The Bank of Lithuania has begun distribution of euro ban knotes to
the nation’s commercial banks for placement into circulation early in
2015, according to a Nov. 13, 2014, news release from the bank.
The Bank of Lithuania is borrowing the euro bank notes from
Germany’s Central Bank — Bundesbank. According to the agreement, the
bank notes will be returned once Lithuanian notes are printed at a
European Union-certified printing house.
The entire amount of euro bank notes for Lithuania — 132 million
bank notes weighing 114 tons — was safely delivered to the Bank of
“Historically this is the largest shipment of cash to Lithuania. The
operation was completed safely and successfully. We appreciate the
particularly successful cooperation with the partners who participated
in the operation,” says Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of
the Bank of Lithuania.
The bank notes were shipped to Lithuania from Germany in three
airline flights. Two shipments were delivered to the Bank of
Lithuania’s vaults in Vilnius, and one in Kaunas.
In escorting the notes to the vaults, the police department,
Lithuanian Police Anti-terrorist Operations Unit Aras, traffic police,
territorial police and airport security all participated; helicopters
were borrowed from the State Border Guard Service for the operation.
The operation was carried out in accordance with particularly strict
security requirements. The public was informed of the bank note
delivery ahead of time.
“Such operations are very carefully planned. Our officers
participated not only as security for the column transporting the
banknotes. We also used snipers, who acted as security from the
buildings and helicopters. An additional group of mobile officers was
also prepared to react in case of an incident,” reported Viktoras
Grabauskas, Chief of the Lithuanian Police Anti-terrorist Operations
Unit Aras, revealing some details from the operation.
A video of the arrival, transportation and delivery of the notes is
available at the Bank of Lithuania website. The narration is in
Lithuanianon for the planned euro bank notes news release, but the images are enough to tell