Lithuania appoints Brussels rep as vice foreign minister

The European Commission’s representative in Lithuania, Arnoldas Pranckevičius, has been named among the deputies to the country’s new Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

The others include conservative politician Mantas Adomėnas and diplomat Egidijus Meilūnas.

Pranckevičius has headed the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius for the last four years. His past career includes positions as adviser to former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and diplomatic adviser to two presidents of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek and Martin Schulz.

Adomėnas served as a member of parliament between 2008 and 2020. He ran for an MP seat in a single-member constituency in last October’s elections, but lost.

As an MP, Adomėnas focused on education, culture and foreign policy and “paid great attention to the development of freedom and democracy in Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine and East Asia”, according to the Foreign Ministry’s press release.

Adomėnas was a member of the Homeland Union (TS-LKD), the biggest party in the new parliament, between 2000 and 2018, but was stripped of party membership in June 2018 for improper ties with MG Baltic, one of the country’s largest business groups.

Meilūnas has served as Lithuania’s ambassador to Poland, Japan and Ireland, as well as deputy foreign minister.

Inga Černiuk, until recently deputy director at Lithuania’s centralised public property manager Turto Bankas, has been given the job of the Foreign Ministry’s chancellor. She has in the past served as the chancellor of the Transport Ministry and of the Energy Ministry.

Landsbergis has appointed Algimantas Rimkūnas as head of his office and Vytautė Šmaižytė as his spokeswoman.


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