Former Minister of economy of Lithuania predicted the transformation of the Republic into the desert

© RIA Novosti / Hope Collinearity in fotomontagen on one of the streets of Vilnius. Archival photoFormer Minister of economy of Lithuania predicted the transformation of the Republic into the desert© RIA Novosti / Hope Collinearity the image Bank

By 2025 Lithuania may turn into a desert, says former Minister of economy, member of Parliament from the conservative party «Union of Fatherland — Christian Democrats of Lithuania» (CO-HDL) Dainius Kreivys.

The ex-Minister said that in the near future province of Lithuania is doomed to extinction, and the only development centre will be Vilnius.

«In the South-East of the country, there is one large, prosperous, strong capital, Vysocanska almost all the juice left in Lithuania after emigration, and around the wasteland with no hope and future» — quoted Sputnik Kreivys, Lithuania.

«The inhabitants of provincial towns that are losing population, will be useless even in renovated buildings. It would be foolish to continue to the paved road of the disappearing towns, upgrade the infrastructure», — the politician continues.

In his opinion, the only reasonable investment in this «desert» will be investments in agriculture and land designated for forestry.

Kreivys predicted the development of Lithuania in the coming years in an apocalyptic scenario, reminiscent of the Hollywood movie «the Hunger games».

«One city, maintaining its life at the expense of dying province and pay for this cruel games of survival», he said.

The argument Kreivys said that recently the Lithuanian government for fear of losing the support of the EU has divided the Republic into two regions. According to the MP, the conventional boundaries of the districts was determined by the level of economic development.

Thus, the country was divided into the capital region, whose GDP is 109% of the EU average, and Central and Western Lithuania, the income of which is only 62 percent.

In this case, said Kreivys, except for large cities, the figures will be much worse, but the statistics are «carefully concealed».

Earlier it was reported that the Republic was faced with an acute demographic problem. In recent years Lithuanians massively leaving the country, primarily for economic reasons.

The greatest number of the inhabitants left the Republic from 2008 to 2012 during the financial crisis has hit Lithuanian economy. The peak migration occurred in 2010 when the country has left more than 81 thousand people.

In 2017 the population of Lithuania declined by nearly 40 thousand people. The reasons for that was the excess of mortality over birth rate and high emigration rate.