Vilnius mayor Artūras Zuokas has announced that his plans to expand Lithuania have collapsed, at least for now, since the Qataris bought a Greek island which he had intended to buy, delfi.lt reported on 30 August.
The following was announced on Zuokas’ Facebook page:
“Well, Lithuania will not expand and there will not be Lithuanian hotels or SPA branches, at least for a while. The Qatari royal family bought Oxia Island in Greece for 5 million Euros. They bargained [the price down] by almost 2 million Euros,” stated Zuokas on his Facebook news feed.
Zuokas also posted a link [to an article in The Telegraph] about the decision of the Qatari monarchy to buy the island which Zuokas had wanted to name Dausuva.
This news was announced in the foreign press four months ago but Zuokas only just announced it on his Facebook page on 30 August.
Zuokas will not seek the purchase of the Greek island
The Vilnius mayor told DELFI he knew that the Qatar had decided to buy the island but did not know that negotiations had been concluded.
Zuokas thinks that this unsuccessful bid was good, saying it helped to widen the horizons of Lithuanian business.
“This idea was meant to make Lithuanian people think more creatively and to show that Lithuanian business can be global. Of course, Lithuanian business needs first to attempt the implementation of such a project. I think this will happen in its own time. Lithuanian business should become more global than it is at the moment,” stated the Vilnius mayor.
“The good thing is we can always think outside the box and consider projects and ideas that at first glance look fantastic or unrealistic, [it is then] upon deeper reflection that one can see there is a clear business logic,“ said Zuokas.
Zuokas will not seek the purchase of the island bought by the Arabs. “There have to be dreams that will never come true,” summed up the Vilnius mayor.
Tramslated by Rūta Strolytė
Edited by Rachel Croucher