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New Minister of the Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė takes office

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2020 12 11

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Today, after the oath at the Seimas, the Seimas Member Aušrinė Armonaitė takes office as Minister of the Economy and Innovation. She is replacing Rimantas Sinkevičius, who was the leader of the Ministry for almost six months.

Aušrinė Armonaitė’s work priorities are to help Lithuanian businesses suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing difficulties; strengthen innovation; improve business supervision and digitisation processes. The new Minister of the Economy and Innovation will also seek to attract more investment to Lithuania and expand export opportunities.

Aušrinė Armonaitė, aged 31, is elected to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania for the second time; she  is the  Leader of the Freedom Party from 2019.  She won the elections to the Seimas in October this year in the single-member constituency for Lithuanians living abroad. Currently, Armonaitė is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs.

Armonaitė, as a Member of the Seimas, is participating in the activities of the Parliamentary Group for Democratic Belarus, the Interim Group on Development Cooperation, Reproductive Health and Rights Group, the Interim Women’s Group, the Inter-Parliamentary Group for the Relations with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Inter-Parliamentary Relations with Canada Group.

Prior to becoming a member of the Seimas, Armonaitė worked as an analyst at the Lithuanian Business Confederation ICC Lietuva in 2013-2015. Also, she was actively involved in political activities: from 2010 to 2011, she was Chairman of the Liberal Youth of Lithuania; in 2015-2016 she was a member of the Vilnius City Council and a member and Vice-Chairman of the Liberal Movement of the Republic of Lithuania until 2018.

The new Minister of the Economy and Innovation graduated from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (Bachelor of Political Science and Master of Public Policy Analysis). For ten years, Armonaitė has worked and volunteered in various Lithuanian and international organisations.