Šarūnas Birutis

Šarūnas Birutis (born September 20, 1961 in Šiauliai) is a Lithuanian politician. He was a member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party from 2004 to 2009. In the parliament he joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Šarūnas Birutis
Minister of Culture
In office
13 December 2012 – 13 December 2016
Prime MinisterAlgirdas Butkevičius
Preceded byArūnas Gelūnas
Succeeded byLiana Ruokytė Jonsson
Member of Seimas
for Ignalina - Švenčionys
In office
16 November 2012 – 14 November 2016
Preceded byKonstantas Ramelis
Succeeded byPost abolished
Member of European Parliament
for Lithuania
In office
Personal details
Born (1961-09-20) 20 September 1961 (age 59)
Šiauliai, Lithuania
Political partyLabour Party

He received bachelor's degree in economics from Vilnius University in 1984 and master's degree in law from Mykolas Romeris University in 2003.[1] After Lithuania's independence in 1990, Birutis worked establishing and developing tourist industry. In 1999 he joined the Ministry of the Economy as adviser for small and middle businesses.[1] He was a member of the team, negotiating Lithuania's membership in the European Union. In 2004, he was elected to the European Parliament, where he joined the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.[1] Birutis ran again in 2009, but Labour Party gained only one seat which went to Viktor Uspaskich, leader and founder of the party.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Šarūnas BIRUTIS. Kandidato biografija" (in Lithuanian). Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania. 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  2. ^ "Galutiniai rinkimų rezultatai" (in Lithuanian). Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 2010-01-30.