„Vytautas Grubliauskas & Team“ Election Manifesto

Resilient Klaipėda that we are proud of!

Klaipėda is a city open to ambitious ideas and innovations!

  1. Sports, education, business and community initiatives delivered by a range of different organizations will no longer be tucked away in drawers of Klaipėda’s authorities as we will promote, support and help implement them.
  2. Through our joint efforts we retained Klaipėda University. Hence, the time has come for Klaipėda to have its Teacher Training Centre, which had been the strongest historically, to develop motivated teachers, who are prepared for the benefit of the city and the region.
  3. Klaipėda’s school leavers are among the strongest in Lithuania. In order to retain the brightest pupils in Klaipėda:
  • in additional to the traditional teaching measures, we will launch new alternative education movement- and sensation-based groups at pre-school education institutions and robotic classes at schools developing free and creative personalities from an early age;
  • in educational institutions, we will ensure that knowledge and civic values are developed along with local identity and patriotism in the younger generation;
  • through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) open access centre and the KU laboratories, by establishing multi-disciplinary open access centres for pupils and through the practical links between education, science and employers, we will educate future professionals of strategic economic development trends. We will make pupils part of the start-up ecosystem at an early stage;
  • we will guarantee high-quality education for all children, both those with special educational needs and other pupils who may be vulnerable because of their differences, thus prone to discrimination, and that they are educated together with everyone else of their age.
  1. Klaipėda is famous for its strong communities. Therefore, we will further promote the autonomy of communities in the neighbourhoods or their parts through the measures promoting community; every year we will fund an infrastructure-community project pertinent to the identity of the neighbourhood prepared by the communities and selected by the city residents.
  2. In Klaipėda, we have launched one of the very first Open Youth Centres in Lithuania. Now, we will create new and open 24/7 idea spreading and sharing spaces for pupils, students, start-ups and researchers.
  3. The city has been seeing the proliferation of the infrastructure adapted to the disabled that meets universal design principles and the emergence of social rehabilitation and other services rendered to the disabled. We will be among the very first in Lithuania to ensure the right of the disabled to independent and active life as part of the community, and we will launch a personal assistant service to people with disabilities. Emphasising that the relatives and social workers of the disabled do not serve as their personal assistants, we will make realistic arrangements for the disabled to also receive personal assistant service on non-working days.
  4. For many years now, the city has been taking care of the pets abandoned by their irresponsible owners. Because we are sensitive to pet welfare, we will design and build a rehabilitation and lodging centre for homeless pets in line with the EU standards, which is to be managed by an operator selected through a tender and compliant with the terms and conditions of the tender. We will integrate into the Scandinavian and the EU system of pet welfare centres, and we our aim will be to match the centre’s pets with loving owners. We will educate the society on responsible behaviour in terms of acquisition and care of pets, and we will not tolerate irresponsible commercial kennel activities.
  5. Every year, we will select pilot projects in strategic economic development trends and grant funding for their implementation.
  6. We will create an efficient start-up ecosystem “The city: an ideas lab”, where we will make better use of the Klaipėda’s potential, appeal and infrastructure to attract new investment, talent and business initiatives.
  7. The leadership in Klaipėda city has led to the entire Klaipėda region becoming a role model for Lithuania. Seeking for the Klaipėda to be the centre of the strongest administrative, ethnic and economic region in Lithuania, we will efficiently use the EU programmes promoting innovation of the new period for the purposes of robust city’s youth, economic, social and cultural projects; we will continue to pool all of the region’s municipalities, and we will also shape the regional policy in Lithuania. We will employ the good practice of Klaipėda’s twin towns, the city’s membership in associated structures, representation in the European Committee of the Regions and others.
  8. Even today, the Klaipėda city’s public transport system is one of the most modern in the Baltic countries. A new ambition includes not only electric buses or a modern tram going along Taikos prospektas, but also environmentally friendly boats integrated into the city’s general public transport system and offering a regular shuttle service in the Curonian Lagoon along with eco- and passenger-friendly taxi activities.
  9. Germany and Sweden are at an arm’s length by ferries from Klaipėda. The time has come to reach the Polish shores faster and easier.
  10. Already today, major infrastructure projects in Klaipėda are implemented in partnership with international designers. In terms of architectural and urban design, Klaipėda will be even more open to the world. The design of objects of public importance will be put out to international architectural tender without disguising the interests of local architects under the alleged awareness of “the specific character of Klaipėda”.
  11. To restore the historic site of Klaipėda castle, we demolished the fences of the soviet port. And now, on the basis of public-private partnership (PPP), with the involvement of the community, we will create a new world-renowned mega object, which will become yet another symbol of the city’s identity and the main leisure and cultural centre and attraction.
  12. We have already doubled the funding for culture. The time has come to give the cultural offer an overview in terms of quality and public needs and guarantee that it is accessible to the communities across all parts of the city.
  13. We will respect historical memory and architectural-archaeological heritage. Thus we will protect it against its alleged conservation, which prevents the development of spaces destroyed during the war or abandoned areas in the old town (Vydūnas school site, abandoned buildings at Daržų and Didžiojo Vandens streets, and the Baltija cinema). We will aim to have them adapted to the needs of the city’s community and its guests.
  14. Klaipėda is made by its residents both its old-timers and the new arrivals. Klaipėda is a city open to the world and to open-minded people; it is characteristic of respect to a person, religion, nationality, democracy and freedom of speech.
  15. Klaipėda’s residents will be privileged shareholders of the securitised port, whereas the local government will have a decision-making right and will receive a fixed share of the port’s annual profits. This will lead to the city and the port marching to same tune because Klaipėda needs its port, whilst the latter requires the former. We will work to achieve that the port would maintain its leading position among the Baltic seaports, yet that its development would not interfere with the lives of residents.
  16. In reserve port spaces, in conjunction with the Port, we will develop Freelancer and IT start-up areas, and we will establish buffer business, recreation and nature parks and marinas.
  17. For the purpose of having a quick exit from city, we will not only repair Baltijos prospektas, but also extend Statybininkų prospektas up to Šilutės kelias.
  18. We will appeal to private developers for the architectural waterfront projects to be implemented in the converted port area (the castle site and Memel town).
  19. We have been successfully holding grand international events attracting a multitude of people not only from Lithuania but also from abroad. We will employ events such as the Europeade 2020, the Tall ships races 2021 regatta and the Youth Capital 2021 to boost the awareness of Klaipėda. We will hold cultural and economic forums, meetings, joint working groups and presentations of new urban concepts.

