Grybauskaite confirms Lithuanian Minister of Finance as her successor in EC

June 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

As most of the Lithuanian media outlets informed Lithuania’s president-elect Dalia Grybauskaite has confirmed Finance Minister Algirdas Semeta as her successor and Lithuania’s new European Commissioner. “The future will show how he manages. It is essential for Lithuania to retain the current EU financial programming and budget chief mandate,” Grybauskaite on Monday told the press.

Grybauskaite went on to mention Lithuania’s Ministry of Finance Undersecretary Ingrida Simonyte as a candidate to replace the finance minister.

Kubilius, on the other hand told journalists on Sunday that had has a conversation with the EC president Borrosso but refused to reveal the name of the candidate. “I agreed with Barroso that the information is confidential,” the prime minister told journalists. Nevertheless, Kubilius will be accompanied by Finance Minister Algirdas Semeta to the European Council’s meeting on Wednesday, however, refused to say whether the minister would be proposed for the EC writes the BNS.

The speculations of possible Semeta’s ‘exile’ to the Brussels began after Grybauskaite won Lithuania’s presidential race. Semeta was Grybauskaite’s choice even though PM Kubilius was maintaining that Mr Semeta is needed more in Vilnius than in the Brussels. Mr Semeta is known as not only a good Kubiliu’s friend but one of the most trustworthy Cabinet members. Mr Kubilius regards his friend Semeta as a financial genius, almost irreplaceable during this crisis.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Economics, Estonia, EU, Grybauskaite, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics.

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