"Suwalki has quite a large Lithuanian community, but it does not have any community center. This is a request from the local community," Matulionis told BNS.

The center may also house a Lithuanian kindergarten. The current plan is to lease the premises.

"The community does not have the money and will need some form of support. I think (the building) would be leased, rather than purchased. We don't have the funds to purchase it," the vice chancellor said.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has discussed the need for a Lithuanian education and culture center at bilateral meetings with the leaders of Poland and the northeastern region of Suwalki.

Last February, Skvernelis said he hoped that such a center could be opened in September.

The Lithuanian prime minister raised the issue during a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, last September. Skvernelis said then that Morawiecki had promised to deal with the issue of a building for the center.