Algirdas Šemeta

Algirdas Gediminas Šemeta (born 23 April 1962) is a Lithuanian economist and politician.

Algirdas Šemeta
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European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
In office
9 February 2010 – 1 November 2014
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byLászló Kovács (Taxation and Customs Union)
Siim Kallas (Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud)
Succeeded byPierre Moscovici ( Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs)
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget
In office
1 July 2009 – 9 February 2010
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byDalia Grybauskaitė
Succeeded byJanusz Lewandowski
Personal details
Born (1962-04-23) 23 April 1962 (age 59)
Vilnius, Soviet Union
(now Lithuania)
Political partyHomeland Union
Alma materVilnius University

BiographyEdit

A native of Vilnius, Algirdas Šemeta graduated in 1985 from Vilnius University's Faculty of Economic Cybernetics and Finance with a degree as economist-mathematician.[1] His previous position has been as Lithuania's Minister of Finance, which he fulfilled from December 2008 to June 2009, having already served in the post a decade earlier, from February 1997 to June 1999.[2] Šemeta has minimal business experience in the private sector, his career to date has been concentrated in public office as a civil servant.[3]

He was European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud from July 2009 till November 2014.[4][5] Following his Commission nomination by center-right Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, Šemeta has affiliated himself with the European People's Party (EPP).[6][7] Since December 2014 Šemeta is Business Ombudsman in Ukraine.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Algirdas Šemeta curriculum vitae at the European Commission website
  2. ^ "After Restoration of Independence". finmin.lrv.lt.
  3. ^ Algirdas Gediminas ŠEMETA Curriculum Vitae on the European Union Website
  4. ^ Algirdas Šemeta introductory material at the European Commission website
  5. ^ Former European Taxation Commissioner appointed Business Ombudsman for Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Initiative, Interfax-Ukraine (11 December 2014)
  6. ^ "Barroso gets new EU Commission team", BBC News, 25 November 2009; Retrieved 28 November 2009
  7. ^ "Barroso II: 13 EPP Commissioners receive key portfolios"[permanent dead link], European People's Party, 27 November 2009; Retrieved 28 November 2009
  8. ^ Former European Taxation Commissioner appointed Business Ombudsman for Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Initiative, Interfax-Ukraine (11 December 2014)
Political offices
Preceded by
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Lithuanian European Commissioner
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Vytenis Andriukaitis
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Janusz Lewandowski
Preceded by
László Kovács
as European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union
European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Pierre Moscovici
as European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
Preceded by
Siim Kallas
as European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud