Lithuanian National Committee (Lietuviskos durpes)
IPS Lithuanian National Committee
Kauno g. 17
LT-53387 Ezerelis, Kauno rajonas
Phone: +370 375 34260
Fax: +370 375 34292
E-mail: giedrius.kavaliauskas (at) ezerelio-durpes.lt
Annual Report 2010
Several important events were carried out by the Association “Lietuviškos durpės“ in 2010.
General Meeting of the Association members was held in the beginning of March. Due to economic crisis, two companies left the Association in the beginning of the year therefore association did not received planned revenue and in the beginning of the year association started with extra activities when preparing for organization of a traditional Baltic Peat Forum.
The Association had 13 members in 2010.
During the course of the year, urgent problems of peat industry companies and actions planned were tackled in the Association Board meetings which were convened every quarter. In one of such meetings held on 31 May Eugenijus Strašinskas, the General Director of peat company “Ežerėlio durpės“, was honoured on his 60th anniversary and awarded a medal of famous Lithuanian peat industry worker and scientist prof. Jurgis Vidmantas, issued by the Association.
On the Governmental level of the Republic of Lithuania Association took part in meetings together with Associations of other industries, which were attended by the Government, the Parliament members and other executives of the country. There were active attempts to include peat into a Governmental program on the national development of the use of energy from renewable sources for 2010 – 2020, so that a share of renewable energy sources would reach 23 percent of the country’s total energy consumption in 2020 and peat as slowly renewable raw material would be used in biofuel mass. Yet, due to the concept of “biomass” included into the Directive 2009/28/EB of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 23 April 2009, peat was recognised as natural material of biological origin, and we did not succeed to be included into the Governmental energy program.
With the above situation possibilities for fuel peat usage in energy sector are very limited.
Another issue solved with the Association’s efforts was the decision of the government to treat peat industry as a branch of agricultural industry when it comes to employment during the seasonal work period. Employees of peat extraction companies were allowed to work up to 12 hours per day during the said period without violating the stated annual total working time calculation. The said decision enables peat companies to reduce hiring unprepared labourers from the labour exchange during the working season.
A great deal of effort was required for work in the Parliament regarding a proposal of Seym to increase the tax on peat resources 5.32 times, though the tax has already been increased before and it came into force as since 1 January 2010. So far, an agreement was reached that the tax draft proposed is not well-grounded and requires additional analysis. Members of Peat Producers Association are concerned about the future discussions regarding the tax increase, having in mind that with the country’s budget deficit it is hard to discuss with state institutions with the help of arguments.
Therefore, the Association started preparing an exhaustive study of peat industry in Lithuania, which is expected to contribute to providing more counterarguments to the Parliament.
What is more, the Baltic Peat Forum held on 2-4 September in Druskininkai under the subject “Alternative Usage of Peat” was the most important event in the Association’s activity in 2010.
The Forum received a great interest from participants, i.e. about 190 people from Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belarus, Israel, the Czech Republic, Finland and other countries took part in it. According to participants, this Forum was the most numerous in terms of the number of guests.
11 presentations were delivered during the Forum (all presentations can be found in association website www.asocdurpes.lt). Participants also had an opportunity to see a fen under restoration.
We provoke interest in many foreign companies to support the Forum organization, some of them subsequently expressed a wish to become members of Lithuanian Peat Producers Association, such as Dutch company Slootweg Macchinefabriek, etc.
You can find more information about the Association, its members and events in our updated website www.asocdurpes.lt.
Annual Report 2008
The Lithuanian Peat Producers’ Association Lithuanian Peat held held a number of important meetings in 2008. In March, the general meeting of the members of the Association was held. The President Mr. Albinas Cernauskas presented the Annual Report of activities of the Association. The attendants also approved the budget, re-elected the members of the council, discussed the topicality and elected the auditor.
The second meeting of the Association was organized in June 2008. Dr. Remigijus Simasius, Director of the Free Market Institute, introduced activities, goals and cooperation possibilities with the Lithuanian Peat Association. The Institute offered scientific research and the introduction of Lithuanian Peat to different governmental institutions. This step is very important in solving the problem of subsidising diesel fuel for the Association members. Business development consultant Mr. Mykolas Trunce, introduced a labour training project funded by the EU.
Members also discussed EPAGMA (European Peat and Growing Media Association) activities in Brussels and its cooperation with Lithuanian peat producers. Moreover, a new company, JSC Rekyva joined the Association.
Finally, every Tuesday the President and the Director of Lithuanian Peat participated, generally with other industries’ associations, in lobby meetings, where governmental, parliamentarians and other competent state officers are invited to discuss particular laws and appeals to the government on various topics important for the industry.
The most important plan for the Lithuanian Peat Producers’ Association 2009 is to discuss with the government how to improve the business environment for fuel peat. Fuel peat, large amounts of which are imported from Belarus to Lithuania, is currently not regarded as a renewable fuel.