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As of May, founders of new companies and other legal entities in Lithuania will have to boost their creativity in order to come up with company names that fit the new company registration requirements.

Author: PantherMedia/SCANPIXThese boil down to two main points: choose either proper Lithuanian or at least Lithuanian-sounding words or, especially in the case of foreign-controlled entities, a name identical or similar to the founding party’s name, Bbn.ee reported.

To make sure that the new regulations work, the enterprise registry operator Registru centras will send the chosen name for each new company to be consulted upon by Lithuania’s language police VLKK (the State Lithuanian Language Commission). The latter will have 6 working hours to deliver its verdict.

The same procedure will apply for company name change. Each working day Registru centras registers 50-70 new entities and another dozen or so name changes.

“The requirement for company names to follow Lithuanian language norms has been enacted for many years, only it hasn’t been followed properly,” says Jurate Palionyte, deputy chairman of VLKK, to news2biz.

“The ultimate decision about registering the names still lies with Registru centras but we do hope they will follow our opinions.”

Commenting a hypothetical example of a private investor named Andersen setting up a house production company in Lithuania and choosing to name it ‘Andersen Houses’, Palionyte says VLKK would not clear it and suggest naming it ‘Anderseno namai’ – in full compliance with Lithuanian gender, number and declension rules.

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  1. Oddis says:

    How sad. I thought language was about communication?

  2. Kai Reinertsen says:

    this is done to help who ? Those companies that uses English names doe it for a werry good reason . When they run it from lithuania and have Lithuanian workers that helps the Lithuanian ecconomy . The company name inside does not mather at al. However when you sell/produce a service in Lithuania and have/want customers in other countries the most importent thing is that the company name is understanded or Lithuania whil get less work customers its only a mouseclick away to pick a company that uses a name they understand. And there is alot of them. So looking at the werry high number off companies whit an english names this desisjon whil hurt Lithuanian ecconomy in a werry negative way .

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