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Lithuania National Stadium

The Lithuania National Stadium is a multi-use stadium in VilniusLithuania, that has been under construction since 1987. It is planned mostly for football matches and will host the home matches of the Lithuania national football team. It would replace the demolished Žalgiris Stadiumand the current LFF Stadium as the main stadiums in Vilnius.

The project for the stadium was prepared by architect Algimantas Nasvytis in 1985.[1] The construction started in 1987, but stopped due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Construction works were fully terminated in 1993. In 2006, the government of Lithuania declared the stadium an object of national importance and arranged new contractors. The work resumed in February 2008, but was abandoned in late 2008 due to lack of funds and corruption allegations. The works cost about LTL 29 million. In November 2009, the Supreme Court of Lithuaniaannulled the construction contracts.[1]

New round of preparations started in May 2013. At the time, the Minister of Interior, Dailis Alfonsas Barakauskas, said that it was expected to be finished by 2016 at a cost of around EUR 78 million.[2] In March 2014, the government decided to utilize the public–private partnership model and to request funding from the European Union. A call for bids was announced in September 2016.[1] Two proposals were received by the December 2017 deadline. The lower-cost proposal was dismissed as inappropriate causing a lawsuit.[1] The Supreme Court ruled that the dismissal was lawful in August 2019. Axis Industries, owned by UAB ICOR, was ultimately selected as the builder. The government obtained funds from the European Union but was forced to divert them to other projects due to the delays.[3] Therefore, the project will be financed by the government of Lithuania and by the Vilnius City Municipality. The government approved a 25-year financing by a private equity fund in December 2019. The government agreed to pay the total of EUR 156 million (principal of EUR 93.2 million with interest of 6.87%).[4] The government of Lithuania agreed to cover EUR 54.5 million, while Vilnius City Municipality will pay a total of 101.5 million.[5]

However, in May 2020, the Public Procurement Office blocked the concession contract ruling that the government assumed too much risk for the project. This effectively canceled the project, unless the city municipality successfully appeals the decision to court.[6]