Inspiring Klaipėda that we are proud of!

Achievements and ambitions give inspiration. The economic development strategy Klaipėda 2030 prepared for Klaipėda has set an example not only to the region, but to Lithuania too. 25 thousand new jobs, 2,000 new enterprises, EUR 1.5 billion worth of investment, a rise in exports by 200%, 40 thousand more residents in Klaipėda, double the salary, and 400 thousand tourists visiting the city each year are all part of the existing ambition for Klaipėda’s economic breakthrough, and the city already knows how to achieve it. Hence, the most important jobs ahead of us are as follows:

  • we will value and keep the people of Klaipėda for the benefit of the city. Thus, our key burning task will be to prepare the Stop emigration programme and implement it;
  • we will prepare a new programme for attracting talent, and we will call for gifted youngsters, who have graduated in Klaipėda, to stay here, with the help of new start-up promotion, assistance, mentoring and business partnership measures;
  • to bring talent from abroad to Klaipėda, we will develop and implement the programmes for welcoming Global Klaipėda and for quick integration of foreign arrivals; we will put a special focus on teaching Lithuanian and on cultural adjustment;
  • in order to develop a freelancer spirit, we will introduce a teaching programme for the fundamentals of economics/business called “Learn to swim in the sea of free market” across Klaipėda’s schools;
  • through the support to the cooperation programme between municipal enterprises and Klaipėda University, we will encourage research and development activities in Klaipėda;
  • in partnership with the city’s public and private higher education schools, we will establish the Consortium of Klaipėda’s Higher Education Schools, thus facilitating the launch of the Klaipėda’s valley of science, studies and business centre and helping attract not only more students, but also researchers (Nobel prize laureates) to the city.
  • even today, sports and culture in Klaipėda may be considered the economies capable of generating revenue. So going forward, we will invest not only in infrastructure, but also in its commercial return through highly-skilled athletes and representatives of professional culture using the infrastructure that we have built. We will develop sports and cultural tourism.

