2019.04.24 15:24

Viltrakienė set to be Lithuania's first ambassador to OECD

Saulius Jakučionis, BNS2019.04.24 15:24

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to recommend that Lina Viltrakienė be appointed the country's permanent representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

If appointed by the president, the diplomat will take office on May 13, becoming Lithuania's first official ambassador to the OECD.

Viltrakienė currently heads the Foreign Ministry's External Economic Relations and Economic Security Policy Department.

“The main task will be to use the organization for Lithuania's key reforms,” she said at the Cabinet's meeting.

Viltrakienė said Lithuania would also try to contribute to building up international rules and standards within the OECD.

The diplomat has in the past worked in Lithuania's missions to the EU and the UN.

Lithuanian ambassadors are appointed by the president on the government's recommendation. The candidates must also be approved by the the parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Lithuania joined the OECD last July.

Two diplomats currently work at the country's mission to the organization. Four more special attachés, for economics, finance, education and science, social security and employment, are likely to be appointed this summer.

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