"The economic situation of the Šalčininkai district and problems were presented. These problems have been clearly identified, especially when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment," he told BNS after meeting with the mayor of the Šalčininkai district.

Skvernelis noted that there had long been a request to establish a free economic area in the region.

"We will try to send an Invest Lithuania team to provide advice and look at whether all homework has been done so that we could seek both local and foreign investors for the Šalčininkai district," he said.

The prime minister singled out agriculture as one of the sectors that should be developed in the district.

The Šalčininkai district, where ethnic Poles make up around 70 percent of the population, has one of the largest unemployment rates in Lithuania. The rate stood at 10.9 percent in early 2017, above the national average of 8.5 percent.