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Virginijus Sinkevičius (born 4 November 1990) is a Lithuanian politician, a European Commissioner since 2019. He has been a Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania.
|European Commissioner for the Environment & Oceans and Fisheries|
|Assumed office |
1 December 2019
|President||Ursula von der Leyen|
|Preceded by||Karmenu Vella|
|Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania|
27 November 2017 – 30 November 2019
|Prime Minister||Saulius Skvernelis|
|Preceded by||Mindaugas Sinkevičius|
|Succeeded by||Žygimantas Vaičiūnas (acting)|
|Member of the Seimas|
14 November 2016 – 28 November 2019
|Preceded by||Audronius Ažubalis|
|Succeeded by||Mindaugas Lingė (2020)|
|Born||4 November 1990|
|Political party||Farmers and Greens Union|
In 2009, Virginijus Sinkevičius graduated from Salomėja Nėris Gymnasium of Vilnius, Lithuania, where he was born. He then pursued his undergraduate studies in Aberystwyth University (UK) from where he received a Bachelor of Economic and Social Studies degree in 2012.
In 2012, Virginijus Sinkevičius was a trainee in the Unit of Regional and Ethnic Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2013, he received a Master of Arts in European Studies from Maastricht University (the Netherlands).
In 2012–2015, he was an author and editor of the news portal Lithuania Tribune.
In 2013–2014, Virginijus Sinkevičius served as an assistant project manager at the Centre for European Policy Analysis in Washington DC, US.
In 2014, he was an international group project manager in AB Lietuvos Paštas; in 2014–2015, he participated in the ‘Create Lithuania’ program. In 2015–2016, he was the project coordinator in the concession project of the Lithuanian Airports. In 2016, he was a team leader of the Group for Improving the Investment Environment in Public Enterprise Invest Lithuania.
In 2017, he completed Digital Policy course in University of Oxford.
In 2016, he was elected to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania in the single-member Šeškinė constituency in Vilnius; he was then appointed Chair of the Committee on Economics; on 27 November 2017, he was appointed Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania and, following the reorganization of the Ministry of Economy, he became Minister of the Economy and Innovation. On 22 August 2019, the Lithuanian parliament approved his nomination for European commissioner.
Achievements and awardsEdit
In 2018, he was awarded for The Best Solution for Better Business Environment of the Year by the association Investors’ Forum, and Blockchain Leadership at #SWITCH! Tech Awards. In 2019, he received the Partnership Leader 2018 award for innovation reform and development of startup ecosystem from the organisation Lithuanian Business Confederation. In 2018, Sinkevičius was included in the list of 100 World’s Most Influential Young People in Government by the website Apolitical.
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- "Virginijus Sinkevičius". Lietuvos Respublikos ekonomikos ir inovacijų ministerija (in Lithuanian). Archived from the original on 16 September 2019.
- Saulius Jakučionis (22 August 2019). "Lithuanian parliament approves nomination of Economy Minister Sinkevičius to European Commission". Lithuanian National Radio and Television.
- Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commission
| Lithuanian European Commissioner