                                                       
                                                                                
     3) buildings  and structures  which have  been given over to               
scientific,  medical,   cultural,  educational   institutions  or               
communications companies; and                                                   
     4) buildings  or their  parts which  have been conveyed into               
private ownership  under the  laws in  effect at  the  moment  of               
conveyance.                                                                     
     The procedure  for conveying  property which  is returned in               
kind  to  religious  communities  shall  be  established  by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 5. Procedure for Filing Applications to Reclaim                    
               the Existing Real Property                                       
     Religious communities shall file applications concerning the               
restoration of  the rights  to the existing real property and the               
return thereof  with the property manager, according to the place               
in which the property is located, within one year from the coming               
into effect of this Law.                                                        
     The documents  confirming the  right of  ownership  must  be               
produced within  one year  from the  filing of the application to               
restore the ownership right to the existing real property.                      
                                                                                
     Article 6. Content of the Application to Reclaim the                       
               Existing Property                                                
     The application  to reclaim the existing property or for the               
compensation thereof  shall  contain  the  name  of  a  religious               
community, its  registered address,  objects  of  real  property,               
their location,  the grounds for the entitlement to the ownership               
rights to  this property, the reason for the loss of property and               
the date when it was lost, and the present user thereof.                        
     The application  must state  whether the applicant wishes to               
recover the  property in  kind, or  to be  given  other  property               
equivalent thereto or to receive a compensation for the property.               
Documents confirming  the ownership right must be attached to the               
application.                                                                    
     Applications filed  prior to  the coming into effect of this               
Law must  be supplemented  according to  the provisions  of  this               
Law.                                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 7. Documents Confirming the Right of Ownership                     
     Property nationalisation deeds, extracts from Mortgage Books               
and Notarial  Registers, property  conveyance  agreements,  Court               
decisions as  well as  certificates issued  by the State Archives               
may serve as documents confirming the right of ownership.                       
     In the  event that  the documents  confirming the  ownership               
have not survived or have not been found in the State Archives of               
Lithuania, the  interested religious community may prove in court               
the legal fact confirming their right to the property.                          
                                                                                
     Article 8. Institutions which Examine the Applications                     
               of Religious Communities regarding the                           
               Restoration of Ownership Rights                                  
     The applications  of religious  communities  concerning  the               
existing real  property which  is under the jurisdiction of local               
governments shall  be  examined  by  the  town  (district)  mayor               
(board); if the property is under the jurisdiction of other state               
enterprises, institutions  and organisations - by the ministry to               
the  sphere  of  regulation  whereof  the  organisations  or  the               
property belong.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 9. Passing Decisions concerning the Restoration                    
               of the Right of Ownership                                        
     Decisions concerning  the existing  real property  which  is               
under the  jurisdiction of  local governments  shall be passed by               
the town  (district) Council; decisions concerning property under               
the  jurisdiction   of  state   enterprises,   institutions   and               
organisations -  by the  ministry to  the  sphere  of  regulation               
whereof  the  enterprises,  institutions,  organisations  or  the               
property belong                                                                 
     Decisions on the restoration of the right of ownership shall               
be passed  within 6  months of  the date  of filing  of documents               
confirming the right of ownership.                                              
     A religious  community shall  acquire the right of ownership               
in respect  of the returned property after the decision to return               
the property  has been  registered with the property registration               
agency.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 10. The Procedure for Appealing against the                        
               Decisions concerning the Restoration of                          
               Ownership Right                                                  
     Decisions regarding  the return  of property  in kind or its               
buy-out passed by the institutions specified in Article 9 of this               
Law may  be appealed against in court within one month of the day               
of the  passing of the decision. Parties to the proceedings shall               
be exempt from the payment of stamp duty.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 11. Guarantees for Tenants                                         
     Tenants of the premises returned to religious communities in               
accordance with  this Law  who have  concluded  lease  agreements               
prior to  the coming into effect of this Law shall have the right               
to rent  said premises  until the expiry of the term specified in               
the agreements but not in excess of five years.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 12. The Buying out of the Existing Real                            
               Property                                                         
     In the  cases when  a religious  community does  not wish to               
have the  property returned  to it in kind or if said property is               
not subject  to be  returned in kind in accordance with Article 4               
of this  Law, the  State shall buy out the property in one of the               
following ways:                                                                 
     1) transfer without payment the property of the same kind or               
value into the ownership of the community;                                      
     2) pay out a cash indemnity;                                               
     3) provide  support for  the repair  works  (renovation)  of               
groups of monuments, buildings of worship; or                                   
     4) lease  the land  plot without  announcing invitation  for               
bids.                                                                           
     The religious  community shall choose the method of buy-out.               
The property shall be bought out in accordance with the procedure               
and time  limit determined  by the  Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania, taking  into account the real value of the property at               
the moment of its buy-out, upon deducting the expenses related to               
its improvement.  The payment  of cash  indemnity  for  the  real               
property that  is being bought out shall begin after the lapse of               
five years from the day of passing of the decision concerning the               
payment of compensation.                                                        
     Under this  Law, property  destroyed after  14 February 1990               
shall also be bought out.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 13. Lease of Land Plots Adjoining the Buildings                    
               and Structures which have been Returned to                       
               Religious Communities                                            
     Land plots adjoining the buildings and structures which have               
been  returned  to  religious  communities  shall  be  formed  by               
allotting the land plots used by the religious communities at the               
moment the  buildings and  structures are being returned and upon               
co-ordinating  the  plans  of  their  boundaries  with  the  town               
(district) architectural and land-use organisation services.                    
     Land plots adjoining the buildings and structures which have               
been returned  shall  be  leased  without  holding  auctions,  by               
determining, according  to the  procedure established by law, the               
conditions, restrictions and servitudes of their use.                           
                                                                                
     Article 14. The Use of Budgetary Resources                                 
     Cash  indemnities   for  real  property  shall  be  paid  to               
religious communities  from the  State Budget or local government               
budgets.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 15. Final Provisions                                               
     In exceptional  cases the right of ownership to the existing               
real property  specified in Article 4 of this Law may be restored               
by returning  the property  in  kind  by  agreement  between  the               
Government and  the religious  community which agreement has been               
approved by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.                            
     The request of a religious community regarding the return of               
real property  in kind  must be  filed prior to the day of coming               
into effect of this Law.                                                        
     As of  the day  of coming into effect of this Law, decisions               
concerning the return of houses of worship and other buildings or               
the payment of cash indemnities to religious communities pursuant               
to the  Law of the Republic of Lithuania "On the Return of Houses               
of Worship  and other  Buildings to  Religious Communities" of 14               
February 1990  shall no  longer be accepted, whereas applications               
concerning the  return  of  property  or  its  buy-out  shall  be               
considered in  accordance with  the procedure established by this               
Law.                                                                            
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law  passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
21 March 1995                                                                   
No.I-822