VILNIUS, July 22 (Itar-Tass) -- Lithuania will reach the level of EU old member countries by GDP per capita only in 18 years, says a World Bank forecast published by the Lithuanian media on Friday.
The forecast is based on economic development rates of EU new and old member countries in recent years. The World Bank thinks that Estonia and the Czech Republic will need approximately the same time. The Latvian economy is developing quicker, and it may reach the GDP level of EU old members in 16 years. Poland will have to cover the longest road of 41 years, the World Bank said.
The GDP per capita index in Lithuania made 18,015 litai (5,220 euros) in 2004, which was only 44% of the average index in EU old member countries, the Eurostat European statistics service said.