- June 27, 2013
Will Rasos Cemetery get attention of authorities? Vilnius’ Mayor’s promises
In order to minimise the vibrations caused by cars passing by, there will be traffic enforcement cameras installed around the Rasos Cemetery and EU funds will be used to protect the graveyard. Audronė Pitrėnienė, the leader of the Parliamentary Committee of Education, Schooling and Culture heard these promises from the Mayor of Vilnius, Artūras Zuokas, on June 27th.
“The Mayor assured me that applications for European funds will be sent. The Rasos Cemetery will be added to the list of tourist objects, and, in order to minimise the vibrations caused by cars, traffic enforcement cameras and speed limiting devices will be installed” – A. Pitrėniėnė related the meeting with the Mayor.
Last week the Parliamentary Committee of Education, Schooling and Culture held an away session on the Rasos Cemetery.
“One does not have to be an expert to see that the old Rasos Cemetery, as a historical and protected object, is quite neglected and not well-arranged. Old trees have been cut down, some chapels and graves have been renewed, single places of burial are taken care of by families or by other people, using national funds, but the majority of the oldest graves are falling apart and rotting” — says a special report of the Committee.
Tłumaczenie by Emilia Zawieracz w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Emilia Zawieracz within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.