Artūras Paulauskas [ɐrˈtuːrɐs pɐʊˈɫɐ̂ˑʊskɐs] (listen) (born 23 August 1953 in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian politician. He was the Speaker of Seimas, the parliament of Lithuania, from 2000 to 2006, and he served as Acting President of Lithuania from 6 April 2004 to 12 July 2004.
|President of Lithuania|
6 April 2004 – 12 July 2004
|Prime Minister||Algirdas Brazauskas|
|Preceded by||Rolandas Paksas|
|Succeeded by||Valdas Adamkus|
|Ministry of Environment|
31 January 2008 – 9 December 2008
|Prime Minister||Gediminas Kirkilas|
|Preceded by||Arūnas Kundrotas|
|Succeeded by||Gediminas Kazlauskas|
|Speaker of the Seimas|
12 July 2004 – 11 April 2006
|Preceded by||Česlovas Juršėnas (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Vydas Gedvilas (Acting)|
19 October 2000 – 6 April 2004
|Preceded by||Vytautas Landsbergis|
|Succeeded by||Česlovas Juršėnas (Acting)|
|Born||23 August 1953|
Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party (1981–1989)|
New Union (1998–2011)
Labour Party (2011–2017)
|Alma mater||Vilnius University|
Artūras Paulauskas graduated from Vilnius University with a degree in law in 1976. He then worked as an investigator and a prosecutor. He was Deputy Prosecutor General of Lithuania from 1987 to 1990 and Prosecutor General of Lithuania from 1990 to 1995. He was again Deputy Prosecutor General from 1995 to 1997 and was engaged in private legal practice from 1997 to 2000.
Artūras Paulauskas entered politics by running for President of Lithuania in the 1997–1998 elections. He was supported by outgoing President Algirdas Brazauskas and narrowly lost in the runoff to Valdas Adamkus, with Paulauskas gaining 49.6% of vote and Adamkus gaining 50.4%. He then established The New Union (Social Liberals) party, becoming its chairman on 25 April 1998. This party gained 19.6% of vote in the 2000 parliamentary election. Following this election, he became the Speaker of Seimas on 19 October 2000.
Following the impeachment of President Rolandas Paksas on 6 April 2004, Paulauskas served as acting President of Lithuania until early elections were held and a new President, Valdas Adamkus, was sworn on 12 July 2004.
On 11 April 2006, Paulauskas was removed from office as Speaker by 94 votes (only 11 parliamentarians voted against it). His party New Union (Social Liberals) did not participate in the election. Paulauskas was succeeded by Viktoras Muntianas.
Paulauskas was named as the candidate for the post of Minister of Environment by Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas on 30 January 2008. As Minister, he made a May 2008 statement at a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development supporting the use of renewable energy resources in Lithuania.
- "Artūras Paulauskas". Seimas of Lithuania. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Statement by H.E. Mr. ARTŪRAS PAULAUSKAS" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
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- (in English) Biography from Seimas website.
- (in Lithuanian) Personal website
- (in Lithuanian) Artūras Paulauskas
| Speaker of the Seimas
| President of Lithuania
| Speaker of the Seimas
| Ministry of Environment