Linas Linkevičius

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Parliament member, Member of Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Political Group in Parliament Member of Committee on Foreign Affairs in Parliament

Date of Birth: 6 January 1961

Place of Birth: Vilnius, Lithuania

Languages: English, Russian, French, Polish

Marital Status: Married, two children

Education:

1978-1983 Diploma of Electrical Engineer, Faculty of Automatics, Kaunas Polytechnic Institute (currently Kaunas University of Technology)

Work Experience:

13 December 2016 – present Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

2012-2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

2012 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Belarus

2011-2012 Ambassador at Large, Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

2005-2011 Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the North Atlantic Council

2000-2004 Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

1997-2000 Ambassador, head of the Lithuanian Mission to the WEU and NATO

1997 Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

1993-1996 Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

1992-1993 Deputy Chairman of the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs, Head of the Seimas Delegation to the North Atlantic Council

1992-1996 Member of the Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania

Diplomatic Rank:

12 February 2003 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Political Career:

2004-2017 Member of Lithuanian Social Democratic Party

1991-1995 Member of Lithuanian Democratic Labour Party

1992 Chairman of the Council of the Lithuanian Labour Youth Union

1990-1992 Responsible employee of the Central Committee of the independent Lithuanian Communist Party, Senior Consultant of the Parliamentary Group of the Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania

1983-1989 Employee in the Communist Youth organizations

Decorations

Order of Three Stars, Third Class (Latvia, 2001);

Riflement‘s Star (2002);

Cross of the Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (Lithuania, 2003);

Cross of the Commander of the Order of the Cross of Vytis (Lithuania, 2004);

Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Second Class (Estonia, 2005);

Order of Honour (Georgia, 2011);

Golden Sign of Honour (Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, 2014);

Order of Honour (Moldova, 2014);

Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of Vytautas the Great (2015)

Order of the Polar Star, Grand Cross (Sweden, 2015)