VILNIUS - Eight Lithuanian beaches will fly the Blue Flags as symbols of a clean and safe environment, this summer.
Last week, Lithuania was informed of such a decision made by the international Blue Flag Council Commission set up by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education, the Association of Lithuanian Municipalities said on Monday.
Blue Flags will fly this year on six Baltic Sea Beaches in Nida, Juodkrante, Preila Smiltyne, Melnrage, Palanga as well as the Balsys and Zirmunai beaches in Vilnius.
A Blue Flag, a globally-recognized quality sign, is awarded for one summer to beaches that meet international criteria for environmental protection, water quality, safety and accessibility.
The condition of Blue Flag beaches is also assessed during the summer. Blue Flag feature on more than 4,000 beaches in 50 countries around the world. Lithuania joined the program in 2001.