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H.E. VYGAUDAS UŠACKAS

Ambassador Ušackas was appointed as the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in April 2010. He is mandated by the EU to represent, coordinate and negotiate on behalf of 27 member states with the Afghan authorities on political, developmental and security issues. He is also tasked to work in tandem with two other Special Representatives, namely the UNSRSG and NATO SCR and to work in close cooperation with COMISAF, the US and other international and regional players.

 

After obtaining his Law Degree from Vilnius University and completing his post-graduate education in Political Sciences in Denmark and Norway in 1991, he joined the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as Counselor to the Lithuanian Mission to both the EU and NATO from 1992 to 1996; Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1999; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union from 1999 to 2001; Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America and United Mexican States from 2001 to 2006; Ambassador of Lithuania to the Court of St. James from 2006 – 2008; and was Lithuanian Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2010.

 

During the course of his career, Ambassador Ušackas has received numerous awards such as the Order for Merits to Lithuania (Cross of Commander); State Awards by Georgia, Greece, Norway, Poland, France, Spain, and the Ukraine; as well as the Award for Merits to the city of Utena. He is an honorary citizen of his home town Skuodas and is a Member of Honor of the Lithuanian Students’ Union. Ambassador Ušackas is fluent in English, Russian and French. He is married and has two children.

 

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