VILNIUS – Two new vice ministers –Jonas Survila and Jovita Neliupsiene – will start working at Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the fall, and Inga Stanyte-Tolockiene will also assume the position of political director.
Survila is currently serving as an adviser Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, and Neliupsiene has until now worked as a vice minister of the economy and innovation.
Moreover, Paulina Levickyte will become spokesperson for Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.
Survila will be in charge of strategic communication, inter-institutional cooperation, coordination and implementation of the minister's strategic projects and initiatives. He will also be responsible for strengthening Lithuania's resilience to external threats.
Survila was earlier a member of Landsbergis' team when he was a MEP, as well as an advisor to former Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.
Neliupsiene will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of EU policy, relations with EU institutions, and sanction coordination issues, as well as for bilateral relations with European countries and Lithuania's foreign trade policy issues.
She previously served as chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs., Before that, she was Lithuania's permanent representative to the European Union, and chief foreign policy adviser to former President Dalia Grybauskaitee.
Neliupsiene will replace Raimundas Karoblis who has been appointed head of the EU delegation to Tajikistan. Survila will fill a vacant vice minister position.