Ministry of the Interior (Lithuania)

The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos vidaus reikalų ministerija) is charged with the oversight of public safety, border protection, migration control, emergency response, public administration and governance, the civil service, and local and regional development initiatives. Its operations are authorized by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, decrees issued by the President and Prime Minister, and laws passed by the Seimas (Parliament). The current head of the ministry is Agnė Bilotaitė.

Ministry of the Interior
Vidaus reikalų ministerija
(in Lithuanian)
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Ministry overview
Formed17 January 1990; 33 years ago (1990-01-17)
JurisdictionGovernment of Lithuania
HeadquartersŠventaragio 2, Senamiestis,
01510 Vilnius
Employees189 permanent employees
(January 2021)[1]
Annual budget€0.845 billion (2021)[2]
Minister responsible
Websitevrm.lt
Map
54°41′4.9″N 25°17′20.8″E / 54.684694°N 25.289111°E / 54.684694; 25.289111

HistoryEdit

In 1918, after the formation of the first Government of Lithuania, the Ministry of the Interior was also established. The ministry operated in Kaunas until 1940, when Soviet invasion of the Baltics occurred. On 26 August 1940, the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic was established, which, on 14 March 1946, became the Ministry of the Interior of the LSSR. It was subordinated to the Ministry of the Interior of the USSR and the Council of Ministers of the Lithuanian SSR. On 17 March 1990, the Government of the independent Republic of Lithuania was formed and the Ministry of the Interior was restored.

StructureEdit

  • Migration Department
  • General Help Center
  • Department of Civil Protection
  • Financial Crime Investigation Service
  • Population Register Service
  • Department of Informatics and Communications
  • Police Department
  • Fire Protection and Rescue Department
  • Regional Development Department
  • Investigation Department
  • Fire Rescue School

Institutions under the ministryEdit

LyceumEdit

The General Povilas Plechavicius Cadet Lyceum (Lithuanian: Generolo Povilo Plechavičiaus kadetų licėjus) is a specialized state school based in Kaunas responsible for the training of young students. It serves under the Ministry of the Interior and Kaunas City Municipality. The school started its activities as a Young Warrior club in 1994, becoming the “Lūšiukai” school in 2005. In September 2012, the school was reformed from a non-formal educational institution. In 2013, the school was named General Povilas Plechavičius Cadet School and in 2015 it was named General Povilas Plechavičius Cadet Lyceum. Students from all cities and districts in Lithuania study at the lyceum.[3] Pupils studying in lyceum generally go into higher education (General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania and Mykolas Riomeris University), as well as professional military service. In March 2018, the director of the lyceum was dismissed from office for a period of 3 months due to suspicions of abuse of office.[4] In January 2021, Lithuanian military cadets were given a virtual tour of the American 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment.[5]

Wind OrchestraEdit

Representative Wind Orchestra of the Ministry of the Interior (Lithuanian: Vidaus Reikalų Ministerijos Reprezentacinis pučiamųjų orkestras) is the only police band in Lithuania. It was first founded in 1935 as the wind orchestra of the Kaunas Police Department, led by Julius Radžiūnas as the first conductor. When Lithuania regained its independence, it was restored and resumed its activities under the direction of Algirdas Kazimieras Radzevičius. In 2008, the band was granted the status of a concert institution.[6]

MinistersEdit

  Democratic Labour Party   Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania   Homeland Union   Labour Party   Liberal and Centre Union   New Union   Order and Justice Party   Social Democratic Party   Independent

Ministry of the Interior
Term Minister Party Cabinet Office
Start date End date Time in office
1 Marijonas Misiukonis
(born 1939)
Independent Prunskienė 17 January 1990 10 January 1991 358 days
2 Marijonas Misiukonis
(born 1939)
Independent Šimėnas 10 January 1991 13 January 1991 3 days
3 Petras Valiukas
(1948-1993)
Independent Vagnorius 13 January 1991 21 July 1992 1 year, 190 days
4 Petras Valiukas
(1948-1993)
Independent Abišala 21 July 1992 17 December 1992 149 days
5 Romasis Vaitiekūnas
(born 1943)
Independent Lubys 17 December 1992 31 March 1993 104 days
6 Romasis Vaitiekūnas
(born 1943)
Independent Šleževičius 31 March 1993 19 March 1996 2 years, 354 days
7 Virgilijus Vladislovas Bulovas
(born 1939)
Democratic Labour Party Stankevičius 19 March 1996 10 December 1996 266 days
8 Vidmantas Žiemelis
(born 1950)
Homeland Union Vagnorius 10 December 1996 21 May 1998 1 year, 162 days
9 Stasys Šedbaras
(born 1958)
Homeland Union 22 May 1998 10 June 1999 1 year, 19 days
10 Česlovas Blažys
(born 1943)
Independent Paksas 10 June 1999 11 November 1999 154 days
11 Česlovas Blažys
(born 1943)
Independent Kubilius 11 November 1999 9 November 2000 364 days
12 Vytautas Markevičius
(born 1962)
New Union Paksas 9 November 2000 12 July 2001 245 days
13 Juozas Bernatonis
(born 1953)
Social Democratic Party Brazauskas 12 July 2001 28 April 2003 1 year, 290 days
14 Virgilijus Vladislovas Bulovas
(born 1939)
Social Democratic Party 13 May 2003 14 December 2004 1 year, 215 days
15 Gintaras Furmanavičius
(born 1961)
Labour Party Brazauskas 14 December 2004 18 July 2006 1 year, 216 days
16 Raimondas Šukys
(born 1966)
Liberal and Centre Union Kirkilas 18 July 2006 9 December 2007 1 year, 144 days
17 Regimantas Čiupaila
(born 1956)
Liberal and Centre Union 17 December 2007 9 December 2008 358 days
18 Raimundas Palaitis
(born 1957)
Liberal and Centre Union Kubilius 9 December 2008 26 March 2012 3 years, 108 days
19 Artūras Melianas
(born 1964)
Liberal and Centre Union 16 April 2012 13 December 2012 241 days
20 Dailis Alfonsas Barakauskas
(born 1952)
Order and Justice Party Butkevičius 13 December 2012 30 October 2014 1 year, 321 days
21 Saulius Skvernelis
(born 1970)
Independent 11 November 2014 13 April 2016 1 year, 154 days
22 Tomas Žilinskas
(born 1977)
Independent 13 April 2016 13 December 2016 244 days
23 Eimutis Misiūnas
(born 1973)
Independent Skvernelis 13 December 2016 7 August 2019 2 years, 237 days
24 Rita Tamašunienė
(born 1973)
Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania 7 August 2019 11 December 2020 1 year, 126 days
25 Agnė Bilotaitė
(born 1982)
Homeland Union Šimonytė 11 December 2020 Incumbent 2 years, 50 days

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lietuvos Respublikos Vidaus reikalų ministerija employees (insured) on January 7th, 2021
  2. ^ Lithuanian budget for 2021
  3. ^ "EN".
  4. ^ "Главу кадетского лицея им. Плехавичюса отстранили от должности". Новая Газета - Балтия. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  5. ^ "Lithuanian military cadets get inside look at lives of troopers". www.army.mil. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  6. ^ "Istorija".

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