The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos aplinkos ministerija) oversees the environment and natural resources in Lithuania. Its mission is:
- To implement the principle of sustainable development;
- To set preconditions for rational utilization, protection and restoration of natural resources;
- To ensure provision of information about the state of environment and its forecasts to the public;
- To create conditions for the development of construction business and the provision of residents with housing;
- To ensure a proper environmental quality, taking into account the norms and standards of the European Union.
|Formed||31 March 1993|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Lithuania|
|Headquarters||A. Jakšto 4, Senamiestis,|
|Employees||245 permanent employees|
|Annual budget||€0.356 billion (2021)|
|54°41′20.4″N 25°16′30.3″E / 54.689000°N 25.275083°E|
The Environment Protection Department, accountable to the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas, was established to oversee environment protection and exploitation of natural resources after Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. In 1996, the Department was reorganized into Ministry of Environmental Protection. In 1998, after the merger with Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, it was renamed to Ministry of Environment. Thus it became responsible for construction, territorial planning, and housing. The Ministry has numerous divisions and subordinate institutions responsible for protected areas, environment protection, geological survey, forestry, metrology, meteorology services, and marine research. The Ministry also runs the Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum.
Democratic Labour Party Farmers and Greens Union Homeland Union Liberal Movement Liberal Union New Union Order and Justice Party Social Democratic Party Independent
|Ministry of Environmental Protection|
|Start date||End date||Time in office|
|Democratic Labour Party||Šleževičius||31 March 1993||19 March 1996||2 years, 354 days|
|Democratic Labour Party||Stankevičius||19 March 1996||10 December 1996||266 days|
|Ministry of Environment|
|Start date||End date||Time in office|
|Independent||Vagnorius||10 December 1996||25 March 1998||1 year, 105 days|
|Independent||25 March 1998||5 March 1999||345 days|
|Homeland Union||8 April 1999||10 June 1999||63 days|
|Homeland Union||Paksas||10 June 1999||11 November 1999||154 days|
|Liberal Union||Kubilius||11 November 1999||9 November 2000||364 days|
|Homeland Union||Paksas||9 November 2000||12 July 2001||245 days|
|Social Democratic Party||Brazauskas||12 July 2001||14 December 2004||3 years, 155 days|
|Social Democratic Party||Brazauskas||14 December 2004||18 July 2006||1 year, 216 days|
|Social Democratic Party||Kirkilas||18 July 2006||31 January 2008||1 year, 197 days|
|New Union||31 January 2008||9 December 2008||313 days|
|Independent||Kubilius||9 December 2008||13 December 2012||4 years, 4 days|
|Order and Justice Party||Butkevičius||13 December 2012||15 June 2014||1 year, 184 days|
|Order and Justice Party||17 July 2014||13 December 2016||2 years, 149 days|
|Independent||Skvernelis||13 December 2016||7 December 2018||1 year, 359 days|
|Farmers and Greens Union||4 April 2019||11 December 2020||1 year, 251 days|
|Liberal Movement||Šimonytė||11 December 2020||Incumbent||2 years, 176 days|
- ^ Lietuvos Respublikos Aplinkos ministerija employees (insured) on January 6th, 2021
- ^ Lithuanian budget for 2021
- ^ "Mission of the Ministry". Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. 2002-01-30. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- ^ a b Ministry of Environment (PDF). Vilnius: Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. 2003. pp. 3, 5. ISBN 9955-499-09-5.
- ^ "Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Environment". Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Environment. Archived from the original on 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2014-12-18.