Selection of Lithuanian officer is honour for country, says foreign minister

Kęstutis Lančinskas
DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

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“I am delighted that the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini selected Kęstutis Lančinskas as the head of the EU advisory mission in Ukraine,” said Linkevičius.

“Lančinskas is an excellent Lithuanian police professional who has also worked in the diplomatic service in 1992-1998. The fact that leadership of two EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions in the Eastern neighbourhood have been entrusted to Lithuanians is a great testament to the Lithuanian Foreign Affairs and Interior Affairs services.”

On December 16 in 2014, Lithuanian ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas became the head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia.

The European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine is an unarmed civilian advisory mission which assists the Ukraine in developing and implementing civil security sector reforms.

There are currently 10 high level Lithuanian experts working in Ukraine. Virgilijus Valančius is leading the EU project on support for the Ukrainian justice sector reform. Former EC Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta is managing the Office of the Ombudsman of the Ukrainian businesses. Ambassador Vaidotas Verba is leading the OSCE Project Coordinator’s Office.

Lithuanian experts are also working in the EU delegation in Kiev, the EU’s assistance to Ukraine group, the Ukrainian office of the government and other Ukraine‘s institutions.

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