VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is nominating Darius Jauniskis to serve as director of the country's State Security Department for a second term, the presidential service said on Monday.
"At this difficult time, it is important to ensure operational continuity of the state's key institutions," the president said in a statement. "Darius Jauniskis has with his work that he is a strategically-minded and determined leader. I do believe he will ensure that the SSD continues implementing necessary changes, its activity is more effective and there is more openness to the public."
Jauniskis is being nominated for a second term as the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense continues its investigation into the circumstances of a high-ranking whistleblower's report that the SSD might have unlawfully collected information during the last presidential election.
The head of state earlier vowed to wait until the CNSD's Monday sitting and the conclusions submitted for the sitting, and said he would make up his mind and nominate a candidate after these conclusions.
The presidential office said in its Monday statement that Nauseda paid attention to the fact that the SSD's new operation strategy was drafted and endorsed during Jauniskis' term, and also a code of ethics for intelligence officers was also drawn up in cooperation with the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defense.
According to the presidential office, the SSD has expanded the infrastructure needed for its activity and has started employing the latest technological solutions, with the public support for the SSD having risen from 44 to 62 percent.
Jauniskis was appointed to lead the SSD on April 13, 2015.
In Lithuania, the president nominated a candidate to lead the SSD upon the parliament's approval.