Lithuanian BAFF alumnus, Virginijus Sinkevičius, was appointed and confirmed as Lithuania’s Minister to the Economy by PM Saulius Skvernelis, and President, Dalia Grybauskaite. Virginijus has been serving as MP for the ruling party, Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union, and, at 27 years of age, will now make history as the youngest Minister to ever walk the floors of the Lithuanian Parliament.
Virginijus told the press that “very many tasks are ahead of me, over 100 measures are envisaged in the government’s program in the economy minister’s field of responsibility. I have numerous ideas of my own that I would like to implement, for instance, in connection to institutions under ministries, etc.” (The Baltic Times, Nov.23, 2017).
Virginijus is a graduate from Aberystwyth University, UK with a Bachelor’s in Economic, Social and Political Studies, as well as from Maastricht University, Holland, with a Master’s in European Studies. He served as an intern at the office of the Prime Minister of Lithuania in the Regional and Ethnic Issues Unit.
As a participant of the BAFF Professional Internship Program, Virginijus honed his political skills at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) from 2013-2014. During this time, Virginijus volunteered his talents to the Lithuanian American community, and taught children at the Lithuanian Saturday School in Washington DC. In addition to his dedicated community involvement, he offered a very prolific contribution to the BAFF blog, which you can revisit here.
One of Virginijus’s past statements will remain treasured by BAFF as he moves forward with this influential post: “I am thankful to BAFF for the unique opportunity provided. This extremely positive experience in the United States capital Washington, DC taught me exceptional lessons, boosted my self-confidence and encouraged me to reach for the highest goals in life. I am grateful that people of Lithuania evaluated my experience and gave me a chance to serve them.”