Lithuania has approved plans to create a centralised defence procurement agency with the new body on course to commence operations from the beginning of 2018.
Approval from the Defence Resource Council of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MoND) was announced on 15 March.
Defence minister Raimundas Karoblis said the new body will be responsible for 95% of acquisitions with only the smallest purchases - typically commodities or services for daily use - remaining at the service level.
The new agency will employ 150 staff but there will be no new jobs created as staffing will take place by reassigning employees from other areas of the MoND.
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