Sea-centred Klaipėda that we are proud of!

Today Klaipėda can take a pride in the top water management, household waste collection and recycling systems compliant with the top quality and ecological standards, the cleanest beaches and public transport, which is the friendliest to a man and nature in the whole country.

  1. It is now time to achieve that the only smell scented by the residents of Klaipėda would be a refreshing sea breeze:
  • to reduce pollution, we will roll out a strict urban ecology standard; we will urge the Port to prepare and implement programmes to increase the eco-friendliness of the ship transport and to have a project for electricity-powered ferries in the Curonian Lagoon implemented;
  • to promote electric mobility and ensure sustainable mobility across the city, we will prepare an action plan which will help implement the EU directive on the restriction of transport with internal combustion engines in the central parts of the city; we will introduce new green public transport vehicles (trams and electric buses); we will complete the missing links on the cycling route network, and we will repair the surfaces of the streets and pavements in the old town;
  • we will apply real estate and land tax reliefs to industrial entities which employ additional measures for the reduction of air pollution;
  • to separate residential areas in the southern part of the city from the impact of industrial activities, we will make provisions for the territories for compensatory green areas to be replanted and green protective zones built.
  1. We will return the power of a cultural and entertainment attraction to the Summer Stage by funding the ideas competition for its revival.
  2. Klaipėda is the only city in Lithuania part of the Global Healthy Cities Network, therefore:
  • we will create a package of health and wellness tourism services designed for locals and tourists alike;
  • we will implement a project for Lithuanian grown high-quality food products to be promptly supplied to schools, children’s nurseries as well as municipal medical and social services institutions;
  • we will prepare and implement incentives to attract young medical professionals to work in Klaipėda’s health care and medical institutions, thus ensuring quicker and more professional patient service;
  • we will promote research and development activities among Klaipėda’s health care institutions, the Health Faculty of Klaipėda University and technology enterprises;
  • we will develop an online appointment and communication system for booking and providing integrated medical, social worker and psychologist services to the elderly and those in special care;
  • on the basis of public-private partnerships, we will develop infrastructure and the range of services to ensure decent lives for children, adults, the elderly, the disabled as well as people of different nationalities and other groups of people;
  • We will turn the area of the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located near Klaipėda with its Blue Flag beaches into a recreational woodland park with developed service infrastructure, which could be visited at all times of the year.

Actively self-governing Klaipėda that we are proud of!

For the seventh year, Klaipėda has ranked top among the country’s municipalities in many areas. In the annual index of Lithuanian municipalities, Klaipėda stands out from other municipalities for its low utility charges, the lowest debt, the most cost-effective maintenance of municipal administration among the major municipalities in Lithuania, its efficiently managed assets and optimal educational infrastructure. Klaipėda has low levels of unemployment as well as less long-term unemployed people and social benefit recipients.

We want to compete not only with other Lithuanian cities, but also to become the leader of the entire Baltic region. So, in order to achieve substantially more robust self-government:

  • we will introduce new clear and resident-focused rules of conduct in public governance, which can be relied upon and lead to quick results;
  • in the municipal administration, we will introduce a system for the provision of smart public services and a digital customer service-oriented model;
  • we will build a modern resident and customer service centre in a motivated lean administration equipped with digital work tools and open during flexible customer-focused working hours;
  • the municipal administration will also serve business customers/investors in English on a fast track basis;
  • every resident will be able to give back their worry or sell their idea to the municipal administration;
  • we will introduce a user-friendly mobile app for recording the issues across the city;
  • we will consider any projects of public interest electronically, and we will create an enquiry and discussion platform;
  • we will create a modern municipal system “Competent Assistance” in order to offer full services to residents both at the municipal administration and in the municipality-controlled strategic enterprises, through rolling out a one-stop-shop principle;
  • across the city, we will build four one-stop-shop public service pavilions, where residents will be served closer to their home;
  • we will endeavour to have the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and the provisions of the EU regional policy implemented across Lithuania by reducing the regulation imposed from Vilnius and giving more powers to the regional local government in terms of independent decision-making;
  • with urban expansion outwards incorporating the suburbs, we will build public service centres there. Our goal is to bring local government closer to residents both now and in the future.
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