Precocious Lithuanian

Director-general, DG Translation - Rytis Martikonis

From teenage military service in the Soviet army to director-general in the European Commission at the age of 45, the career of Rytis Martikonis mirrors the dramatic transformation of Europe. His native Lithuania was one of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and his first professional experience of Brussels was as a junior diplomat of what was in effect a new country that could only dream of EU membership. Since then, his many roles have included deputy foreign minister, deputy negotiator on accession to the European Union, and Lithuania’s permanent representative to the EU.

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