The Lithuanian president has appointed Vaidotas Mažeika as a deputy director of the country's national security agency, the State Security Department (VSD), for a second term.
Mažeika was nominated to continue in the post by the agency's director Darius Jauniškis.
Earlier, the president appointed Jauniškis and his deputies Kęstutis Budrys and Remigijus Bridikis for a second term.
“I welcome the changes within the VSD implemented so far and I am calling on the department's leadership to continue their work in key national security areas. Let the organisation's changes make it stronger and ensure a higher level of operational efficiency and full compliance with the law,” President Gitanas Nausėda said in a statement.
Mažeika started his career within the VSD in 1999 and was appointed its deputy director in 2015.
The VSD collects information on threats to Lithuania's national security and works to eliminate them. The agency also conducts counterintelligence, protects state secrets and classified information, and vets applicants for residence or entry to Lithuania.
According to Nausėda, the VSD is currently focusing on a wider spectrum of threats and risks than five years ago, giving better intelligence to state institutions.
The VSD is expected to deal “not only with regular threats emanating from Lithuania's geopolitical situation, but also with new challenges created by the dynamic international security situation”, according to the president.
Threats related to the Covid-19, technology and the environment are those new areas intelligence must cover, Nausėda underlined.