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2019.08.07 15:00

Lithuanian government endorses Sinkevičius for EU Commission

BNS2019.08.07 15:00

Lithuania's government on Wednesday endorsed Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius as the country's candidate for European Commission.

Representing the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, the candidate still needs parliamentary approval.

Sinkevičius, 28, met with the European Commission's new President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Tuesday. It's yet unclear which portfolio Sinkevičius would receive, but Sinkevičius said it would be economy-related.

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Sinkevičius has served as the economy minister since 2017 and previously worked for Lithuania's state-run airport operator Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post), Lithuania's foreign-investment promoting agency Investuok Lietuvoje (Invest Lithuania), and was a participant of the Kurk Lietuvai (Create for Lithuania) programme.

Sinkevičius also worked for the Washington-based Center for European Policy Analysis and also did a traineership at the Lithuanian Embassy in the United States.

The new European Commission is being formed following the European elections in May, and is due to begin work in November.

Lithuania's candidate is to be nominated by the government and approved by the president and the parliament.

The term of Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commission's Lithuanian member in charge of the health and food safety, will finish in the autumn.